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Black McDonald’s workers file civil rights lawsuit for firings


By Diamond 7:49 pm January 22, 2015 Former workers in three McDonald’s locations in Northern Virginia, say that they were fired for being people of color. Some were told by management that they “need to get the ghetto out of the store.”

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What it’s like to lose your home to gentrification

By Diamond 3:02 pm January 22, 2015 This important video from Buzzfeed highlights the story of Kai, whose family was pushed out from their San Francisco neighborhood by gentrification.

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How do you ask someone about their race?

By Diamond 12:18 pm January 22, 2015 “Ever been asked, “So… what are you?” Here’s how to throw self-censorship out the window and open up a deeper conversation. And it might just lead you to re-examine why you are even asking the question in the first place.” — Amani Hayes – Messinger

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North Miami police will no longer use black men’s mug shots as target practice

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By Diamond 12:09 pm January 22, 2015 After receiving criticism, the North Miami Police Department has decided to change their sniper training.

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Justice Department lawyers will recommend no civil rights charges against Darren Wilson


By Diamond 11:20 am January 22, 2015 The New York Times reports that Justice Department prosecutors are expected to recommend that no civil rights charges be brought against Darren Wilson. Darren Wilson, a former police officer  in Ferguson, MO, shot and killed Michael Brown in August. No criminal charges were brought against him either.

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President Obama’s State of the Union speech first to say transgender, but so what?

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By Diamond 4:20 pm January 21, 2015 Last night’s address was the first State of the Union speech to directly reference lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans. President Obama has previously referenced transgender individuals in a speeches, making him the first president to do so. While the recognition is important, some trans activists wonder, “Where are […]

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Larry Wilmore on Bill Cosby rape allegations: ‘That ************ did it’

By Diamond 2:42 pm January 21, 2015 On yesterday’s The Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore got down to the bottom line:  Bill Cosby is guilty.

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#SOBU: Black Lives Matter to release the State of the Black Union

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By Diamond 1:24 pm January 21, 2015 At 3 pm E.S.T, the State of the Black Union will be released online by Black Lives Matter. The pre-recorded response to President Obama’s speech, will include representatives from Dream Defenders, Trans Women of Color Collective and Justice League NYC.

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What “lackluster” #LightGirls was missing


By Diamond 11:04 am January 21, 2015 Viewers weighed in on Bill Duke’s Light Girls documentary and the overall sentiment is that it was lackluster at best, extremely problematic at worst. Perhaps it’s time for a more critical documentary on race and colorism to be made.

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Obama dropped the mic during the State of the Union

By Diamond 1:51 am January 21, 2015

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