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Morehouse College is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious Historically Black colleges in the country, and the only all-male one. One of the reasons this institution has managed to survive over 150 years is that it knows how to adapt with the times and the needs of African-American men. In a surprising move, the college has now opted to include transgender men in that number, and will begin accepting them in 2020!

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The new policy, known as the Gender Identity Admissions and Matriculation Policy, applies to all students who enroll in the private college by the fall 2020 semester.
The announcement comes after Spelman College, a private historically black all-women’s school in Atlanta, adopted a similar policy in 2017.
“In a rapidly changing world that includes a better understanding of gender identity, we’re proud to expand our admissions policy to consider trans men who want to be part of an institution that has produced some of the greatest leaders in social justice, politics, business, and the arts for more than 150 years,” said Terrance Dixon, Morehouse vice president for enrollment management. “The ratification of this policy affirms the College’s commitment to develop men with disciplined minds who will lead lives of leadership and service.”

Policy only allows for trans men to be admitted

The policy was developed after 15 months of community engagement with faculty, staff, students and alumni, the release says. Morehouse President David A. Thomas created a task force that led the community engagement meetings.
“Morehouse College has been at the forefront of human rights issues for 152 years,” Thomas said in a statement to CNN. “Today’s vote to reaffirm our dedication to educating and developing men, including trans men, is an important step into one of the new frontiers of social justice — gender identity.”
The policy also states that students who are admitted into Morehouse “are expected to self-identify as men throughout their education at Morehouse,” the release states. Should a student transition from a man to a woman, the student would no longer be eligible to enroll at the school, the release states.
Trans women, or any person who identifies as a woman, will not be considered for admission into the school, the release says. Morehouse spokeswoman Aileen Dodd said students who identified as trans women before 2020 are eligible to graduate from Morehouse, but are not permitted to graduate from the school after 2020. A trans woman is a person who was born a man but transitioned to become a woman.
There will be a system in place to consider exemptions to the rule, with the Morehouse president having the final say, the release says.
Other historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that have nondiscrimination policies addressing gender identity include Tuskegee University in Alabama, Howard University in Washington, Florida A&M University, Southern University and A&M College in Louisiana, North Carolina Central University and Morgan State University in Maryland.
We definitely applaud Morehouse’s move to be more inclusive with their enrollment. We are not sure what ramifications this will have on the college, but we are sure they can meet whatever challenges arise. What do you think of Morehouse’s decision, sound off in the comments’ section below!

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Tragic! Two Brothers, Ages 5 & 6, Drown in Local Swimming Pool

Memorial Day weekend is the first summer holiday, and one rife with poolside fun. However, for one Florida family it will always be a day tempered with tragedy. Two children and brothers, 6-year-old Ja’Kye Joseph and 5-year-old Branario Minto, were found dead after drowning in their apartment complex’s swimming pool. The siblings were found floating face down last night around 9:30 PM, as neighbors tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate them.

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Memorial Day weekend is the first summer holiday, and one rife with poolside fun. However, for one Florida family it will always be a day tempered with tragedy. Two children and brothers, 6-year-old Ja’Kye Joseph and 5-year-old Branario Minto, were found dead after drowning in their apartment complex’s swimming pool. The siblings were found floating face down last night around 9:30 PM, as neighbors tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate them.

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Wildine Joseph, mother of Ja’Kye Joseph and Branario Minto

“I ran over there and saw two children laying on the side of the pool, the kids were on the floor and they were giving them CPR,” a neighbor told CBS4.

Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue paramedics attempted to revive the brothers, who were non-responsive. The boys were pronounced dead after being taken to Northwest Medical Center, according to police.

Their mother, Wildine Joseph, said she was asleep when the drowning occurred.

“I’m so sorry. If I was there I could have saved them on time,” she said, according to Local 10 News. Joseph added, “I will always miss my babies. I’m sorry, Ja’Kye. I’m sorry, Branario. They’re only 5, and they’re only 6.”

The boys reportedly were unable to swim, and their mother speculated that they snuck out and jumped a fence to get into the pool area.

A neighbor told Local 10 News that the apartment complex pool is a popular spot for children, and there are often “more kids than adults.”

Police are still investigating the incident, and are asking anyone that may have seen the boys near the pool to provide information.

Additionally, Child Protective Investigations Section removed a 4-month-old child and 1-year-old child from the home as part of their investigation, according to the sheriff’s release.

