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Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhané Wallis is Youngest Ever Best Actress Nominee

Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and one film that might emerge as the dark horse of the evening is Beasts of the Southern Wild.

A beautifully-shot, fever dream of a film, Beasts of the Southern Wild tells the story of a young girl struggling to survive in the Delta as a massive storm approaches.

The film’s star, 9 year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, received a nomination for Best Lead Actress.

She is the youngest performer ever nominated in the lead actress category.

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Skittles and Cell Phones: An Update on Rekia Boyd’s Murder

By Dara Cooper

A wallet.   A cell phone.  A waistband.   Skittles and iced tea.  All have been the supposed cause of the murder of black bodies throughout this country, supposedly mistaken for guns.  All have been the scapegoat for police and vigilantes justifying the illegitimate murders of innocent black men and women.

On March 21, 2012, off duty police officer, Dante Servin, most likely didn’t intend to shoot Rekia Boyd in the head, causing severe damage and eventually murdering her.  His bullets were meant for Antonio Cross, who he alleged had a gun.  Per usual, an independent report found that Antonio simply had a cell phone.   Per usual, the review reportedly found no gun.

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NYPD Stop and Frisk Program in The Bronx Ruled Unconstitutional

Critics of the New York City Police Department’s “Stop and Frisk” policy can celebrate a small victory this morning.

A federal judge has declared part of the tactic unconstitutional:

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Philly Teen Cameron Clarke Scores PERFECT 2400 On SATs

18 year-old Philadelphia student Cameron Clarke is making headlines for scoring a perfect 2400 on the SATs.

Out of 1.66 million test takers, Cameron is one of only 360 who scored a 2400.

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Widow of Medgar Evers To Deliver Invocation at Obama Inauguration

Merlie Evers-Williams, the widow of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, will deliver the invocation at this year’s inauguration:

President Obama has picked Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights icon Medgar Evers, to deliver the invocation at his public swearing-in later this month. It is believed to be the first time a woman, and a layperson rather than a clergy member, has been chosen to deliver what may be America’s most prominent public prayer.

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REPORT: Homeless Black Youth Are Largely Invisible to Service Providers

According to a new report, language and definitions surrounding homelessness render homeless black youth invisible to service providers.

The report, conducted with homeless white and black youth in California, found that homeless black youth are less likely to consider themselves homeless. Those surveyed often use terms like “couch surfing” instead, and often stay with a different friend or family member each night.

White youth are more likely to identify as homeless, and more likely to access services that cater to homeless populations (like food banks and shelters).

Co-authored by Colette Auerswald and Ginny Puddlefoot, the report suggests that language and definitions surrounding homelessness must be re-framed to include “unstable housing,” in order to effectively reach and support the needs of struggling black youth.

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White Supremacist Teen Charged w/ Planning Attack on High School

An Alabama teenager has been accused of plotting an attack on his high school, specifically targeting African American classmates.

17 year-old Derek Shrout, a self-described white supremacist, has been charged with attempted assault after hatching a plan that involved firearms and the use of homemade explosives.

Based on of the teens private journal, investigators say Shrout had been inspired by the Sandy Hook Shooting last month, and had specifically targeting six students (five of them Black) and one teacher.

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3 Years Later Rebuilding Has Barely Started in Earthquake Ravaged Haiti

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According to Deborah Sontag of the New York Times, almost 400,000 Haitians are still living in tent camps 3 years after a earthquake devastated the country. Although over $7 billion dollars in aid has been disbursed, “rebuilding has barley begun“.

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Ben Jealous Calls Out Sen. Tim Scott on His Horrible Record on Civil Rights

Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) may be the United States’ most recent black Senator(-elect), but that does not mean that his appointment as the junior senator from South Carolina should be regarded as a move towards racial equality. Ben Jealous, President of the NAACP, has called out Scott on his horrible record on civil rights:

Jealous [...] appeared on CNN Wednesday night. When asked if he was critical of Scott because of his party affiliation, he said it was primarily the senator’s record on civil rights.

“No, look we have Republicans who believe in civil rights. Unfortunately, he is not one of them,” said Jealous. “And unfortunately, his party has really gone after so-called ‘RINOS’ as they call them, these Republicans who believe in civil rights again and again.”

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They’re Selling Django Unchained Slave Dolls?!

After igniting a ton of controversy for its portrayal of slavery and racism, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained has made a fortune at the box office.

And now they’re cashing in with a line of action figures inspired by characters from the film.

That’s right; they’re selling slave dolls.

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