NAACP awarding Jones an Image Award
While Van Jones may have left the White House under a cloud, the NAACP says that’s not his whole story. The group considers him a pioneering hero for the environment and civil rights — so much so that it is awarding him one of its highest honors Friday: an NAACP Image Award. It’s a move that is just becoming public now, which is sure to stoke the fire from Jones critics. Jones resigned in September 2009 from his position on the Council on Environmental Quality, under a firestorm of criticism over a petition he had signed and his comments about Republicans. The Obama administration’s “green czar” helped coordinate government agencies focused on delivering millions of green jobs to the ailing U.S. economy. (Continue Reading…)

T.I. makes first public appearance since prison
On Monday night, T.I. made his first public appearance since prison, stepping out with fiancée Tameka “Tiny” Cottle in support of her Alzheimer’s research fundraiser “For the Love of Our Fathers” at Atlanta’s Opera venue. The event was also filmed for Cottle’s BET reality show, “Tiny & Toya,” which chronicles the lives of Cottle and Toya Carter, Lil Wayne’s ex-wife and the mother of his first child. “I am very well, very happy to be seen,” said T.I., who joined Cottle onstage at the end of the benefit, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. T.I. is still serving the remainder of his sentence on a gun-possession charge in a Georgia halfway house. He’s also recording tracks for his forthcoming album in a private studio. MTV News chatted with T.I.’s manager and Grand Hustle label partner Jason Geter to see when Tip’s post-prison album is slated to hit shelves. (Continue Reading…)

University TV show mocking Blacks sparks freeze
he University of California, San Diego has halted funding for student media after a TV segment ridiculed black students outraged by a party mocking Black History Month. The head of the school’s student government froze funding for print media outlets last week after one, The Koala, ran a student TV episode calling black students ungrateful and using a derogatory term for blacks. He also pulled the student-run television station off the air Associated Students President Utsav Gupta suspended funding for about 15 of the school’s 33 student-funded media outlets to avoid the impression that he was judging content. He said Koala or any other outlet may continue to publish, just without student funding. (Continue Reading…)

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