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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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The THIRST! Teen & His Friends Pretend to Rob His Mother for YouTube Views!

Clout chasing and thirstiness have reached all time highs thanks to people clamoring for follows, likes, and views on their social media content. However, this latest act of thirst may take the case as a teenage boy and his friends fake robbed his own mother to garner YouTube views!

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Teen & His Friends Pretend to Rob His Mother for YouTube Views

Clout chasing and thirstiness have reached all time highs thanks to people clamoring for follows, likes, and views on their social media content. However, this latest act of thirst may take the case as a teenage boy and his friends fake robbed his own mother to garner YouTube views!

via The Daily Dot

Teen & His Friends Pretend to Rob His Mother for YouTube Views!

According to news station KCPQ, the 17-year-old from Cleveland Heights and three friends, all wearing ski masks, confronted his mother on her driveway with a gun. After the mother escaped from the fake robbery, police said the teen admitted that his motivation was a live YouTube stream.

That’s when the teenager called 911 and said, “I just did a fake robbery prank on my mom and she ran. I know she called the police. She’s nowhere to be found.”

Asked by the dispatcher if the fake robbery attempt was a prank, the teen said, “Yeah, but she thought it was for real. Like when I got to wrestling my friends for fake, she ran out of the house.”

The dispatcher asked, “Can you explain to me what happened and why you did that to your mother?”

(Grabs belt!) We are hoping the police press charges on these boys. This is a prank that went way too far! We have seen–and done–some pranks in our heyday, but never to the likes of traumatizing our own mother. What do you guys think of these shenanigans? Sound off in the comments section below!

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Tragic…Groom Beaten to Death Just Hours After Wedding…

They say “what’s love without tragedy?” In the case of a groom that was beaten to death just hours after his wedding, it is all tragedy and no love. 30 year old newlywed, Joe Melgoza, met his untimely demise at the hands of two men after saying “I do.”

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They say “what’s love without tragedy?” In the case of a groom that was beaten to death just hours after his wedding, it is all tragedy and no love. 30 year old newlywed, Joe Melgoza, met his untimely demise at the hands of two men after saying “I do.”

via People

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Joe Melgoza, 30, who has been described as a “loving” family man was celebrating his new union on Sunday when he was attacked at his wedding reception, which was held in the backyard of a family member in Chino, KTLA reported.

At around 2:20 a.m. police found Melgoza suffering from blunt force trauma to his head, Chino Police Department said in a statement.

Police discovered the mortally injured the groom after responding to reports of a fight breaking out around Oaks Avenue, just a couple of blocks away from Melgoza’s celebration.

Once on the scene where the altercation broke out, police found two victims of battery and were told by witnesses that there was another victim involved in the incident, but “was missing.”

After conducting a brief search, officers found Melgoza. He was then transported to Chino Valley Medical Center where he died.

Following Melgoza’s death, police arrested brothers Rony Aristides Castaneda Ramirez, 28, and Josue Daniel Castaneda Ramirez, 19, on suspicion of killing Melgoza, according to Chino Police.

It is not immediately clear if Melgoza knew the suspects prior to the attack, according to authorities.

At this time, the investigation remains ongoing.

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Rony Aristides Castaneda Ramirez, 28, and 19-year-old Josue Daniel Castaneda Ramirez.

This is truly terrible, and the brothers who did this deserve justice to its maximum capacity. We are praying for Joe Melgoza and his wife–now widow–in this terrible time. This story only reminds us that time with the ones we love is truly precious, and life is fleeting.

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Twitter’s Porn Ban May or May Not Be Happening in 2020, The Jury Is Out

They say that sexual expression, work, and porn are under attack. First Craiglists’ classified ads for sex related interests was dismantled, then Tumblr’s removed adult content, and Facebook and Instagram have explicitly banned porn and anything too risque from their platforms. Twitter may be the latest platform to take a similar stance, leaving sex workers and their admirers on alert due to a change in their policy set to take place on January 1, 2020. 

