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Racist Easter eggs left on lawns of Virginia community

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Neighbors in a Herico County, Virginia community say they were shocked and appalled after finding eggs with racist messages on their front lawns Easter Sunday. Each egg carried a slip of paper with a typed message. 

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After 8 years, inmates still waiting for trial

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Two men who have been in Mississippi’s Hinds County Detention Center for seven years and eight years without going to trial had known mental health issues when they were incarcerated. They are among nearly 130 inmates have been in the detention center for at least a year without trial. 

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Federal Government offers assistance to Chicago police after weekend violence

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Chicago saw at least 44 shooting incidents and 8 deaths over the holiday weekend. Now, the federal government is offering help to the city in the fight to end violence in the streets. 

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Keke Palmer lands talk show, will become youngest talk show host in TV history

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Keke Palmer has landed her own daytime talk show on BET. The 20-year-old actress will become the youngest talk show host in TV history when she takes on The Keke Palmer Project (working title). 

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Breaking: Supreme Court upholds Affirmative Action ban in Michigan

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The Supreme Court ruled that a Michigan initiative that bans racial preferences in college admissions is constitutional, overturning a lower court decision. The measure is expected to appear on this year’s ballot. 

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Study: parental incarceration worsens disparities between black and white children

Two sociologists have concluded that parental incarceration plays a role in childhood inequality.  The study, which appears in the book  Children of the Prison Boom: Mass Incarceration and the Future of American Inequality, was conducted by Sara Wakefield of Rutgers University-Newark and Christopher Wildeman of Yale University. 

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University approves integration of fraternities and sororities

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The University of Alabama’s student government voted to support full integration of the Greek system last week. The vote follows a year of controversy over qualified students being blocked from joining sororities because they were black. The discrimination was largely due to influence from a group called “The Machine.”

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Rhymefest releases new album, donates a portion of profits to Donda’s House

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Grammy award-winning rapper Rhymefest has teamed up with Pledge Music to raise awareness and funds about violence in the community. The Chicago-based rapper and activist is releasing his album, “Violence is Sexy” via the platform, which allows users to purchase music via a pledge or donation. 

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Obama Administration to expand clemency for drug offenders

As part of a new initiative, President Obama plans to dramatically increase the number of drug offenders he considers for clemency.  According to White House spokesman Jay Carney, the president has requested that the Justice Department set up a process to ensure that anyone who has a good case for commutation has their application evaluated.

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Congressional Black Caucus calls for Army to repeal hairstyle ban

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In reaction to a new Army regulation that bans many popular hairstyles worn by its black female soldiers, the Congressional Black Caucus has asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to overturn the ruling.  Currently, 26,700 African American women are on active duty in the Army. 

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