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In latest essay, Richard Sherman reflects on the fallout from his interview with Erin Andrews

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Super Bowl contender Richard Sherman is just a few days away from playing in the biggest game of his career.

Despite all of the attention Sherman has received, he found time to contribute to Monday Morning Quarterback, where his writing appears regularly. In his latest article, “10 Things I Learned about America after They Learned About Me,” Sherman reflects on the fallout from his interview and how, ultimately, the NFL benefits.

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Open Letter to President Obama – The Power of Narratives

The following post was written by guest contributor Byron Smith. It is addressed to President Barack Obama, and was written after the President granted Chris Matthews an interview on the campus of American University in December. 

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By: Byron Smith

Dear Mr. President:

Last week I repeatedly watched the interview you granted to Chris Matthews on the campus of American University as it aired a number of times. Mr. President, I want to concentrate on a point you made about the American people’s trust in government. In response to a question asked by Chris Matthews you answered, “Ever since Ronald Reagan left office the republican narrative has been that, ‘government is the problem’. If people hear that over and over again then sooner or later they’re going to start buying into it.” Mr. President, I couldn’t agree more.

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Until We Get a Holiday

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Last week, the nation celebrated civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. and we are a few days from entering Black History month. For as long as I could remember, Dr. King was the paramount of civil rights figures for black America and the hard hitter of every Black History program I ever participated in as a child. Dr. King was always flanked by other Black historical leaders much like Jesus was by the apostles. I recall my desire to write about lesser-known Black leaders for the ritual Black History paper that many of us had to write in grade school. At the time, Spike Lee had just released the critically acclaimed film biopic about Malcolm X, which chronicled his journey from criminal to leader. I choose Malcolm X as the topic for my paper and received dissuasion from my teacher.

“Don’t you want to pick some one else?”

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In lengthy essay, white woman laments about being in yoga with a lone black woman

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In this day and age, you would think that people wouldn’t make such a big deal about people of color. We shop, workout and do everything that the majority does. Common sense right? Not so much.

In an essay published on XO Jane, Jen Caron a white woman, was so moved by the presence of a heavyset black woman in her yoga class that she dedicated an ENTIRE essay to her “struggle.” 

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Death row inmate’s life spared on eve of execution

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A Missouri death row inmate’s life has been spared just hours before he was set to be executed. The U.S. Supreme Court granted a temporary stay of execution for Missouri death row inmate Herbert Smulls on Tuesday night. 

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Kanye West settles case with assault victim

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Kanye West has reportedly paid $250,000 to an 18-year-old man who accused the star of beating him up.

West, 36, became the target of a battery assault investigation after he reportedly chased the teen into a chiropractor’s office and punched him after the man hurled racial slurs at Kim Kardashian. 

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Should the ‘Central Park 5′ receive a settlement? The New York Post doesn’t think so

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has agreed to pay $250 million to five young black men who served years in prison for a crime they did not commit.

Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Yudef Salaam, Antron McCray and Korey Wise were found guilty of the 1989 rape of Trisha Meili.

Known as the Central Park 5, the young men were sentenced despite there being a lack of DNA, no eyewitnesses and conflicting confessions. Their sentences were commuted in 2002 after the real perpetrator confessed. While some view the decision as long overdue, The New York Post isn’t too thrilled about the settlement.

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Supporters of convicted former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick start trust to help with legal funds

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A new YouTube video and website is calling for supporters of convicted former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to donate to his legal fund.

The video, fronted by former congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick and Freedomjusticetrust.com, encourages citizens to remember the good done by Kilpatrick during his tenure. 

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Man shoots, kills black neighbors for breaking & entering despite being on own property

A West Virginia man is in police custody after shooting and killing his new neighbor and the man’s brother without warning as the two inspected their land.

Rodney Bruce Black, 62, who is white, told police that he thought the two black men were breaking into a building he thought he owned. 

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ASU frat members who threw racist MLK-themed party could face expulsion

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Some members of Arizona State University’s chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity may face expulsion after throwing a racist MLK-themed party during the slain civil rights leader’s holiday weekend.

Only 16 of 125 members attended the offensive party, but the action has led to the dissolution of the chapter on campus. 

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