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Survey Says: most Americans find blackface acceptable


It’s been almost a week since a few select white people decided to offend African Americans with their choice of blackface. We’ve written many stories about why blackface is offensive, but how do Americans really feel about the practice.

A new poll reveals that 43% of Americans find it to be acceptable for a white person to use blackface on Halloween. That’s pretty freaking close to 50%.

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Workplace discrimination: Ashland Johnson fired for sexual orientation


In the latest installment of their Workplace Discrimination Series, The Center for American Progress highlights the story of Ashland Johnson. 

Johnson claims that she was discriminated against by her boss due to her sexual orientation. When she first started working for a company in Atlanta, she got great reviews. It wasn’t until her boss discovered that she was involved in a same sex relationship that things changed.

“One day I got sick and ended up being in the ICU for a week, and I let my employers know. They didn’t contact me to let me know anything else except for a week later, they FedEx’d me a termination letter.” – Ashland Johnson

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The BYP hires Charlene Carruthers as the National Coordinator of the BYP 100


Dear BYP 100,

I am thrilled to announce that the Black Youth Project (BYP) has hired Charlene Carruthers as the first National Coordinator for the BYP 100. This position was made possible by a grant from the Arcus Foundation.

The National Coordinator will work with members of the BYP 100 to expand and sustain the new national network and local organizing teams of young Black activists you are building. I cannot imagine a better person to support the growth of the BYP 100.  Charlene was involved in the planning of the convening and continued to work diligently after the convening to build on the relationships, commitments, and work produced during that gathering.  

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Woman shot to death after seeking help after car accident, family demands answers


The family of a woman shot to death wants answers. 19-year-old Renisha McBride died of a gunshot wound to the head after knocking on the door of a home in Detroit.

Her family says that McBride went for help after a car accident around 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

From Detroit News:

Her cellphone battery had died, her family said. Few other details about the incident have been released by the Dearborn Heights Police Department. “Dearborn Heights (has) identified the person who fired the shot and killed the woman,” according to a press release. The statement added that a final report on the shooting will be forwarded to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for review in the near future.

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Breaking: Illinois Senate and House passes gay marriage act


Both bodies of congress in the state of Illinois have approved SB 10.

The law allows same-sex couples to get married and have full marital benefits.

Illinois has become the 15th state to allow same-sex unions. The bill needed 60 votes to pass the Illinois House.

The debate follows months of lobbying by advocates of same sex marriage.

We will keep you updated on this news story. 

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New Zealand teens boast about rape on social media & YouTube


Two teen boys have caused outrage in New Zealand after a Facebook group and video surfaced of them boasting about raping young girls.

The alleged offenses happened two years ago and were made public this week after local news outlets stumbled upon a Facebook site that slut-shamed girls the boys had allegedly attacked.

The culprits, calling themselves the “Roast Busters,” can be seen boasting on a number of websites including Twitter and

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History Channel’s “Roots” remake in the works


The History Channel intends to remake Roots. Mark Wolper, whose father was the executive producer of the miniseries, sold the rights to the channel.

The network is in talks with writers for the project, which will draw inspiration from both the book and the original miniseries.

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U.S. Attorney General: ‘Zimmerman charges still possible’


U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that while the U.S. Justice Department has not decided whether to file federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, it is possible.

Zimmerman was found not guilty in July for the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Martin was shot and killed by the neighborhood watchman while walking home from the convenience store in south Florida.

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Suge Knight: ‘Tupac should have a star on the walk of fame’


Suge Knight has voiced his opinions about who should have a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. 

A TMZ staff member caught up with Knight as he was getting his truck washed in Malibu.

From TMZ:

“If they don’t hurry and put Tupac on the Walk of Fame, all the Tupac fans and all the homies are gonna start going down there and just scratching all the other names off.” Knight says no celebs will be off-limits when his boys start destroying the stars — including Elvis.

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Don Lemon defends stop-and-frisk


In Don Lemon’s latest radio commentary, he somewhat defended New York City’s “Stop-and-frisk” policy by asking “Would you rather be politically correct of safe and alive?”

From Mediate:

“So goes New York City, so goes the rest of the country,” he said of stop-and-frisk, adding his suggestion that if a new mayor “alters the equation of the formula that has reduced crime in New York City to its lowest in decades,” it could result in the “creeping back up” of crime rates, the reduction in tourism, and the suffering of “international consequences.” He posited that other major cities could follow suit.

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