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President Obama set to announce new initiative for young men of color

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President Obama is set to announce a new initiative aimed specifically at young men of color.

“My Brother’s Keeper” will bring together institutions whose goal will be generating strategies that will help young men of color. Those strategies deemed most effective will then be deployed in various ways. 

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Guest Post

It Takes 5 Minutes To Illegally Buy A Gun In Chicago

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The following post was written by Heidi Redlitz, a San Diego-based blogger who is interested in how gun laws affect crime rates in major US cities. Politics, economics and social behavior all have an impact on crime rates, and Chicago is just one example of how these factors can affect urban areas. 

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Justice for Jordan Davis: 9 bullet holes found in SUV

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Police say a total of 9 bullet holes were found in Jordan Davis’ SUV after Michael Dunn, 46, fired into the teen’s vehicle during a dispute over loud music.

Dunn faces up to life in prison for the 17-year-old’s 2012 death. 

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Guest Post

Do you know Lewis Little?

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The following story is written by guest contributor Lamont Lilly. He is a journalist, activist and organizer based in Durham, North Carolina. 

By Lamont Lilly

It was late evening July 15th, 2013 when 19 year old North Carolina Central University sophomore, Lewis James Little was finally released after a month of incarceration for a murder he did not commit.  Several charges against Little including first degree burglary, first degree kidnapping, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and felony conspiracy have all since been formally dismissed as an honest mistake.  Lewis Little however, has been left to pick up the pieces of an experience truly worthy of a Lifetime Hardship Award.

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‘NO COLORS ALLOWED’ sign outside Michigan establishment sparks controversy

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Beer Belly’s Bar & Grill is known for more than its daily specials. The small bar has received several complaints about a sign it has hanging in front of its establishment.

The “NO COLORS ALLOWED” sign is meant to forbid patrons from wearing motorcycle club and gang colors, but customers are taking it as a reference to ban blacks from the establishment.

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Celebrity boxing match still on: DMX will not face George Zimmerman

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George Zimmerman’s celebrity boxing match which was abruptly cancelled amid protests from thousands of citizens, is back on. But rapper DMX will not be joining the former neighborhood watchman in the ring.

Filmon.com, an online streaming service, claims to have secured the rights to a Zimmerman fight after the original promoter, Damon Feldman pulled out. 

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Transgender student crowned high school homecoming king, makes history

A 17-year old North Carolina high school student has made history by becoming the first transgender teen crowned Homecoming King in North Carolina.

Senior Blake Brockington was nominated by his peers this year to be East Meck High School’s 2014 Homecoming King. The announcement was made during the halftime ceremony inside the school gym Friday night. 

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OSU player suspended for pushing fan after being called a racial epithet

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Marcus Smart, a guard for Oklahoma State University, has been suspended for three games after shoving a fan during a game with Texas Tech. Smart told coaches that he shoved Texas Tech fan John Orr after Orr called him a racial epithet.

Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said that Smart’s actions “were a clear violation of the Big 12 Conference’s Sportmanship and Ethical Conduct Policy.” after the league reviewed the incident.

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Teen shot and killed while shoveling snow, was going to take mom to prom

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17-year-old Ronald Hayes was shot and killed as he earned money shoveling snow on Chicago’s west side.

The teen was saving to take his mother to prom because she had never been. 

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Featured Post

#AskBillCosby

In what is eons ago in internet time, R. Kelly, as part of the publicity effort for his latest album, Black Panties, decided to answer questions on Twitter. Kelly’s team instructed folks on Twitter to use the hashtag #askrkelly, and Kells, presumably, would answer some of those questions himself. That was quickly abandoned, however, when the hashtag was instantaneously co-opted by folks who, in the most schadenfreudian sense, wanted to let Kells know that, even if the courts had found him innocent, they would never, ever forget what he had allegedly done to those young girls, and would take any opportunity to let the (internet) world know. #askrkelly was the latest in a years-long kind of semantic tar and feathering of the singer. Whether he’s answering fans on Twitter or opening the BET Awards, certain social media users will use it as an occasion to state that liking, listening to, purchasing, or even moving to the rhythm of R. Kelly’s music makes one complicit in his alleged crimes, and that they are on the right half of two rather stark sides folks have decided to occupy in this “debate.” This repetitive process of letting all of one’s followers know that one will never, ever step in the name of love is a good showing of one’s activism, feminism, stance against patriarchy–or something.

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