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Monthly Archives: February 2013

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Name (Calling)

By now, many of us have heard about the ugly insult hurled at the wonderful Quvenzhané Wallis, who, by virtue of being talented and Black at the same time, has become another symbol representing our society’s insufferable addiction to misogyny and racism (among other things). Even more unfortunately, what happened to Quvenzhané is not surprising, […]

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Obama to File Brief Urging Supreme Court to Strike Down Proposition 8

Justice Department will file a brief today urging the Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriages to resume in California.

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Summer M.’s Requisite Black History Month Entry

Many of us have spent the last month celebrating the birthdays of awesome people (Toni Morrison, Nina Simone, Summer M., Erykah Badu), posting fake quotes attributed to someone featured on the Mount Rushmore of black leaders, wondering how many things George Washington Carver made with peanuts, and ruminating on the marriage of crunchiness and technology […]

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Atlanta Teen Shot 15 Times for Leaving Gang; Miraculously Survives

After Atlanta teen Orentheal Childs decided to leave a local gang, outraged members shot him 15 times. Miraculously, Orentheal survived and is on the road to recovery.

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Congress Finally Passes Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act has finally been reauthorized. Though its been reauthorized without trouble in the past, the GOP decided to stall the proceedings because of new provisions that provided protection for LGBT people, immigrants, and Native American women.

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Openly Gay Mississippi Mayoral Candidate Found Dead

Openly gay mayoral candidate Marco McMillian was found dead near a Mississippi River levee. McMillian was the first openly gay person to be a viable candidate for public office in the state. His death is being investigated as a homicide.

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1965 Voting Rights Act Being Challenged in Supreme Court

The Supreme Court’s conservative justices have expressed skepticism regarding a key element of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, specifically a provision that forces states with a history of discrimination to have changes to their election process approved. Seriously?

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‘This American Life – Harper High School’ Takes Closer Look at Chicago Gun Violence

A recent installment of This American Life takes a closer look at the crisis of gun violence in Chicago’s South and West Sides. following the lives of faculty and students immersed in the systemic obstacles that create and perpetuate the violence that is robbing us of our youth.

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REPORT: Learning Gaps for Black Students Start in 2nd Grade

According to a recent report, Black students display significant learning gaps by the 2nd grade, and they only grow larger with age. If these trends persist, only 1 in 20 black kindergartners will go on to graduate from a 4-year university. What needs to be done to close this gap?

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Zoe Saldana Responds to Nina Simone Controversy

Zoe Saldana responds to Nina Simone film controversy: “I’m doing it for my sisters and my brothers and I don’t care who tells me I’m not this or I’m not that. I know who I am and I know what Nina Simone means to me.”

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