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February 16, 2014

MALCOLM X DAUGHTER SLAMS NICKI MINAJ

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Don’t disrespect Malcolm.

That’s the message the slain civil rights leader’s daughter wants to send to pop star Nicki Minaj, whose use of Malcolm X’s likeness for her latest single prompted a backlash.

“Ms. Minaj’s artwork for her single does not depict the truth of Malcolm X’s legacy, is completely disrespectful, and in no way is endorsed by my family,” Ilyasah Shabazz told the Daily News Friday, two days after the controversy

Shabazz, one of six children by Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, called on parents and educators Friday to teach their children about the country’s civil rights history.

“It is our family’s hope that the true legacy and context of Malcolm X’s life continues to be shared with people from all walks of life in a positive manner that helps promote the goals and ideals for which Malcolm X so passionately advocated,” said Shabazz, author of the memoir “Growing Up X” and a motivational speak.

DIDDYS BABY MAMA TROUBLE

0214-diddy-misa-hylton-gettyThe gravy train appears to have come to a screeching halt for the mother of Diddy’s firstborn son — TMZ has learned, the bank is now foreclosing on her home.

According to new legal docs, Diddy purchased a swank 3-bedroom 3,215 sq. ft. house in Westchester, NY, back in 2003 for ex Misa Hylton-Brim — the mother of his first child Justin — but for some reason, the bank stopped getting payments in 2010.

According to legal docs, Diddy took out a $712,000 mortgage. As of 2010, he owed $622,518 … a sum that’s been accruing interest ever since.

The bank now wants all of its money, or else the house is going up for auction

Dr.Patrica E. Frankel

Dr. Patricia Bath, ophthalmologic surgeon, inventor, and activist for patients’ rights, was born in Harlem, New York in 1942, the daughter of Rupert Bath, an educated and well-traveled merchant seaman, and Gladys Bath, a homemaker and housecleaner. They were loving and supportive parents who encouraged their children to focus on education and believe in their dreams and ideas.

Thus Bath developed a love of books, travel and science. She excelled at school and began to show her aptitude in biology in high school where she became editor of the Charles Evans Hughes High School’s science paper and won numerous science awards. In fact, she was chosen in 1959 at the age of 16 to participate in a summer program offered by the National Science Foundation at Yeshiva University. She gained notoriety when, while working at Yeshiva, she derived a mathematical equation for predicting cancer cell growth. One of her mentors in the program, Dr. Robert O. Bernard, incorporated her findings into a paper he presented at an international conference held in Washington, D.C., in 1960.

Following this experience, Bath won a 1960 Merit Award fromMademoiselle magazine, completed high school in just two and a half years, and entered New York’s Hunter College to study chemistry and physics. She earned a B.A. from Hunter in 1964. From there Bath went to medical school at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Bath finished her M.D. in 1968 and returned to New York as an intern at Harlem Hospital, followed by a fellowship in ophthalmology at Columbia University from 1969-70. During this time Bath began to notice differences among the patient population in hospitals she had worked in.

At Harlem Hospital, where there were many African American patients, nearly half were blind or visually impaired. But at Columbia Eye Clinic, the blindness rate was markedly lower. She conducted a study documenting her observation that blindness among blacks was nearly double the rate of blindness among whites. She concluded that this was largely due to many African Americans’ lack of access to ophthalmic care. With this finding Bath established a new discipline known as Community Ophthalmology, now studied and practiced worldwide. She also helped bring eye surgery services to Harlem Hospital’s Eye Clinic, which has since helped to treat and cure thousands of patients.

From this point on, Bath’s list of firsts continued to grow. She became the first African American resident at New York University where she finished her medical training in 1973. Meanwhile she also married and had a child, while completing a fellowship in 1974 in corneal and keratoporosthesis surgery.

Kendrick Lamar responds to Grammys Snub

Kendrick Lamar responds to Grammys snubKendrick Lamar was nominated for seven awards at this year’s Grammy Awards and somehow walked away with none.

Yet the “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” rapper is taking the snub in stride – even though one of his peers, Macklemore, had a harder time doing so.

Macklemore, along with his collaborator, Ryan Lewis, faced off against Lamar for the major rap awards and the best new artist honor. By the end of the ceremony, Macklemore had taken them all, including the best rap album title. That Grammy win in and of itself sparked a heated debate, with several – including Macklemore himself – saying Lamar had been robbed of a prize that was rightly his.

But in Lamar’s eyes, Macklemore deserved the award just as much.

“It’s well-deserved,” he told XXL magazine. “He did what he did, man, he went out there and hustled and grinded. Everything happens for a reason; the universe comes back around, that’s how it go.”

At least Lamar was a clear winner when it came to the performances at the Grammy Awards – his set with Imagine Dragons, a mashup of “Radioactive” and “m.A.A.d. City,” is thought to be one of the best of the night

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