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Why Obama needs Loretta Lynch

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The following piece is from EBONY. It was written by Jason Johnson.

By: Jason Johnson

Mario Puzzo’s generation-spanning opus provides a great allegory for considering the selection of a US Attorney General.  In the Godfather films, the consigliere is the mob family lawyer-they handle the dirty business, the laws, the cops, the judges to keep the family clean, and protect the organization as a whole. Different times call for different consiglieres and the same goes for the selection of an AG.

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Video: Harvard students attempt to take 1964 literacy test and fail

A video that shows Harvard University students taking the literacy test some voters were forced to pass to cast a ballot in 1964 shows us just how difficult the test was.

Despite the students’ Ivy League status, they failed the test horribly. 

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Prominent pastor Myles Munroe among 9 dead in plane crash

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A jet that crashed Sunday near Freeport, on the island of Grand Bahama killed all nine people on board, including prominent pastor Myles Munroe. 

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Lupita Nyong’o opens up about comments made about dark skin in Glamour interview

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Lupita Nyong’o will be featured on next month’s cover of Glamourand the Academy Award-winning star is opening up about what some have said to her about her dark skin in her lifetime. 

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Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch seen as strong civil rights defender

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Loretta Lynch, the White House’s leading nominee set to replace U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, is seen as a strong civil rights defender. 

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Waiting for the Grand Jury’s Ruling: Tension Simmers After a Police Shooting

The memorial at the site of Michael Brown's shooting in Ferguson, Mo. Greg Bajema, right, said he made a side trip on his way from Dallas to Chicago to see it on Wednesday. 

The following post is from The New York Times. 

By: New York Times Staff

A grand jury decision is expected soon on whether to indict the police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., last August, inciting days of sometimes violent protest and putting the St. Louis suburb at the center of a national debate over police and race.

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Missing Black Women Are Usually Ignored Until They’re Proven Worthy

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The following piece is from The Root. It was written by Kali Gross.

By: Kali Gross

Your Take: With thousands of black women missing under suspicious circumstances, the recovery of a kidnapped Philadelphia is reason for celebration, but does it take a ‘good’ black victim to deserve such attention?

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Jackie Robinson West squad visits the White House

The Jackie Robinson West All Stars have made Chicagoans proud once again by being invited to the White House for a visit with the President and the First Lady.

The team took home the U.S. Little League championship this past September. 

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I taught my black kids that their elite upbringing would protect them from discrimination. I was wrong.

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The following piece is from the Washington Post. It was written by Lawrence Otis Graham.

By: Lawrence Otis Graham

I knew the day would come, but I didn’t know how it would happen, where I would be, or how I would respond. It is the moment that every black parent fears: the day their child is called a nigger.

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Cari Champion, Artie Lange, and the price of being a black woman in public

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The following post is from Feministing. It was written by Mychal Denzel Smith.

By: Mychal Denzel Smith

While the country was voting, or trying to convince people to vote, or wondering if Lil’ Jon would make it to Georgia in order to vote, or debating Lena Dunham, comedian Artie Lange was being a racist, sexist asshole. Lange himself is irrelevant. He’s a comedian you may have seen in some bit parts here and there, or maybe a Comedy Central roast. But his decision to tweet incredibly disgusting, racist, and sexist messages about ESPN host Cari Champion illuminates the price black women pay for being visible.

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