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Teen suspended from school for ripping out Bible pages


A Texas teen has been suspended from school for ripping apart the Bible during a protest. While speaking out for gay rights in class, 18-year-old Birdville High School senior Isaiah Smith tore pages from the holy book to make a point.

As a result, he was suspended from school for three days.

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Unarmed teen shot dead on ISU campus after police chase


A man called police to report a stolen vehicle, now he’s planning for a funeral. James Comstock called authorities after his 19-year-old son Tyler stole his vehicle to go purchase cigarettes.

Ames County Police Officer Adam McPherson pursued Comstock, and during the chase Comstock rammed McPherson’s car. McPherson fired six shots into the vehicle after Comstock refused to turn off the engine.

From Des Moines Register:

During the chase, an unidentified Ames police staffer twice suggested that police back off their pursuit, according to dispatch audio obtained by the Register through a third-party service.  Tyler Comstock’s step-grandfather, Gary Shepley, 65, of Cambridge, said “hard, tough questions” need to be asked about the police’s actions.

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Jay Z buys Robinson Cano $34,000 watch, investigated for unethical practices


Just as the star is digging himself out of the hole created by his affiliation with Barneys New York, it looks like Jay Z has gotten himself in more hot water.

The rapper-turned-entrepreneur gifted a $34,000 watch to New York Yankees free agent Robinson Cano on his 31st birthday. The five-time All-Star received the limited-edition Classic Fusion Shawn Carter watch by Hublot during a party in Belgium on Oct. 22.

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Brazil’s president wants to reserve 20% of jobs in country for blacks

Brazil had more African slaves on its shores than any other country in North America.

The country’s president plans to ask congress to pass legislation that would reserve 20 percent of the nation’s government jobs for blacks.

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Rev. Al Sharpton to address gun violence, speak with students in Chicago


Rev. Al Sharpton was serious about moving to Chicago to continue efforts that curb gun violence in the city. So serious that he actually rented an apartment on Chicago’s west side.

Now, the civil rights activists is turning his attention to a group of students at Frazier International Magnet School.

In conjunction with the National Action Network and Education for a Better America, Sharpton will highlight the achievements of the school and develop a plan to help its students.

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Bus driver fired for leading students in prayer

A Minnesota school bus driver has been fired after leading kids in prayers while driving.

George Nathaniel, 49, had already been warned of his praying. He was also reassigned for practicing what he calls “freedom of speech.”

From Gawker:

Nathaniel, also a pastor for two Minneapolis churches, argues that firing him “for praying for the safety of the children” isn’t right.  Nathaniel prayed during the seven-minute ride to school after the last child got on board.“We start out with a song,” he said. “Then each person will pray if they want to pray. If they don’t want to pray, they don’t have to pray. Then I will pray and ask them if they want to join me in prayer. Just give them something constructive and positive to go to school with.”

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Englewood residents demand that gas station gets proper sign

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A neighborhood group on Chicago’s south side  is urging community members to protest a gas station.

The Resident Association of Greater Englewood  passed out fliers to customers frequenting K & D Fuel on 6700 S. Ashland.

Why? Because of the station’s “disrespectful” signage.

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The affects of racism on online dating

The rate of interracial marriages in the United States has doubled in the past 30 years, but according to online dating habits, racism is still pretty prevalent.

University of California at San Diego Sociologist Kevin Lewis analyzed messages sent by more than 126,000 OkCupid users over a two-and-a-half month period in an effort to examine how racial prejudice affects our romantic decisions.

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Radio Interview: The History of Blackface

Web Coordinator for the Black Youth Project, Shantell Jamison, stops by the Music Vox to discuss the recent photo of two White males dressed as George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin for Halloween and the damaging effects of wearing blackface.

Listen to Shantell represent issues related to the black community each Thursday on Vocalo 90.7FM , 4:20pm Central Time.

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Radio Interview: BYP’s Shantell Jamison on “Speak Out, Say It Loud”

Each week, BYP Web Coordinator Shantell Jamison joins “Music Vox” Host Jesse Menendez on 90.7FM to discuss the latest current events covered by the BYP.

In this conversation, the two discuss “Speak Out, Say It Loud”, a movement started by four Pastors in Harlem, New York.