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There Are 98 Million Girls Not In School, Michelle Obama's Global Girls Alliance Aims To Change That

"If we care about climate change, if we care about poverty, if we care about maternal-child health then we have to care about education."

Former First Lady Michelle Obama may no longer be in office, but she's still using her platform to advocate for those who can't speak for themselves. On International Day of The Girl, Mrs. Obama launched the Global Girls Alliance, which aims to help adolescent girls across the world gain an education.

"If we care about climate change, if we care about poverty, if we care about maternal-child health then we have to care about education," Obama said on The Today Show Thursday. (Oct. 11)

In association with The Obama Foundation, grassroots leaders will connect with other educators across the world to find the resources to help the young girls receive a quality education.

"There are 98 million adolescent girls who are not in school, and let's just stop and think about that. Think about our daughters. With all their promise and with all they have in them. You know now even at this young age that there's something burning in them dying to get out. Well, that is true for millions of girls around the country and they are battling through misperceptions, violence, stigma just to get their way into a classroom and many of them don't have access to a classroom."

Mrs. Obama said the alliance will also be a networking forum of sorts for leaders on the ground to be a support system for one another while they help the millions of girls worldwide.

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20 Year Old Takes His Life After Being Bullied For Dating A Trans Woman

A 20-year-old black man took his life after being the target of relentless bullying because of his relationship with a trans woman.

On Wednesday (August 21) #RipReese trended on Twitter after a video of Maurice Willoughby, better known as Reese, was seen being harassed by others in his neighborhood.

"Y'all can say whatever you want about Faith. I really don't care if she's not passable. I don't care if she wasn't born a woman. She's a woman to me and I love her flaws. That's what makes her Faith. If you heard her story, it's motivating. I'm happy. You should be happy for me," Reese wrote on Facebook prior to his death.

It's unclear how long Reese and Faith were together, but the young man had her name tattooed on his forehead.

Reportedly the Philadelphia resident battled depression and other mental health issues, which were only exasperated his illness. Reese took to Facebook Live about his relationship and merited 15,000 views, as well as many transphobic comments.

Following the news of Reese's suicide, many took to social media to denounce the harassment he endured by many in the neighborhood.

My condolences to Marcus "Reese" Willoughby of Philadelphia,PA. It is reported he committed suicide for being bullied for openly loving a trans woman. Also reported he was battling mentally health issues social media bullying/harassment took it overboard. pic.twitter.com/nBHkXTeX59

— TS Candii (@TS_Candii) August 20, 2019

Real niggas don’t even be worrying about what the next man doing..I was always taught to mind the business that pays me, Bullying & shaming a man into suicide because he had a preference is trash and so are y’all #ripreese

— Ayesha Curry’s Side Nigga (@Jus4Lafs) August 21, 2019

https://twitter.com/little_starglow/status/1164237319253057537

Transphobia kills. Literally. Trans women are always at the tipping point of violence, it’s where we exist, the men that love us are either in the cross hairs of that violence or internalize it and enact it themselves. Kill your transphobia before it kills us. #ripreese

— Jade Phoenix Martinez (@_Jade_Phoenix_) August 21, 2019

DONT SAY YOU BELIEVE IN EQUALITY IF YOU CANNOT ACCEPT EVERYONE #ripreese

— stream teeth you cowards (@shellbytrbl) August 21, 2019

Funeral arrangements for Reese have not been announced at this time.

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Spike Lee On Trump: "Why Are We Still Asking If This Guy Is A White Supremacist?"

A week after The New York Times published their widely praised 1619 editorial, Spike Lee sat with CNN's Anderson Cooper to discuss race and slavery in America.

The outspoken Oscar winner has never been shy about his disapproval of Donald Trump and wonders why three years into his presidency, people are still questioning the president's actions.

"Respectfully, why are we still asking if this guy is a white supremacist? I mean, it's not even a question anymore," the BlacKkKlansman director said.

The 62-year-old spoke of the Muslim ban, Trump's derogatory comments about Mexicans and his inability to denounce the Neo-Nazis, Alt-Right and white supremacists who participated in the 2017 "Unite The Right" Charlottesville rally.

"He can't make a decision between what's right and wrong? What's love and hate? He's going to be on the wrong side of history and that's going to be the first thing that's attached to him, that quote," Lee said referring to Trump's "very fine people" on both sides statement.

Cooper reflected on the march and admitted he was surprised at how brazen many were with their beliefs.

"Maybe I was stupid and nieve, but I was shocked to see all these, you know, whatever age they were people, totally fine showing their faces chanting 'Jews will not replace us' 'Blood and soil' Carrying Tiki torches," he said. "They're not even hiding."

"That's because the guy in the White House gave them the dog whistle to 'come on out!' " Lee said.

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Daniel Pantaleo Has Been Fired From NYPD

Five years after NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo placed Eric Garner in a banned chokehold, officials announced Monday afternoon (August 19) that he's been fired from the force.

"This is my decision and noting there was no pressure from City Hall. Mayor de Blasio," Police Commissioner James O'Neil said."

O'Neil continued: “If I had been in Officer Pantaleo’s situation I may have made similar mistakes. Being a police officer is one of the hardest jobs in the world.”

On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner stood outside of Staten Island convenience store and reportedly sold loose cigarettes, also known as loosies, when he was surrounded by several officers. Pantaleo then placed Garner in a chokehold taking him to the ground as he yelled 11 times "I can't breathe."

The fatal encounter was recorded on cell phone footage by Ramsey Orta and shortly after went viral. Garner's final words "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry heard all throughout the nation as many took to the streets to protest the ongoing tensions of police brutality between law enforcement and minority communities.

Pantaleo's termination comes after The New York Times reported NYPD administrative judge Rosemarie Maldonado said Orta's video and Garner's autopsy showed "overwhelming" proof Pantaleo used the banned chokehold.

The Times also reported that Pantaleo's use of the banned maneuver "fell so far short of objective reasonableness that this tribunal found it to be reckless — a gross deviation from the standard of conduct established for a New York City police officer."

Shortly after the press conference, news of Pantaleo's termination began to trend on Twitter. New York Attorney General Letitia James said this

For over 5 years, the Garner family & communities across the country have waited for justice in the death of Eric Garner.

With the termination of Officer Pantaleo, today some semblance of justice is finally being served.

— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) August 19, 2019

In memory of Eric Garner and the countless others who have unjustly lost their lives, we will continue to fight for reforms to fix our broken criminal justice system and ensure that all of our communities feel safe.

— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) August 19, 2019

 

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