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Ben Jealous Awarded The Puffin/Nation Prize; Donating Portion of Prize Money to Troy Davis’ Nephew

Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, was awarded The Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship earlier this week.

$100,000 is included in the prize  that is given to someone who has “challenged the status quo through distinctive, courageous, imaginative, and socially responsible work of significance.”

Jealous has decided to give part of his money to Troy Davis’ nephew. Many will remember that Davis was executed in September of last year for the murder of a police office, a crime many say he did not commit.

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High School Student Shoots Himself While Handcuffed in Patrol Car

Although he was handcuffed, searched, and then put in the back of a patrol car, police and student officials are claiming that a Houston-area high school student was rushed to the hospital after shooting himself.

A handcuffed Houston-area high school student shot himself in the head Wednesday while in the back of a police car, officials said.

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Mayor Cory Booker Vows To Spend A Week on Food Stamps

Newark Mayor Cory Booker has announced that he’ll be spending the week on food stamps.

He hopes his efforts will combat the stigma associated with government assistance.

He’ll operate on a budget of $30, which is roughly the amount alloted to those currently on New Jersey’s SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) program.

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Brandon Jackson Defends Himself After Being Jumped By White Mob; Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison!

NewsOne is shedding light on the story of Brandon Jackson.

At 21 years-old, Brandon was jumped by 7 or 8 White males. He defended himself, and yet he’s the only one to be charged with a crime.

His punishment; 12 years in prison for attempted murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon.

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REPORT: 1 in 4 Black Boys Believe They Will Fail at School

A report by California’s Assembly Select Committee on the status of of boys and men of color finds that, among other alarming statistics, by kindergarten, 1 in 4 African American boys believe they will fail at school.

The report takes a broad look that the experiences of young men of color – particularly black and Latino young men – in California.

They cite education, health and employment as significant concerns, and advocate for a multi-faceted approach to addressing these challenges.

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Girl Power: The Smith’s Advice

By Marika Adams

Now we’ve all seen Willow Smith and her hairstyles, right?

It feels like she changes it every week with almost no fight with her parents. Now with the mounting criticism by the public on her parenting skills, Jada Pinkett-Smith has responded on her facebook page.

A letter to a friend…

This subject is old but I have never answered it in its entirety. And even with this post it will remain incomplete.

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Civil Rights Leaders Unveil BLACK AGENDA for Obama’s Second Term

Over 60 leading civil rights, social justice, and business leaders came together in Washington DC to unveil a black agenda for President Obama’s second term.

The major priorities of the agenda included:

  • Achieve Economic Parity for African-Americans
  • Promote Equity in Educational Opportunity
  • Protect and Defend Voting Rights
  • Promote a Healthier Nation by Eliminating Healthcare Disparities
  • Achieve Comprehensive Reform of the Criminal Justice System

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GLAAD Congratulates Jet Magazine on Featuring Same-Sex Wedding

GLAAD (The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) took a moment to congratulate Jet Magazine for featuring a same-sex marriage in its wedding section:

As part of our year-round work to raise visibility of LGBT people of color in the media and to grow acceptance of LGBT people in these communities, GLAAD worked closely with Ravi and Paris to help them shape their story and also worked with JET to feature the couple.

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Another Car Shot Up and Unarmed Black Victims Killed, This Time By Cleveland Police Officers

Malissa Williams & Timothy Russell, killed by Cleveland Police Officers 

Many of us were already reeling from the news of another unarmed Black teenager killed in Florida. 17 year old Jordan Davis was killed when 45 year old Michael Dunn objected to the loud music Jordan’s friends were playing from their car at a local gas station. Michael Dunn proceeded to pull out his gun and fire on the unarmed teenagers before he drove home. Many see this as a mirror image of the murder of Trayvon Martin.

Today another story is getting national attention, this time in Cleveland Ohio, where a unarmed Black woman and man were killed by Cleveland police officers, after the officers fired 137 rounds at the 2 victims. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the police though they saw a possible weapon, they same excuse Michael Dunn gave when he was arrested for the murder of Jordan Davis.

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