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Busy day folks. Between Gabby Douglas’ historic Olympic win, Michael Phelps’ gold medal efforts, and Team USA kicking butt on the basketball court, we’re in full Olympics mode. Despite this, there are other things going on in the world today. Here’s a few things we didn’t cover today but thought you should know.

Handcuffed Black Youth Shot Dead In Back of Cop Car; Officer Alleges Suicide – Hmmm, something just doesn’t seem right with this. A young man is stopped for alleged drug possession and then blows his brains out AFTER being searched, twice, by police AND while hand-cuffed? Methinks not. {Black Youth Project}

Andre Royo, Yasiin Bey (Previously Known As Mos Def) Join Casts Of Separate Projects – Yeeeesssss…can’t wait! {Shadow & Act}

Beyoncé to Celebrate World Humanitarian Day with New Video – King B is lending her talent to help the world? I’m for it. {Essence}

Annan Casts Blame Widely as He Resigns as Syria Envoy – Kofi Annan is stepping down as the UN’s special special envoy to Syria. Apparently he’s frustrated with the lack of action in Syria and the peace counsel’s handling of the situation. {NY Times}

Katherine Jackson to split custody of kids with T.J. Jackson – Looks like they’re coming to a solution? Let’s hope so. {LA Times}

Tameka Raymond Claims Usher’s Behavior Around Kile Glover’s Death Is “Bogus”, Only Visited Him ONCE In The Hospital! – And here we thought they put the drama behind them? {theYBF}

‘Love & Hip Hop’s Emily B Upset By Mimi Faust Comparisons – Umm…who cares? {NecoleBitchie}

Bonus: On this day in 1924, one of the greatest writers ever to pick up a pen was born. Happy Birthday James Arthur Baldwin

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  • Mademoiselle

    Another young soul suspiciously snuffed. Dammit, America!