Al Sharpton's mother Ada Sharpton passed away in the early morning hours today. Sharpton announced his mother's passing on his Twitter.com social account today.

His spokeswoman says Ada Sharpton died early Thursday morning in Dothan, Ala., following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Rachel Noerdlinger says Sharpton will fly to Alabama to make arrangements for his mother's funeral after attending a rally Thursday evening in Sanford, Fla., for Trayvon Martin. Source

Despite his personal grief, Sharpton tweeted that he was on a plane heading to central Florida to go ahead with his plans to attend a rally for Trayvon Martin, the youth who was gunned down by a racist neighborhood watch person last month.

The rally has been moved to Mellon Park in Sanford, Florida at 7pm due to "overwhelming demand" Sharpton tweeted.

Singer Rihanna was spotted leaving Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Malibu Wednesday evening. The troubled superstar wore a jewel encrusted gold semiautomatic handgun on a chain around her neck. The leather purse that she carried was embossed with a pair of handcuffs. We all know how much RiRi is into symbolisms. Are the gold handgun and handcuffs a subtle hint of impending violence toward her love rival, Karrueche, who is dating Chris Brown? The 24-year-old Bajan had tongues wagging all over the Internet this morning after she was seen leaving Ashton Kutcher's home last night. No one really believes there's anything going on between them. but you know how the media likes to spread rumors.

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Hundreds of protesters holding bags of Skittles and cans of Arizona iced tea joined together for a “Million Hoodie March” in Union Square in New York City Wednesday.

The peaceful protest was organized by black and white college students, many wearing grey hoodies to symbolize the racist stereotyping that led to the death of Miami teenager Trayvon Martin.

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A white teenager received two life sentences after pleading guilty Wednesday to murder and a hate crime for running over a black man with his pickup truck.

Deryl Dedmon, 19, was indicted for capital murder in the June 26 death of James Craig Anderson, a 47-year-old car plant worker who was remembered for his love of church and his sense of humor.

Dedmon admitted that he and a group of friends were partying in a small town outside Jackson, when he suggested that they go find a black man to harass.

The group of white teens chose Jackson because of its majority-black population.

Dedmon, who was driving, found Anderson standing outside a hotel just before dawn.

Anderson was beaten before Dedmon backed his truck up in the hotel parking lot and accelerated into Anderson, running him over and killing him.

It wasn't the first time Dedmon and his friends had harassed black people just for kicks. He usually targeted the homeless or drunks who weren't likely to report it to police, according to USA Today.

Before his sentence was handed down Wednesday, Dedmon turned to Anderson's family and asked for forgiveness.

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A 5-year-old boy is in critical condition after police said his mother used a kitchen knife to slash his throat.

Daphne Spurlock, 45, told Magnolia, Texas police she slashed her son's throat because "he was infested with demons."

On Saturday night, Spurlock allegedly stomped on her son's head and chest before slitting his throat.

The child's father came home from work to find Spurlock standing over the child.

Child Protective Services said it has no history with the family and there are no other children who live in the home. Family members have indicated that Spurlock had recently been battling with mental issues.

The young boy was air-lifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital after his father called 911.

His mother has confessed and is in Montgomery County Jail on attempted capital murder charges. Source

This will continue to happen as long as we don't address mental illness in the black community.

The Trayvon Martin case has become a lightning rod for justice, not only in the black community, but around the world.

Earlier this week, Anderson Cooper interviewed Trayvon's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, and the ear witnesses who heard Trayvon's pleas for help in the moments before he was slain.

The full interview will air on "Anderson" this Thursday, March 22nd.

Trayvon Martin's Dad on Zimmerman's 'A-Holes' Comment:

Anderson: One of the other things that really caught my attention that he says on these 911 tapes to police. He says, 'These a-holes, they always get away.' Now, I don't know when he said they, I'm not sure if he meant African American males, if he meant teenagers. I don't know what was in his mind but those were the words he used. When you heard that what did you think?

Tracy Martin: That Zimmerman had in his mind at that point that he wasn't going to let whoever that individual was get away. That he just wanted confrontation. He was told by the dispatcher stand down, don't follow this individual, he pursued it anyway.

See more clips of the interview after the break.

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Nothing surprises me anymore. Two Chicago parents were arrested and charged with child endangerment after they left their 9-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son at home while they jetted to Vegas for two days.

Shanpreta Howard and Antowain Johnson turned themselves in to police on Tuesday, even though they left Chicago on the evening of Wednesday, February 22 -- and did not return until Friday afternoon.

While in Vegas, Howard and Johnson visited a storefront chapel where they renewed their vows. They also updated their facebook status frequently with photos and notes about their trip.

Johnson even updated his status at one point to say: "Bout to hit the Strip Club."

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