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Video Extra #4 >>> Ben Carson gets trapped in elevator

Ben Carson gets trapped in elevator

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Muhammad Ali’s words are transformed into ‘Ali Prose’ to inspire kids to become poets

The contest will award scholarships for the best submissions by high school students

By: MAYA A. JONES

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Everyone knows there was more, much more, to the late, great boxing champion Muhammad Ali than his fiery moves inside the ring. His sharp tongue, rhyming words and singsong continue to move fans nearly 60 years after his first fight. Read More

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Video Extra >>> Prince’s ex-wife writes tell-all book

Prince’s ex-wife writes tell-all book

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Maya Angelou’s Resilient Spirit Lives on in a Sprawling Documentary

By: SASHA BONÉT

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Courtesy of OWN

The late Dr. Maya Angelou (1928–2014) stopped speaking for five years after being raped by her mother’s boyfriend. She silenced herself because her eight-year-old mind believed that her voice had killed a man. He had been found in a parking lot, stomped to death, presumably by her uncles. She questioned whether he would still be alive if it weren’t for her telling the truth. PBS’s recently aired documentary Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise quells Angelou’s worries by showing some of America’s most influential people express how her audacity to speak vividly about both suffering and joy had kept them alive. President Bill Clinton, who grew up just twenty-five miles from Stamps, the Arkansas town that Angelou was raised in, once invited Angelou to his kitchen table during his tenure as the governor of that state. He asked her if she thought that he could be president. She told him not only that he could, but that he must. “She had the voice of God,” he says. Read More

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Video of the Day >>> The Queens of Comedy Tour [Full Show]

The Queens of Comedy Tour [Full Show]

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Books N Bros’ 11-year-old founder wants to help boys love reading at an age when they often don’t

By KELLY MOFFITT

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If you Google the terms “boys and reading,” you will find thousands of results laying out the state of the gender gap between boys and girls when it comes to reading and literacy. “The Boys Have Fallen Behind,” writes Nicholas Kristof. “Why Women Read More than Men,” says NPR. “The truth about boys and books: they read less – and skip pages,” reports The Guardian. Read More

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Video Extra #2 >>> Going Commando – Yay or Nay?

Going Commando – Yay or Nay?

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Kanye West Lyrics Used to Program Rapping A.I. Bot: Listen

17-year-old Robbie Barrat built the A.I. with 6,000 Kanye West lines

by Michelle Kim

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A West Virginia teenager has created a rapping A.I. bot that self-generates bars using Kanye West lyrics, Quartz reports. Robbie Barrat, 17, was debating whether artificial intelligence could be taught to perform tasks better than humans in his high school’s programming club. Using open-source code, Barrat programmed the A.I. with 6,000 Kanye lines and finished the project in a week to show his peers at the next club meeting. “Originally it just rearranged existing rap lyrics, but now it can actually write word-by-word,” Barrat said. The bot can also incorporate pauses for rhythm and effect. Listen to the results below. Here’s an example of what the bot churned out:

They steal your whole sound, that’s a Real World Challenge
You an addict of cheating but I took the charge
Stop running up my money tall, height advantage
Ohhhhh, ohhhh; oh you too much to handle in one package  Read More

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