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Out WNBA Player Brittney Griner Tells Youth ‘Be Who You Are’ At GLAAD Awards

Out WNBA player Brittney Griner spoke at the GLAAD awards this past week.

Her message? “Be who you are.

Griner encourages all people, young and old, to be proud of themselves.

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PETITION – President Obama: Remove Assata Shakur from the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” List

A petition has been launched on, demanding that President Obama remove Assata Shakur from the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” list.

The petition – backed by a long list of prominent supporters; including William Ayers, Angela Davis, Alice Walker, and Danny Glover – also calls for an end to the $2 million bounty on Shakur’s head, which “encourages dangerous mercenary action and threatens her life. “

We write to urge you to overrule the FBI’s decision to put Assata Shakur, aka Joanne Chesimard, on the “Most Wanted Terrorists List, with $1 Million FBI Reward Offered for Information Leading to Her Capture and Return,” as phrased by the FBI’s May 2, 2013 announcement.  This $1 million combines with the $1 million bounty already offered by New Jersey. We know of no support for the claims by the FBI in making that announcement that Ms. Shakur has used her asylum in Cuba to “promote” “terrorist ideology” and espouse “terrorism.” We ask that the FBI be directed to publicly produce documentation to support these claims, and that until and unless this is done, its officials be directed to withdraw these assertions. The FBI’s accompanying actions should also be immediately withdrawn for the following additional reasons

CLICK HERE to read the full rationale behind this very important petition.


Demanding the removal of Assata Shakur from the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” List

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Designer Aamna Aqeel Under Fire for Racist “Be My Slave” Photo Set

Pakistani designer Aamna Aqeel’s latest fashion spread is facing fierce criticism for depicting a dark-skinned slave boy catering to the needs of a well-dressed white woman.

Aqeel says the spread is meant to shed light on the issue of child labor.

But many are calling her argument facetious, and the spread itself insanely offensive; not just for the images themselves, but its use of slavery to market a product.

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Parents of Kimani Gray File Wrongful-Death Suit Against New York City

The parents of slain 16 year-old Kimani Gray have file a wrongful death suit against New York City.

Gray was shot and killed by the NYPD after allegedly aiming a revolver at them.

However, his family and friends strongly disagree, and are demanding justice.

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Serena Williams Retains No. 1 Ranking, Wins 50th Title at Madrid Open

Serena Williams is still number 1!

On Sunday, Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova at the Madrid Open, retaining her No. 1 ranking and winning her 50th title.

From the Grio:

The second-ranked Sharapova would have taken the top ranking with a win, but Williams stormed to an early lead as Sharapova struggled with her serve.

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Soledad O’Brien on ‘Black In America’ Criticism: “OK, white person, this is a conversation you clearly are uncomfortable with…”

In a recent interview, news anchor Soledad O’Brien addressed criticism she’s received regarding her “Black in America” series on CNN.

According to O’Brien, many whites have expressed displeasure with the “divisiveness” of the series, asserting that we should be moving towards a colorblind society; and that African Americans should quit differentiating themselves from whites.

Obviously, Soledad disagrees.

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‘Scandal’ Creator Shonda Rhimes Talks Race on Her Shows

A recent New York Times article features a discussion with Shonda Rhimes about her wildly successful ABC drama Scandal.

The show – which rakes in over 8 million viewers an episode – stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, a D.C. crisis manager embroiled in a torrid affair with the President.

Its incredibly salacious, and made all the more scandalous because of an element rarely discussed on the show; race. Olivia Pope is black, and the President is white.

On the widely-held critique that the show is unrealistically colorblind, Rhimes has an interesting take on the subject.

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Does Lil Wayne and Rick Ross Losing Endorsements Really Matter?

In the above clip, Grammy award winning Hip-Hop artist/activist, Che “Rhymefest” Smith and public intellectual and Scholar in Residence in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Syracuse University, Dr. Boyce Watkins, go back and forth on the significance of Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, and Tyler the Creator losing endorsement deals. They also debate what percentage of Lil Wayne’s music is garbage, and whether we should campaign for more conscious artists to get endorsement deals.

I recently did an interview with the New Pittsburgh Courier about the impact of these campaigns, and whether it would change the music industry’s approach to promoting negative images in a article titled “Can the Black Community Change the Face of the Music Industry?“:

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Two Men Arrested in Connection w/ Malcolm Shabazz Murder

Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X.

As the story goes, Shabazz and a friend were at a bar in Mexico City, where they got into a disagreement with the owner over their tab.

Shabazz was reportedly found in the gutter badly beaten. He later died at a hospital.

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After 17 Years, Long Lost Sisters Reunited at Track Meet

17 year-old student athletes Jordan and Robin met at a track meet, and noticed that they looked exactly alike.

They began to talk. And when Jordan learned Robin’s last name, Jeter, she came to an astounding realization and began to cry.

Robin was her long-lost sister.

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