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Miami-area Police chief resigns after racial profiling charges surface

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Miami Gardens Police Chief Matthew Boyd resigned Wednesday after allegations that officers in his department systematically harassed, intimidated and racial profiled citizens.

Boyd has denied the allegations which were brought to light two weeks ago after surveillance video footage captured by a convenience store clerk showed police unjustly stopping innocent black men. The Quickstop owner decided to record the incidents after becoming frustrated with his employees being targets of racial profiling.

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Researchers discover link between racism & infant mortality, learning disabilities

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Two Emory University studies have found connections between racism and premature birth and infant mortality in African American babies.

The stress created in women’s bodies after decades of dealing with racism, increases the odds of a mother not carrying her child to full term.

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Writer advocates for inclusive holiday figure, Fox News reassures us that both Jesus & Santa are White

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Earlier this week, writer Aisha Harris composed an essay asking for a more inclusive and culturally sensitive Christmas holiday figure.  Harris argued that the image of Santa Claus as a jolly, fat white man propagates the idea of whiteness as a default category, and suggested that he be replaced with a penguin.

Of course Fox News got wind of this story and had to be, well, Fox News. Anchor Megyn Kelly not only reassured folks that Santa and Jesus were white, but went on to address the “discomfort” felt by minorities due to the “truth.”

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Charges dropped against George Zimmerman, girlfriend uncooperative

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Prosecutors dropped assault charges against George Zimmerman after his girlfriend Samantha Scheibe withdrew a domestic violence allegation.

The charges stemmed from a domestic violence dispute last month at the home the couple share.

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Black men are big stars of the BCS football series, not so much in the classroom

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Football’s 2014 Bowl Championship Series (BCS) is just a few weeks away, and while some of the series’ Black players are stars on the field, many are failing in the classroom. 

According to a report released by the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, based on six-year graduation rates at the 10 schools, at least half of Black players taking the to field in a BCS game will not graduate.

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Police torture victim Stanley Wrice freed after 30 years in prison

A man who spent 30 years in prison for a crime he did not commit is free. Stanley Wrice says Chicago police beat a confession of a 1982 rape out of him.

According to Cook County prosecutors, Wrice is not only free, but will not be retried for the crime.

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Homeless man offered coding lessons releases first mobile app

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Leo Grand’s life changed after a 23-year-old programmer who used to walk past the homeless man offered him a deal: Patrick McConlogue offered to either give Grand $100, or teach him how to code.

Grand chose the latter, and after three months he has released his first mobile application.

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CPS introduces black studies programs to curriculum

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On Wednesday, Chicago Public Schools officials announced the launching of a comprehensive black studies program that will be rolled out next month.

The program expands education on black history beyond that of prominent black leaders, civil rights and the slave trade, which is currently being taught in public schools.

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City of Harlem to receive largest free public Wi-Fi network in country

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New York City Mayor Bloomberg announced that Harlem will receive the nation’s largest continuous free outdoor public Wi-Fi network.

When completed in May, the Harlem WiFi Network will cover 95 blocks, and will provide free on-the-go connectivity to roughly 80,000 Harlem residents, businesses and visitors.

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