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Scott administration admits to voter purge flaws

When Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s administration announced new voting requirements for the state last year, civil rights groups and local officials protested.

The groups said that African Americans and Latinos would be unfairly targeted and not be able to vote.

Turns out they were right.

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Police kill man after family calls ambulance for him

The family of Jack Lamar Roberson never thought that he would be gunned down by police when they sought medical attention for the diabetic.

But that’s exactly what happened when an ambulance was called for Roberson.

Georgia police say they were responding to a report of an attempted suicide. While en route, they were told the man was combative.

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Study: Black men less likely to run in white neighborhoods

A University of Maryland professor discovered some shocking statistics about the practices of black runners.

Rashawn Ray, Ph.D, found that black men are less likely to run outside if they live in a predominantly white neighborhood.

The opposite was true for black women.

From Runner’s World:

Ray surveyed 500 college-educated African-Americans living in urban and suburban areas across the United States in 2011 to explore why middle-class blacks were less physically active than their Caucasian peers. “Research has shown that the higher one’s social class, the more likely she or he is to be physically active,” says Ray. “Black men are criminalized by the inability of others to separate a black male from crime.”

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Celebrities seek to end mass incarceration with campaign

Dr. Boyce Watkins and Russell Simmons are teaming up to combat mass incarceration.

By gathering a coalition of supporters, the men hope to highlight to seriousness of the prison industrial complex and its affects on people of color.

From Your Black World:

“Rehabilitation and even punishment are acceptable in themselves, but when a nation builds an entire economy around the unjust incarceration of millions of its citizens, that nation is serving as a tool for its own demise.” the statement reads. “Families are destroyed when citizens are given extraordinarily long prison sentences for even the smallest crimes, and the failed War on Drugs has created an entire generation of lost children, who’ve grown up without the support and guidance of two loving parents.”

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Waitress receives $10,000 after going viral about racial slur

Things are looking up for a Tennessee waitress who received a racial slur instead of a tip on the job.

Toni Jenkins works at Red Lobster in Cool Springs. A few weeks ago, someone wrote the N-word on a receipt at her table.

Instead of sweeping the incident under the rug, Jenkins went public with the matter.

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Today in Post-Race History: Beast Mode

Last week, I wrote about Washington’s NFL team and the resistance by team management, and their most prominent football player, Robert Griffin III, to do the right thing and demand that the team change its name. In a sense, the call to change the name is not simply about racism and who is offended by it, but also about language–how we deploy it, the fraught history it connotes, etc. With that in mind, I’d like to take a moment to address another semantic phenomenon in sports that seems omnipresent, given the immediacy of blogs and Twitter and such.

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Who else is affected by the shutdown? Cancer patients

We are now in day 8 of the U.S. government shutdown and cancer patients are yet another subset of the American population affected by the halt on Capitol Hill.

As long as the shutdown is in effect, the National Institute of Health will not accept new patients. That includes children with cancer.

Francis Collins, director of NIH, explains the situation.

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Is Miley Cyrus using blacks as ‘accessories?’ Questlove thinks so

Whether or not you agree with Miley Cyrus’ recent behavior, one thing is for sure: the singer can definitely keep a buzz going.

As many rush to judge her, several rappers have come to the star’s defense.

Roots member Questlove isn’t one of them.

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50 Cent comes out in support of trans teen

It was only a few days ago that we reported Chris Brown’s support of gay rights. Now, 50 Cent is the latest rapper with a history of making anti-gay statements to “come out” in support of the LGBT community.

His new series “Dream School” connects troubled teems with a dream team of celebrity instructors.

The focus of the show is the encourage and support teens dealing with violence, poverty and pregnancy. “Dream School” also features Alan, a transgender boy who was born a girl.

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Family of slain DC chase suspect question police actions

The family of a woman who was shot to death outside the U.S. Capitol after attempting to ram her car through a White House barrier is questioning how police handled the incident.

34-year-old Miriam Carey was killed on Thursday. Two police officers were injured during the incident.

Investigators found that Carey had a history of mental illness and had been under the delusion that the president was communicating with her.

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