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Two Texas Women Sue State Troopers After Roadside Body Cavity Searches

Two women are filing a lawsuit after being subjected to roadside body cavity searches by Texas State Troopers.

The searches were performed during  routine traffic stops by female officers. And though the practice seems outrageous, it’s being asserted by lawyers and civil rights advocates that roadside cavity searches are actually standard policy in Texas.

Victims Angel and Ashley Dobbs recounted their harrowing story:

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14-Year Old Shaaliver Douse Shot and Killed by NYPD

14-year old Shaaliver Douse was shot and killed by police after ignoring commands to drop his weapon.

Last Sunday, The Bronx teen was allegedly seen by police shooting at an unidentified man. After their demands that he drop the weapon were ignored, Shaaliver was killed by a gunshot to the lower jaw.

Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD say the shooting was justified; but Douse’s family are devastated, and they aren’t buying the official police story.

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CeCe McDonald Pens Letter from Prison About Trayvon, Racism, and Survivor’s Guilt

Cece McDonald is a black transgender youth currently serving a 41-month sentence for stabbing a person who attacked her and her friends.

She recently penned a letter from prison where she discusses the justice system, and how it feels to be a survivor.

The letter, which was featured on ColorLines, says in part:

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Cops Gone Wild: When Policing Goes Horribly Wrong

 From “Stop and Frisk” to the militarization of police departments across the country, more and more stories of police abuses are coming to light. Yesterday a 14 year old was killed by rookie NYPD officers and a few days prior in Cook County, a 95 year old WW2 vet was killed by Park Forest police officers for supposedly threatening staff with his cane. Last month, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and the private company that provides medical care to county prisoners paid $1 million in a wrongful-death settlement this year to the children of a Tampa man who spent approximately 36 hours in jail without treatment while suffering a fatal stroke.

Watch these 3 videos below to see even more proof of police officers gone wild



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Oprah Winfrey: Trayvon Martin Parallels Emmett Till

Oprah Winfrey is currently getting rave reviews – and Oscar buzz – for her role in the upcoming Lee Daniels film “The Butler.”

During a recent interview, Winfrey discussed the new film and how it will impact audiences, considering the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin.

From the Grio:

“It’s so easy during this time… Trayvon Martin paralleled Emmett Till, let me just tell ya. In my mind. Same thing.

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BEYOND JAY-Z / BELAFONTE BEEF TO ACTION: A Conversation Between Bakari Kitwana and Mark Anthony Neal

Following a week-long media frenzy surrounding the rift between icons Jay-Z and Harry Belafonte, Bakari Kitwana of Rap Sessions and Mark Anthony Neal of Left of Black sat down to unpack the shortcomings of the recent Jay-Z/ Belafonte debate.

Rather than perpetuating the beef between the Civil Rights Generation and the Hip-Hop Generation, they insist the moment should be seen as an opportunity to chart a course for moving beyond media sound bites to action.

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Florida Lawmakers Will Review ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law

Florida lawmakers have reportedly agreed to review the state’s dangerous Stand Your Ground laws.

Their decisions comes after widespread outcry from community members, celebrities, and political figures; and most notably after weeks of protests from the amazing Dream Defenders.

From Raw Story:

The announcement on Friday by Will Weatherford, the speaker of Florida’s House of Representatives, marked the biggest concession yet by the state’s Republican leaders to protesters’ demands for a top-to-bottom review of the law, which allows people in fear of serious injury to use deadly force to defend themselves rather than retreat.

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Robin & Blues

Dear Robin #Thicke,

Let me begin by congratulating you for having the song of the summer. “Blurred Lines.” Despite the many problems with the lyrics and accompanying video, “Blurred Lines” is a bona fide (Hello, Jon B.) hit. It’s catchy, it exhibits deft use of a sample and your falsetto. It’s being used to sell and publicize everything. Most importantly, it sons “Suit and Tie.”

It’s also the number one song in the country, which is a euphemistic way of saying that white people are watching. That means, of course, that you are at a bit of a crossroads in your career. You’ve gone from being the shaggy-haired bike riding dude singing over a sample of Disco Beethoven to a slick-haired suit-(sans tie)-wearing headliner at the grown and sexy radio station’s annual concert, to being the soundtrack to drunk white girls dancing all up on each other in the club. I’m really happy for you #Thicke, but let me finish.

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Michigan College Issues Apology After President Called Minority Students “Dark Ones”

The President of a small liberal arts college in Michigan has issued an apology after making racially offensive remarks earlier in the week.

Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn referred to minority students as “dark ones” during a subcommittee hearing regarding the adoption of Common Core State Standards.

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Court Rules Officer Who Killed Oscar Grant Can Be Sued

The officer who shot and killed Oscar Grant on New Year’s Day 2009 may face a lawsuit.

Attempts by former BART officer Johannes Mehserle to claim police immunity were unanimously rejected by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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