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Jason Collins says one NBA player taunted him for being gay

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Jason Collins said that one opponent has taunted him since becoming the first openly gay player in the NBA. 

He says doesn’t want to make a big deal about it, or give the “knucklehead” any attention. 

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Teen hospitalized after police assault, says he did nothing wrong

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A former high school student who was assaulted by three Pittsburgh police officers in 2010 said that he did nothing wrong during testimony on Thursday.

Jordan Miles, who is black, filed a civil rights lawsuit. He claims the officers, who are white, wrongfully arrested him and used excessive force. 

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Activists push for equality with ‘Voters Bill of Rights’ in Ohio

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Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton visited Cincinnati Thursday to push for equal rights for voters in Ohio.

Sharpton led the Ohio Voters Bill of Rights petition drive at Word of Deliverance Family Life Center in Forest Park. 

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Music video calls attention to story of Leon Ford

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Late last year, we reported the story of Leon Ford, a Pittsburgh teen who was shot by police during a routine traffic stop. No drugs or weapons were found on Ford.

Ford is paralyzed and faces up to 20 years in prison for the incident. 

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Mayor Emanuel wants to sell residential land to residents for $1 with new program

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel would like to sell several vacant lots in the city’s Englewood neighborhood for $1.

If successful, Emanuel would like to extend the $1 lot idea to other neighborhoods, many of which are black communities. 

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NYC inmate who suffered from mental illness ‘baked to death’ in jail cell

Authorities say a mentally ill former marine “baked to death” in a Rikers Island jail cell.

Jerome Murdough was arrested for trespassing after seeking warm shelter in an enclosed stairwell on the roof of a Harlem public housing project. 

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Broadway gets its first black ‘Phantom’ with Norm Lewis taking on the role

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Norm Lewis has been selected to be Broadway’s next Phantom in the hit stage production “The Phantom of the Opera.”

The move makes Lewis the first African-American to portray the role. 

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New Jersey woman’s SUV vandalized with racist graffiti, tires slashed

A New Jersey woman’s vehicle was vandalized and spray-painted with racial epithets, including the N-word earlier this week.

Marcella Seachrist walked out of her home Monday morning to see the offensive language painted across her 1996 Jeep. The culprits also slashed the woman’s tires. 

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America had an African zoo captive, and he ended his life on this day

Have you heard of Ota Benga? His life and death highlights one of many racially motivated atrocities faced by people of African decent in America.

The Congolese native and Mbuti pygmy was captured and part of an exhibit for the St. Louis World Fair. 

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Black students at Cambridge succeed at cancelling ‘Gone with the Wind’ ball

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Black students at Cambridge University were successful in putting a stop to a “Gone with the Wind” themed ball. 

St. Edmund’s College had planned to theme its annual summer ball around the 1939 Oscar-winning film that centers around the Civil War, slavery and the deep south. 

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