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It’s not racist if it’s Halloween

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Halloween is right next door.

I absolutely love Halloween. It’s the only day where you can actually be whatever you want to be and no one judges you for it. So put on drag, wear the skimpiest outfit, or be your childhood superhero no matter how embarrassing it may be. It’s all good on Halloween.

But even fun holidays like this can spark controversy and even an uproar. Even though we’re able to dress and be whatever we desire, should there be a limit or a line we dare not cross?

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‘Scandal’ star Kerry Washington expecting her first child

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“Scandal” star Kerry Washington and her NFL player husband Nnamdi Asomugha are reportedly expecting a child.

 According to a close friend, Washington is about 16 weeks.

This will be the 36-year-old actress’ first child.

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#Stopblackgirls2013: the latest offensive hashtag demeaning black women

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One of the many photos tweeted under the #StopBlackGirls2013 hashtag.

The internet has erupted with a new hashtag “dedicated” the black girls and women. The problem is that it is incredibly racist and offensive.

#StopBlackGirls2013 polluted Twitter this week with various photos comparing black women to anything from gorillas to farm animals.

From Hello Beautiful:

 Black girls weren’t the only victims of this racist hashtag as others targeting Mexican girls, Indian girls and more popped up during the frenzy, but it was the #StopBlackGirls2013 hashtag that had the longer shelf life.At first, it skyrocketed to the number five trending topic and within 20 minutes, it was second.

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Chris Brown enters rehab after recent domestic dispute, faces possible prison time

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Chris Brown has checked into rehab amid a recent altercation with a man this past weekend. The star wants to “gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior.”

Brown was arrested Sunday on an assault charge, and could face possible prison time.

From CNN:

“Chris Brown has elected to enter a rehab facility,” said a statement Tuesday night from his representative. “His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point.”

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Pastor tells congregation that $1.6 million home is ‘a gift from God’

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A pastor of a North Carolina megachurch is calling his new $1.6 million home a “gift from God.”

Elevation Church Pastor Steven Furtick’s 16,000 square-foot home drew national media attention last week due to its size and cost.

He apologized to his congregation for any “uncomfortable” conversations they might have had because of the news.

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53 years ago today: Muhammad Ali’s legacy begins

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Before he was known as Muhammad Ali, Cassius Clay of Louisville, Kentucky was a winner. In fact, 53 years ago today, the light heavyweight champion took home his very first win after beating opponent Tunney Hunsaker.

He was just 18 at the time, but played like the pro we all came to know him to be.

From Boxrec:

At the final bell, Clay, appearing almost as fresh as when he started, was splattered with blood from Hunsaker’s nose and a cut over the West Virginian’s eye. The eye was swollen almost shut after the fight. Clay, who put behind him a brilliant amateur record, weighed 186 pounds, his heaviest ever, for the fight. Hunsaker came in at 192. The dancing, fast-moving Clay bloodied Hunsaker’s nose in the third round with a flood of blows and it was the fourth that he opened the cut over his eye.

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Food stamps to be cut by $5 billion this week

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The U.S. food stamp program will be cut by $5 billion this week. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) costs roughly $80 billion a year to run.

SNAP provides aid to 14% of the country’s households, which equals about 47 million people.

The government saw a dramatic increase in the number of recipients over the past couple of years due to the recession.

From Washington Post:

There’s a big automatic cut scheduled for Nov. 1, as a temporary boost from the 2009 stimulus bill expires. That change will trim about $5 billion from federal food-stamp spending over the coming year. And that’s not all: The number of Americans on food stamps could drop even further in the months ahead, as Congress and various states contemplate further changes to the program.

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Music teacher on leave after racist Facebook post about black students

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An Akron, Ohio music teacher is suspended on leave pending an investigation into racist comments he allegedly posted on Facebook.

Images of the rant were shared by parents of students attending Firestone High School.

From WKYC-TV:

Parents and community members became outraged and reported a posting on Spondike’s Facebook page that referred to African- American trick-or-treaters in his neighborhood by a racist slur, and the posting also said they come from the “ghetto.”

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What does your Halloween costume say about you?

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With Halloween less than two days away there has been a rash of photos of insensitive (at best) costumes surfacing on the Internet. Now that technology is an ever-invading part of our daily lives we are exposed to the raw naked truth that folks sometimes do things that may offend or alienate others. Personally, I am guilty of dressing up as a geisha for Halloween in college.

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Darrell Wallace Jr. becomes first black to win NASCAR in 50 years

Darrell Wallace Jr. took the Kroger 200 on the racing circuit’s Camping World Truck Series this past Saturday making him the first African American to win the NASCAR race in 50 years.

The last time an African American won a national NASCAR series race was on December 1, 1963, when Wendell Scott became the first ever to win a race at NASCAR’s top level.

From CNN:

“We congratulate Darrell Wallace Jr. on his first national series victory, one that will be remembered as a remarkable moment in our sport’s history,” said NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France…Scott, a Virginia native who served in the Army during World War II, raced in more than 500 races during his career — finishing in the top five 20 times, though that would be his only victory. Plus, the 20-year-old Wallace isn’t just any driver. He’s a highly touted graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity, having been featured in numerous local and national publications.

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