Legendary baseball player Ken Griffey Jr. is finally being recognized for all his accomplishments. On Wednesday, Griffey was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Upon being selected, Griffey hit another milestone by having the highest voting percentage ever. The record was previously held by Tom Seaver, a former teammate of Griffey’s dad. “You always have doubt, because it’s out of your hands, out of your control,” said Griffey. “You look at the numbers, and I know they’re worthy, but it’s still a very humbling feeling. As a kid you want to make a buzzer-beater in basketball, you want to hit the walk-off in baseball, you want to score the game-winning touchdown in football, you never dream of the Hall of Fame.” Over the course of his career, Griffey hit 630 home runs, had 10 Gold Gloves, was selected as an all-star 13 times, and got MVP in 2007. The baseball star was surrounded by his wife, children, mom, and other loved ones when he received the good news. He and Mike Piazza will participate in the induction ceremony, which is slated to take place on July 24th in Cooperstown, N.Y. Read more.
Poll: America is Torn on How Racism Should be Addressed on College Campuses
The fight against racism has spilled onto colleges campuses nationwide, but many Americans are torn over how universities should handle the matter. A poll, conducted by The Huffington Post/YouGov, revealed 42 percent of Americans believe that establishing offices to focus on campus diversity is a “waste of money and resources.” About 51 percent of people who believed this were White; 70 percent were Republicans. The poll also showed that 41 percent of people think it isn’t an institution’s responsibility to teach students about issues related to racism and bias. Fifty-three percent of those polled believed that students who make “make racially offensive statements” should face consequences; 38 percent of Americans said the right of free speech outweighs racism. Read more.
Powerball Prize Increases
The lottery lines at local stores today are bound to be longer; the amount of money for the Powerball jackpot has increased. Since no one won the $500 million prize Wednesday, the amount is expected to go up to $675 million, which will be the highest lottery prize in the country’s history. Last February, the $564.1 million jackpot was shared by people from Texas, Puerto Rico, and North Carolina. The Powerball is played in 44 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia. Read more.
“Being Mary Jane” Renewed for 4th Season
The season finale of Being Mary Jane left viewers with the ultimate cliffhanger, causing people to ponder what was on the horizon. On Wednesday, BET announced they will renew the show for a fourth season. For three seasons, BMJ has been ranked as the No. 1 cable series for African-American viewers between the ages of 18 and 49. There were rumors the show would not return because creator and director Mara Brock Akil is leaving. There’s no word on who will take over. Read more.
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21 Of President Barack Obama's Best Photos Of 2015
1. JANUARY: President Obama delivers the State of the Union address with the support of vice president Joe Biden. Obama gained mass support after his joke about winning both terms.Source:Getty 1 of 21
2. JANUARY: President Barack Obama has an adorable moment with Akira Cooper at the Community Children's Center, one of the nation's oldest Head Start providers, in Lawrence, Kan.Source:Pete Souza 2 of 21
3. JANUARY: President Obama greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi upon arrival at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi, India.Source:Pete Souza 3 of 21
4. JANUARY: President Barack Obama greets neighbors after visiting a model home at the Nueva Villas at Beverly, a single-family housing development owned by local nonprofit organization Chicanos Por La Causa Inc. in Phoenix, Ariz.Source:Pete Souza 4 of 21
5. FEBRUARY: President Barack Obama fakes a jump shot during an Affordable Care Act video taping for BuzzFeed in the White House Library. The video went viral thanks to jokes about his presidency and ultra-cool swag.Source:Pete Souza 5 of 21
6. FEBRUARY: Obama pals around with one of his biggest supporters, vice president Joe Biden. While he chose not to run in the 2016 presidential election, Obama said he would be in his corner.Source:Pete Souza 6 of 21
7. FEBRUARY: President Barack Obama talks with 13-year-old student Vidal Chastanet as "Humans of New York" founder Brandon Stanton photographs during a blog interview in the Oval Office. Obama was greatly inspired by Chastanet's comments on the popular "Humans of New York" Instagram page, where he shared his troubles finding courage in school and and life despite living in a dangerous area of Brooklyn, NY.Source:Pete Souza 7 of 21
8. MARCH: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join hands with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. as they lead the walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches, in Selma, Ala., March 7, 2015. Malia and Sasha Obama join hands with their grandmother, Marian Robinson.Source:Pete Souza 8 of 21
9. MARCH: Obama is a classic man as he puts on a green tie in observance of St. Patrick's Day.Source:Pete Souza 9 of 21
10. MARCH: President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.Source:Pete Souza 10 of 21
11. APRIL: During the Correspondents' Dinner, his anger translator - played by Key & Peele comedian Keegan-Michael Key - helped Obama get out his biggest frustrations.Source:Pete Souza 11 of 21
12. APRIL: President Obama arrives in Jamaica to meet with the 15-member Caribbean Community. His trip marked a first for the sitting president and second since the country's independence.Source:Getty 12 of 21
13. APRIL: Obama speaks with newly appointed Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Oval Office.Source:Pete Souza 13 of 21
14. JUNE: President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are seen talking during the president's trip to the G7Summit in Bavaria, Germany.Source:Getty 14 of 21
15. JUNE: President Obama sings "Amazing Grace" during the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney's funeral service. Clementa was one of the nine victims who died after suspected shooter Dylann Roof entered the AME church and opened fire.Source:Getty 15 of 21
16. SEPTEMBER: President Obama is featured on the popular show "Running Wild With Bear Grylls." Obama took the trip to highlight the importance of climate control.Source:Getty 16 of 21
17. SEPTEMBER: The First Couple serve as "love goals" at the White House's state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan. Obama and Xi announced an agreement on controlling climate change and a mutual outlook on cyber security.Source:Getty 17 of 21
18. OCTOBER: President Obama meets with Ahmed Mohamed, the student who was detained by Texas police for his homemade clock. The president stood by the teen, who many believe was the victim of Islamophobia.Source:Getty 18 of 21
19. NOVEMBER: President Obama issues a warning to his critics who "pop off" at his policies towards Syrian refugees. Speaking at the OP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, Obama welcomed his Republican critics to the White House to lay down their own policies. No one has responded.Source:Getty 19 of 21
20. DECEMBER: President Obama addresses the public from the Oval Office regarding the San Bernardino shooting.Source:Getty 20 of 21
21. DECEMBER: All grown up! The First Family, including Obama's mother-in-law Marian Robinson, is seen at the White House's national Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 2.Source:Getty 21 of 21
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