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Mother of college quarteback under fire for tweet about Jameis Winston’s dialect

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Yesterday, Florida State University won the college football’s national championship, coming from behind to beat Auburn University. Jameis Winston, who recently won the Heisman Trophy, took home MVP honors after the game.

During Winston’s post-game interview, Dee Dee Bonner, the mother of University of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, took to Twitter to ask a question about the interview.

“Am I listening to English?”, Bonner tweeted.

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I am not….

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“As black women, we have society speaking for us, defining us and living for us….but what do WE think about ourselves?”

I am not my hair. O but you are young sister. Why? Because society tells you so. From that long mane made of Indian strands, to that black power fro.

I am not my skin tone. That is but another lie. Because before you reach your destination for the day, you’ll be exposed to at least three dozen images that tell you that you shouldn’t be THAT way.

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Google ‘doogle’ honors birthday of Zora Neale Hurston

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Today’s Google Doogle honors the birthday of one the most intriguing black women of the 20th century, Zora Neale Hurston. Hurston, who was born on this day in 1891, was a writer and anthropologist who did incredibly important work in the American South and throughout the Caribbean.

Her work has become a staple in many college classrooms. 

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A Door Closes, A Backdoor Opens

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A Satanic group in Oklahoma is currently raising funds to have a statue of Satan insurrected at the Oklahoma state capitol, which is infamous for the Ten Commandments monument that took sparked the continuing debate over separation of Church and State. The satanic statue is the figure, Baphomet, a goat-headed humanoid with horns and wings that symbolizes Satan.

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‘Awkward Black Girl’ creator Issa Rae joins Forbes’ ’30 Under 30′ list

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Each year, Forbes releases their 30 Under 30 Entertainment list  The list reflects some of the hottest online entertainment executives, who are paving their way to stardom via YouTube and other social media platforms.

This year, “Awkward Black Girl” and “Rachetpiece Theater” creator Issa Rae has joined the ranks. 

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Florida state attorney files motion to block Marissa Alexander’s bond

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Florida State Attorney Angela Corey filed a motion to revoke Marissa Alexander’s bond on Monday.

The move comes week’s after a judge ruled that Alexander could be freed as she awaits trial.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ hires first black female cast member in 7 years

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After a swarm of backlash about the cast’s lack of diversity when it comes to women of color, the hit sketch comedy Saturday Night Live has hired its first black female cast member in 7 years.

Sasheer Zamata has joined the long list of famous comedians such as Chevy Chase, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd who originally got their start on the show.

Zamata will be the first black female in the cast since Maya Rudolph left as a regular cast member in 2007.

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‘Beast of the Southern Wild’ star Quvenzhané Wallis to earn more than $1.5M for ‘Annie’ remake

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Quvenzhané Wallis is back. The young star who made history as the youngest actress to ever be nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Actress will star in a remake of “Annie,” and get paid more than $1.5 million for the role. 

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50% of black males will be arrested before turning 23

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According to a new study published in the Crime & Delinquency journal, 50 percent of black males and almost 40 percent of white males in the country are arrested at least once by the age of 23. 

The findings shows a connection between the risks of arrest and race and gender.

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The harmful affects of eviction on communities of color

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Matthew Desmond, a Harvard assistant professor who studies poverty, housing and eviction, found that 1 in 14 black residents in Milwaukee renting households is evicted each year. The proportion does not include the number of families whose lives are disrupted by involuntary displacement. 

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