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Dream Defenders End Protest at Florida Capitol

The Dream Defenders have left the Florida Capitol after an incredible 31 day sit-in in protest of the George Zimmerman verdict.

But the fight is not over; the Dream Defenders will continue to advocate for a repeal of the Stand Your Ground law, among other initiatives.

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FLOTUS: Obama Presidency ‘Changes the Bar’ For Our Youth

During a recent interview with Parade magazine, First Lady Michelle Obama said the Obama Presidency “changes the bar” for all of our youth, regardless of race, gender, or sexuality.

From the Washington Post:

“Children born in the last eight years will only know an African-American man being president of the United States,” she said. “That changes the bar for all of our children, regardless of their race, their sexual orientation, their gender.”

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WWE Superstar Darren Young Comes Out

WWE pro wrestler Darren Young casually came out to a TMZ camerman during an impromptu interview at LAX.

During a conversation about whether or not there could ever be a gay pro wrestler, Young shocked the cameraman by responding “Absolutely. Look at me. I’m a WWE Superstar and to be honest with you, I’ll tell you right now, I’m gay. And I’m happy. I’m very happy.”

Young is possibly the first active WWE wrestler to come out.

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Harry Lennix Calls The Butler ‘Historical Porn’; Sounds Off on Media Depictions of Black Men

Lee Daniel’s highly-anticipated new film “The Butler,” opens this Friday.

But not everyone is excited about it. The film tells the story of a butler who spent decades in the White House, serving President after President.

In a Shadow and Act interview with actor Harry Lennix, Lennix pulls zero punches; blasting media depictions of black men, and specifically Daniel’s script for “The Butler.”

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Michigan Judge: No More Life-Without-Parole Sentences for Juveniles

Michigan Judge John Corbett O’Meara has ruled that juveniles convicted of first-degree murder must be considered for parole.

O’Meara’s ruling demands that the state no longer enforce their mandatory-no-parole law in the wake of a landmark Supreme Court decision.

That decision – which came down last year – abolished mandatory no-parole sentences for young people under the age of 18.

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Russell Simmons Apologizes; Pulls Harriet Tubman Sex Tape

Somehow, somewhere, someone thought filming a skit about Harriet Tubman making a sex tape was a good idea.

And apparently, so did Russell Simmons. But he’s since apologized.

The completely unfunny and disrespectful video was posted to Simmons’ All Def Digital (ADD) channel, and was created by its comedy series ADD History.

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Hugh Douglas Fired After Spat w/ ESPN Co-Host Michael Smith

We recently reported of an incident between ESPN journalist Michael Smith and former NFL player-turned-commentator Hugh Douglas.

Douglas and Smith got into a disagreement at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair, and according to witnesses, Douglas used the n-word and called Smith an Uncle Tom.

Now, Sports Illustrated is reporting that Douglas has been relieved of his duties at ESPN:

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Dartmouth Fraternity Apologizes for Holding ‘Bloods and Crips’ Party

Dartmouth’s Alpha Delta fraternity chapter had the bright idea of holding a “Bloods and Crips” party.

The invitation for the event has surfaced online, forcing them to issue an apology for the totally offensive and racist theme.

From Gawker:

Alpha Delta is no sub-tier house. A month prior to the gang kegger, house alum Phil Hanlon became the 18th President of Dartmouth. (We’ve emailed his office for comment.)

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Jesse Jackson Jr. Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison; Wife Sandi Gets 12

Jesse Jackson Jr. has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for misusing nearly $750,000 in campaign funds.

His wife, Sandi Jackson, has received a 12 months sentence.

The Jacksons reportedly spent campaign money on entertainment and pop culture memorabilia, luxury items, and other frivolous expenses.

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Orange is the New Black Creator Talks Diversity on the Small Screen

Netflix’ latest hit series, Orange is the New Black has sparked a lot of conversation.

Based on a memoir, OitNB centers on Piper Chapman, a white woman who is sentenced to prison for carrying drug money for her drug-dealing ex-girlfriend.

A lot of the conversation about the series is regarding race and sexuality and how the show handles those things.

Show creator, Jenji Kohan spoke to NPR about her use of a privileged white woman character as a vehicle to bring diversity to the small screen:

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