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Video: In memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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On this day in 1968, the world lost a minister, a comforter, an activist, a hero. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot to death while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The question of what the world would be like if King lived a little longer has lingered in the minds of many. We can only have a glimpse of what Dr. King would think of today’s society through his words and actions that came before many of us were even born.

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11-year-old forced to clean toilets by school as punishment

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The mother of an 11-year-old boy is outraged after finding out her child was forced to clean toilets during detention.

Henry Hawkins, a fifth grader at Longfields Elementary School in Forestville, MD, says an argument with a classmate led to the punishment. 

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Black Twitter outraged over praise for Kendall Jenner’s ‘epic’ hairstyle

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Black Twitter expressed outrage following a tweet from Marie Claire’s account that praised television personality and brand ambassador Kendall Jenner’s “epic” hairstyle.

A photo of Jenner with her hair braided in the very common African hairstyle of cornrows was accompanied by the following words: “Kendall Jenner takes bold braids to a new epic level.” 

Naturally, Black Twitter was not impressed. 

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Video: man falsely arrested by police

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A Louisiana man says he was unlawfully detained by police after they responded to a domestic dispute.

Donrell Breaux, 26, also questioned the relationship between the responding deputy and the neighbor with which he had the altercation with. 

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Marissa Alexander trial: jury selection set for July 21

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Marissa Alexander,33, appeared in court Wednesday where a judge set a date of July 21 for jury selection in her new trial.

Alexander is charged with three counts of attempted assault with a deadly weapon for firing a warning shot in the direction of her estranged husband. 

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Renisha McBride Case: defense signals it will question victim’s past

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Lawyers defending a Detroit man who fatally shot a young, unarmed woman on his porch last year are signaling that the victim’s lifestyle should be fair game.

Theodore Wafer was charged with second-degree murder after killing Renisha McBride. He has claimed self-defense. 

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Mississippi legislators pass bill making it legal to discriminate against gays

Legislators in Mississippi have passed a bill that would allow people to use their religion to justify discrimination.

The “religious liberty” bill stalled last month, with the House voting to send it to a study committee instead of passing it. However both bodies of Congress have approved a conference report on the bill, advancing it to Gov. Phil Bryant (R). 

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High School student receives Gates Millennium Scholarship, graduates early

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An Indianapolis teen has been awarded the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship.

Alex Dunlap, 16, who attends Broad Ripple High School, is one of only 1,000 students in the country to receive the honor. She’ll be graduating a year early in May. 

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Video: cops shoot third unarmed man in three weeks, seize evidence from witnesses

Residents in Albuquerque are taking to the streets in protest of what they call “ongoing slayings of citizens” by their local police department. Tuesday’s shooting of an unarmed man marked the third unarmed shooting in just three weeks by cops. 

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DeSean Jackson: Gang Connections or Modern Day Witch Hunt?

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While I do not typically have a strong opinion on the dealings of athletes, the story of DeSean Jackson is one of particular interest.  Jackson, an NFL player and 3 time Pro Bowler, was recently released from the Philadelphia Eagles for reportedly having ties to a gang and associating with accused criminals. The LAPD, in which we all know to be one of the largest gangs in the nation, has disrupted this young man’s career with the Eagles, all because he knew a suspect in a crime.

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