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Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch seen as strong civil rights defender

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Loretta Lynch, the White House’s leading nominee set to replace U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, is seen as a strong civil rights defender. 

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Waiting for the Grand Jury’s Ruling: Tension Simmers After a Police Shooting

The memorial at the site of Michael Brown's shooting in Ferguson, Mo. Greg Bajema, right, said he made a side trip on his way from Dallas to Chicago to see it on Wednesday. 

The following post is from The New York Times. 

By: New York Times Staff

A grand jury decision is expected soon on whether to indict the police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., last August, inciting days of sometimes violent protest and putting the St. Louis suburb at the center of a national debate over police and race.

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Missing Black Women Are Usually Ignored Until They’re Proven Worthy

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The following piece is from The Root. It was written by Kali Gross.

By: Kali Gross

Your Take: With thousands of black women missing under suspicious circumstances, the recovery of a kidnapped Philadelphia is reason for celebration, but does it take a ‘good’ black victim to deserve such attention?

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Jackie Robinson West squad visits the White House

The Jackie Robinson West All Stars have made Chicagoans proud once again by being invited to the White House for a visit with the President and the First Lady.

The team took home the U.S. Little League championship this past September. 

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I taught my black kids that their elite upbringing would protect them from discrimination. I was wrong.

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The following piece is from the Washington Post. It was written by Lawrence Otis Graham.

By: Lawrence Otis Graham

I knew the day would come, but I didn’t know how it would happen, where I would be, or how I would respond. It is the moment that every black parent fears: the day their child is called a nigger.

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Cari Champion, Artie Lange, and the price of being a black woman in public

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The following post is from Feministing. It was written by Mychal Denzel Smith.

By: Mychal Denzel Smith

While the country was voting, or trying to convince people to vote, or wondering if Lil’ Jon would make it to Georgia in order to vote, or debating Lena Dunham, comedian Artie Lange was being a racist, sexist asshole. Lange himself is irrelevant. He’s a comedian you may have seen in some bit parts here and there, or maybe a Comedy Central roast. But his decision to tweet incredibly disgusting, racist, and sexist messages about ESPN host Cari Champion illuminates the price black women pay for being visible.

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Loretta Lynch emerges as possible attorney general replacement

U.S. attorney Loretta Lynch has emerged as President Obama leading choice to be the next attorney general.

But the president does not plan on nominating anyone until after a trip to Asia next week. 

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Young HBCU Alumni Are Changing the Face of Philanthropy

The following piece is from BET. It was written by Natelege Whaley.

By: Natelege Whaley

The organizers behind the Puissance Scholarship are encouraging their peers to give back to their respective university and college endowments through memorable social gatherings and community service, while inspiring high school students in the New York area to seek higher education at a historically Black college and university.

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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson dropped from Nike

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Nike has dropped Adrian Peterson as a spokesman for the brand.

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Report: black students 4 four times more likely to attend high-poverty schools

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African American children are more likely to attend high-poverty schools than their white counterparts, according to a study released by the Urban Institute.

The study also found that blacks of all socioeconomic classes live in higher-poverty neighborhoods than whites of similar income.

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