Justin Bieber Apologizes For Racist Joke + 4 Other Things To Know Today

+ Justin Bieber Apologizes for Racist Joke

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A racist joke Justin made when he was 15 has surfaced. The singer apologized, basically saying he was young and didn’t know better then. “I thought it was OK to repeat hurtful words and jokes [back then], but didn’t realize at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance.” Jokes are supposed to be funny, not racist.

“Maleficent” Helps Kids

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Maleficent might be a villain, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do charity in her name! Walt Disney Studios and One Kings Lane decided to sell items from the new movie “Maleficent,” with 100% of the proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Club of America.

+ Pharrell & Feminism

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Sounds like Pharrell needs a little Feminism 101. He said he couldn’t be a feminist because he’s a man, and then had a really feminist thing to say: “I do support feminists. I do think there’s injustices. There are inequalities that need to be addressed.” That sounds an awful lot like feminism, Pharrell!

+ 200 Concerned Black Men Ask for Change

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200 African American men have signed an open letter to President Obama, asking him to include women in the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. The letter says, “In short, in lifting up only the challenges that face males of color, MBK — in the absence of any comparable initiative for females — forces us to ask where the complex lives of black women and black girls fit into the White House’s vision of racial justice?”

+ American Prisoner of War Released

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was a prisoner of war in Afghanistan  for five years, has been released. While everyone is glad he is free, there is some controversy around his release, because the American government released five Taliban prisoners as part of their negotiation. Explaining the reasoning behind the negotiation, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said, “Had we waited and lost him [Bergdahl], I don’t think anybody would have forgiven the United States government.” They had also been trying different strategies for years in order to get him freed.

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