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Pastor shot dead in front of congregation

A Louisiana pastor is dead and one man is in custody after he opened fire during church service on Friday night.

Pastor Ronald Harris was shot twice by 53-year-old Woodrow Karey as he stood at the pulpit.

Karey has been charged with second-degree murder.

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When an Unarmed Black Man is Run Over by Police Officers and Nobody is Charged

A image of Marlon Brown, just seconds before he was run over and killed by a Florida Police Officer 

Marlon Brown committed the shocking crime of not wearing his seat belt, and his sentence was death, when he was run over by police officer James Harris. What’s not shocking is that Officer Harris, although fired, was not charged in Marlon’s death. Marlon’s family is demanding accountability for his death from Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi. They’ve also hired Attorney Benjamin Crump, who also represented Trayvon Martin’s family, and they’re asking for a independent investigation.

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Petition calls for investigation into Chris Dorner’s death

A change.org petition is calling for an investigation into how the Los Angeles Police Department handled Christopher Dorner’s death.

The petition, created by The Your Black World Coalition, states that “the latest civil rights violation by this department was during the apprehension of Christopher Dorner.”

Dorner died during a standoff with Los Angeles authorities in February after killing four people.

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Kanye West to press charges against photographer

Kanye West is sick and tired of paparazzi, and one photographer is going to learn to leave the star alone the hard way.

West plans on prosecuting a photographer who showed up at his Hollywood Hills home with footage captured by security cameras at the residence.

From TMZ:

We’re told Kanye says he will file a police report and ask that the photog be prosecuted for criminal trespass. As you know, two photogs (not TMZ) showed up at Kanye’s house at 4 AM and peppered him with questions about his feud with Jimmy Kimmel, and Kanye went ballistic.

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Fifth man charged in mass shooting at Chicago park

A fifth man has been charged in connection to a mass shooting that injured 13 people including a 3-year-old child.

David Logan, 22, was arrested Wednesday and charged with unlawful use of a weapon and obstructing justice.

The incident took place in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on September 19 during a basketball tournament a local park.

From DNA Info:

Four other men have been charged in the shooting, which rattled the city and provided leaders another opportunity to decry gun violence in Chicago. Three-year-old Deonta Howard was shot in the face as the five men – Bryon Champ, 21;Tabari Young, 22; Brad Jett, 22; Kewane Gatewood, 20, and Logan – allegedly sprayed Cornell Square Park with an assault rifle, aiming for rival gang members. Police say Champ was the ringleader, hoping to exact revenge against Gangster Disciples who shot him in the leg earlier that day.

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Famous actors racially profiled, harassed by police

Actors Cherie Johnson and Dennis White say they were improperly stopped by police in Marion County, South Carolina.

The former “Family Matters” star and White who was in the film ‘Notorious,’ were vacationing last week when they were harassed by an officer.

While sightseeing, a South Carolina police officer approached the two while they were visiting a cotton field on the side of the road.

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With odds stacked against them, mother & son graduate with PhDs

An Augusta, Ga. mother and son have defied the odds and graduated with their PhDs.

Dr. Vickie McBride was just 13 when she gave birth to her son Maurice, but she became more than a statistic when she walked across the stage with him at Capella University in August. 

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Today in Post-Race History: Team Spirit

We’re on the cusp of October and thus fully entrenched in fall and the NFL season. Although it cannot be called America’s pastime, that designation belongs to baseball, football is America’s game. It’s the country’s most popular sport, and in many ways is analogous to and signals the contradiction of the society from which it spawns. Football is both homoerotic and homosocial; the professional teams, with their profit-sharing and equal salary caps (unlike baseball) makes the financial setup almost communist; and there’s a kind of anonymity to the game–the helmets and the number of participants make most players unknowns to the most casual fans–which seems odd given this society’s emphasis on individuality. And yet, football is very much like the United States. Like most sports, it works on the plantation economy model; as we have increased our military presence, football has become more popular; it’s violent; it’s an incredibly conservative sport; it presents a narrow vision of masculinity and toughness; it’s least popular workers are the ones who are paid the least and the most vulnerable to serious injury. And, the team that represents the nation’s capital possesses a racist nickname and a (black) quarterback who won’t say anything about it.

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“Awkward Black Girl” creator Issa Rae under criticism for new christian parody song

“Awkward Black Girl” creator Issa Rae is under fire for her new christian parody song.

The song is part of Rae’s new series, “The Choir,” which is described as a “dramedy that follows the United Church of Holy Christ in Fellowship’s choir as they attempt to rebuild their dying congregation.”

“Christ WALK,” featured in the series’ latest episode, drew immediate criticism from viewers.

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Petition aims to change name of school named after KKK leader

A petition on change.org is aiming to rename a Jacksonville, Fla. high school named after a Ku Klux Klan leader.

Nathan B. Forrest High School is comprised of mostly African American students.

Omotayo Richmond started the petition which asks Duval Public Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti to change the name. 

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