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Music video sparks outrage, features young girls

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Twerking is the new electric slide of our time.

While the dance has been claimed by Miley Cyrus, broken down by scientists and featured in the Guinness Book of World Records, for the most part the dance move has managed to keep a bit of a little profile in the arena of controversy.

That was until rapper Monsta With da Fade released his latest video.

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Harlem pastors aims to “dethrone” Al Sharpton

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A group of pastors in Harlem have made it their mission to put a stop to Rev. Al Sharpton’s growing political power.

Critics argue that Sharpton has used his power for personal gain, fame and fortune, leaving behind the interests of the black community.

From The New York Daily News:

Four upstart clergymen have invited more than 100 churches to knock Rev. Al Sharpton off his Harlem political throne. Speak Out Say It Loud, headquartered at Mount Neboh Baptist Church on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., is a new coalition of black ministers determined to create a unified African-American power base with citywide clout.

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Congressman calls for shutdown, leads march against it

What political party calls for a shutdown and then gets upset at the institutions affected by it? The grand ole Tea Party does. What was supposed to be a march in opposition of Obamacare, turned into an all-out bashing of the president.

Veterans and anti-Obama demonstrators occupied White House and other landmarks Sunday in protest of monuments being closed due to the shutdown.

The “Million Vet March on Memorials” rally was headlined by Sen. Ted Cruz who advocated for the government’s closing.

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Viola Davis: ‘I have never felt pretty’

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Since her Oscar-nominated performance in “The Help,” Viola Davis has pretty much become a household name. Despite fame and success, the star opened up about her battles with self-esteem.

“I have never felt pretty,” she said during a lunch interview with Essence. 

 From The Grio:

Davis described a childhood of poverty and abuse, combined with being in the only black family in her community. People in her neighborhood used profanity to describe her to her face. She internalized these messages. “In fact, I embraced being ugly,” the actress said. But, rather than let such perceptions destroy her sense of hope (“Without hope, I would be dead,” she said), the thespian chose to work on her inner strengths.

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Just Keep Saying Over And Over, It’s Not About Race

frisk11n-1-webEver get harassed by the police, while walking down the street in your own neighborhood, just because you told somebody hi? According to Philadelphia police officer Philip Nace you, “don’t say hi to strangers”. And that was one of the mildest statements he made. In the next breath he let it be known, ”Don’t f*cking play though, you’ll be on the same f*cking block as him. We’ll kick your ass too.”

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School sends child home with ‘lunch money please’ sticker

A California mom is upset after her son came home from school with a sticker on his shirt.

Kim Segaline noticed the “Lunch money please” sticker on her 7-year-old son last week.

Preston, a student at Bonsall West Elementary School, told her the lunch lady put it on him for her to see.

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Is the world ready for a gay action hero? Lee Daniels thinks so

Still reveling in the success of “The Butler,” Director Lee Daniels is now looking to make a new movie featuring gay superheroes.

He’s tapped Magic Mike actor Alex Pettyfer to star as one-half of a gay interracial action hero couple.

From Out:

 According to Daniels, think of it as a gay “Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but the two good-looking guys as the action heroes.” The twist? “We don’t find out they’re gay until the end of the movie,” he explains.

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Supreme Court to decide on key affirmative action case

The Supreme Court will decide if affirmative action is a justifiable factor in college admissions on Tuesday.

The judges will take on the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, a 2006 constitutional amendment banning the use of racial preferences in public university admissions.

Tomorrow’s ruling could not just affect the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus, but reach seven states. California, Florida, Arizona, Washington, Oklahoma, Nebraska and New Hampshire has similar bans.

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Police groups protest charges against Charlotte cop who killed former FAMU student

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When news broke that 24-year-old former FAMU football player Jonathan Ferrell was killed by police last month, the subject of police brutality was once again pushed into national spotlight.

Civil rights groups praised Charlotte’s Police department for quickly charging Kerrick with manslaughter.

Now law enforcement departments across the country are criticizing those fast charges.

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Show Me the Money

marriage-equalityLast Friday was National Coming Out Day. Shout out to those who took it as an opportunity to publicly express their sexuality and those who didn’t. Either way, you deserve a big hug and an even bigger ice cream cone. Of course, even with the government shutdown, politics influences how we view the day. So, it wasn’t surprising that last week the same-sex marriage issue that many states are addressing got tied to coming out. Clearly, there are what might be regarded as “problems” with the process of coming out and same-sex marriage. Now, I won’t spend anytime here unpacking any of the issues as I see them. Instead, I’d like to take a moment to promote yet another modest proposal.

Fraught, conservative institution or not, we can all agree that marriage can be an expensive endeavor. From dresses to flowers to delicious cake to chicken or beef or veggie, jumping the broom in any traditional capacity costs many a ducket. In a way, that’s what the fight for same-sex marriage is for: access to several rituals which includes registering a place setting you’ll never use. In essence, that’s the transaction. I put on a big party and feed you, you cry over me and buy me steak knives. Which brings me to my point.

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