Time Magazine’s ’25 Most Influential Teens Of 2014′


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Sasha and Malia Obama, Mo’ne Davis Included In Time Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Teens Of 2014″ List

 

By TIME Staff

 

Teens today might have a mixed reputation, but there’s no denying their influence. They command millions of fans on Twitter and Vine, start companies with funds they raised on Kickstarter, steal scenes on TV’s most popular shows, lead protests with global ramifications, and even—as of Friday—win Nobel Peace Prizes. But which ones rise above the rest? We analyzed social-media followings, cultural accolades, business acumen and more to determine this year’s list (ordered from youngest to oldest).

 

Mo’ne Davis, 13

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Rob Carr—Getty Images

It’s not every day that a black female athlete appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated—let alone one who’s 13. So Mo’ne Davis made quite a splash in August when she landed that spot (cover line: “Remember Her Name”) after pitching a shutout game in the Little League World Series. Her team, Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons, was eventually knocked out of the tournament, but not before Davis got accolades from Michelle Obama, Kevin Durant and Ellen DeGeneres, among others. Many hope she will be a role model for girls in sports, especially those that are typically male-dominated. —Sarah Begley

 

 

Sasha Obama, 13, and Malia Obama, 16

Pablo Martinez Monsivais—AP

Pablo Martinez Monsivais—AP

A lot of dads get squeamish about their daughter’s first prom, but only Malia Obama’s date status could be called “classified information,” as the President joked on Live! with Kelly and Michael last spring. Nonetheless, she has emerged as a figure of national interest: her appearance at Chicago’s Lollapalooza Music Festival caused almost as much of a stir as the musicians themselves, and her name has spiked in popularity after her father’s election. (It’s predicted to peak again in 2018.) Sasha, meanwhile, has become an icon in her own right: after being photographed in a unicorn sweatshirt, the style sold out at ASOS in a matter of days. —S.B.

 

 

Kiernan Shipka, 14

 

Phil McCarten—Reuters

Phil McCarten—Reuters

Mad Men fans first met Sally Draper, eldest daughter of Don and Betty Draper, when she was just five years old. Since then, she’s transformed into a central, scene-stealing character that may well launch Shipka into superstardom. As Mad Men‘s final season looms, the actress has broadened her resume—landing a starring role in the Lifetime movie Flowers in the Attic—and consistently wowed on red carpets and magazine covers.—Samantha Grossman

 

 

Jazz Jennings, 14

 

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Gregg DeGuire—WireImage

In a landmark year for transgender visibility in the media, Jennings stands out for how much she’s already accomplished. She’s been interviewed by Barbara Walters, met Bill Clinton and become the youngest person ever featured on the Out 100 and The Advocate‘s 40 Under 40 lists. She even co-wrote a children’s book, I Am Jazz, loosely based on her life (she started living as a girl at age 5), that aims to help other kids understand what transgender means. “I have a girl brain but a boy body,” Jazz says in the book. “This is called transgender. I was born this way!” —Nolan Feeney

 

 

Flynn McGarry, 15

 

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At an age when many of his peers are still picking around the green stuff on their plates, McGarry has emerged as a chef du jour in the culinary industry. After helping to build a high-tech kitchen in his bedroom (modeled on Grant Achatz’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant Alinea), he started his own supper club, Eureka. It serves tasting menus—at $160 per person—at his mother’s home in Studio City, Calif. Since then, he has appeared on the cover of the New York Times Magazine, cooked on the Today show, and apprenticed at 11 Madison Park. His ultimate goal? To have, as he puts it, “the best restaurant in the world.” —S.B.

 

 

Erik Finman, 15

 

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Courtesy of Erik Finman

The rural Idaho native is the founder of Botangle.com, which offers tutoring over video chat services for teens who, like him, wanted more than the limited education opportunities within physical reach. To fund the site, Finman two years ago invested a $1,000 gift in Bitcoin, then an unlikely digital currency; soon it spiked in value, and he had $100,000. It’s no wonder, then, that Finman says he struck a deal with his parents: if he makes $1 million before he turns 18, he won’t have to attend college. —Jack Linshi

 

 

Nash Grier, 16

 

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David Livingston—Getty Images

The self-described “King of Vine”—the social media platform that loops 6-second videos—has more than 9.6 million followers and over 1.1 billion loops of his comedic videos, more than any other user. His meteoric rise to fame hasn’t been without scandal: Grier was slammed for using a homophobic slur on one of his since-deleted Vines. But he’s nonetheless parlayed his massive audience into endorsement deals, netting thousands to plug products such as Aquafina FlavorSplash.—J.L.

