April 2018


Two brothers did 31 years for someone else’s crime. Then things went bad.



04-10-2018 -- Henry Lee McCollum, seated, and his half-brother, Leon Brown, were released  prison after DNA evidence exonerated them in the 1983 rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl Travis Dove for The New York Times 



In 2015, the state of North Carolina paid $750,000 to Henry McCollum to compensate for the 30 years the innocent man spent on death row.



Seven months later, he was broke. McCollum, who is intellectually disabled, then began borrowing money at 38 percent...read more

CategoryArts and Culture
Age16
HometownHackensack, N.J.
EducationManhattan School of Music, Emerson Junior-Senior High School

It’s hard to not compare musical prodigy Matthew Whitaker to legendary musician Stevie Wonder. Matthew, who taught Image of Matthew Whitakerhimself to play “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” at just 3 years old and plays the piano effortlessly and with so much soul, is also blind.

“I don’t let my blindness stop ...read more