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Marquis Govan could reshape Ferguson, and he’s just 11 years old

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An 11-year-old Ferguson, Missouri youth is being hailed as a voice of change for the area after speaking out at a St. Louis City Council meeting. Marquis Govan has had enough, and took to the podium to express what he thinks needs to be done after the death of Michael Brown last month. 

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Pathologist who reviewed Michael Brown’s body to look at autopsy on Eric Garner

An expert forensic pathologist who conducted an autopsy on slain Ferguson, Missouri teenager Michael Brown will also take a look at the final autopsy report for Eric Garner. The Staten Island man died after being put in an illegal chokehold by New York police on July 17. 

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Through new initiative, actor Larenz Tate helps young black men succeed

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Actor Larenz Tate has partnered with a new California initiative to help young men succeed. The “Love Jones” actor talked about his role in BLOOM, which stands for Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men, in October’s issue of Sister 2 Sister. 

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Update: Officer who fatally shot Mike Brown testified in front of grand jury

A Ferguson, Missouri police officer who fatally shot an 18-year-old unarmed black teen last month has testified in front of a grand jury. Officer Darren Wilson gave his account of what happened on Aug.9 for what would be the fourth time. Michael Brown died after an altercation with Wilson while walking home. 

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Wrongfully convicted man gets statue in Texas

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A Texas man who was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison, where he eventually died, has been honored with a statue. Time Cole spent 13 years in prison after being accused of rape. 

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Black dancers file lawsuit against Cher for racist remarks

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Three black backup dancers filed a lawsuit against Cher on Thursday claiming they were wrongfully fired from her current tour. The trio also alleges the singer engaged in racial discrimination after rejecting another black dancer from joining her onstage. 

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Report: Voter ID laws may negatively impact trangender Americans

Courtrooms around the country are battling over whether or not states can impose voter ID laws, but they have focused primarily on issues of access when opposing the legislation. But a new study shows that voter ID laws can negatively impact a portion of the population that is often overlooked. America’s transgender community. 

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NFL Players Union files appeal on behalf of Ray Rice

The NFL Players Union appealed Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension on Wednesday. Rice was originally suspended for two games in July under the NFL’s personal conduct policy after being charged with assault following a Feb. 15 altercation with his then-fiance. 

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California professor committed to improving strained relationship between police, black community wins prestigious genius grant

A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its tense relationship with the black community is among 21 winners of this year’s MacArthur Foundation “genius grants.” The Chicago -based foundation announced the 2014 recipients on Wednesday, who will each receive $625,000 to spend any way they want. 

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Maryland man sues police department for $35 million

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A Baltimore man is suing the city’s police department for $35 million. The lawsuit follows the release of surveillance video showing 32-year-old Kollin Truss and a police officer involved in a physical altercation. 

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