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Just Keep Saying Over And Over, It’s Not About Race

frisk11n-1-webEver get harassed by the police, while walking down the street in your own neighborhood, just because you told somebody hi? According to Philadelphia police officer Philip Nace you, “don’t say hi to strangers”. And that was one of the mildest statements he made. In the next breath he let it be known, ”Don’t f*cking play though, you’ll be on the same f*cking block as him. We’ll kick your ass too.”

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School sends child home with ‘lunch money please’ sticker

A California mom is upset after her son came home from school with a sticker on his shirt.

Kim Segaline noticed the “Lunch money please” sticker on her 7-year-old son last week.

Preston, a student at Bonsall West Elementary School, told her the lunch lady put it on him for her to see.

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Is the world ready for a gay action hero? Lee Daniels thinks so

Still reveling in the success of “The Butler,” Director Lee Daniels is now looking to make a new movie featuring gay superheroes.

He’s tapped Magic Mike actor Alex Pettyfer to star as one-half of a gay interracial action hero couple.

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 According to Daniels, think of it as a gay “Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but the two good-looking guys as the action heroes.” The twist? “We don’t find out they’re gay until the end of the movie,” he explains.

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Supreme Court to decide on key affirmative action case

The Supreme Court will decide if affirmative action is a justifiable factor in college admissions on Tuesday.

The judges will take on the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, a 2006 constitutional amendment banning the use of racial preferences in public university admissions.

Tomorrow’s ruling could not just affect the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus, but reach seven states. California, Florida, Arizona, Washington, Oklahoma, Nebraska and New Hampshire has similar bans.

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Police groups protest charges against Charlotte cop who killed former FAMU student

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When news broke that 24-year-old former FAMU football player Jonathan Ferrell was killed by police last month, the subject of police brutality was once again pushed into national spotlight.

Civil rights groups praised Charlotte’s Police department for quickly charging Kerrick with manslaughter.

Now law enforcement departments across the country are criticizing those fast charges.

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Show Me the Money

marriage-equalityLast Friday was National Coming Out Day. Shout out to those who took it as an opportunity to publicly express their sexuality and those who didn’t. Either way, you deserve a big hug and an even bigger ice cream cone. Of course, even with the government shutdown, politics influences how we view the day. So, it wasn’t surprising that last week the same-sex marriage issue that many states are addressing got tied to coming out. Clearly, there are what might be regarded as “problems” with the process of coming out and same-sex marriage. Now, I won’t spend anytime here unpacking any of the issues as I see them. Instead, I’d like to take a moment to promote yet another modest proposal.

Fraught, conservative institution or not, we can all agree that marriage can be an expensive endeavor. From dresses to flowers to delicious cake to chicken or beef or veggie, jumping the broom in any traditional capacity costs many a ducket. In a way, that’s what the fight for same-sex marriage is for: access to several rituals which includes registering a place setting you’ll never use. In essence, that’s the transaction. I put on a big party and feed you, you cry over me and buy me steak knives. Which brings me to my point.

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Italian gymnast: “Paint your skin black, so we can win too”

Having black skin makes everything easier, right? Well, Italian gymnast Carlotte Ferlito seems to think so.

In the latest instance of outright haters saying racist things, Ferlito said the only way she and her fellow white teammates might be able to win a gymnastics meet would be if they pulled out the good old cork recipe.

Ferlito made the comment after being asked about Simone Biles’ success. 

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Man who shot innocent bystander freed due to Stand Your Ground

A man who shot and killed an innocent bystander during a confrontation with a group of teenagers is free.

36-year-old Shannon Anthony Scott was arrested for the murder of 17-year-old Darrell Andre Niles, an unarmed black teen found shot to death in his car in 2010.

Richland County Judge Maite Murphy threw out the murder charges against Scott ruling that he “reasonably believed his life was in danger and is therefore immune from prosecution by the state’s Protection of Persons and Property ACT…” The act is the state’s version of the controversial Stand Your Ground law.

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Police officer charged for assaulting woman before she died

 

A LAPD officer has been charged with assault for kicking a handcuffed woman seven times in the abdomen, upper thigh and stomach before she lost consciousness and died.

Officer Mary O’Callaghan was found by prosecutors to have used unnecessary force when arresting Alesia Thomas.

Thomas, a drug abuser resisted arrest and struggled with O’Callaghan and other officers who went to her home after she left her children outside a police station.

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Man quits Wall Street job to make a difference in the lives of youth

Marquis Taylor, 29, used to be a professional on Wall Street, but he left his six figure gig in real estate finance to fully dedicate his time to youth.

Through his grassroots organization Coaching4Change, Taylor works with low-income adolescents by actively presenting them with a positive black male image.

Taylor works with disengaged high school students who are on the verge of dropping out. Why? Because it was once him at a point in time.

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