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Oliver Stone walks away from MLK biopic because producers are ‘suffocating the man & the truth’

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Director Oliver Stone was slated to spear-head a biopic on slain Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But the movie creator recently announced that he will no longer sit at the helm of the production because producers wouldn’t approve his script that showed King’s flaws. 

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Social Media Raises Awareness of HIV Testing Among African American Young Adults

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By: Melissa Shaw

A groundbreaking research project launched by the University of California in Los Angeles has found that Facebook can be a highly effective tool in encouraging young African Americans to talk candidly about sexually transmitted diseases and the importance of regular testing. While some may have initially doubted the acceptability of using Facebook to discuss such personal topics, researchers discovered that the participants in the study were not only open to discussing these sensitive matters, but the online dialogue convinced many to get themselves tested for HIV and other STDs.

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Deaf NFL football star heads to Super Bowl, inspires young girl

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NFL star Derrick Coleman will head to the east coast in two weeks. The Seattle Seahawks running back will compete for the league’s ultimate trophy in Super Bowl XLVIII.

But it isn’t his skills on the field that’s gaining him attention, but his influence on a small girl who has one thing in common with the athlete. Their inability to hear. 

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Dear Lupita Nyong’o, Why Must You Slay Us So Effortlessly?

The below article was originally written by Luuvie Ajayi. She is a member of BYP 100, blogger, humor writer and digital strategist working in Chicago. For more information on Luuvie and her work go to http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com. 

My newest celebrity crush is Lupita Nyong’o and if you have to ask me why, then we have nothing to talk about. I’m here to write her a love letter, because she is everything. I’m not even here to talk about her performance in 12 Years a Slave. No. I’m shallower that that. I am here because she is just gorgeous and her style makes me swoon.

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Grand jury will not indict officer who shot unarmed man 10 times as he sought help

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grand jury has decided not to bring charges against the police office with the death of Jonathan Ferrell. 

Ferrell, who was 24 at the time of his death, was shot ten times by Officer Randall Kerrick. Ferrell was unarmed. Although Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, where Kerrick works, deemed his response to be “excessive,” the grand jury has decided not to indict him.

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Pennsylvania voter ID law found unconstitutional

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A Commonwealth Court judge issued an order Wednesday permanently blocking the controversial photo ID law that threatened to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters in Pennsylvania.

Judge McGinley stated that the voter ID law “does not pass constitutional muster because there is no legal, non-burdensome provision of a compliant photo ID to all qualified electors.” 

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Atlanta pastor found guilty of knowingly exposing others to HIV virus

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An Atlanta-based pastor has been found guilty of knowingly exposing two women to the HIV virus.

Pastor Craig Lamar Davis was found guilty on two counts of reckless conduct for failing to inform the women of his status. 

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Clip of the day: ‘Behind the Veil: God’s Victory’

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Milwaukee native Victoria Liddell seeks to inspire. Through her modeling, motivational speaking and spoken word pieces, she wants to let everyone know that they can be victorious. 

In her latest piece, “Behind the Veil: God’s Victory,” Liddell seeks to promote independent self-worth, and increase the self-esteem of black and brown girls and women around the world. 

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News Flash

Teen allegedly assaulted by Kanye West seeks out of court settlement

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An 18-year-old teenager who claims he was beat up by Kanye West last week is seeking an out of court settlement for the incident.

According to TMZ, the teen’s lawyer called Kanye’s people and expressed the desire for a civil settlement, and asked for several hundred thousand dollars. 

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School gives 9-year-old Confederate hat as prize

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A North Carolina mother is upset at her son’s school after he came home wearing a replica Confederate army hat. 9-year-old Jacob was wearing the new gray hat when he got off the bus earlier this week. 

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