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Report: people of color have tech degrees, they just don’t get hired

Top universities turn out twice as many black and Latino computer science and computer engineering graduates than the rate at which leading tech companies hire them, according to a USA Today analysis. The companies say the pool of job applicants is to blame for the severe shortage of blacks and Latinos in Silicon Valley. 

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Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood to host first annual 5k this November

The Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s south side will be hosting its first 5K in November. The event, called Ditch the Weight and Guns 5K Walk and Run organized by Andrea Natay. She hopes that the event will draw nearly 1000 participants.

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Report: black males are 21 times more likely to be shot by police than whites

According to an analysis by Pro Publica, black males are 21 times more likely to be shot by police than their white male counterparts. The analysis was based on 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012. 

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Video: St. Louis police pepper-spray peaceful protesters during Ferguson’s ‘Weekend of Resistance’

Over the weekend, thousands of activists, community leaders and concerned citizens gathered in protest of black men being gunned down by police in St. Louis. And according to a video submitted to us by protester Katina Parker, peaceful protesters where pepper-sprayed by police as they exercised their right as U.S. citizens. 

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St. Louis now has five fatal police shootings under investigation

The fatal shooting of an 18-year-old teen by an off-duty police officer in St. Louis has brought the city and county’s number of fatal police shootings this year that are currently under investigation to five. All five victims are black men under the age of 31. Two are accused of having  gun in their possession […]

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Judges strike down Wisconsin, Texas voter ID laws

A federal judge equated Texas’ strict voter ID requirement to a poll tax deliberately meant to suppress voters of color and struck it down less than a month before election day. The verdict came just a few hours after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a similar measure in Wisconsin.

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Adrian Peterson facing jail time after pot admission

Texas prosecutors have filed paperwork to have Adrian Peterson’s bail revoked and the Minnesota Vikings running back re-arrested after he admitted that he recently smoked marijuana to a drug tester during a urinalysis on Wednesday. 

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Video: Cops knock out teen for smoking cigarette

The family of a 17-year-old New York teen has released a clip of a cell phone video showing a plainclothes NYPD officer hitting the teen while he lies in the gutter pleading with him. Lawyers for Marcel Hamer say their client was suspected of smoking marijuana, but was just charged with disorderly conduct. 

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Spike Lee to make documentary on Mo’ne Davis and her Little League team

Filmmaker Spike Lee is hoping to make a documentary about Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis and her team. Along with Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West team, Davis captured the hearts of watchers of the Little League World Series.

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Relatives of Aunt Jemima hit brand with lawsuit

Nancy Green was the first Aunt Jemima in 1890. Born a slave in 1834 in Kentucky, her likeness is now a staple in households throughout the country. Now, a lawsuit claims that Green’s heirs as well as descendants of other black women who appeared as Aunt Jemima are entitled to $2 billion and a share […]

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