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America’s Most Wanted: Hip hop, the Media & the Prison Industrial Complex

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The University of Chicago’s Race Center hopes to spark useful dialogue with their event, “America’s Most Wanted: Hip hop, the Media & the Prison Industrial Complex.” AMERICA’s MOST WANTED examines the prison crisis by placing two of America’s most influential industries in the crosshairs: corporate-owned media and entertainment. 

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BYP 100′s Albert Sykes to receive Fannie Lou Hamer Humanitarian Award

The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute will recognize six agents of change during its 2014 Fannie Lou Hamer Humanitarian Awards Luncheon on Friday. The honorees will receive the Fannie Lou Hamer Humanitarian Award, and BYP 100 member Albert Sykes is among them. 

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11-year-old forced to clean toilets by school as punishment

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The mother of an 11-year-old boy is outraged after finding out her child was forced to clean toilets during detention. Henry Hawkins, a fifth grader at Longfields Elementary School in Forestville, MD, says an argument with a classmate led to the punishment. 

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Black Twitter outraged over praise for Kendall Jenner’s ‘epic’ hairstyle

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Black Twitter expressed outrage following a tweet from Marie Claire’s account that praised television personality and brand ambassador Kendall Jenner’s “epic” hairstyle. A photo of Jenner with her hair braided in the very common African hairstyle of cornrows was accompanied by the following words: “Kendall Jenner takes bold braids to a new epic level.”  Naturally, […]

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Video: man falsely arrested by police

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A Louisiana man says he was unlawfully detained by police after they responded to a domestic dispute. Donrell Breaux, 26, also questioned the relationship between the responding deputy and the neighbor with which he had the altercation with. 

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Marissa Alexander trial: jury selection set for July 21

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Marissa Alexander,33, appeared in court Wednesday where a judge set a date of July 21 for jury selection in her new trial. Alexander is charged with three counts of attempted assault with a deadly weapon for firing a warning shot in the direction of her estranged husband. 

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Renisha McBride Case: defense signals it will question victim’s past

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Lawyers defending a Detroit man who fatally shot a young, unarmed woman on his porch last year are signaling that the victim’s lifestyle should be fair game. Theodore Wafer was charged with second-degree murder after killing Renisha McBride. He has claimed self-defense. 

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Mississippi legislators pass bill making it legal to discriminate against gays

Legislators in Mississippi have passed a bill that would allow people to use their religion to justify discrimination. The “religious liberty” bill stalled last month, with the House voting to send it to a study committee instead of passing it. However both bodies of Congress have approved a conference report on the bill, advancing it to Gov. […]

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High School student receives Gates Millennium Scholarship, graduates early

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An Indianapolis teen has been awarded the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship. Alex Dunlap, 16, who attends Broad Ripple High School, is one of only 1,000 students in the country to receive the honor. She’ll be graduating a year early in May. 

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Video: cops shoot third unarmed man in three weeks, seize evidence from witnesses

Residents in Albuquerque are taking to the streets in protest of what they call “ongoing slayings of citizens” by their local police department. Tuesday’s shooting of an unarmed man marked the third unarmed shooting in just three weeks by cops. 

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