Queens native 50 Cent threw out the first pitch before the Mets-Pirates game at Citi Field on Tuesday night, and as the announcer put it, the results were “not great.” Later the rapper, who claims he’s a baseball fan, explained on Instagram, “I’m a hustler not a Damn ball player. LMAO.” He also joked, “The sh!t almost hit the camera man damn, if you look close you can see them moving the plate.” Read more.
A fight between two teen brothers turned deadly in Miami when Steven Odeus, 14, shot and killed his older brother, 16-year-old Stanley Blanc, before shooting and killing himself. “It started off as a small petty argument over clothes that escalated into a fight,” says 18-year-old Marc Blanc, the victims’ brother. “Stanley wanted to wear Steven’s clothes; Steven didn’t want him to,” family friend Kedner Louis says. According to Marc Blanc, the fight started inside the family’s apartment. Family members separated the two, but the fight reignited outside. After Odeus shot his brother, Blanc says Odeus ran across the apartment complex and took his own life in the parking lot. Read more.
In 1914, Norway debuted the Kongoslandsbyen, or “Congo Village,” during the World’s Fair in Oslo. Opened by the King of Norway to commemorate the country’s 100th anniversary, the “zoo” lasted five months and consisted of 80 Senegalese men, women, and children. Just in time for the country’s 200th anniversary, Norwegian-Sudanese artist Mohamed Ali Fadlabi and Swedish-Canadian artist Lars Cuznordecided to recreate a “human zoo” to highlight Norway’s history of colonization and racism, a fact many Norwegians know nothing about. Read more.
Protesters affiliated with the Moral Monday movement rallied in Raleigh, North Carolina, and staged a sit-in at the office of state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), as the U.S. Senate candidate tries to hurry along this year’s legislative session. The NAACP and a coalition of other groups returned to the North Carolina General Assembly on Tuesday to protest policy initiatives undertaken by the Republican-controlled legislature last year, including: the refusal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, reductions to unemployment benefits, cuts to public education, voter identification legislation and legislation restricting abortion access. Read more.
A Jacksonville, Florida, mother was left without a birthday gift for her young son after her car was burglarized and his present was stolen, until a kind law enforcement officer stepped forward. Read more.
It was an emotional morning Sunday at Atlanta’s oldest African-American church. After more than 150 years, Friendship Baptist held its final service before moving to make way for the stadium for the Atlanta Falcons. On this Sunday, there were three times the number of people who typically flock to this historic building — here to see one last baptism, one final sermon before these walls come down. Read more.