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Blake Brockington, Trans Activist, Dies

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By diamond 2:36 pm March 25, 2015 Blake Brockington, a freshman at University of Carolina, Charlotte, committed suicide Monday night. Brockington, 18, broke barriers as the first trans homecoming king at his North Carolina high school. The national response to his homecoming win, while beneficial in some ways, caused Brockington some strife. ”That was single-handedly the hardest […]

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Chicago Police Made More Street Stops Last Year Than NYPD

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By diamond 12:19 pm March 23, 2015   The Chicago police made more street stops last year than the NYPD did at the height of their stop-and-frisk initiative reports the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. The study found that the Chicago police stopped African-Americans at a disproportionately higher rate than Latinos and whites. All together, more […]

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Watch: Chance the Rapper Stars in New Short Film

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By diamond 1:59 pm March 20, 2015 Chance the Rapper is the star of “Mr. Happy”, a film directed by Collin Tilley. Watch the film here. h/t Pigeons and Planes Photo: Mr. Happy

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Missing Mississippi Man Found Hanging From Tree

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By diamond 12:06 pm March 20, 2015 A missing Mississippi man was found hanging from a tree on Thursday. It has yet to be determined whether he was lynched or if he committed suicide. From CNN: The hanging death of an African-American man who had been missing since early this month and was found Thursday […]

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Students Hold Rally After Violent Arrest Of Martese Johnson

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By diamond 12:18 pm March 19, 2015 A rally was held Wednesday night to protest the arrest and beating of University of Virginia student Martese Johnson. From The Root: On Wednesday evening, University of Virginia students gathered to protest the beating and arrest of third-year student Martese Johnson, 20, who was accosted by Alcoholic Beverage […]

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Update: Video of Martese Johnson’s Arrest

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By diamond 9:54 am March 19, 2015 The Cavalier Daily has obtained video of Martese Johnson’s arrest. In response to a request from UVA President Terry Sullivan, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has asked the Secretary of Public Safety to initiate an investigation. TW: police brutality

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Black UVA Student Viciously Beaten By Police

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By diamond 3:45 pm March 18, 2015 A black University of Virginia junior was viciously beaten by police on Tuesday night. Martese Johnson, a junior from Chicago, was apparently beaten for having a fake ID. According to the Cavalier Daily, Johnson was ”arrested on charges of resisting arrest, obstructing justice without threats of force, and profane swearing […]

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Kendrick Lamar’s New Album Just Made History

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By diamond 2:56 pm March 18, 2015 Kendrick Lamar’s new album, To Pimp a Butterfly, just made streaming history.  The album racked up 9.6 million streams on Spotify on its first day of release. That is more plays than any other album during Spotify’s history. You can listen to the album here. Photo: Kendrick Lamar/Giphy

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ICYMI: Raven-Symoné Says ‘Some People Look Like Animals’

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By diamond 1:41 pm March 18, 2015 Raven-Symoné doesn’t seem to think comparing Michelle Obama to an ape is racist. Last week, Univision news anchor Rodner Figueroa was fired after comparing Michelle Obama to an ape from Planet of the Apes while on air. There’s a long history of racist, dehumanizing tropes that compare black people to animals. On The […]

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Elite Degrees Give Black Americans Little Advantage In Job Market

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By diamond 10:46 am March 18, 2015 A new study from the University of Michigan shows that elite credentials give black Americans very little advantage in the job market. From the University of Michigan: Gaddis used a unique field experiment to test the value of different types of college degrees in the labor market for […]

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