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You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Abigail Fisher

I am so sick of entitled white students from the suburbs that blame affirmative action for their lack of success in college admissions. College admission, especially for very selective schools, is the epitome of an arbitrary process. Either you stand out, or not. Quite simple. While race does play a role in the admission, it’s typically very minor. Nowhere is this most evident than at my school, the University of Chicago. In 2011, black students only represented 5 % of the undergraduate student body. White students, however, represented almost half of  the school, and still do. But if you ask Abigail Fisher, and other girls like her, all those minorities at these universities are the root problem. Cue the eye roll!

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16 Year-Old Harlemite Xavier Pacheco Wins National Shakespeare Competition

Harlem teenager Xavier Pacheco is making headlines after taking 1st place at the English Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, beating out 15,000 other competitors!

Incredibly, 16-year old Pacheco was only introduced to Shakespeare’s work two years ago. But he took to it like a fish to water.

He says the key to his success was a relentless work ethic and attention to detail.

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Could Light-Skinned Women Ever Be the Subject of a Documentary like “Dark Girls”?

The documentary “Dark Girls” was a widely-anticipated, controversial television event for Oprah’s OWN Network.

Many thought the documentary focused too much on pain, and too little on the triumph and strength of dark-skinned black women.

But as Clutch Magazine points out, others wondered if the experiences of light-skinned black women deserved a documentary as well.

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Rachel Jeantel, The Last Person to Talk to Trayvon Martin, Testifies at George Zimmerman Trial

Rachel Jeantel, the young lady who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin the night of his deadly altercation, took the stand yesterday at the George Zimmerman trial.

According to Rachel, Martin was very clear about his being watched and followed by a shady individual, and even made an effort to lose him.

She says the last thing she heard was Martin yell “Get off,” before the phone went dead.

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Nelson Mandela on Life Support, Official Says

According to an official briefed on his condition, South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela is currently on life support.

He has been hospitalized since June 8 with a lung infection.

Mandela’s family has yet to confirm this situation.

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Leticia Van De Putte: The Texas Unsung Hero

Like every other politic nerd I’ve been following what’s happening in Texas pretty closely. For those that don’t know, Texas’ legislator is trying to pass one of the strictest anti-abortion laws in the country; a ban on abortions past 20 weeks.

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Don’t Miss FRUITVALE STATION in Theaters July 12

Fruitvale Station – in theaters July 12 – is undoubtedly among the most-talked about films of the summer.

Directed by Rynan Coogler, Fruitvale Station tells the tragic story of Oscar Grant, who was shot and killed by a BART police officer in Oakland, CA. His death was wisely scene as a result of police brutality and racism, sparking outrage and protests nationwide.

In conjunction with the film, a social justice campaign has been launched in the name of Oscar Grant and his family.

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George Zimmerman Trial Witness Says She Heard Trayvon Martin’s Cries

A former neighbor of George Zimmerman testified that she heard the cries of a boy prior to the gunshot that killed 17 year-old Trayvon Martin.

Jane Surdyka also said she could hear an aggressive voice and a softer voice going back and forth with one another.

However, her credibility is in question; she also claimed she heard three gunshots, when only one was fired.

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NFL Player Aaron Hernandez Charged w/ First Degree Murder

Last week, we reported that police were investigating NFL player Aaron Hernandez’ involvement in the murder of his friend, Odin Lloyd.

Now, we have learned that Hernandez was arrested this morning, and charged with first degree murder.

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Republicans Have Already Begun to Take Advantage of Yesterday’s Gutting of Voting Rights Act

Republicans in states across the south wasted no time taking advantage of the Supreme Court ruling that gutted the Voting Rights Act yesterday.

The ruling freed 15 historically racist states from needing federal approval before changing election procedures.

Initiatives like Photo ID laws and early voting hours are now up from grabs.

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