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Ex gang member fired from $111,432 a year job

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Despite being approved by the Illinois prison director’s chief of staff for the position, a former gang member has been fired from a six-figure position with the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Xadrian McCravan was hired on June 28, 2013.  The previous day, IDOC Chief of Operations Joseph Yurkovich checked a box on a review form deeming McCraven ineligible for the job. 

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Nebraska has highest black homicide rate in nation

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According to an analysis by the Violence Prevention Center, Nebraska ranks no. 1 in the nation for black homicide.

The Washington D.C.-based center took a look at numbers from 2011, the most recent year for comprehensive national homicide data. But the state’s high ranking isn’t earned from just that year alone.

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Analysis: Youth violence in Chicago down 40 percent

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According to a new analysis, youth violence in Chicago dropped 40 percent over 2012.

The report, obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times focuses on shooting incidents involving victims 16 and younger. 

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TONIGHT: BYP100, other youth organizing & advocacy groups host #BarackTalk

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The Black Youth Project and BYP100 will be joining other youth organizing and advocacy groups for #BarackTalk. 

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UPDATE: Second grand jury indicts cop who shot unarmed man 10 times

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A week after the first grand jury decided not to indict police officer Randall Kerrick in the September 2013 shooting death of former FAMU football player Jonathan Ferrell, a second grand jury  indict the officer on charges of voluntary manslaughter.

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White teen creates comic strip explaining white privilege, reactions prove her point

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Jamie Kapp, 19, understands that many people don’t get institutionalized racism. So the teen created a comic strip to break down white privilege.

The cartoon was effective, but Kapp was shocked to learn that she had become a victim of bullying, death threats and hate mail because of her efforts.

Kapp ended up shutting her blog down, but not before posting the following response.

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U of I students denied snow day, spew racist, sexist comments about chancellor via social media

For the most part, educational institutions have closed their doors due to the extremely cold weather in the midwest. Students attending The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign weren’t so lucky.

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ESPN Report: Mizzou fails to report sexual assault, victim commits suicide

According to an ESPN “Outside the Lines” report, The University of Missouri-Columbia did not investigate or inform law enforcement about an alleged rape, that at least one member of the school’s football team participated in.

Administrators found out about the alleged 2010 incident more than a year ago. The victim, Sasha Menu Courey, committed suicide in 2011.

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Same Love, Same Spectacle

So, I didn’t watch the Grammys last night because I have better things to do, like mentally compose haikus about how cold Chicago is and watch Negroes fight on Bravo while remarking about how terribly Christopher Williams aged. But thank god for the internet. I had heard/seen that this white rapper dude named Macklemore was going to perform some song called “Same Love” while a whole bunch of gay people got married on stage or something. Although this isn’t my kind of spectacle, I figured watching this performance on YouTube and posting my response(s) to it would be somewhat fresher than the awesome “thinkpiece” I had intended to write about Kendrick Lamar and Richard Sherman. Even I, a serious football fan, have grown tired of all this non-football fan attention Mr. Sherman has been getting. And even though I think he’s doing and saying some things that are worth note in this pop life landscape, I really don’t want to stoke the fire of that stale story. So anyway, it’s time to watch this performance.

Here we go:

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Obama will outline new plan to aide unemployed in State of the Union address

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In tomorrow’s annual State of the Union address, President Obama is expected to outline details of an economic strategy to help those struggling with long-term unemployment. 

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