 

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Rico Rodriguez, 16

 

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Trae Patton/NBC/Getty Images

As scene-stealing Manny on ABC’s smash-hit Modern Family, Rodriguez isn’t just one of the most visible child actors on TV (the show’s sixth season premiere averaged more than 11 million viewers)—he’s also one of the richest. According to reports, he’ll earn a whopping $115,000 per episode if the show continues through season eight. —S.G.

 

 

Ciara Judge, 16, Émer Hickey, 17, and Sophie Healy-Thow, 17

 

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Niall Carson—AP

The trio from County Cork, Ireland took home the grand prize at the Google Science Fair after wowing the judges with their discovery: Diazotroph, a bacteria that sucks nitrogen from the atmosphere into soil, speeding up the germination of cereal crops like barley and oats and—more importantly—increasing their yield. This advance could play a crucial role in solving the global food crisis, and Judge, Hickey and Healy-Thow are alreadyplanning to commercialize it.—S.B.

 

 

Shawn Mendes, 16

 

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Drew Gurian—Invision/AP

After amassing millions of Vine followers by performing six-second micro-covers of hit songs, Mendes caught the attention of Island Records and scored a record deal. His first single, “Life of the Party,” was an instant smash, making Mendes the youngest-ever artist to debuted in the top 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. And the follow-up EP, titled—what else?—The Shawn Mendes EP, reached the No. 1 spot on iTunes earlier this year, a mere 37 minutes after its midnight release. —N.F.

 

 

Jaden Smith, 16

 

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Dan Steinberg—Invision/AP

Smith rose to fame as the son of Will Smith, occasionally popping up in movies. But his real legacy may well be his Twitter musings, which are equal parts absurdist (“Anything You See In Any Magazine Ever Is Fake.”) and insightful (“Once You Witness A Cycle Enough Times You Step Out Of It.”), earning him more than 5 million followers and labels like, “Confucius for the Internet age.” One of Smith’s recent posts sums him up pretty well: “Hate Me Love Me Doesn’t Matter I’m Still Occupying Time Inside Of Your Psyche.” —S.G.

 

 

Becky G, 17

 

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Christopher Polk—Getty Images

Mega-producer Dr. Luke (who’s worked with Britney Spears, Kesha and Katy Perry) signed Becky G to his label in 2011 after watching her YouTube covers. The investment paid off: Rebecca Marie Gomez, who began performing at age 9 to help out her cash-strapped parents, saw her irresistible ode to young love, “Shower,” chart in more than a dozen countries and become a top 20 hit in the U.S. this summer. When she’s not writing her own music, she represents Covergirl as one of its youngest-ever Latina spokeswomen and helps craft tunes for other pop acts, like Cher Lloyd and fellow teen Cody Simpson. It’s fitting that one of her first music videos was a Jennifer Lopez cover (retitled “Becky From the Block“); she’s well-positioned to follow in her footsteps. —N.F.

 

 

Salma Kakar, 17

 

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Salma Kakar is the lead rider on the co-ed Afghan National Cycling Team, which has drawn global praise for promoting female empowerment in a country where it has been rare to see women driving, let alone competing in a sport. Her dream is to wave the flag of Afghanistan at the Olympics one day, and to show the world how far Afghan women have come. —J.L.

 

 

Lorde, 17

 

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Gabriel Olsen—Getty Images

The New Zealander, born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, started 2014 off strong by nabbing two Grammy Awards for her inescapable smash-hit “Royals.” Since then, the singer-songwriter has become a force in music and pop culture: her debut album, Pure Heroine, went platinum; she won an MTV Video Music Award; and she signed on to curate the Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1soundtrack, out Nov. 21. She has also established herself as a role model who promotes healthy body image. In March, she shared two photos of herself, one Photoshopped and one unedited, to remind her more than 1.3 million Twitter followers (at the time) that “flaws are ok.” —S.G.

 

 

Lydia Ko, 17

 

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Sam Greenwood—Getty Images

After going pro last year, Ko now ranks third among women golfers worldwide, sparking interest in the sport “not just in her native South Korea and adopted homeland of New Zealand but also among juniors across the globe,” as golf legend Annika Sorenstam wrote in this year’s Time 100. Thanks to her many tournament wins and endorsement deal with Callaway, she’s also the youngest millionaire in LGPA history. “That’s big money,” she said in April. “But when I’m out there I’m thinking about making birdies and hitting good shots and making putts rather than, ‘OK, this putt is going to give me an extra thousand.’” —S.G.

