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‘Saturday Night Live’ plans to add black female cast member soon

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A representative for the NBC sketch-comedy Saturday Night Live confirmed on Thursday that it will add one or two black female performers to its cast.

The announcement comes after growing complaints about the show’s lack of diversity and inclusion of women of color.

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History made: highest number of Black actor nominations in Golden Globe Awards this year

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Although the results of the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards aren’t in yet, history has been made. This year a record eight black stars have received nominations in major categories for the awards.

In 2007, five black actors were nominated for a Golden Globe: Jennifer Hudson, Forrest Whitaker, Eddie Murphy, Beyoncé Knowles and Will Smith.

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Florida teen who pleaded for a family gets wish granted!

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A young orphan’s wish to be adopted has finally been granted. 15-year-old Davion Only made headlines in October after going to his local church in hopes of finding a family. 

But Only is just a matter of moments away from being a permanent member of an adoptive family. 

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Sign language interpreter at Mandela’s funeral says he hallucinated, heard voices

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The South African sign language interpreter accused of making up gibberish during Nelson Mandela’s funeral said that he may have suffered from a schizophrenic episode while on stage.

34-year-old Thamsanqa Jantjie blames the gestures that made no sense to deaf people around the world on voices in his head and hallucinations.

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Michigan Committeeman: ‘Gays want healthcare because of AIDS’

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In an effort to unify Republicans with members of the Tea Party, a Michigan congressman expressed his views on traditional marriage, further isolating those in same-sex relationships. 

During the Berrien County Republican Party Holiday Reception on Thursday, former state rep and Michigan national GOP committeeman Dave Agema encouraged members of both parties to unite against same-sex rights.

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It Will Always Be a White Christmas

In Chicago, the snow has finally come! Families have decorated their homes and stores have chimed in to the holiday spirit. This is the time where holidays really feel like holidays. I always had a soft spot for Christmas. It’s a time where you can give, receive and eat well.

I recently stumbled upon a blog written by Slate Culture blogger Aisha Harris and also viewed the debate about Harris’ proposal that Christmas should have a more culturally universal figure instead of a White Santa led by Megyn Kelly on Fox News. It was almost too entertaining to hear Megyn make it known to kids who didn’t know or maybe doubt that Santa Claus is white. And Jesus too.

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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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