This is so tragic. There are few pains greater than the loss of a child; and to lose two of your children in one day is heartbreaking. We would like to offer the family and friends of these two young boys our sincerest condolences and prayers.

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Morehouse Commencement Speaker to Pay Off Class of 2019’s Student Loans, Angela Bassett Receives Honorary Doctorate!

They say “you can tell a Morehouse Man when you see him, but you can’t tell him much.” This is definitely the case for billionaire, Robert F. Smith,  a technology investor and philanthropist, and Morehouse graduate who was also the speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony. After announcing a 1.5 million dollar gift to the school, Mr. Smith announced he would give the graduating class of 2019 an even greater gift by wiping out their student loan debts!

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They say “you can tell a Morehouse Man when you see him, but you can’t tell him much.” This is definitely the case for billionaire, Robert F. Smith,  a technology investor and philanthropist, and Morehouse graduate who was also the speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony. After announcing a 1.5 million dollar gift to the school, Mr. Smith announced he would give the graduating class of 2019 an even greater gift by wiping out their student loan debts!

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Robert F. Smith

But during his remarks in front of the nearly 400 graduating seniors, the technology investor and philanthropist surprised some by announcing that his family was providing a grant to eliminate the student debt of the entire Class of 2019. 

Graduates react after hearing billionaire Robert F. Smith is paying all student debt for the Class of 2019 during the Morehouse College commencement ceremony In Atlanta, on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Photo: STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

“This is my class,” he said, “and I know my class will pay this forward.”

The announcement came as a surprise to Smith’s staff and to the staff at Morehouse, and elicited the biggest cheers of the morning.

Tonga Releford, whose son Charles Releford III is a member of the Class of 2019, estimates that his student loans are about $70,000.

“I feel like it’s Mother’s Day all over again,” she said.

The gift has been estimated to be worth up to $40 million.

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Actress, Angela Bassett, also received an honorary doctorate from Morehouse, making the day all the more magical. Black Excellence was clearly in full effect on the hallowed grounds of The ACU today and we are here for it!

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Oh, Really!? Denver Residents Vote to Decriminalize Shrooms!

It looks like the parties–and hallucinations–in Denver, Colorado are about to be a bit more lit! Denver residents have now voted to decriminalize shrooms (mushrooms, especially ones with hallucinogenic properties), becoming the first American city to do so!

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It looks like the parties–and hallucinations–in Denver, Colorado are about to be a bit more lit! Denver residents have now voted to decriminalize shrooms (mushrooms, especially ones with hallucinogenic properties), becoming the first American city to do so!

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The ballot measure was projected to fail Tuesday night with “no” votes holding a solid lead in early returns; but on Wednesday afternoon, the final unofficial results showed that the he initiative had passed by a narrow 1.12 percent margin, with 89,320 votes in favor of Initiative 301 and 87,341 were against it.

It’s important to note that these numbers remain unofficial, as the Denver Elections Division will continue to collect military and overseas ballots; however, the Denver Post points out that these votes rarely make a difference because there are typically arrive in small numbers. The results will be certified on May 16. 

Initiative 301, led by Decriminalize Denver, will effectively decriminalize the use or possession of psychedelic mushrooms by people 21 and older. Though it doesn’t legalize the psilocybin, which is illegal on both state and federal levels, the measure prohibits Denver from using resources to impose criminal penalties against adults who are caught with psilocybin—the active hallucinogenic chemical found in magic mushrooms. 

“It’s been one hell of a 21-and-a-half hours,” Initiative 301 campaign manager Kevin Matthews told the Post. “If these results hold, this is an example of the absurd comedy of the great metaphor. Against all odds, we prevailed. This is what happens when a small team of dedicated and passionate people unite under a single idea to create change.”

Those in favor of psilocybin decriminalization argue that hallucinogen has been used for thousands of years, and may be beneficial to those who suffer from substance addiction and/or mental health issues.

“Our victory here is a clear signal to the rest of the country that we’re ready for a broader conversation around psilocybin and its potential benefits,” Matthews said. “[…] We’re looking forward to creating a positive relationship with city officials. We have the resources ready to make sure the Justice Department, the (district attorney’s) office and the Denver Police Department have the education they need to implement this in a way that’s fair.”

Denver, in particular, the western regions of the country seem to be decriminalizing recreational drugs left and right, notably marijuana. We are wondering when the North and South are going to catch up!

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