 

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Chloë Grace Moretz, 17

 

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Ari Perilstein—Getty Images

The Atlanta native has already built an impressive resume with roles in films like (500) Days of Summer, Kick-Ass, Hugo and Carrie, and this year was no exception. She was the lead in this summer’s If I Stay, based on the best-selling novel of the same name, which netted $47.6 million at the box office (despite a considerably low budget) and also starred opposite Denzel Washington in hit thriller The Equalizer. Next up: roles in Dark Places, the film adaptation of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s gripping crime novel, and the sci-fi thriller The Fifth Wave. —S.G.

 

 

Kylie Jenner, 17, and Kendall Jenner, 18

 

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Donna Svennevik—ABC/Getty Images

Together, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians co-stars hosted red-carpet events, released clothing and nail polish lines and even published a dystopian young-adult novel this past summer (though yes, they had some help). But they’ve had solo success too—Kendall with modeling (she’s walked the runway for designers like Marc Jacobs) and Kylie with pseudo-entrepreneurship (she’s launching a line of hair extensions and hopes to get into acting). Next up: a multimillion-dollar mobile game? —N.F.

 

 

Malala Yousafzai, 17

 

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Ida Mae Astute—ABC/Getty Images

Two years and one day after Taliban gunmen shot her in the head while she was riding to school, the Pakistani youth activist became the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. The accolade caps an impressive—albeit early—career for Yousafzai, who has used her organization, the Malala Fund, as a platform to promote girls’ education, help Syrian refugee children and demand the return of the Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, among other things. In April, she received an honorary doctorate in civil law from the University of King’s College in Canada. “Malala is a testament that women everywhere will not be intimidated into silence,” Gabrielle Giffords wrote of Yousafzai in this year’s Time 100. “We will speak, no matter how hard it is to do so.” —S.G.

 

 

Rachel Fox, 18

 

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Jason Merritt—Getty Images

Known to Desperate Housewives fans as Kayla Scavo, the teen actress somehow found enough time between TV and movie shoots to train herself in the art of day trading: she says her investments earn her a 64 percent annual return. Now she’s trying to pay it forward. In addition to running the blog Fox on Stocks, which offers financial literacy tips for teens, Fox has created the MyGenLoves index, which tracks 20 companies that are currently hot in the youth market (such as Chipotle and Urban Outfitters). —S.B.

 

 

Bethany Mota, 18

 

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Imeh Akpanudosen—Getty Images

The fashion and beauty blogger has spent five years building her YouTube channel, Macbarbie07, into a bona-fide business—with 7.4 million subscribers, 565 million-plus views, and between $500,000 and $750,000 in annual ad revenue. Now she’s expanding her brand. This year, Mota appeared on Project Runway as a guest judge and Dancing with the Stars as a celebrity competitor, all while overseeing the clothing line she launched with Aéropostale. She also released her first single, “Need You Right Now.”—S.G.

 

 

Joshua Wong, 18

 

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Philippe Lopez—AFP/Getty Images

Wong, who recently covered Time‘s international edition, has become the face of the Hong Kong protests, a civil disobedience movement demanding that China stages unfettered elections for Hong Kong’s top political position. To some, he’s a symbol of hope—a youth rallying his peers to fight for a cause they believe in. In mainland China, however, many argue Wong is an extremist and an emblem against China’s storied national order. —J.L.

 

 

Austin Mahone, 18

 

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Matt Sayles—Invision/AP

Mahone’s social media following is modest compared to that of Justin Bieber—the pop star to whom he’s most often compared—but it’s still powerful: Mahone’s 7 million Twitter followers helped him became the first artist to hit No. 1 on Billboard‘s new Trending 140, a live-updated chart that tracks what songs have people buzzing online. It helps, of course, that he’s got a pretty sizable resume: in addition to touring with Taylor Swift and signing with Young Money (the same label as Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj), Mahone released his second EP, The Secret, in May; it debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. —N.F.

