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Three black students arrested for waiting at bus stop

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Three Rochester, NY high school students were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct while waiting for a school bus to pick them up for a scrimmage basketball game.

The boys were standing with teammates Wednesday morning when a police officer asked them to disperse. 

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People with HIV could face jail time even if safe sex is practiced

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Exposing someone to HIV is a crime in at least 35 states, even if the virus is not transmitted. According to an investigation conducted by Pro Publica, it is also a crime even if the sex in question was safe.

The investigation looks at the case of Nick Rhoades, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for not disclosing his HIV status before sleeping with another man. Rhoades was on antiviral drugs and transmission was very unlikely. The two also used protection during the sexual encounter.

Rhoades’ sentence was reduced to 5 years probation, but he remains an aggravated sex offender and can never be alone with anyone under the age of 14.

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Black postal worker shot to death while delivering mail

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26-year-old Tyson Jerome Barnette was shot and killed while delivering mail about 10 miles from the nation’s capital. Police were called to the scene Saturday evening in Landover and found Barnette dead from the wounds.

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Iyanla, Fix Your Language

Is Iyanla Van Zant forever and ever protected by the shield of God Oprah Winfrey, ever since she got on the God’s show and groveled before a studio audience? If that’s the case, the lack of clap back for an under-reported story would make sense. Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, The Root reported on an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, wherein Iyanla basically calls a woman who was being sexually abused by her sister’s boyfriend a hoe. See the video here.

If you can’t watch the video, here’s what you need to know: The woman, Geneva, moved in with her sister, Barbara when she was a teenager. Barbara’s boyfriend began sexually abusing Geneva. Geneva’s language speaks to this. Iyanla says, “You got pregnant with your second child by having sex with Barbara’s boyfriend.” To which Geneva attempts to correct, “He was having sex with me.” But Iyanla isn’t having it. Even though Iyanla concedes that what happened was statutory rape, she both compels Geneva to say that she was having sex with her sister’s boyfriend and then proceeds to call Geneva a hoe. So, a teenaged Geneva confides in her sister about the abuse, and her sister calls her trifling and doesn’t believe her. What’s more, Barbara tells Geneva that if she wants to keep living with her she has to earn her keep. So, she continues “having sex” with the boyfriend because he provides for her. Then, years later, in an attempt to rectify things, Geneva gets called a hoe on cable TV? Then, after telling Geneva she was hoeing, Iyanla wants to know why she’s crying and…hugs her?

Oh. So this is how we fixing lives now?

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National Museum of African Art receives $1.8M gift from Oman

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The National Museum of African Art has received the largest donation in its history. Oman, a country of 4 million located on the southwest coast of the Arabian Peninsula, donated $1.8 million to the museum.

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BYP 100′s Charlene Carruthers to speak at Black Power Tribute

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For the entire week, the University of Chicago’s Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture will hold “Black Power! In Tribute to Fred Hampton.”  

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UPDATE: How Marissa Alexander got released from prison

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A few days ago, we broke news that Marissa Alexander was free on bond. The 32-year-old mother of two was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot at her abusive husband. In September, a judge found that information passed down to the jury in error during her initial trial, called for a new trial. Supporters of Alexander have been advocating for her release  since the ruling.

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Dophins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin out for rest of season amid bullying scandal

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Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin will not return to the NFL for the rest of the league’s season.

Martin left the team in October after accusing teammates of violently harassing him.

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SB 1342 will Criminalize Black and Brown Bodies

By Aaron Talley, BYP 100 Chicago

One would think that it goes without saying that we should meet the complex problems of violence in Chicago with equally complex solutions. One would think, or rather one should think, that reducing violence requires creative, expansive, and thoughtful solutions. However, time proves again and again that lawmakers choose to fix the complex problems facing Black and Brown communities in Chicago with hollow and rickety solutions. Accordingly, we challenge the latest in ill-conceived and dis-proven policy—SB1342–a law that would increase mandatory minimum sentences for weapons-related offenses. Or put another way, any person caught with an illegal firearm would automatically receive at least a mandatory 1-year sentencing and charged with a felony.

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Nobody’s Greater Than You

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Brace yourselves.

You might need some protection when you step outside your door today.
It’s cold out but people are colder.

As you have your morning breakfast or lunch or dinner, depending on
what side of the world you live on, be sure to have a side of IDGAF
next to your toast.

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