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Judge Throws Out Three Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Against Kevin Clash

Kevin Clash, the puppeteer known for voicing Sesame Street’s Elmo, got some good news today.

A judge has thrown out three lawsuits claiming that Clash had committed sexual abuse, explaining that the men exceeded the statute of limitations in filing their complaints:

Judge John Koeltl threw out the suits brought by Cecil Singleton, Kevin Kiadii and a third, unnamed accuser. Clash, 52, resigned in November after 28 years portraying the beloved character on “Sesame Street,” amid allegations he’d engaged in sexual relationships with underage boys.

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Sloane Stephens is Last American Standing at Wimbledon; Advances to Quarters

Yesterday, 20-year old pro tennis star Sloane Stephens advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals after defeating Monica Puig.

Stephens is literally the last American standing in the tournament.

Playing at Wimbledon for the second time, Stephens got through the fourth round Monday by beating 19-year-old Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

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George Zimmerman IS a Creepy Ass Cracker [VIDEO]

George Zimmerman, in a handout image provided by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

I decided to put my thoughts about the Zimmerman trial, the ruling on the Voting Rights Act, and Race in America into a 16 bar verse:

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BET Refused to Let Blogger B. Scott Wear Heels at Awards Show

It’s not the BET Awards if something horrible didn’t pop off, right?

Well, blogger B. Scott, who hosted the BET Awards red carpet last night, confirmed that the network forced him to change his shoes:

[A]ccording to Scott, BET refused to allow him to wear heels on camera. Scott, who was initially excited for his first BET Awards hosting gig, was noticeably down when he appeared on camera for the pre-show. Afterwards, Scott took to Twitter to reveal that his sullen attitude was caused by BET forcing him to change his outfit.

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17-Year Old Cellist Angelique Montes Chosen for National Youth Orchestra

Very big things are in store for 17 year-old cellist Angelique Montes.

Hailing from New Orleans, Montes was chosen over 1,000 other young musicians for a spot on the National Youth Orchestra.

Montes has been playing the cello since the tender age of 5!

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STUDY: People Generally Lack Empathy for Black Pain

A recent study asserts that people generally believe black people feel less pain than whites.

Called the racial empathy gap, it helps to explain the persistence of racial disparities.

In one experiment, researchers showed white participants video clips of needles entering someone’s skin. My measuring their reactions (by how sweaty their hands became), they found that the participants responded more dramatically to whites than blacks.

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Lauryn Hill Rails Against Racism, Oppression and IRS in Open Letter

Ahead of her three month jail sentence for tax evasion, Lauryn Hill posted a lengthy open letter on her Tumblr.

In it, Hill breaks down and dismisses the concept of “reverse racism,” addresses the continued oppression of African Americans, and discusses her tax troubles and trial.

The concept of reverse racism is flawed, if not absolutely ridiculous. Most, if not all of the negative responses from people of color toward white people, are reactions to the hatred, violence, cruelty and brutality that they were shown by white people for centuries.

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What Will Be the Impact of Rachel Jeantel’s Testimony?

With week one of the George Zimmerman trial behind us, legal experts, media outlets, and the general public can’t seem to stop talking about Rachel Jeantel; the friend of Trayvon Martin who was on the phone with him the night of his fatal confrontation with George Zimmerman.

Her demeanor, speech, and highly-charged interactions with defense attorney Don West reflected “a labyrinth of cultural nuances,” according to a Huffington Post article.

Did Rachel Jeantel’s testimony help or hurt the prosecution’s case; or both?

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Offensive Photo of Zimmerman Attorney Goes Viral

A highly insensitive and offensive photo of Don West – defense attorney for George Zimmerman – went viral last week, prompting an apology from the Zimmerman defense team.

It shows West and his daughters eating ice cream after the opening day of the trial. The caption reads:

“We beat stupidity celebration cones #zimmerman #defense #dadkilledit

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Let’s Make a Deal

Although LeBron James and the Miami Heat recently repeated as champions of the NBA, there is still plenty of excitement in men’s professional basketball. Today, or last night rather, the free agent frenzy began. Some teams, like the Houston Rockets, will look to add a player that will turn them into title contenders, while others, such as the Boston Celtics, have already started the process of breaking up the nucleus of their team in an effort to rebuild. One of the more famous skits that aired during the two legendary seasons of Chappelle’s Show was a bit called the racial draft, where racial groups drafted and traded for famous people for their “team.” The combination of the summer of the NBA, Chappelle’s genius, and recent current events, have inspired to me to speak on behalf of black America and notify the rest of the world that we are entertaining offers for the following people, who are available singly or as part of a package deal:

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