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Young activists speak out against racial injustice in America with new project

The George Zimmerman verdict shook the black population, striking a massive blow to our hope. It also sparked activism in our communities in protest of the ruling.

Ciara Allen and Anique Hameed are the masterminds behind “The Mountaintop,” a project that seeks to empower young black men and women to speak out against America’s biased justice system.

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African American landmarks affected by the government shutdown

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Several historical landmarks were forced to close Tuesday due to the government shutdown.

The Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Underground Railroad and Frederick Douglass National Historic Site are all unavailable to the public.

Congress failed to agree yesterday on the debt-ceiling, a spending bill that funds the government.

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Clip of the Day: 7th graders Malcolm Brickhouse & Jarad Dawkins are two dope punk rock artists

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Two young boys are on a mission to literally rock your socks off.

Their band, Unlocking the Truth, is a punk rock band based in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

Malcolm Brickhouse & Jarad Dawkins perform songs they’ve written about love, school and everyday life.

The metal heads have recently been joined by Alec Atkins who plays new bass, and they sound nothing like your average child band. 

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UPDATE: Rape complaint filed against pastor by wife of shooter

Officials are discovering more details that could lead to a motive in the shooting death of a Louisiana pastor.

Pastor Ronald Harris was killed in front of his congregation on Friday evening by 53-year-old Woodrow Karey.

Information about the pastor and his relationship with Karey’s wife has emerged.

From NBC:

Investigators are looking into the possibility that the alleged gunman, Woodrow Karey, 53, shot Pastor Ronald J. Harris Sr. after discovering correspondence on his wife’s cell phone between the woman and Harris, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, said Monday. And two days prior to the shooting, Karey’s wife filed rape charges against Harris, according to Sheriff’s office.

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Report: Rates of breast cancer, fatality rise among black women

White women have held the highest rates of breast cancer in the U.S., but rates are rising among black women.

According to a report released by the American Cancer Society, from 2006 through 2010, breast cancer rates increased 0.2 percent among black women.

The rates remained stable among white women.

From U.S. News & World Report

White women still have more cases of breast cancer, however, with about 127 cases per 100,000 compared with 118 cases per 100,000 black women. But deaths from breast cancer are more common among blacks, according to the report published Oct. 1 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. The gap is closing most among women aged 50 to 59 years old, and the reasons why aren’t clear, the researchers say. “Even with all the attention and awareness raised around breast cancer, the incidence of the disease holds steady,” said Dr. Stephanie Bernik, chief of surgical oncology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

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How the government shut down affects low-income moms and children

Earlier we mentioned how the government shutdown affects 800,000 workers, but the move also really puts a strain on low-income mothers.

Support for mothers and children does not qualify as a “mandatory expenditure,” absolving it of protection from the fallout.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will no longer issue payments for the duration of the shutdown.

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School bans students from school due to feared HIV status

An Arkansas school district is refusing to allow three students to attend school.

While reviewing records over the summer, officials in the Pea Ridge school district found an evaluation of a student stating that his mother and sister were HIV-positive.

Administrators notified the student’s foster family, saying they could not return to school until the family proved a negative HIV status for the children.

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From slave cabins to apartments?

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In South Carolina, a group of homes believed to be former slave cabins were condemned several years ago and scheduled for demolition.

But one developer has new plans for the property.

Chuck Corley intends to turn the old slave cabins into apartment complexes.

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United States enter day one of government shutdown

Congress failed to come to a resolution on whether or not to raise the nation’s debt-ceiling and as a result, we are now in day 1 of the government shutdown.

Both legislative bodies claimed to be standing up for the rights of the people as they staunchly defended their political agendas.

The shutdown means that 800,000 Americans will not get paid. The measure is projected to cost the U.S. economy about $1 billion a week.

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Maya Angelou to be awarded Mailer Lifetime Achievement Award

World-renowned author, poet and actress Dr. Maya Angelou will be awarded the Norman Mailer Center & Writers Colony’s lifetime achievement award.

Angelou received the National Book Foundation’s 2013 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community earlier this month.

The award was the creative’s first major prize. 

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