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Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Chair of the Board Robert F. Smith speaks onstage during the 2019 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple Of Hope Awards on December 12, 2018 in New York City
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Robert F. Smith Is Seeking Candidates For Paid STEM Internship

Billionaire Robert F. Smith continues to inspire with the InternX initiative, which hopes to bring opportunities in the STEM field to young adults.

Financially covered though Smith's Fund II Foundation, platform InternX aims to give those interested in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics from underserved communities access to better resources. InternX also allows business leaders to search for unique and qualified candidates in these disadvantaged communities and in turn, provides the students with paid internships that can lead to full-time jobs at major corporations.

The site states "rising sophomores with at least a 2.8 GPA from ethnically underrepresented groups" can apply while companies from financial, marketing, software, not-for-profits, the real estate worlds are encouraged to sign up.

In 2018, 70 students were placed in paid summer internships in the STEM field. This year, AT&T, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Deloitte, Citi, and Smith's firm Vista Equity Partners have committed to taking in InternX candidates as interns for the summer. The platform hopes to place 1,000 interns this year, a major improvement from last year.

Smith recently made headlines when he pledged to pay off Morehouse College's class of 2019's student loans. However, this isn't the first act of generosity that the businessman has shown.

Smith created InternX to accomplish all that it has thus far and to get big businesses involved in providing opportunities to underrepresented communities, specifically the African American community.

The foundation has had previous success in aiding those in need. Since its establishment in 2014, the foundation has made grants worth more than $150 million to charities ranging from, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, The United Negro College Fund, NPower, The Opportunity Network and The National Park Foundation.

Smith, with the help of the foundation's Executive Director, Linda Wilson, will see InternX amount to the same success Fund II has had.

"We have to create the environment for them to share their themselves, their ideas and their thoughts," Smith says in the program's promo video. "It could be a $100,000 thought that day and a $10 billion thought the next."

Check out a promo video for the InternX program below.

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Hendry County investigators said as of now the investigation into Slater's death is ongoing. They cannot title it a hate crime until a clear motive has been established, but Slater's best friend, Kenard Wade thinks the vicious manner of her death is a clear sign.

"She had a really, really good heart," Wade told CBS Fort Myers affiliate Wink. "She would never harm anyone, never put anyone in harm's way. How could someone go to that extreme to get rid of her?"

Wade continued and said Slater received several death threats because she's trans and expressed a desire to leave the area for safety reasons.

Slater's death falls in line with an on-going trend of violence against trans women, particularly black trans women. The Human Rights Campaign states 18 trans women have been murdered in 2019, while 26 members of the trans community were killed in 2018 and 29 trans deaths were recorded in 2017.

CBS News reports that the week of Slater's death, Bailey Reeves, 17 transgender teen was shot and killed in Baltimore on Labor Day.

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T.I. Grills Candace Owens On Trump's 'MAGA' Slogan At The Revolt Summit

T.I. had one pressing question for Candace Owens during the 2019 Revolt summit that Owens couldn't quite answer. The two-day conference held in Atlanta brought together music executives, activists, and entertainers to discuss hip-hop, it's power, the current climate of the genre and to network. However, with the 2020 presidential elections nearing politics were also a hot topic.

For Saturday's (Sept. 14) Hip Hop and Politics panel hosted by Jeff Johnson, T.I. asked the conservative commentator to explain Donald Trump's campaign slogan. "When you say Make America Great Again, which period are we talking about?" Tip questioned. "[Is it] the period when women couldn't vote? The period when we were hanging from trees? The crack era? Which period in America are you trying to make great again."

The 30-year-old Connecticut native said: "I actually think that I would totally rock a hat right now that says Make Black America Great Again," which prompted T.I. to interject and restate the original question.

"Which period was America great that we're trying to replicate? Which era was it? Tell me." T.I. questioned. With an excited audience, Owens' attempt to explain Trump's slogan didn't go so well.

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@Tip was not trying to hear it from black white supremacist #CandaceOwens #Diddy #Revolt

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Megan Thee Stallion Signs To Jay-Z's Roc Nation

Just weeks after Megan Thee Stallion was seen with Jay-Z in New York, the breakout Houston rapper has announced her affiliation with Roc Nation.

"I would like to announce that I am officially apart of the @rocnation fam," she said Friday (Sept. 13) with a photo of her and Mr. Carter. "The grind don’t stop!" The rapper has had quite the summer thanks to the release of her recent project, Fever along with monster singles "Hot Girl Summer" with Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign as well as "Cash Shit" with DaBaby.

In addition to her climb to the Billboard charts (both singles made the Hot 100 chart), the rapper made a splash at New York Fashion Week with hangouts with Anna Wintour and a performance at Rihanna's Diamond Ball.

Megan sent subtle hints with her signing to Roc Nation. After all, she drives the boat with D'usse and was recently seen with Jay-Z at Puma's 5th Avenue opening in August.


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I would like to announce that I am officially apart of the @rocnation fam!!! The grind don’t stop ! #realhotgirlshit

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