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Job well done: Connecticut teen is the epitome of good sportsmanship


Both Kayla Samuel and Maryn Valliancourt started out their race in Manchester with one goal in mind: to win.

But when Valliancourt tripped and twisted her ankle near the end of the three-mile competition, Samuel stopped to help her.

The junior at Achievement First Amistad High School in New Haven linked her arm into her Valliancourt’s without permission, helping her to the finish line.

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Department of Justice to investigate death of Kendrick Johnson


The United States Department of Justice has announced that it has opened a formal review of the death of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson on Thursday.

Johnson was found rolled up in a wrestling mat at his Georgia high school in January.

The death was ruled an accident by police, who said that Johnson died from asphyxiation as he reached for a shoe. But his family has always urged authorities to look deeper into the case.

Benjamin Crump is representing the family in the investigation.

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Texas’ tough abortion restrictions reinstated by court


Texas conservatives got their wish granted after a federal appeals court reinstated most of the state’s tough new restrictions on abortions Thursday.

As many as a dozen clinics around the state will not be able to continue performing the controversial procedure.

The restrictions could take effect as soon as Friday.

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Juror B-29: ‘the Zimmerman trial ruined my life’


Juror B-29 in the George Zimmerman trial says that her life was ruined because of the polarizing case.

The juror, only identifying herself as Maddy during interviews with media, says she lost her job at a nursing home, lost friends and has received death threats.

“On Facebook someone wrote that I’m going to feel the same pain as Trayvon Martin’s mom … meaning I’m going to lose my son,” Maddy told Inside Edition in an exclusive interview.

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Blackface and (Re)Educating Whitepeople: Who’s Talking and Who’s Really Listening?

Halloween has come and gone, and it’s brought its customary share of mis-educated whitepeople darkening their skin and once again unveiling how the racist memory of minstrelsy, of performing and mocking Blackness, continues to trickle within white communities. As usual, there have been several insightful blogs unpacking the racism, some attempting to school whitepeople, some educating us all about blackface, etc. Though many of these blogs have offered valuable insight, one important thing many of these blogs have admitted to is that the re-occurrence of blackface every Halloween is inevitable. It is this admittance of the inevitability of blackface during Halloween that concerns me, because it speaks to an anxiety about the perceived and undeniable inevitability of racism itself. For me, the re-occurrence of blackface and our belief of its inevitability call up three things: 1) It raises the question of how we feel about the power of our own writing and discourse. Perhaps believing that there is some futility in anti-racist discourse. And yet, it does mean that 2) we are in effect talking to ourselves, and so the question becomes 3) what does anti-oppressive culture-crossing discourse really look like? Especially since many of the prime perpetuators of racist and other oppressive acts may have few networks that will lead them to the blogs, books, and people who can free their consciousness to levels of higher and more loving thinking.

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Woman plans to hand out fat letters in place of candy this Halloween


A Fargo, ND. woman has vowed to combat childhood obesity this Halloween by handing out “fat letters” in place of candy to trick or treaters.

Each child who she feels is “moderately obese” will receive a letter to take home to their parents in hopes of getting them on the right track.

From Valley News Live:

“I just want to send a message to the parents of kids that are really overweight… I think it’s just really irresponsible of parents to send them out looking for free candy just ’cause all the other kids are doing it,” says the author in a Y-94 morning radio interview. That’s where the letter first surfaced and started to spread through social media. ”They were chatting today and got a call from Cheryl out of the blue who really wanted to voice her opinion about obesity and that it really takes an entire community to solve the obesity challenge,” says Y-94 Program and Music Director JT.

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Perry “Pebbles” Reid responds to portrayal in TLC biopic, threatens lawsuit


Recently VH1 aired CrazySexyCool, the biopic based on the hit female R&B trio TLC. The film addressed a lot of things, including the group’s in-fighting, the internal, personal struggles of the members, and of course, their money problems.

Although TLC’s money issues have been well-documented, this was the first time we saw a dramatization of what happened. Former R&B singer Perry “Pebbles” Reid, who discovered and managed the group when they first started out, was not portrayed positively, and as a result, viewers attacked Reid on social media. As might be expected, Reid took to Twitter to defend herself and is now threatening to sue T-Boz, Chilli and VH1 if retractions aren’t made. Reid released this statement earlier today:

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Graduation Part IV: Building Up Youth

“I fear death, I’m young I have a whole life ahead of me, I don’t want to start gang-banging and then people are killing people for no reason now. So it’s like I don’t want to gang-bang and walk down the street and get killed,  that takes away my life…but It’s going to hurt the people I leave behind like my mom and dad…if I die I feel like it will hit my family worse, and I don’t want to see that happen to them ” – Nate, age 16. 

When I first discovered BUILD, I was ecstatic to learn about this wonderful organization and honored to be welcomed into the lives of some of their youth. This summer I spent several days with Rik Vazquez, Youth Development Specialist at Build and Dope Poet,  visiting the youth he worked with. These young men greatly impressed me and strongly touched my heart. It’s so easy for people to negatively label young men of color without understanding their goals, fears, obstacles, and life story.  I was impressed by their knowledge, wisdom and honesty. The audio clip posted it long, I admit it, but that is because we covered just about every topic that should be addressed when discussing youth violence. These young men share their goals and obstacles, discuss violence in their personal lives, race and poverty, drugs, education, family support and ways to build up youth and stop violence. 

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White teen who dressed as a “n***er” for Halloween to critics: ‘worry about finding your dad’


One of two teen girls who posted a picture dressed in Blackface after being “n***ers” for Halloween has responded to criticism for her costume choice.

The teen had a message for African Americans, telling them the stop worrying about her costume and to start worrying about where their fathers are.

From NewsOne:

The two little Klansladies-in-training, @kinkystyles and @dobebeiber, proudly showed off their costumes, with the tweet: “me & @kinkystyles are n**ers this Halloween :)

The photo quickly went viral after being tweeted by Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson.  

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Community members hold funeral to “bury violence in Newark”

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The murder rate in Newark, N.J., has risen dramatically. The city is considered one of the most dangerous in the country, despite Mayor Cory Booker’s oversight and crime reduction measures.

Violence among youth of color is particularly prevalent, with Newark being recently rated in the top 10 murder capitals.

While the violence appears to not be ceasing, community members and activists in the city are making a powerful statement: by holding a funeral to bury violence in the city.

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