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Youth Take Over Florida Governor’s Office Demanding Justice for Trayvon

Young people from across Florida have flooded the Governor’s office in Tallahassee, demanding that Gov. Rick Scott hear their concerns in the aftermath of the George Zimmerman verdict.

Dubbed the Dream Defenders, they’ve been there since Tuesday, rallying around the Trayvon Martin act, a bill that would address racial profiling, “Stand Your Ground” laws, and the school-to-prison pipeline.

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Wild Thing

By AJ Thomas

20-years old

When I woke up this morning I was a Black woman.

It’s not to say that I wasn’t one before, but on this occasion I had changed. My skin was brown, my hair was curly, and my lips were full. I had become a Black woman; I had become a wild thing.

In his poem entitled “Self-pity” the poet D. H. Lawrence says, “I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself.” My metamorphosis from a caterpillar to a butterfly was a slow process.

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Petition Launched Demanding that Zimmerman’s Concealed Carry Permit Be Revoked

A petition has been launched demanding that George Zimmerman’s concealed carry permit be revoked.

12,000 people have signed on, calling on Florida officials to find Zimmerman unfit to carry a concealed firearm.

From the Huffington Post:

George Zimmerman is a dangerous, violent person.

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Bill Cosby: There is No Proof that George Zimmerman is Racist

We reported that Stevie Wonder and other artists are boycotting Florida now that George Zimmerman had been acquitted.

Well, Bill Cosby is clearly not going to be in that cohort of people.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Cosby argued that one cannot prove that a person, Zimmerman in this case, is racist unless they say something like, “Hey, I’m racist,” and we should thus not talk about “racial stuff” regarding the reason for and outcome of the case:

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Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela!

Today is the 95th birthday of the incomparable Nelson Mandela.

And – coinciding with this great day – we are happy to report that Mandela’s health is reportedly improving!

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Kerry Washington is First Black Actress since 1995 to Earn Lead Actress Drama Nod at Primetime Emmys

Kerry Washington is the first black actress since Cicely Tyson in 1995 to receive a Lead Actress in a Drama nomination at the Primetime Emmy Awards.

Washington received the nod for her role as Olivia Pope on ABC’s runaway hit Scandal.

From Shadow and Act:

Cicely Tyson was nominated for her work in the NBC legal drama series Sweet Justice. Interestingly, Sweet Justice would run for just one season. And Tyson didn’t win. She lost to Kathy Baker for her work in Picket Fences.

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Trayvon Martin’s Father: ‘If Trayvon Was White, This Never Would Have Happened’

The parents of Trayvon Martin sat down for an interview with Matt Lauer.

Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton are understandably shocked and dismayed with the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

They assert that race was most definitely a factor in their son’s slaying.

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John Spooner Found Guilty for the Murder of 13-Year Old Darius Simmons

76-year old John Spooner has been found guilty of intentional homicide in the tragic shooting death of 13-year old Darius Simmons.

It took a jury less than two hours to reach a verdict.

From WISN:

The jury began hearing testimony Tuesday morning and was handed the case around 11:20 a.m. Wednesday.

The judge was notified of a verdict around 1:10 p.m. and was read around 1:50 p.m.

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Jordan Davis Trial is Next Case to Test Stand Your Ground Law

Perhaps you’ll recall the tragic shooting of Jordan Davis, who was gunned down in his SUV after arguing with Michael Dunn (pictured above) over the volume of the music he was listening to with his friends.

Dunn claims he saw a gun in Davis’ car and felt threatened; he plans to invoke the Stand Your Ground law in his defense.

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Justice 4 Trayvon Martin: Will the hype last?

Like the rest of America my newsfeed, tumblr, twitter, instagram etc have been filled with people’s opinion on Sunday’s Zimmerman verdict. And most of the response has been pro-Trayvon (I guess I pick my friends wisely). There have been tons of pictures of people at rallies, impassioned statuses about how unfair the verdict was, and a general sentiment that justice was not served. Despite this however, I’m not feeling particularly inspired. Call me a cynic but this feels like the latest political trend, the new KONY.

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