Time – President Obama has announced that more than 8 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces, considerably over initial predictions. More than a quarter are aged between 18 and 34.
ABC News – Williams, 31, the ex-wife of former NFL quarterback Kordell Stewart, was booked and released at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta Wednesday, her rep told E! News. She left on a $2,000 bond, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Detroit Free Press – The University of Michigan Black Student Union and the university say they have reached agreement on several issues aimed at expanding minority enrollment and improving the campus experience for minority students, including planning a new multicultural center closer to the heart of campus.
Fashion Times – “It is an honor to be a spokesperson for such an iconic brand. I am proud to say that I am a Maybelline girl, and hopefully I can make people feel the same way I did when I saw the advertisements growing up,” Dunn said in a statement.
Philly – President Obama on Wednesday announced a pair of grant programs designed to bring academic institutions and businesses closer together to help prepare the American workforce for jobs that may otherwise go unfilled.
NY Daily News – It is 2014, we have twice elected a black president, and Jackie Robinson is an American icon, celebrated annually on April 15. And yet: Hank Aaron is receiving hate mail, which reminds us that black people are still held to a different standard, when it comes to expressing strong opinions on race.
CNN – Before the military’s announcement that most of the students had been freed, Borno Gov. Kashim Shettima told reporters about 14 girls had escaped. He pledged 50 million naira, around $300,000, to any person or persons who could provide information that would lead to the rescue of the girls.
DNAinfo New York – The family of Ramarley Graham, the unarmed Bronx teen fatally shot in his own home by NYPD Officer Richard Haste, demanded Wednesday that the Department of Justice formally investigate the teen’s death.
Gigwise – The rap duo will see their respective charities – Donda’s House Inc. and the Common Ground Foundation – campaigning to help the city’s unemployed. They will be working with the Chicago Urban League, which is an organisation focused on building strong African American communities.
Detroit Free Press – Rev. Jesse Jackson said that the brutal beating of a motorist in Detroit was a “sin against humanity” and he called for metro Detroit to come together in the wake of the attack. “It was an act of meanness and evil that must be handled,” Jackson said in a phone interview. “What they did was wrong.”
CBS News – Rapper and entrepreneur Sean Combs will deliver Howard University’s commencement speech this year in Washington. The school announced Tuesday that Combs will be among five people who will receive honorary degrees as trailblazers in their fields.
Hollywood Life – An insider tells HollywoodLife.com that Mimi did the sex tape for money and fame. “Have you every heard of Mimi Faust before her porn dropped? Exactly!” the source tells us. “Mimi is trying to make a name for herself and become relevant. She’s riding this new wave of fame until it ends.”
Bleacher Report – Jason Heyward: Sacrifice is a difficult thing for so many people to come to grips with, but he did it and thrived. Branch Rickey as well. He didn’t get enough credit for having the conviction to believe that Jackie could be the guy. They made powerful statements without making any actual statements.
Yahoo News – Heavily armed Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped more than 100 girls from a school in northeast Nigeria, sparking a search by soldiers to track down the attackers, a security source and witnesses said Tuesday.
The Hill – Last week, Holder told a civil rights group he and President Obama’s administration have been subject to “unprecedented” and “ugly” attacks. He asked what attorney general or president in history had to deal with the same.