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Judge Rules NYPD’s “Stop and Frisk” Policy is Unconstitutional

New York Judge Shira Scheindlin has ruled that the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk policy is unconstitutional.

She asserts that the policy amounts to “indirect racial profiling,” and violates the fourth amendment.

Scheindlin has appointed an independent monitor to oversee changes to the NYPD’s conduct.

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Judge Makes Mother Change Baby’s Name from ‘Messiah’

A Tennessee judge ordered a mother to change her child’s name from Messiah to Martin.

She was in court for a dispute with the baby’s father over the child’s last name.

But Judge Lu Ann Ballew took issue with the first name as well, asserting that Messiah is “a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus.”

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Eric Holder Unveils Major Drug Sentencing Reforms

Attorney General Eric Holder will announce major drug sentencing reforms today.

The Justice Department will avoid charging low-level and nonviolent drug offenders with crimes that carry mandatory minimum sentences, as long as they’re not connected with criminal organizations.

U.S. attorneys across the country will also be afforded with greater prosecutorial discretion.

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Grand Jury Will NOT Charge Officer Who Shot and Killed Unarmed Teenager Ramarley Graham

Not to be outdone by the antics of Florida, a grand jury has decided not to charge an NYPD officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager, Ramarley Graham.

Officer Richard Haste pursued and then entered the apartment that Graham shared with his grandmother, confronted, and fatally shot the 18-year-old.

Federal Prosecutors say they will review the case to determine if Graham’s civil rights were violated.

The decision, which was announced on Thursday morning, was met with shock from the Bronx district attorney, Robert T. Johnson, and it prompted calls for a federal civil rights investigation and an independent prosecutor. By late afternoon, the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan said it would review the evidence to “determine whether there were any violations of the federal criminal civil rights laws.”

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Nas Raises $29,000 for Homeless Family

Who says emcees aren’t activists?

While many of us are keeping an eye out for the conclusion of the Jay Z-Belafonte beef, Nas used his profile to bring a little goodwill to a family down on their luck.

After seeing a story about a family who had lost their home to a fire, Nas took to Twitter to help them.

Over $29,000 was raised in less than a day!

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Remembering Whitney Houston on Her 50th Birthday

Today would have been the 50th birthday of the legendary Whitney Houston.

Whitney will always been in a class all her own as a vocalist and entertainer.

Though her later years were often marred by stories of her personal troubles, we will always remember Whitney for her once-in-a-generation talent.

Check out Whitney’s television debut on the MervGriffin Show in 1983:

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POLL: Sizable Portion of American Public Have No Friends of Other Races

According to a recent poll, a sizable portion of the American public have no friends of other races.

Roughly 40 percent of whites and about 25 percent of non-whites have no friends outside of their own race.

The results highlight America’s persistent segregation and stark polarization on issues involving race.

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Oprah Gets Swiss Apology After Being A ‘Victim of Racism’ In Zurich

Oprah Winfrey made headlines recently after divulging that she was on the receiving end of blatant racism at a high-end store in Zurich, Switzerland.

Winfrey had inquired about a very pricey handbag, and was told it was “too expensive” for her.

The shop owner has since called the incident a “misunderstanding.”

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Bayard Rustin to be Posthumously Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Civil rights leader Bayard Rustin will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Rustin was an invaluable leader and strategist during and after the civil rights movement, and one of Dr. Martin Luther King’s most trusted and influential advisers.

He was the chief architect behind the legendary March on Washington.

Rustin faced extraordinary opposition throughout his life and career; not only because of his race, but because of his sexual orientation as well.

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Chair of Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Hearings is a Staunch Supporter of the Policy

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to hold a hearing on the “Stand Your Ground” law may have seemed like a major step in the right direction.

But news of the man picked to chair the hearing – Rep. Matt Gaetz – has many shaking their heads.

Gaetz is a staunch supporter of the law, proclaiming that he doesn’t “support changing one damn comma of the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.

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