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Rev. Al Sharpton, panelist say jobs are the key to solving gun violence

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Rev. Al Sharpton seems to be keeping his promise of placing a spotlight on Chicago violence. During a town hall meeting on Thursday at Hyde Park Academy on the city’s south side, Sharpton and other leaders echoed the notion that jobs are the key to reducing crime in the city.

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Are positive black male leads endangered in film?

Despite the belief that there aren’t enough positive roles or representations of Black men in media, this year I noticed that there ARE. Movies like 12 Years a Slave, Fruitvale Station, and Mandela, have rose to the occasion to provide a vision of the Black man in different eras.

All of these movies are based on true stories, where Solomon Northup, Oscar Grant, and Nelson Mandela are Black men who despite the tragic events that took place in their lives, have remained as pure as gold. Each in their own way, have placed their mark in history, affecting the lives around them.

These Black men who were incarcerated, racially profiled, and dehumanized, have shown their ability to rise ABOVE the oppressor creating stories that may shed a tear but with pride. Pride knowing that our scars heal with time and the ability to continue these stories, informing our youth and the country that we can be anything to YOU but we will not be BROKEN.

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25-year-old contest winner to become first black African in space

A 25-year-old DJ will make history as the first black African in space. Mandla Maseko is among 23 people selected out of 1 million entrants from around the world to partake in the Lynx Apollo Space Academy competition. The prize? The be blasted 62 miles into orbit aboard a Lynx mark II shuttle in 2015.

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Mother of 13-year-old girl declared brain dead writes open letter

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The mother of a 13-year-old girl who has been declared brain dead by an Oakland hospital has written an open letter to the world.

Jahi McMath went into cardiac arrest during a routine tonsillectomy at Children’s Hospital Oakland on Dec. 12. Her family is in the midst of a court battle to keep the child on life support, as the hospital says that nothing else can be done for McMath. 

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Chicago police try less aggressive approach to stopping crime

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Chicago police are implementing a new strategy when dealing with criminals. In a one-day program, Superintendent Garry McCarthy is teaching CPD police legitimacy. The idea is based on academic research into effective policing.

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Eyeglasses deflect bullet saving 16-year-old’s life

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A 16-year-old girl was spared serious harm after her eyeglasses deflected a bullet that struck her in the face during a drive-by shooting in Seattle on Saturday.

Alonza Bryant says that she fell asleep with her glasses on while lying on the couch of her residence when an unknown vehicle drove by the house and began shooting. 

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After 17 seasons, Violet Palmer still remains sole female NBA referee

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In 1997, Violet Palmer was given the opportunity to officiate basketball games at the national level. She became the first female NBA referee that year, and remains to be the only woman in the position.

She’s faced countless forms or adversity and discrimination, but has never given up.

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Charles Ramsey, man who helped rescue 3 women to publish memoirs

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A man who helped rescue three women held captive in a Cleveland home for over a decade has signed a contract to publish his memoirs.

Charles Ramsey signed the deal with publisher David Gray & Co. on Thursday. 

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Italian poster for ’12 Years A Slave’ diminishes star Chiwetel Ejiofor, highlights Brad Pitt

“12 Years A Slave’s” true lead role goes to Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays Solomon Northup, the film’s protagonist, but posters in Italy make him out to be anything but the star.

In fact, actor Brad Pitt who plays the small role as a Canadian man who aides in the release of the enslaved Solomon Northup, is presented as the film’s lead character.

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This is What Happens When Human Beings Become a “Revenue Stream”

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Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) is the country’s biggest for-profit prison company and calls human beings in lock-up a “revenue stream.” Don’t let them profit off imprisoning even more.http://aclu.org/CCA #prisonprofiteers

This video is part of the Prison Profiteers series produced by Brave New Foundation’s Beyond Bars campaign in partnership with the ACLU and The Nation. Narration by Henry Rollins. Research help provided by Prison Legal News.