Teen Shocked After Lottery Ticket In Birthday Card Fetches Her $4 Million

When Deisi Ocampo's (pictured) dad gave her two $100 Million Money Mania instant tickets for her 19th birthday, she never, ever, fathomed that one of them would be a $4 million winner, according NBC News.

While on her way to work on October 7, Ocampo decided to scratch off her lottery tickets. The first ticket she scratched off was not a winner. However when the Chicago teen began scratching off the second ticket, she could not believe her eyes when she realized it was indeed a winner.

Instead of hightailing it back home to let what had just occurred sink in, Ocampo actually went to work at the clothing store where she is employed, covered in sweat and still reeling from her win. “I worked the whole day without saying a word to anyone,” Ocampo told the news outlet.

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Investigator Blames Child’s Death On Violent ‘Black Culture’

Georgia county investigator David Daniel (pictured) resigned this week after a Facebook, blaming the death of a 1-year-old Rodrickus Robinson on violent “Black culture,” according to Raw Story.

Robinson died over the weekend, after he was caught in the crossfire of a gunfight in his Atlanta, Ga., neighborhood. The shooting reportedly prompted Clayton County Investigator Daniel to rail against the Black community during a visit to the Facebook page of WSB-TV.

Raw Story reports:

“Violence with guns is unfortunately a part of the Black culture and will never get better until the government stops supporting them and they are taught to work for what they get and not take from others,” he wrote.

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Mom Accused Of Driving Kids In To Ocean Wants To Visit Them

The Dayton Beach News-Journal is reporting that Ebony Wilkerson, the Mother accused of driving her three young kids in to the Atlantic Ocean last March, has requested permission to see them.

A Volusia County, Fla., judge is slated to rule Friday on the request from the 33-year-old Mother who wants to see her children before she goes to trial to face second-degree charges of murder and child abuse.

Reportedly out on bail while awaiting trial at the end of the year, Wilkerson has not seen her children since the March 4th incident near Daytona Beach, Fla., when she allegedly fought back rescuers trying to save her children from the surf. Wilkerson, who was pregnant at the time, was barred from seeing the children who have been placed in foster care, the New York Daily News reports.

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Sharpton Calls For Federal Prosecution In Ferguson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton returned to St. Louis Friday to renew calls for the federal prosecution of a white police officer who shot and killed a black 18-year-old in the nearby suburb of Ferguson.

A St. Louis County grand jury's deliberations about whether to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown's killing are expected to be complete by mid-November. The U.S. Justice Department is also investigating whether Wilson violated Brown's civil rights and conducting a broad investigation of police in Ferguson and the St. Louis area.

Sharpton returned to New York after meeting with Brown's parents and local activists. He's scheduled to again join Brown's parents Monday at a get-out-the-vote rally in St. Louis.

Sharpton's breakfast speech was followed by a training of volunteer “justice disciples” to monitor the police response to anticipated protests over the upcoming grand jury decision.

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Dems Desperately Want Black Votes, But Should We Support Them On Election Day?

Many Democrats up for election this year are running away from President Barack Obama and are desperate for Black votes. In other instances, Democrats and Republicans are invoking race in their campaign ads to attract the Black vote. Who should African American voters support, the political party which seems to take the Black vote for granted or the party that ignores us?

“NewsOne Now” host, Roland Martin, Clarence Page, Joia Jefferson Nuri and Cleo Manago discuss the political landscape leading up to next week's elections and if Democrats have done enough to mobilize the Black vote on election day. Listen to portions of their conversation below.

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Georgia Teacher Kept Out Of School After Husband Returns From West Africa Trip

An unidentified Newton County, Ga., high school teacher was mandated by the district to remain home as an Ebola precautionary measure, upon learning from a student that her husband had just returned from a trip to West Africa, according to WSB-TV.

The school district wasted no time in taking all of the necessary precautions to safeguard the student and employee population of the school against even the slightest possibility that the teacher's husband could have contracted the virulent illness that has thus far claimed the lives of more than 4,900 primarily in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.

Newton County Schools spokesperson Sherri Davis-Viniard added that the teacher's classroom was properly decontaminated from top to bottom just as a precaution. Reportedly, the teacher will not be allowed back at the school, until the district receives medical clearance that she is safe to interact with pupils and staff members at the high school.

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Black Girls Code Looks To Get Our Youth Involved In Tech

Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls Code, joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” to talk about getting Black youth involved in technology and coding. Bryant's organization provides pre-teen girls of color the opportunity to learn in-demand skills in technology and computer programming at a time when they are naturally thinking about what they want to be when they grow up.

Listen to Bryant explain how Black Girls Code helps to introduce tech, coding and computer science to young women of color below.

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First Lady Launches 2 Graduation Video Contests

WASHINGTON (AP) — High school and college students are competing for Michelle Obama to come to their schools to share her wisdom about moving on to higher education and adulthood.

The first lady announced on Thursday two video contests as part of her Reach Higher initiative, which encourages students to take their studies and training past secondary school.

To enter the first, high school students, teachers and administrators create a video that urges students to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

The second contest— the Near-Peer Mentoring College Challenge— asks college officials and student groups to submit a video that shows peer-mentoring and college-immersion programs offered on their campuses for incoming students, especially those from underserved communities.

Mrs. Obama will speak at the winners' commencement ceremonies in the spring.

Contestants must upload their video to YouTube or Vimeo. They can also post their efforts on social media and using #ReachHigher.

The first lady's Reach Higher initiative encourages high school students to attend a four-year university, community college or a professional training program.

The initiative supports President Barack Obama's “North Star” goal to make America once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.

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We Should Talk More About Bill Cosby’s Rape Allegations

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I'm not entirely sure I believe comedian Hannibal Buress when he says he didn't think making an onstage joke about Bill Cosby's (pictured) history of rape allegations would generate widespread reaction. We live in an age where anything can spark widespread reaction even if only for a millisecond. Certainly bringing up rape about one of the most-famous and beloved celebrities ever could do the trick.

RELATED: Comedian Hannibal Buress: Bill Cosby Is A Rapist

In his now-infamous set at the Trocadero Theater in Philadelphia, Buress said this of Cosby, “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the '80s! I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom!' Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.”

Responding to the viral story, Buress told Howard Stern in terms of the backlash and overall attention, “It was unexpected. It wasn't my intention to make it part of a big discussion. It was just something I was doing at that venue, right there.”

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Halloween ‘Lynching’ Display Ordered Removed From Home On Army Base

At first there was the offensive Ray Rice costume this Halloween season, now someone has hung a Black family in effigy outside of his or her home on the Fort Campbell U.S. Army base, which straddles the borders of Kentucky and Tennessee, according to a report at ClarksvilleNow.

Base officials ordered the removal of the display, which reportedly showed a Black family hanging from a tree. An illegible sign was attached to what appears to be the Father figure, while a small child clung to his ankles.

ClarksvilleNow reports:

Brendalyn Carpenter with [the Fort Campbell] Public Affairs said they received a report of a Halloween decoration that was “offensive in nature” and contacted authorities to investigate. The occupant was informed of the concerns made by the community and removed the display.

Carpenter said it was her understanding that the display was not intended to be offensive, but authorities deemed it could be interpreted as such. She said the occupant did extend an apology about the decorations.

“Displays of an offensive nature are not reflective of Army values and the family-friendly environment provided for employees and residents of the Fort Campbell community,” Carpenter said.

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