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BET founder Robert L. Johnson to receive highest form of recognition in media

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Black Entertainment Television (BET) Founder Robert L. Johnson will be inducted into the 2013 Giants of Broadcasting Honors, an annual distinction established by the Library of American Broadcasting.

The award is the highest award recognition in media.

From RLJ Companies:

In 1991, under Mr. Johnson’s leadership, BET became the first African American-owned company publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. In 2001, Mr. Johnson sold BET to Viacom and remained the Chief Executive Officer through 2006. Today, Mr. Johnson owns or holds interests in business operations that include automotive, hotel real estate investment, financial services, sports and entertainment.

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Harry Belafonte sues Dr. Martin Luther King’s heirs over possessions

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Performer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, who has made headlines recently with his spat with Jay-Z, is once again making the news.

This time, it’s because Mr. Belafonte has decided to sue the late Dr. Martin Luther King’s heirs.

Mr. Belafonte’s suit is in reference to three documents, photos and letters that chronicled his long friendship with King.

Belafonte says the items were given to him by King himself, his widow Coretta Scott King and Dr. King’s close aide Stanley Levison.

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Student-led organization speaks up for quality education

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All eyes have been on Chicago’s education woes for quite some time now. With the closing of 50+ schools, the City of Chicago, the Chicago Teachers Union, community members and the like have something to say about how to fix the broken system.

One student-led organization wants in on the fight, but according to Students for Education Reform Illinois (SFER-IL), the fight is the problem.

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Judge regrets upholding nation’s first voter ID law

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The nation’s first voter ID law came from a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit in Indiana.

The law was integrated into American politics in 2007, and the American Civil Liberties Union and Democrats fiercely opposed the form of legislation.

Judge Richard A. Posner voted in favor of the law because, “he deemed the benefits of voting to be ‘elusive’ based on the notion that one voter alone could cast a decisive ballot in an election.”

But in his latest Huffington Post interview, Judge Posner seems to expressed regret for his decision. When asked if he felt like the judges made a mistake, he gave the following response.

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Supreme Court likely to uphold affirmative action ban

The Supreme Court is currently evaluating the University of Michigan’s current ban on affirmative action, and most of the justices appear to agree that it should be upheld.

Several of them expressed doubts that the constitutional amendment violates minorities’ equal protection rights.

From USA Today:

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito and Anthony Kennedy all questioned why a state’s voters should not be able to change affirmative action policies, just as any other level of school or state government can. Justice Clarence Thomas’ vote for the ban is virtually assured. 

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Artist seeks to spark dialogue through portraits of white women with black styles

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It isn’t often that you see a professional white woman with fingerwaves.

But that’s exactly what you will see in Photographer Endia Beal’s latest work, “Can I Touch It?”

The young black creative took several middle-aged white women to a black salon and gave them a “black hairdo.”

From Slate:

Although photographer Endia Beal laughs freely while discussing “Can I Touch It?” the point of the series that she worked on this summer during a five-week residency with the Center for Photography at Woodstock isn’t about getting laughs. The rules were simple: After getting their new styles, the women had to agree to be photographed in a traditional corporate portrait, even if they weren’t happy with the result. 

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Family of paralyzed teen shot by police seek justice

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Leon Ford Jr.’s entire life changed last November after a routine traffic stop escalated to gun shots, leaving Ford paralyzed.

His family believes the Pittsburgh officers involved acted unlawfully. Now they are seeking justice for Ford who still faces charges.

From NewsOne:

Ford Jr.’s attorney Benjamin Crump said,“It’s outrageous when you really think about the fact that Mr. Ford’s son was pulled over, we believe, because he was a Black male. He [Ford Jr.] gave his license, his registration, everything came back clear and it matched who he was. That was not good enough for the police officers.” 

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GOP leaders meet to impeach President Obama

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Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is at the head of a group of GOP leaders meeting to impeach President Obama.

The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya and the national healthcare law are some of the issues Dewhurst is bringing to the forefront of the impeachment talks.

From USA Today:

Dewhurst’s comments were made during a recent Tarrant County Tea Party forum and were first reported on Twitter by a reporter for the Texas Observer.

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Washington Redskins team name has racist origins

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There’s been lots of debate about whether or not the Washington Redskins should change their name.

Some say that it’s just a name while others feel that it’s dehumanizing to Native Americans.

But some new evidence has allowed us to take a deeper look into the name’s origin.

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Conrad Murray freed due to prison overpopulation

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In just a couple of weeks, the man convicted of murdering the “King of Pop” will walk free.

Conrad Murray is set to be released from prison on October 28, completing his sentence for the involuntary manslaughter of Jackson.

From TMZ:

Michael Jackson‘s family is suffering its second crushing blow this month – Conrad Murray is about to be a free man … and Jermaine Jackson says it’s almost too much for them to handle. “It’s not about the money. This guy is walking this month. He’s walking free this month!”

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