 

 

Tavi Gevinson, 18

 

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Larry Busacca—Getty Images

Gevinson may bristle at being called the “voice of a generation,” but the label does fit: Rookie, her online magazine for teenage girls, gets roughly 3.5 million hits a month—thanks in part to her mix of personal essays (see: her poignant editor’s letter about graduating high school and mourning “forever”) and insightful pop culture coverage (see: her chat about feminism with Lorde, the Seth Rogan contribution to Rookie‘s “Ask a Grown Man” video advice column). Next up: the recent high school grad, currently starring in the Broadway play This Is Our Youth, plans to head to college after a gap year. —N.F.

 

 

Megan Grassell, 19

 

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Courtesy of Megan Grassell

After taking her 13-year-old sister shopping for bras, Grassell was perturbed by how sexualized most of the available choices were for young girls; everything seemed to have padding and underwires. So she started her own company, Yellowberry, to offer an alternative: comfortable, colorful training bras with names like Junebug and Sugar Cookie. She initially raised $42,000 through Kickstarter—well above the $25,000 goal she set for herself—and now runs a full-fledged online retailer. —S.B.

 

 

Troye Sivan, 19

 

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Kevin Winter—Getty Images

The South African-Australian may have initially broken through as an actor—he snagged a role in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine after a Hollywood producer found him on YouTube—but he’s found major success this year as a musician. Thanks in large part to the support from his 2.8 million YouTube subscribers, Sivan’s latest EP,TRXYE, which he recorded in secret, topped iTunes sales charts in more than 50 countries following its August release. —N.F.

 

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The unranked list, which was released Monday morning, “analyzed social-media followings cultural accolades, business acumen and more” in order to highlight worthy candidates who influence society in a positive way.

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama Host A Fashion Education Workshop at the White House.

 

 

The workshop was to connect students with leading fashion professionals to show what to take to succeed in the fashion industry.

 

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Among those attending were young fashion design students and such fashion design/stylist icons as Naeem KhanEdward Wilkerson, Thom BrownePhillip LimJason Wu, Mary Alice Stephenson and Editor-in-Chief of Vogue magazineAnna Wintour.

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama also spent time visiting the “Wearable Technology” workshop. Wearable technology is the integration of technology with fashion, like boots that charges cellphone, bras that detect cancer, compression shirts that monitor and record your heart rate, breathing rate and body temperature.

 

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The first lady also found time to support Wendy Davis Of Texas.

 

 

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President Obama Meets with the Pentagon About ISIL

 

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, President Obama and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey,  met with Military Senior Leadership at the Pentagon on October 8, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. The President met with the military leaders for an update on the battle against ISIS.

 

 

The President met with and shook hands with military service members prior to a meeting with military senior leadership at the Pentagon. The President also participated in a conference call with state and local officials to discuss the Administration’s domestic preparedness response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, at the White House on October 8.

 

 

President Obama at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia.

 

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President Obama Provides an Update on the Ebola Outbreak

 

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On October 6, 2014, President Obama was briefed on the Ebola outbreak in the U.S. and abroad, and provided an update on the U.S. preparedness and response to the epidemic.

 

 

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Readout of the President’s Phone Call with President Santos of Colombia

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Canadian Decision to Authorize Military Force Against ISIL

 

FACT SHEET: The U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

 

 

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White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 

 

 

The White House Blog Updates:

 

Empowering Our Young People, and Stemming the Collateral Damage of Incarceration

 

Five U.S. Airports Are Enacting New Screening Measures to Protect Against Ebola

 

Preparing America’s Hospitals, Health Care Facilities, and Health Care Providers for Ebola

 

In Case You Missed It: Why We Can — and Will — Stop Ebola in the U.S.

 

U.S. Fuel Economy Reaches All-Time High

 

Vice President Biden: No One Who Works 40 Hours a Week Should Live in Poverty

 

The American Dream Needs a Fair Minimum Wage

 

Vice President Biden at the Reopening of Joplin High School: “We Never Stop. And We Always Rebuild.”

 

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Secretary Kerry Delivers Remarks With Vice President Biden and Indian Prime Minister Modi

 

Published on Oct 8, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks with Vice President Biden and Indian Prime Minister Modi at a Luncheon at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on September 30, 2014. A text transcript can be found at: http://www.state.gov/secretary/remark

 

 

 

Pastor: Family devastated by Ebola death

 

Published on Oct 8, 2014

Pastor George Mason of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas talks to Anderson Cooper about the death of Thomas Eric Duncan.

