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Petition calls for closer look into firing of black teachers

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Over 6,000 teachers lost their jobs due to restructuring within the Chicago Public School system. Now, a group of black teachers is calling for an investigation into the practice, claiming that thousands of African American educators are unfairly targeted.  A Change.org petition, created by Rosita Chatonda of Chicago, states that similar trends are happening in […]

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BYP 100′s Edward James, civil rights activists call for firing of Angela Corey

Edward James and other members of BYP 100 joined thousands of protesters on Tallahassee on Thursday. The civil rights groups demanded justice for Marissa Alexander. 

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Lawsuit: police shot unarmed man in back

An off-duty San Antonio police officer shot an unarmed black man to death as he walked away from a restaurant drive-through. In court, parents of Marquis Jones, 23, sued the city, Officer Robert Encina, Quinonez Foodservice, Chacho’s 8614 Perrin Beitel Ltd. and John Burke, president of Quinonez and Chacho’s. 

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Viewer agrees to help send student to Ivy League program

A young teen from one of D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods who received admission to some of  the country’s most prestigious summer college programs will receive help from a viewer who watched his story on a local newscast. Zach Wood had turned to raising donations online to attend the program. 

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New Jersey students who took lynching photo won’t face charges

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No criminal charges will be filed against members of a New Jersey high school wrestling team who posed in a photo simulating a lynching. The picture showed seven white boys in Phillipsburg wrestling attire surrounding a black wrestling dummy wearing a rival school’s t-shirt. The dummy was hanging from a noose. 

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B. Scott loses lawsuit against BET

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BET is well within its rights to request certain attire for its hosts according to a judge who dismissed B. Scott’s lawsuit against the network. The transgender blogger, television personality and radio host filed a discrimination suit against the network, claiming it humiliated him during last year’s BET awards by forcing him to change into […]

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Report: Wisconsin tops list of worst states for black children

According to a study released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Wisconsin has the country’s worst disparities between children of color and white children. The study, “Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children”, considered 12 major factors such as home life and socioeconomic status, educational access and children who grow up in […]

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Aretha Frankin files $10 million lawsuit over fake Patti LaBelle fight story

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With the popularity of the internet, blogs and social media, it can be pretty tricky deciphering what’s real and what isn’t. Well a satirical website may learn a hard lesson after the “Queen of Soul” is finished with them. The News Nerd has been slapped with a $10 million lawsuit after writing a fake story […]

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Students suspended indefinitely for bringing Confederate flag to school

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Two Long Island high school students have been suspended indefinitely after bringing a Confederate flag to school. According the Brother Gary Cregan, St. Anthony’s High School’s principal, the two seniors walked in with the flag draped around their shoulders during a sporting event. 

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Jelly Belly chairman donates to reverse rights of trans students in California

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Back in August, California passed a landmark form of legislation that allows transgender students from grades K-12 the right to choose programs and facilities based on their gender identity. It’s called the “School Success and Opportunity Act,” and Jelly Belly Chairman Herman Rowland Sr. isn’t a supporter of the legislation. What he does support is an […]

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