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Obama allows Americans to keep canceled health plans for a year

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Obamacare is well underway, and while the plan is toted as providing affordable healthcare for every American, the system has not been without its flaws. President Obama announced Thursday that he would allow health insurers to extend existing health plans into 2014. 

This means that insurers can contact millions of citizens who are being dropped from their plans so that they can renew their policy.

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Guest Post: “An Open Letter to Nelly”

Dear Nelly,

At the urging of others, I am taking a hesitant trip down memory lane. I was a 19 year old junior and president of the feminist group at Spelman College when you decided to hold a bone marrow registration drive on our campus on behalf of your sister, who needed a transplant. Your now-infamous video “Tip Drill” had started airing on shows like BET’s Uncut. It features, most memorably, a scene where you slide a credit card down the crack of a black woman’s butt. My group raised questions about the misogynoir in the video and lyrics, and when we heard that you were invited to campus by our Student Government Association, it seemed fair to us that we could ask you about the dehumanizing treatment of black women while you were asking us for our help.

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Free Spirit Media: Empowering Young Reporters

“We want our voices to be heard…what people call the ghetto, like here our neighborhood, that’s our life. That’s our sense of peace and we want others to see that we’re more than what people make us out there to be, and that’s why I joined Free Spirit Media just for the simple fact that we can express ourselves, we have a voice that we didn’t have, we are the voice for the voiceless.”

– Sidney, age 16.

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image: Sidney takes a portrait of Ronald 

Yesterday I was invited to be a guest speaker for Real Chi Youth, a program led by Free Spirit Media on the campus of North Lawndale College Prep focused on putting media making into the hands of one of Chicago’s most misrepresented populations: youth. Creating a mobile newsroom for young people to express themselves and engage in critical dialogue that grants more efficacy than mainstream media, these young reporters will focus on themes that affect youth, creating a platform for their voices to be heard.

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History Made: Two college students become first African American women to win 1st, 2nd place in debate history

Warning: EXCELLENT news ahead. Nadia Lewis and Jamila Ahmed made history when they became the first African-American women to win both first and second place in the Henry Clay Invitational Debates.

Held at the University of Kentucky, this marks the first time in the debate’s entire 42 year history.

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NYC Mayor de Blasio to settle Central Park Five case

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New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has agreed to settle the Central Park Five case, according to documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. Five teenagers were convicted of raping a jogger in Central Park in 1990. They served time in jail before the sentence was vacated after someone else confessed to the crime.

The five men who were convicted filed a lawsuit, which has yet to be settled.

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NFL star Sam Hurd gets 15 years for drug trafficking

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An apologetic Sam Hurd stood before a U.S. District Court judge on Wednesday, pleading for leniency for his role in drug trafficking. The government recommended a life sentence without parole for Hurd, but Judge Jorge A. Solis sentenced the former NFL receiver to 15 years in federal prison for his involvement in marijuana and cocaine trafficking.

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Jennifer Hudson receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Jennifer Hudson’s name became the 2,512th star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday.

The 32-year-old singer and actress smiled as she accepted the honor in Los Angeles.

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Marissa Alexander’s bond hearing post-poned until next year

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Supporters of a woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot over her estranged husband’s head will have to wait a little longer to find out if she will be freed. Marissa Alexander was granted a new trial in September after a judge found errors in the way that information was passed down to the jury. 

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VIDEO: man files lawsuit after being stripped by 7-Eleven clerks for allegedly stealing candy bar

Here’s a story that takes “shopping while black” to an entirely new level. Bronx native David Golson has filed a lawsuit against two store clerks who suspected him of stealing. Not only did the 7-Eleven clerks hold Golson against his will, but stripped him of his clothing in search of the “stolen” Snickers candy bar.

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80-year-old jailed for domestic dispute, Rickey Smiley pays her bail

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Comedian and radio personality Rickey Smiley posted bond money for an 80-year-old Fort Worth woman who allegedly tried to kill her ex-husband during an argument.

Tempie Strickland was released from Mansfield jail after Smiley posted the $100,000 bond.

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