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Video: activist Ty Turner arrested for distributing voting rights leaflets

Activist and former North Carolina State Senate candidate Ty Turner was arrested during a Moral Mondays rally in Charlotte, NC. Turner was arrested and later released for distributing voting rights leaflets. Those who had assembled for Moral Mondays proceeded to go to jail to demand Turner’s release. As the crowd waited, Turner eventually arrived at the jail […]

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Teacher medically evaluated, placed on leave for writing science fiction novels about school killings

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A Massachusetts school teacher was placed on administrative leave after authorities discovered he’d authored two books that described school killings. Earlier this month, the Dorchester County Board of Education was alerted that eighth grade language arts teacher Patrick McLaw had several aliases, which he published the books under.

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Michael Sam cut from St. Louis Rams

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Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player drafted to the NFL, was cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday. The move came as teams in the league reduced their roster to 53 players.

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Study: despite being political powerhouses, black women remain absent from politics

Despite being one of the most active political constituencies in the nation, black women are severely underrepresented in federal, state and local government. That’s the conclusion of a study released by The Higher Heights Leadership Fund and the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics, in collaboration with the Center for American Progress.  The […]

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The future of youth activism

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BYP100′s National Coordinator Charlene Carruthers recently joined MSNBC host Melissa Harris Perry. The two discuss the goals of the Black Youth Project 100, and the importance of youth activism. 

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Study: whites have 1 black friend compared to blacks having 8 white friends

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According to a study released by the Public Religion Research Institute, whites in America have an average of one black friend compared to blacks having 8 white friends.

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Black Men: ‘I’m tired of feeling like someone’s enemy’

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The following post is from The Root. It was written by The Root Staff. By: The Root Staff (Editor’s note: We began this summer with a commemoration of Freedom Summer, 50 years after blood was shed on Southern soil to insure our inalienable right to vote as citizens of these United States. We end this summer […]

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‘Exodus’ director addresses casting controversy

In response to criticism that he white-washed his film Exodus, director Ridley Scott talked about why he chose all white actors for his film. Christian Bale was tapped to play the lead role of Moses, and the rest of the cast is as white as they come despite the movie being based in Africa. 

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Instead of arrests, Ferguson protesters get meeting with U.S. Attorney

When a group of Ferguson, Missouri protesters marched on the office of U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan on Tuesday, they expected to be arrested. Instead, they met with Callahan face-to-face for an hour.

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Jackie Robinson West champ has no home of his own

America’s favorite Little League team has been receiving a lot of support these days for their work on the field. But one of them could really use out help. See, 12-year-old Jackie Robinson West team member Jaheim Benton and his family have been homeless since June. 

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