Medgar Evers’ widow to deliver inauguration prayer: President Obama has chosen Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights icon Medgar Evers, to deliver the invocation at his public swearing-in later this month, the Washington Post reports. This will be the first time a woman, and a layperson rather than a clergy member, has been chosen to perform the invocation. In other inauguration news, the committee planning the event announced today that the Rev. Louie Giglio has been selected to deliver the benediction at the inaugural swearing-in ceremony. “Vice President Biden and I are honored that Myrlie Evers-Williams and Rev. Louie Giglio will participate in the Inaugural ceremony,” Obama said. “Their voices have inspired many people across this great nation within the faith community and beyond. Their careers reflect the ideals that the vice president and I continue to pursue for all Americans: justice, equality and opportunity.”
“Blacked-up” German chancellor sings with children: You have to see the picture. We’re going to chalk this one up to major cultural differences.
You can minor in hip-hop at University of Arizona: Ever wish cramming for an exam was as easy as memorizing the lyrics to your favorite song and analyzing their meaning? There could be more overlap than ever before, thanks to a concentration offered by one university.
Royce White suspended amid dispute over mental illness: A Houston Rockets official announced on Sunday that the organization would be suspending the rookie amid an ongoing debate about how best to address his anxiety disorder and overall mental health during the NBA season.