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They say that sexual expression, work, and porn are under attack. First Craiglists’ classified ads for sex related interests was dismantled, then Tumblr’s removed adult content, and Facebook and Instagram have explicitly banned porn and anything too risque from their platforms. Twitter may be the latest platform to take a similar stance, leaving sex workers and their admirers on alert due to a change in their policy set to take place on January 1, 2020.

The social media platform announced a changed in its policy:

via The Daily Dot

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Twitter considers “violent sexual conduct” to be any media that portrays violent actions alongside sexual interactions, “whether real or simulated.” This includes “simulated lack of consent,” or consensually produced porn that plays with nonconsensual themes (better known as “consensual nonconsent”). The site bans “sexualized violence,” including “inflicting physical harm on an individual within an intimate setting” when “it is not immediately obvious” if all participants have given their consent. Given how Twitter defines adult content, it appears these policies also apply to adult artwork such as furry and anime porn.

Twitter further reserves the right to remove any adult material “that depicts violent sexual conduct or gratuitous gore anywhere,” and the platform may permanently ban accounts “dedicated to posting this type of content.” While adult content is still allowed, Twitter warns that any accounts “dedicated to posting sensitive media” may face a permanent suspension if sensitive content accounts for the “majority of your activity on Twitter.” Taken to its logical conclusion, this could turn into a broader ban on NSFW content.

However, it is also being reported that consensual pornography will not be banned. The likes of which people tend to indulge in on OnlyFans and most porn in general. Out.com has provided further details:

via Out.com

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“Accounts that simply post adult content either to express their sexuality or their interests will not be suspended,” a Twitter spokesperson said in July. Reached by Out this weekend, a separate Twitter spokesperson held to that, stating that there actually had been no update to the company’s TOS “sensitive content” section, where adult content is regulated, since the initial reports in July, and that users can expect porn to be treated the same in 2020 as it had been in 2019. 

“The only thing updated in November was the reporting instructions,” the spokesperson confirmed, referencing two Twitter threads and a blog post detailing those changes. Both Daily Dot and Gizmodo acknowledge that the updates they reported on were implemented in May but, for some reason, still opted to stoke hysteria by running their new stories as if there would be some changes coming in 2020. Instead, the current policy will continue: consensual pornographic content is allowed when it is uploaded into tweets. Adult content is not allowed in header images, profile photos, or in Twitter live streams — if it is posted there, users could see their accounts indefinitely suspended.

One aspect of the TOS that did get an update in wording that might be pertinent to those who post porn was pointed out by XBIZ. One new clause says “We may also remove or refuse to distribute any Content on the Services, limit distribution or visibility of any Content on the service, suspend or terminate users, and reclaim usernames without liability to you.” The “limit distribution or visibility of any Content on the service” is an update that will go into effect on January 1, 2020. But what does this mean?

The Twitter spokesperson we spoke to said that the policy has always been there, “we have just clarified the language.” What this essentially means is that, this is something that Twitter has long done, and is now putting words to it.

XBIZ surmised — and we are inclined to agree — that this is simply verbalizing the app’s ongoing practice of shadowbanning. For accounts who post primarily adult content, Twitter sometimes makes it more difficult to find their account handles, and even sometimes makes it impossible to search the account’s tweets using the in-app tool. And while that definitely sucks and requires some maneuvering, it does not constitute a looming NSFW ban on the service.

Twitter has yet to make an official, outright statement about adult content on its platform. Honestly, we are in favor of Twitter banning porn on its platform. We feel there is a place and space for everything. Pornhub actually has profiles people can create for themselves and monetize by posting their own amateur porn videos. It would be nice to scroll on Twitter without seeing a miscellaneous penis, vagina, or anus on our timelines–even when you do not follow anyone who does. Needless to say those retweets are dangerous. What do you guys think? Are you here for a Twitter porn ban or no? Sound off in the comments section below!

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