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Politician fakes being black to win election

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Passing for black? It happens. Dave Wilson was elected the the Community College Board of Trustees in Houston after giving off the impression that he was black. Wilson beat Bruce Austin, who is black, in a tight race.

From Think Progress:

Wilson’s campaign fliers were filled with black faces that he admits to simply pulling off of websites, along with captions such as “Please vote for our friend and neighbor Dave Wilson.” Another flier announces that he was “Endorsed by Ron Wilson,” which is the name of an African American former state representative. Only by reading the fine print will voters discover that the “Ron Wilson” who actually endorsed Dave is his cousin. The cousin lives in Iowa.

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Alicia Keys’ ‘Keep a Child Alive’ benefit nets $4 million

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To say that Alicia Keys had a successful fundraising event would be an understatement. The “girl on fire” made it rain this past weekend by raising $4 million at her Keep a Child Alive Black Ball to benefit children and families impacted by AIDS in India & South Africa.

Keys emceed the event at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

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Black teen executed in 1944 may get new trial

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George Stinney was just 14-years-old when he was convicted for the murders of two white girls ages 11 and 7. The confession was shaky, and Stinney did not have proper representation. The young child didn’t stand a chance against the South Carolina jury.

Although it has been almost 70 years since the boy’s execution, supporters of Stinney asked a judge to grant him a new trial in hopes of clearing his name.

From Associated Press:

The request for a new trial is largely symbolic, but Stinney’s supporters say they would prefer exoneration to a pardon.

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‘Red Tail’ Pilot celebrated at Veterans Day event

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Downtown Orlando celebrated Veterans Day on Saturday with one very special star in attendance. 93-year-old Air Force Col. Charles McGee was clad in a black bomber jacket embroidered with the words “Tuskegee Airmen” in gold over his heart as he snapped photos with the crowd.

The annual Veterans Day parade took place in the city’s downtown district.

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Senate passes bill against LGBT workplace discrimination

Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that seeks to prevent discrimination against gay and transgender employees in the workplace.

The Employment Non-discrimination Act  now goes to the House of Representatives for approval, but many Republicans have vowed to put a halt to the measure.

From Washington Times:

Ten Republicans joined with Democrats to pass the proposal 64-32, which marked the first major piece of legislation involving gay rights since Congress repealed the policy barring open gays from serving in the military.

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FM Supreme among “9 Underground Female Rappers You Need to Know about”

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On Buzzfeed’s list of “9 Underground Female Rappers You Need to Know About,” you’ll see familiar names like Angel Haze and Awkwafina.

But among the list is BYP 100′s very own FM Supreme.

From Buzzfeed:

A well-known emcee in her native Chicago, FM Supreme has won various poetry slams in her hometown and has shared the stage with the likes of Lupe Fiasco, MC Lyte, and Common. She released her last project titled The FM Supreme Project EP Mixtape in 2010.

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Super Soaker inventor awarded $72.9 million in royalties

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After a lengthy court battle, the rightful creator of the “Super Soaker” toy has been awarded $72.9 million.

Johnson Research and Development Co. and founder Lonnie Johnson were in a royalty dispute with Hasbro toy company since February over royalties accrued for the Nerf line toys between 2007 and 2012.

From The Chicago Defender:

The arbitration agreement resolves a 2001 inventors dispute in which Hasbro agreed to pay Johnson royalties for products covered by his Nerf line of toys, specifically the N-Strike and Dart Tag brands, King & Spalding attorney Ben Easterlin said.

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2 Chainz gives back with “#2Cansfor2Chainz” Campaign this season

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Rapper and entertainer 2 Chainz is using his celebrity to give back during the holiday season. Recently he gave autographs to fans who donated two canned goods. The food was later given to food pantries.

From Jet:

With his #2Cansfor2Chainz campaign , the rapper and his TRU Foundation received 4,000 canned goods for the SOS Food Pantry and Food Gatherers. The event took place in Detroit and was hosted by Adidas and Def Jam Records.

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Southern Christian Leadership Conference (American Baptist) creates petition against Stand Your Ground

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At least 22 states currently have some form of “Stand Your Ground” legislation on the books. The American Baptist Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is the latest group to protest the controversial form of legislation.

Their petition has just a few signatures, but it is sure the gain momentum.

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Family says evidence in Kendrick Johnson case has been ‘tampered with’

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In the most recent report regarding the mysterious death of Georgia teen Kendrick Johnson, the coroner blasted the handling of the initial investigation. 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson was found dead inside a rolled up gym mat at his high school in January.

While police initially ruled the death an accident, his family suspects foul play, and has demanded that authorities look further into the investigation. In addition to the coroner’s disapproval of the case’s handling, Johnson’s family suspects that a video of the incident has been tampered with.

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