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BELOOOOVVVVEEEDDD: Fix My Racism

Last week, I wrote at length about white people needing to identify and eradicate their racism without the assistance of black people and without blaming black people. The occasion for this commentary was the oft-written about Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin bullying situation and, more specifically, Shannon Sharpe’s disgust at black players’ alleged complicity in Incognito’s racism. Again, I agree with Sharpe on a couple of levels: 1. Black players should have spoken up, and 2. There are no honorary black people. *in my best LeBron voice*

Not Robert DeNiro

Not Justin Timberlake

Not Bubba Sparxxx

Not one Kardashian

Not DJ Khaled

Not Eminem

Not Teena Marie

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Food Stamps For The Holidays

 FOODSTAMPS

 By: Rashad J. Smith

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) also known to millions of Americans as “Food Stamps” surprised hundreds of thousands of recipients with extra “money” this past weekend.

Residents of Rochester, New York rushed to grocery stores this weekend after they found out that their balance on their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card was way more than usual, in some cases, 10 times as much.

“I checked my card and found out that it was $1500.00 on it and without hesitation I immediately went to spend it on groceries”, says one Monroe County resident who didn’t want to be identified.

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News Flash

Nelson Madela remains ill, unable to speak

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According to his former wife Winnie, Nelson Mandela remains quite ill. Tubes used to clear his lungs and prevent infection make it impossible for the civil rights leader to speak, and he uses his face to communicate.

He remains sensitive to any germs and has to literally be kept sterile. 

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UPDATE: Renisha McBride shooter Ted Wafer arraigned, bail set for $250,000

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A suburban Detroit homeowner charged with fatally shooting 19-year-old Renisha McBride on his front porch has been arraigned. Ted Wafer made an appearance in court Friday. The 54-year-old faces second-degree murder, manslaughter and felony firearm charges in the teen’s death.

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Jay Z moves forward with Barney’s deal despite controversy, issues new statement

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Shawn Jay Z Carter has announced that he will move forward with a multi-million dollar deal he has with Barney’s New York. The high-end retail store is recovering from a wave of backlash regarding its practices when dealing with customers of color. 19-year-old Trayon Christian and 23-year-old Kayla Phillips both filed lawsuits against the NYPD and the department store after being accosted by police who accused them of credit card fraud and theft from the store.

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News Flash

Timothy Jackson: serving life for stealing a $159 jacket

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Last week, we reported the findings of a shocking study conducted by the American Civil Liberties Union. Researchers found that 3,200 inmates are currently serving life sentences for nonviolent crimes. Among them is a man who is serving life in prison for stealing a $159 jacket.

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News Flash

How to stay safe during a tornado

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Yesterday afternoon, the Midwest was struck by several tornadoes. At least six people are dead, and the act of God affected 12 states, reaching as far as western New York.

Rescuers are still searching for victims who passed away due to the series of tornadoes that swept through the land. Illinois, Indiana and Ohio was hit hardest.

While there is very little that we can do to stop a tornado, there are precautions that we can take to protect ourselves. Here are some tips on how to stay safe when disaster strikes. 

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Chicago Park District Presents: “The Blueprint: Teen Summit & Forum”

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The Chicago Park District will hold a free event for teens ages 13-19 on the city’s west side. The summit will consist of workshops, panel discussions, spoken word and dance performances, and more.

In addition to providing a plethora of resources for urban teens, “The Blueprint” will feature interactive conversations that teens face daily such as violence, economic strife and peer pressure. 

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Toxicology Report: Renisha McBride had weed, alcohol in system

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A toxicology report released regarding the death of Renisha McBride found a high level of alcohol in her system. The report, released Thursday by the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office says McBride’s blood-alcohol level was about 0.22 at the time of her death.

That’s more than twice the legal limit for driving. She also tested positive for marijuana, but the report is recommending a second test before confirming that discovery.

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Woman receives racist text message from limo company

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A Detroit Limousine company had a few choice words for a woman who hung up on them. Candis Doss, 25, called Detroit Limo Party Bus to book a vehicle for her mother’s birthday.

Her phone dropped the call while she was driving and she received a text message from the number she called soon after. “Why do black people always just hang up…Is it an inherited thing to be rude? or is it because you were slaves for so long?” -www.DetroitLimoPartyBus.com.

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