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After 19 months, Cece McDonald freed from men’s prison

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Chrishaun “CeCe” McDonald’s whole life changed in June 2011 when he got into a bar fight in Minneapolis. The incident resulted in the death of Dean Schmitz, 47, and McDonald sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison.

Now she is free after serving 19 months in a Minnesota detention facility. 

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Lawsuits claim private prison company covered up youth sexual abuse

Two lawsuits have been filed alleging that a private youth prison operator in Florida actively covered up sexual abuse against young people in its care.

The suits claim that the company Youth Services International, frequently turned a blind eye to the misconduct. 

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In 2013, not one black artist had a no.1 single

Not one African American artists had a single no. 1 in 2013. Not one.

This is the first time this has happened in the history of the Billboard chart’s 55 years. 

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Harry Belafonte inducted into Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, encourages black men to stand up against domestic violence

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Harry Belafonte has called on men to join in helping to end violence against women.

Belafonte delivered the call to action during his keynote speech at Phi Beta Sigma’s “Centennial Founders’ Day Gala” in Washington D.C. The civil rights activists was also inducted into the fraternity as an honorary member. 

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Amber Ruffin makes history as first female writer for a late night talk show

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For the first time in the history of late night talk shows, a black woman will grace the writers’ room. In fact, Ms. Amber Ruffin will be the first woman of any color to write for a network late night talk show. Ruffin will join Late Night with Seth Meyers as an official member of the show’s writing staff. 

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Lorne Michaels just played y’all. Just months after receiving the collective ire of social media users everywhere, Michaels announced the hiring of not one, not two, but three black women to the Saturday Night Live crew. Of course, this was in response to last fall’s announcement of the newest SNL cast members, none of whom were black women. After holding several auditions, Michaels named Sasheer Zamata as the sketch comedy institution’s first black woman cast member since Maya Rudolph. A few days later, it was announced that LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, who also auditioned for the show, would work as writers.

I guess shaming folks into doing right on the Internet sometimes works. And I’m happy for y’all, but wait.

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Fresh Face Alert: Keep your eyes and ears on Bernie Levv

The product of two young musicians, one could say that 19-year-old Bernie Levv was made for music. Born and raised on Chicago’s north side, the star is paving the way for herself in a very competitive arena. She’s skilled in playing several instruments, including the saxophone and piano, lending herself to versatility when it comes to music theory.

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Study: ‘Hip Hop’ students unfairly targeted

According to a recent study, black and Latino “hip-hop” students are disproportionately punished in urban schools.

The study’s lead researcher and Michigan State University Assistant Professor of Education Muhammad Khalifa found that students who identified with hip-hop culture were often removed from school because of their dress and cultural behaviors.

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Biographies of black historical figures for children out this month

Not Just For Kids: Biographies aimed at children include Abraham Lincoln, Malcolm X, Josephine Baker and Thomas Jefferson

This month, a few new biographies of famous black thinkers and doers will hit bookstore shelves. The books are geared towards children, and come complete with flaws and all. 

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Teen convicted for ‘sexting’ photos of boyfriend’s ex

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A Canadian teenager has been found guilty of distributing child pornography. The 16-year-old girl, who is  not identified because she is a minor, “sexted” pictures of her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend to peers.

The teen was also convicted of verbally threatening the girl.

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