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Why aren’t we talking about the death of Victor White III?

The following piece is from The Grio. It was written by Mwende Katwiwa.

By: Mwende Katwiwa

Most Americans are familiar with Harry Houdini. Houdini earned such notoriety for his famous escape acts that to this day criminals who get loose from their handcuffs are often described as having “Houdinied” their way out. In New Iberia, Louisiana, however, Houdini’s name is being used in a slightly different way to describe the alleged suicide of 22-year-old Victor White III who died in police custody in what family lawyer Benjamin Crump describes as a“Houdini handcuff” suicide that “defies all logic”.

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Video: ‘Light Girls’ film to explore colorism in Black community

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Making its world-premiere as part of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s (OWN) month-long celebration honoring civil rights legends will be “Light Girls,” Bill Duke’s documentary.

The film, which is a follow-up to Duke’s “Dark Girls,” the critically-acclaimed film that focused on the narratives of dark-skinned women, will tell the untold stories of lighter-skinned women around the globe. 

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Report: Chicago police stop black motorists more

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According to a new report released by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, Chicago police stop black motorists more than their white counterparts. 

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NYPD Strategy: Be Strict on Small Crimes to Deter Major Ones; Critics Say Policy Targets Blacks

The following piece is from The Root. It was written by Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele.

By: Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele

Critics say the “broken windows” approach that New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is defending is nothing but a regurgitation of the stop-and-frisk policy that targeted African-American and Hispanic men.

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Head of state for Iran tweets support for #BlackLivesMatter movement

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Iran’s head of state Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reportedly tweeted his support of the #BlackLivesMatter protests that have denounced the recent police killings of black people in America.

A series of tweets came from Khamenei’s account that made clear references to the ongoing movement in the U.S. in an effort to call attention to the racial biases that exist in law enforcement and the justice system. 

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Target refuses to apologize for racist ‘Annie’ ad

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Major retail chain Target is refusing to apologize for releasing an ad promoting a clothing line for the film “Annie” starring Quvenzhané Wallis.

Target came under criticism for using white models to advertise the Annie-themed clothing line instead of children of color. The corporation released the following statement in response to the backlash.

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Chicago boy’s letter to Santa asking for safety goes viral

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13-year-old Malik Bryant wanted peace for Christmas. The Chicago teenager desired it so much, that he wrote a letter to Santa asking that the city be covered in safety.

Now, Bryant’s letter has gone viral. 

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Video: black man assaulted by cops while doing Ellen Degeneres dance dare

YouTube 'prankster' Alexander BOK (left) doing "dance dare" challenge by talk show host Ellen Degeneres.

A black man was thrown to the ground by New York City police while participating in one of talk show host Ellen Degeneres’ “dance dares.” 

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Why Cuba will never send Assata Shakur to the U.S.

With thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, what will become of wanted fugitive Assata Shakur

The following piece is from Chicago Tribune. It was written by Achy Obejas.

By: Achy Obejas

She’s on the FBI Most Wanted Terrorists list. Why Cuba protects her.

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Autopsy: Ezell Ford shot in back by LAPD cops

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25-year-old Ezell Ford was fatally shot in the back, right arm and abdomen by LAPD police, according to an autopsy report released on Monday.

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