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Tens of Thousands Gather in D.C. for 50th Anniversary March on Washington

On Saturday thousands marched to the Martin Luther King memorial and down the National Mall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington.

But it was more than a trip down memory lane; the event was also meant to galvanize a new generation to take action to make a better world for all marginalized and oppressed communities.

Remarks from Rep. John Lewis – a featured speaker at the original March on Washington - spoke directly to this continued struggled for justice and equality.

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This bears repeating: Black women are awesome. In a few weeks–actually, in a few days–if you asked someone who Antoinette Tuff is, there is a chance that the response will be, “The lone woman MC named in Kendrick Lamar’s verse,” or something else equally silly and clueless. Even though we will, we shouldn’t forget Antoinette Tuff’s name. She saved a lot of lives, including that of the person who tried to take hers. Last week, Tuff, the bookkeeper at McNair Elementary School in an Atlanta suburb, saved numerous lives by talking a gunmen out of opening fire in the school by being compassionate, empathetic, and vulnerable. She’s a hero.

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Houston Teens Missing After Sneaking Out to Meet Man They Met on Facebook

Houston teenagers Liana Andrews, 16, and Kacie Watson, 14 have gone missing after sneaking out of Andrews’ home to meet a man they met on Facebook.

The teens snuck out, texted Andrews’ grandmother, and stole her mother’s car. They haven’t been seen since.

Their families are desperate to find them.

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Juicy J Offers – Then Revokes – $50,000 Scholarship to the Best Twerker

Oscar winner, Juicy J of Three 6 Mafia and Taylor Gang fame, announced via Twitter that he will give $50,000 in scholarship money to the best twerker:

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Hundreds Rally in Philly School District HQs for More Funding

Hundreds of students, teachers, and parents have gathered at the Philadelphia School District headquarters, demanding more funding for jobs and programs.

Many schools will open this year without counselors, administrative staff, nurses, or librarians.

The city has allocated just $50 million to open schools, but important positions and programs will be empty.

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21-Year Old Transgender Woman Beaten to Death in Harlem

The savage beating and death of 21-year old transgender woman Islan Nettles is being investigated as a hate crime.

She’d been walking with friends on Saturday night in Harlem when a group of men began shouting homophobic slurs and attacked them.

Yesterday, she was declared brain dead due to the injuries she suffered, and subsequently taken off life support.

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President Obama Calls Woman Credited w/ Stopping Elementary School Gunman

President Obama has called Antoinette Tuff, the woman credited with disarming a gunman who terrorized a Georgia elementary school earlier this week.

At the height of the crisis, Tuff cleverly built a rapport with gunman Brandon Hill, eventually convincing him to surrender peacefully to police. No one was injured.

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GOP Lawmaker Links Poverty w/ Too Much Fried Chicken and BBQ

Colorado state senator Vicki Marble shocked those in attendance at a meeting of the legislature’s Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force when she suggested that people of color are poor in part because they eat too much fried chicken and BBQ.

No, really.

From FOX31 Denver:

“When you look at life expectancy, there are problems in the black race,” Marble said during a meeting of the legislature’s Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force. “Sickle-cell anemia is something that comes up. Diabetes is something that’s prevalent in the genetic makeup, and you just can’t help it. Although I’ve got to say, I’ve never had better barbecue and better chicken and ate better in my life than when you go down South and you, I mean, I love it. Everybody loves it.”

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Justice Department Files Lawsuit to Block Texas Voter ID Law

The Justice Department has announced its intent to sue the state of Texas over its voter ID law.

The law was passed after the recent Supreme Court decision that threw out a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, and requires that voters present government-issued photo identification. Student IDs are not permissible.

The lawsuit will contend that the new law is an attempt to deny or restrict the right to vote to minorities, students, and the elderly.

From the Grio:

“This represents the department’s latest action to protect voting rights, but it will not be our last,” said the attorney general.

On June 25, the Supreme Court threw out the most powerful part of the Voting Rights Act, whose enactment in 1965 marked a major turning point in black Americans’ struggle for equal rights and political power. The Justice Department’s legal action in Texas is based on another provision in the law. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has called the Obama administration’s actions an “end-run around the Supreme Court.”

Intervening in the redistricting case would enable the federal government to seek a declaration that Texas’s 2011 redistricting plans for the U.S. Congress and the Texas State House of Representatives were adopted in order to deny or restrict the right to vote on account of race, color, or membership in a language minority group.

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Thoughts on Texas’ voter ID law, and the continued attacks on our right to vote?

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Atlanta Teen Recieves Heart Transplant After Initially Being Denied Due to “History of Non-Compliance”

15-year old Anthony Stokes – the Atlanta teen who was initially denied a heart transplant because of a history of “non-compliance” – has reportedly received the heart transplant he desperately needed.

Stokes’ initial denial caused a firestorm of controversy.

After a widespread backlash, the hospital changed its mind and placed him at the top of the list.

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