People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, more fondly known as PETA, is targeting first lady Michelle Obama in a new YouTube video, pleading with her to end the tradition of using real eggs in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.
In the 80-second video, titled “Michelle Obama, We Need to Talk!” three preteen girls tell the first lady how “disappointed” they are with the use of real eggs and how much “better than this” she is. Read more.
Brotherhood/Sister Sol — a youth-based non-profit organization based in Harlem — honor the achievements of its youth and the philanthropic work of some of the nation’s most distinguished and influential individuals.
This year, honorees of the 10th annual VOICES benefit include Academy Award nominated filmmaker Lee Daniels, founder and chairperson of Radio One, Inc. Cathy Hughes and Golden-Globe-nominated actor Michael Ealy. Read more.
A new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota have uncovered a disquieting racial gap when it comes to exposure to air pollution, the MinnPost reports.
Examining air-pollution exposure across racial, economic, educational and other relevant categories, researchers realized that race and income had the greatest impact on exposure, with people of color being exposed to 38 percent more outdoor nitrogen oxide from vehicle exhaust and power plants than their white counterparts. Exposure has been linked to higher rates of asthma and heart disease. Read more.
Two seniors at a private Catholic high school in South Huntington, N.Y., were indefinitely suspended for wearing a Confederate flag draped around their shoulders, CBS New York reports. The students, who brought the flag to an after-hours sports event at the Long Island school, have prompted outrage, according to the report. Read more.
Basil Paterson, a longtime New York political powerhouse and the father of former Gov. David Paterson, has died, his family said Thursday. He was 87. Paterson died at 10 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to a family statement that did not give the cause of death. He would have turned 88 on April 27. Read more.
A New Jersey man is being called a hero today for pulling three teens from the Delaware River after their mother allegedly tried to kill them.
Darnell Taylor was heading to dinner with his wife when he noticed a van sticking out of the river and people trapped inside. Taylor is grieving the loss of his father who succumbed to cancer on Wednesday morning, but still sprang into action to rescue the family without any regard for his own safety. Read more.