 

 

Even with combating The Ebola Virus, skin color plays a part in who survives and who dies. Remember the two caucasian Ebola medical personal who returned to America and were given the experimental drug….and lived/recovered? Why was Mr. Thomas Eric Duncan NOT given the same treatment? Skin color is why.

 

 

Chinese company snathces up NYC’s iconic Waldorf-Astoria hotel

 

Published on Oct 8, 2014

In a record-breaking sale, a Chinese insurance giant is buying New York City’s iconic Waldorf-Astoria hotel for nearly $2 billion. The purchase comes as China remains the leading foreign buyer of US properties, and what some experts call the largest transfer of wealth in history, with centuries of accumulated American capital being scooped up by Chinese investors. RT’s Marina Portnaya takes a closer look.

 

 

Notice that China owns a lot of property and “things” in America, but America owns jack shit in China?

 

 

Immigrant military veterans fight deportation after discharge

 

 

 

Supreme Court reignites same-sex marriage as campaign issue

 

 

 

Liberals Too Tolerant of Islam? Ben Affleck, Bill Maher, Sam Harris, Nicholas Kristoff Debate

 

 

 

Ebola battle through nurse’s eyes

 

 

 

Demanding Justice for John Crawford (w/ Malaya Davis)

 

 

 

NOW for the days “feel good” video: Open Carry Enthusiast Has Gun Stolen in Robbery at Gunpoint

 

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An Open Carry gun enthusiast has his gun stolen by gunpoint by a man who saw and “liked” his pistol…

 

 

Every now and again…..Karma just shows up and makes you bust the fuck out laughing.

 

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The MilitantNegro™ SoapBox: Dumbfuckery; The NFL & Roger Goodell Are Under Investigation.


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I told myself I was finished writing about Ray & Janey Rice. Watching Deion Sanders talk down and bad about Ray Rice almost made me laugh but instead I decided to write this post.

 

The new bandwagon everybody is now leaping onto is this investigation into NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and whether Goodell should resign his position as NFL commissioner. My questions is this…why should NFL commissioner Goodell do a damn thing? Who did Goodell punch? Whom did Roger Goodell assault?

 

Was NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the elevator? Did Goodell drag Janey Rice from that elevator? Did I miss Goodell punching Ms. Rice?

 

Many disagree with this statement I’m about to make but it’s a fact…..Ray Rice was indicted on March 27th. Ray Rice and Janey Palmer were married on March 28th. Now if they moved on and past Ray knocking her the fuck out in that elevator, and the assault charges were dropped…..and Ray lost his NFL football job and has since been suspended indefinitely….what would YOU like to have happen to Ray, his wife Janey and their daughter?

 

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Here’s the thing folks…you can’t take out all your anger, hatred and emotion at all the domestic violence that this planet contains, on Ray & Janey Rice. Which is exactly what the majority of humanity is doing right now. Ray has been punished to the 9th degree for his punching out his fiancée, double punished in fact. Ray lost two games from the NFL upon his being charged with aggravated assault. Then with the release of the actual punching video, he was fired from the Ravens of Baltimore and suspended indefinitely from all NFL activity.

 

In contrast, and just ponder this for a moment, George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin as did Darren Wilson kill Michael Brown, and neither man has suffered the attention nor anger that Ray Rice is now suffering. Neither man who killed Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown have ever had an investigation screamed for in the manner people are demanding an investigation into NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

 

Miriam Carey, remember her, the young Black woman gunned down in Washington, D.C. by Capital Hill police, with her baby in the backseat, for ramming her car into a White House barrier….remember the screaming for an investigation into her senseless murder? No you don’t remember that because there was no demand for an investigation. NOBODY screamed for Miriam Carey.

 

Need I bring up the brutal beating of 51-year-old Marlene Mardella Pinnock,, by California Highway Patrolman Daniel L. Andrew, who is now on desk duty (administrative leave with pay)? If you think a single punch to the face of Janey Rice is reason to demand an investigation into NFL commissioner Goodell, who was NOT present during that domestic violence…what say YOU about this…..

 

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How many of you screaming for an investigation into the NFL and NFL commissioner Goodell actually demanded the California Highway Patrol commander resign HIS job?

 

I am muthafuckin sick of real serious violence being ignored when it comes to the average American citizen, but everybody and his/her momma is calling for the lynching of Ray Rice and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The NFL nor Roger Goodell are required by law or morality to do a damn thing about Ray & Janey Rice airing their nasty dirty personal laundry in a public casino elevator.

