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Jussie Smollett: “There’s Never Been a Closet”

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By diamond 1:12 pm March 9, 2015 Jussie Smollett who plays Jamal on Empire, discussed his sexuality on the latest episode of Ellen. Smollett told Ellen: “It was really important to make sure that it got across that there is no closet. There’s never been a closet that I’ve been in… I have a home […]

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Civil Rights Leader Diane Nash on Why She Didn’t March During Selma Anniversary

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By diamond 10:17 am March 9, 2015 Nash was a major player in Freedom Summer and the Selma Voting Rights Movement. She spoke with NewsOne’s Roland Martin about her reasons for not participating in the Selma march held this week: “I refused to march because George Bush marched. I think the Selma Movement was about nonviolence and […]

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Comedian Jessica Williams on the Ferguson DOJ Report

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By diamond 9:41 am March 9, 2015 The Daily Show’s Jessica Williams suggests that black residents in Ferguson create the Fined Enough Already (F.E.A) Party. Photo: Screenshot/Youtube

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#HandsOffAssata: Cuba Says They Will Not Return Assata Shakur


By diamond 5:47 pm March 5, 2015 Cuba has made it very clear that they will not be returning Assata Shakur to the United States. From The Root: “I can say it is off the table,” Gustavo Machin, the deputy director for American affairs at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, replied when asked if […]

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Breaking: Brown Family Will File Civil Lawsuit, Ferguson Police Official Fired


By diamond 2:20 pm March 5, 2015 The family of Michael Brown has announced that they will file a civil lawsuit against the city of Ferguson following the Department of Justice’s announcement that they will not seek federal charges against Darren Wilson. In the aftermath of the DOJ’s scathing report on the racial biases within […]

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No More Business As Usual: UC Berkeley Students Host Teach-In

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By diamond 2:03 pm March 5, 2015 Students at the UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare organized a teach-in to let a racially insensitive professor know that there will be no more business as usual. From the Bold Italic: “We all experienced the emotional impact of your actions. We would not be here today if this […]

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Man Arrested for the Murder of Islan Nettles


By diamond 10:40 am March 5, 2015 From DNAinfo: A Brooklyn man was arrested for the brutal 2013 beating death of transgender woman Islan Nettles — nearly two years after confessing to the crime, prosecutors said. James Dixon, 24, of Clinton Hill, was indicted for manslaughter and felony assault in relation to Nettles’ death, prosecutors said Tuesday in Manhattan […]

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The Voting Rights Act at 50: New Study Released on Race and Voting


By diamond 10:57 am March 4, 2015 A new study from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 50 Years of the Voting Rights Act: The State of Race in Politics, looks at the impact of race in voting since the passage of the Voting Rights Act. From the Joint Center: Key findings: The black/white racial […]

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Justice Department Investigation Finds Racial Bias In Ferguson Traffic Stops

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By diamond 1:47 pm March 3, 2015 From the New York Times: The Justice Department has nearly completed a highly critical report accusing the police in Ferguson, Mo., of making discriminatory traffic stops of African-Americans that created years of racial animosity leading up to an officer’s shooting of a black teenager last summer, law enforcement […]

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Rice Family Says City’s Claim That Tamir Rice Was Responsible For His Own Death Is ‘Unbelievable’


By diamond 1:30 pm March 3, 2015 Cleveland city officials determined that 12-year-old Tamir Rice was responsible for his own death at the hands of two police officers late last year. The Rice family has responded to the insensitive comments made by city officials. From the Washington Post: “What they said is incredulous at best. […]

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