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Orville Lloyd Douglas: ‘why I hate being a black man’

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Orville Lloyd Douglas is a black man living in Toronto. He’s 6 feet tall, and has candidly expressed his struggle with a taboo issue. In his article, originally published in The Guardian, Douglas details experiences and circumstances leading up to one key fact. He hates being a black man.

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Marissa Alexander bail hearing set for today

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A bail hearing set for a woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot over her abusing husband’s head will take place today. Marissa Alexander’s much publicized case was brought to the forefront in light of the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Alexander originally sought stand your ground immunity, but was denied protection. Her sentence was recently overturned by a judge after he found errors in the original trial. 

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From Felon to councilmen: Flint, Michigan elects former convicts

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Wantwaz Davis believes in second chances. He should since the city of Flint, Mi., granted him a big one. Davis beat incumbent Bernard Lawler by 71 votes, winning a Flint City Council seat last week, an interesting feat given Davis’ past.

Davis served 19 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in 1991.

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Relatives seek to block publication of Malcolm X’s diary with lawsuit

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Relatives of Malcolm X have decided to sue in order to block the publication of private diaries kept by the civil rights leader.

Malcolm X was assassinated shortly after returning from overseas, where he received spiritual enlightenment during the holy Pilgrimage to Mecca.

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Jamie Foxx throws Trayvon Martin Fundraiser at his home

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Jamie Foxx is no stranger to advocating for justice. Since the Trayvon Martin incident, Foxx has been active in speaking out for justice for the teen and his family.

This past weekend, Foxx hosted celebrities like Russell Simmons, Tyrese, Tim Robbins, Harry Belafonte and others at a fundraiser for the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

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3 Gay Black Male Rappers Everyone Should Check Out

Straight black men dominate the rap industry. Surprise! But to what extent does this male-dominated field marginalize other groups from entering into this lucrative industry? While the industry has made some room for empowered, tough black women- Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks, Angel Haze, to name a few- one group has been marginalized almost entirely: gay black men. Considering the uncontestable fact that the black community and larger society view black sexuality (especially black male sexuality) under a strict, precarious lens, this marginalization should come as no surprise. Nonetheless, regardless of any underlying political views on queerness, I would like to showcase 3 gay black male rappers that everyone should listen to and support because of their refined talent; talent that arguably supersedes that of more popular, straight male rappers.

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Today in Post-Race History: The Case of Richie Incognito

Incognito and MartinWe’ve been following the Miami Dolphins’ bullying case starring a dude whose real name is actually Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin here on the BYP, because sports–and sports stories–are never entirely about sports. I’m repeating myself and others when I say that sports is a microcosm of the culture, and this issue is no exception. For those of you who haven’t been following, know this: a few weeks ago, Jonathan Martin, an offensive lineman for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, abruptly left the team. What we learned in the aftermath is that Martin had been the victim of vicious hazing, even though hazing is generally a team ritual reserved for rookies and Martin is no longer in his first year. This hazing/bullying included over 1100 texts between Martin and Richie Incognito, who has emerged as one of the key players involved in bullying Martin.

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Dolphins owner to meet with Martin in light of bullying incident, address locker room culture

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Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross announced his plans to meet with Jonathan Martin on Wednesday. The owner vowed to get to the root of allegations of bullying that led Martin to walk away from the team two weeks ago.

Richie Incognito has been labeled the “ring master” of the taunts, and evidence of Incognito referring to Martin with racial epithets have led to further investigation of claims that younger players footed thousands in expenses for dinners and vacations for veteran players.

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NAACP takes closer look at causes of gun violence in series

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Like many organizations, law officials, community members and family members, the NAACP wants to develop a deeper understanding of gun violence. For the next two weeks national NAACP leaders will do just that.

From health disparities, the educational disadvantages, members of the historic organization will share thoughts on how America arrived at it current state regarding gun violence in urban communities.

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Poll: Majority of America wants to raise minimum wage

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The U.S. government hasn’t raised its minimum wage since 2009. Those earning the minimum make $7.25 hr., an income bracket that is sure to keep them in poverty.

But according to a new Gallup poll, 58% of self-identified republicans would vote to raise the minimum wage to $9 hr.

From Gallup Politics:

“…more than three-quarters of Americans (76%) say they would vote for raising the minimum wage to $9 per hour (it is currently $7.25) in a hypothetical national referendum, a five-percentaged-point increase since March. About one-fifth (22%) would vote against this.”

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