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It’s Giving Tuesday! What Can You Give?

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. (GivingTuesday.org)

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GivingTuesday.org gives us six ways for us to participate:

  • Share kindness with your neighbors.
  • Volunteer virtually or share your talents
  • Give your voice to a cause that matters to you
  • Discover a local fundraiser, community drive, or coordinated event to join others in your area or with your same interests in giving back — they need your help.
  • Give to your favorite cause or a fundraiser to help those in need.
  • Sign up for weekly Tuesday giving prompts! (Subscribe by email)

Use social media to spread the word using the hashtag #GivingTuesday

For more ideas go to GivingTuesday.org

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Social Media Image Claiming to Show Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate is Fake

For years social media has be circulating fake information about former President Barack Obama, including fake birth certificates, news about his daughters and bogus information about former First Lady Michelle Obama.

So it’s no surprise that yet another false birth certificate picture is once again circulating quickly.

A  Facebook user shared an image on Sept. 22 of what purports to show Obama’s birth certificate. The birth certificate has the words “Coast Province General Hospital” and “Mombasa, British Protectorate of Kenya” at the top, implying that Obama was born in Kenya. — Fact Check: USA Today

Ugh… just stop it people

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Olympic Ban on Swimming Cap Being Reconsidered & Sha’Carri Richardson Olympic Hopes Are Over

Team GB’s first black female swimmer bids to overturn Olympic ban on swimming cap that fits over Afros and dreadlocks. Source: Distinct Today

Alice Dearing, UK’s first black female swimmer was initially told the Soul Cap — specifically designed to fit over locs, braids, and natural curls and coils — could not be worn at the Olympics because it did not fit “the natural form of the head”. However, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) is now reconsidering the ban promising to review the cap, “understanding the importance of inclusivity and representation.” Dearing wrote in the Soul Cap website, ‘People used to tell me my hair was ”too big” for the cap — never that the cap was too small for my hair.’

Meanwhile, Despite a push to shorten Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension over a marijuana violation did not work as the sprinter will not be on the Olympic U.S. relay team. 

The USA Track and Field committee said that, “they agree that the rules related to THC should be reevaluated [but] it would be detrimental to the integrity of the U.S. Olympic Team trials for Track and Field if they amended their policies only weeks before the Olympic Games.”

Richardson was suspended for 30 days last week after she tested positive for marijuana following the U.S. Olympic Trials. She’s since apologized and said though she won’t be an Olympic Champ this year she promises will be a world champ next year.

A man who was wrongly imprisoned for 44 years is being released Thursday, after a judge overturned his conviction.

Ronnie Long was sentenced to 80 years in prison for rape and burglary, was released last week after a federal appeals court determined that Long, who has always maintained his innocence, had been a victim of “extreme and continuous police misconduct.”

After 44 years, Ronnie Long released from prison Thursday

Long, in his first sit-down interview since his release said, “To be able to walk out of them gates without being supervised, it was breathtaking,” (Sources: FOX 46 Charlotte & CBS NEWS)

SEE: Wrongfully Convicted NC Black Man Freed From Prison After Serving 44-Years