 

The NFL handed down what they considered to be proper punishment before this latest video mysteriously appeared. AFTER the new video was made public, Ray Rice received double jeopardy and was fired from his employment, and suspended from the NFL indefinitely

 

He was sentenced to community service, anger management and domestic violence intervention. Kindly explain what else you folks would have happen to Ray & Janey Rice and their daughter.

 

I do not know the Rice family. I do wish them the best of luck and my blessings to get their family life and their marriage in order and have the best of luck here forward.

 

 

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Ray & Janey Rice, along with their daughter, will need all the best wishes, blessings and good luck they can get.

 

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The White House Observes A Moment Of Silence Marking The 9/11 13th Anniversary. President Obama Speaks At The September 11th Observance Ceremony.


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PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning. Scripture tells us, “We count as blessed those who have persevered.”

Secretary Hagel, General Dempsey, members of our Armed Forces, and, most of all, the survivors of that September day and the families of those we lost –- Michelle and I are humbled to be with you once again.

It has now been 13 years. Thirteen years since the peace of an American morning was broken. Thirteen years since nearly 3,000 beautiful lives were taken from us, including 125 men and women serving here at the Pentagon. Thirteen years of moments they would have shared with us. Thirteen years of memories they would have made.

Here, once more, we pray for the souls of those we remember, for you, their families, who love them forever, and for a nation that has been inspired by your example — your determination to carry on, your resolve to live lives worthy of their memories.

As Americans, we draw strength from you. For your love is the ultimate rebuke to the hatred of those who attacked us that bright, blue morning. They sought to do more than bring down buildings or murder our people. They sought to break our spirit and to prove to the world that their power to destroy was greater than our power to persevere and to build. But you, and America, proved them wrong.

America endures in the strength of your families who, through your anguish, kept living. You have kept alive a love that no act of terror can ever extinguish. You, their sons and daughters, are growing into extraordinary young men and women they knew you could be. By your shining example, your families have turned this day into something that those who attacked us could never abide, and that is a tribute of hope over fear, and love over hate.

America endures in the tenacity of our survivors. After grievous wounds, you learned to walk again and stand again. After terrible burns, you smiled once more. For you, for our nation, these have been difficult years. But by your presence here today, in the lives of service that you have led, you embody the truth that no matter what comes our way, America will always come out stronger.

America endures in the dedication of those who keep us safe. The firefighter, the officer, the EMT who carries the memory of a fallen partner as they report to work each and every day, prepared to make the same sacrifice for us all. Because of these men and women, Americans now work in a gleaming Freedom Tower. We visit our great cities, we fill our stadiums and cheer for our teams. We carry on, because, as Americans, we do not give in to fear — ever.

America endures in the courage of the men and women who serve under our flag. Over more than a decade of war, this 9/11 Generation has answered our country’s call, and three months from now, our combat mission in Afghanistan will come to an end. Today, we honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice these 13 years, more than 6,800 American patriots. And we give thanks to those who serve in harm’s way to keep our country safe and meet the threats of our time.

America endures in that perennial optimism that defines us as a people. Beginning tomorrow, there will be teenagers –- young adults –- who were born after 9/11. It’s remarkable. And while these young Americans did not know the horrors of that day, their lives have been shaped by all the days since — a time that has brought us pain, but also taught us endurance and strength; a time of rebuilding, of resilience, and of renewal. What gives us hope –- what gives me hope -– is that it is these young Americans who will shape all the days to come.

Thirteen years after small and hateful minds conspired to break us, America stands tall and America stands proud. And guided by the values that sustain us, we will only grow stronger. Generations from now, Americans will still fill our parks, our stadiums, our cities. Generations from now, Americans will still build towers that reach toward the heavens; still serve in embassies that stand for freedom around the world; still wear the uniform and give meaning to those words written two centuries ago: Land of the free. Home of the Brave. Generations from now, no matter the trial, no matter the challenge, America will always be America.

“We count as blessed those who have persevered.”

May God bless your families, who continue to inspire us all. May God bless our Armed Forces and all who serve to keep us safe. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.
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Memorial Museum Dedication Ceremony 9/11. We Remember

Published on May 15, 2014

The brand new Sept. 11 museum opened Thursday, May 15th, 2014 and was praised as “a sacred place of healing and of hope” that captures both the story and the spirit of heroism and helpfulness that followed the attacks. This is a video slide show of the dedication ceremony.

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