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Jonathan Martin ‘felt trapped’ in Dolphins’ locker room

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For the first time since leaving the Miami Dolphins, NFL player Jonathan Martin is speaking out on why he left the team.

The 24-year-old tackle left in October amid allegations of bullying and harassment from fellow teammates. His case garnered national attention, placing “locker room” culture into the spotlight.

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Editor of controversial yoga piece releases statement

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The editor of a controversial op-ed piece where a white woman openly laments about the affects of a heavyset black woman in her yoga class has responded.

Jen Caron caught a wave of backlash after sharing her earnest thoughts on XO Jane about an African American woman entering her yoga class. Some called the piece self righteous, while other viewed it as a direct example of white privilege.

Read what Rebecca Carroll, the site’s editor had to say.

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Civil rights lawsuit underway against Chicago Police, city

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Eight Chicago police officers and the City of Chicago are named in a civil rights lawsuit filed Wednesday accusing the officers of conducting multiple illegal open-air strip searches and planting evidence.

Caprice Halley, Tevin Ford and the estate of Robert Douglas say they were pulled over on the 9000 block of South Laflin by undercover officers last May. 

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Why I Wrote the Song “Checkpoint” and Exposed the Apartheid I Witnessed in Palestine

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I honestly had no intention on writing a song based on the trip I took to Palestine and Israel recently as part of a delegation of African-American activists and artists, sponsored by the Carter Center. I’m still having a difficult time processing what I witnessed. I spent much of the trip trying to get my head around how one group of human beings could be so inhumane to another group of human beings. I still can’t understand. By day 4 of our 7 day trip I wanted to come home. The mental intensity of what I saw that the brutality of the stories I heard had taken a toll on me to the point where I had enough.

In one of the few light moments of the trip writer and filmmaker Dream Hampton joked that I would have a song and video out a few days after we landed in the United States, because I’m known for doing topical videos in a short period of time. I remember laughing and telling her my only plan when I got home was to rest, but Dream got the last laugh. Her suggestion actually caused me to think, if I did a song what would it sound like and how would the video look? And, although I had taken hundreds of pictures, the only places I recorded video were the checkpoints.

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The N-Word, Madonna, and an Old Fence

I use to not say the n-word. I use to throw it out of the window, hope it landed in the middle of the street and got ran over by a semi-truck. The n-word, as everyone knows is a heavy word. It’s full of hate, disgrace, subordination, and at the same time endearment and style. Black people say it, with either disdain or affection.

By coming into this world, where you would be regarded as such, considered such, and assumed to be such based on a few physical characteristics, you come to understand that you can never escape this word.

You then decide either you will allow this word to shape you or you will use your own two hands to shape yourself.

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7-year-old beaten unconscious by classmates

A Maryland girl was beaten unconscious by at least four classmates Tuesday morning.

The 7-year-old was assaulted during recess at Thomas Claggett Elementary School in District Height. 

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Kendrick Lamar responds to Macklemore’s Grammy win, says ‘it’s well-deserved’

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For the first since Sunday, Kendrick Lamar has responded to Macklemore’s win. The star was nominated for 7 Grammys, four of which Macklemore took home.

While talking with XXL after last night’s Don Kennedy show, Lamar had the following the say about Macklemore’s win. 

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India.Arie pins open letter in response to lack of blacks in Grammys

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To say that singer India.Arie didn’t like this past Sunday’s Grammys would be an understatement.

In an open letter, the songwriter talked about the dearth of black award winners and black faces on the telecast, and called the awards show a popularity contest.

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One year ago today, the world lost Hadiya Pendleton

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It was exactly one year ago today that the world lost another precious soul to gun violence. Hadiya Pendleton’s life was tragically cut short when she was struck by a stray bullet while standing with friends inside Vivian Gordon Harsh Park just moments after taking final exams. An honor student at King College Prep High School, Pendleton died just one week after returning from the trip of a lifetime; performing at events for President Obama’s second inauguration.

In a piece appearing in the Chicago Tribune, Hadiya’s parents Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton and Nathaniel Pendleton, wrote about the affects of not just Pendleton’s death on them, but gun violence in Chicago and the nation as a whole. 

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Despite racist backlash from first ad, Cheerios releases Super Bowl ad featuring mixed-raced family

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In the brand’s first-ever Super Bowl ad, Cheerios will feature a mixed-raced family. General Mills is portraying the same mixed-race family that drew criticism on its Youtube channel last May.

The first commercial, which featured a black father, white mother and biracial daughter, sparked such horrific comments that the manufacturer had to disable the comments. The clip garnered over 5 million views.

But it hasn’t stopped the brand from featuring the family. 

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