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New Ad Reenacts Trayvon Martin Shooting; Calls for End to Stand Your Ground Laws

The Coalition to End Gun Violence has released an ad that reenacts the Trayvon Martin shooting.

The ad calls for an end to Stand Your Ground laws, and features the actual 911 recordings from that tragic night.

The group has also launched a petition asking that people demand that their state lawmakers oppose”Stand Your Ground” legislation.

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Young People of Color Lead the Fight For 15

 Young workers from Milwaukee, Chicago, and Kansas City met Thursday and Friday in Detroit to plan future actions  

Low-wage workers from eight cities that staged walkouts earlier this year are calling for a national day of strikes on Aug. 29th as part of a campaign lead mostly by young people of color called, Fight for 15. The Fight for 15 campaign calls for a living wage of $15 an hour and the right to form a union. Most low wage workers make a non livable minimum wage which is currently $7.25.

For the corporations that employ these workers, of course it’s a different story. McDonald’s makes $27 billion in annual revenue, which makes them the 90th largest economy in the world, and their CEO makes $8.75 million. According to Carl Gibson, co-founder of US Uncut, ”the gap between salaries of McDonald’s workers and the CEO is fairly typical. The incomes of the bottom 90 percent of Americans grew by roughly $59 in the last 40 years, while the incomes of the top 10 percent rose by an average of $116,071.”

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Actor Lee Thompson Young Found Dead

Actor Lee Thompson Young  - famous for roles in the The Famous Jett Jackson, Rizzoli & Isles, and Friday Night Lights – has died.

It is suspected that Young committed suicide.

He was just 29-years old.

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Moviegoer Accuses Regal Cinema of Racial Profiling at ‘The Butler’ Showing

Lee Daniels’ latest film, The Butler starring Forrest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey cleaned up at the box office this weekend, making $25 million and thus earning the number one spot.

However, the movie’s success isn’t the only reason why the movie is making headlines today.

Moviegoers in Silver Spring, MD reported a heavy police presence in the theater where The Butler was screened:

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Brooklyn Family Says Dad Died of Heart Attack After NYPD Raid on Home

The NYPD is once again under fire over a Brooklyn family’s claim that 43-year old Carlos Alcis suffered a fatal heart attack after police raided their home.

Police were reportedly looking for a suspect who’d assaulted a woman and robbed her of a cell phone. While the NYPD says they were let into the apartment, the Alcis family offers a different account.

The family says over 10 police officers stormed their home and dragged two of Alcis’ sons out of bed, believing they were suspects. Amidst the confusion and terror, Carlos – a father of eight – went into cardiac arrest.

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Texas Pastor Wants to Ban Weaves from his Church

A Texas pastor has admonished the female members of his church not to get weaves.

He says they are a sign of low self esteem, a needless expense, and indicate a preoccupation with being something you are not.

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Russell Simmons Says He’s In Contact w/ Harriet Tubman’s Descendants

Russell Simmons has apologized again for releasing a skit centered around the creation of a Harriet Tubman sex tape.

His outrageously poor judgement in allowing the skit to be released through his YouTube channel has ignited a firestorm of controversy.

In an interview with YouTube show BRKDWN, Simmons expressed remorse for the video, and later tweeted that he’d been in touch with Harriet Tubman’s descendants.

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Sybrina Fulton – Mother of Trayvon Martin – Speaks Out on ‘Stop and Frisk’ Policy

Sybrina Fulton – mother of Trayvon Martin – spoke out on NYC’s controversial Stop and Frisk policy yesterday.

Appearing on Meet the Press, Fulton asserted that no one should be stopped by civilians or police officers based off of their race.

From the Huffington Post:

“You can’t give people the authority, whether civilian or police officers the right to just stop somebody because of the color of their skin,” Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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Today in Post-Race History: The Harriet Tubman Sextape

So, (Russell) Simmons’ antics are (Black) Twitter’s latest causality, I guess. In what seems to have become a weekly tradition on these internet streets, folks took to social media to call out, chastise, and blast Simmons into what they believed was proper action after his All Def Digital released a YouTube video that was unfortunate to say the least. In the now infamous “Harriet Tubman Sextape,” the crew working under Simmons’ brand took a shot at producing some revisionist history by suggesting that Tubman managed the heroic feat of leading hundreds of enslaved blacks out of the South by making a sextape of her and her master and then using such anachronistic entities as “leverage.” Genius concept, right? I won’t post it, but if you have three minutes of your life you’d like to waste on this shit, feel free to watch it here.

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Dance Group Stages Flashmob to Protest ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

A dance group called Dance for Action staged a flashmob outside of Chuck Schumer’s New York office in protest of “Stand Your Ground” laws.

Inspired by the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

From NewsOne:

“We were really upset at the outcome and so were a lot of our friends,” said Sheila Anozier (pictured below left), a professional dancer who co-organized the flashmob — a group of people who assemble and perform for a short time and then immediately disperse — with friend Marie Philippeaux. (pictured below). “We wanted to do something in action towards the solution of getting rid of the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.

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