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Rapper Charged w/ Double Homicide After Allegedly Rapping About It

A Virginia rapper named Antwain Steward – nicknamed Twain Gotti – was arrested in connection to a double homicide after allegedly rapping about it.

Steward is accused of gunning down Brian Dean, 20, and Christopher Horton, 16, on May 10, 2007.

It took a whopping six years, but police caught up with Steward over lyrics they say refer to the murders.

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Congressmen Introduce “End Racial Profiling Bill” in the Wake of Zimmerman Verdict

Representative John Conyers (D-MI) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) have introduced a new bill to put a stop to racial profiling once and for all. 

And in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, the unveiling of  the “End Racial Profiling Bill of 2013″ could not be more timely.

From the Grio:

“It is the right thing to do,” Sen. Cardin said. “It is against the values of America to single out a person because of race.”

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Rick Ross Samples Rachel Jeantel in New Song

Rick Ross’ latest song expresses his outrage over the George Zimmerman verdict – even sampling Rachel Jeantel’s testimony.

“I Wonder Why” features Jeantel’s controversial use of the phrase “creepy ass cracker” towards the end of the song.

Rick Ross says it himself during the song:

“Now I’m being followed by some creepy-ass cracker/

Now I’m being followed by some creepy-ass cracker/

Stand your ground, stand your ground/

Stand your ground, you gotta stand your ground.”

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Man Accused of Murdering 17-Year Old Jordan Davis Pleads Not Guilty

Michael Dunn – the man who shot and killed 17-year old Jordan Davis over loud music – has plead not guilty of murder.

His lawyer says Dunn acted “as any responsible firearms owner would.”

The altercation started in a gas station parking lot after Dunn ordered Jordan Davis and his teenage friends to turn down their music.

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Spike Lee Has a Script for a ‘School Daze” Sequel

According to Shadow and Act, Spike Lee has a script for the sequel to his classic 2nd full length film “School Daze.”

The film would be set 25 years later.

I had the script for [the sequel] to School Daze… a contemporary version, same school… 25 years later. Hopefully I can get Laurence Fishburne to play Dap…

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Don Lemon and Media Violence Against Young Black Men

By Antwaun Sargent

I have watched the Don Lemon CNN “No Talking Points,” segment over and over again. I was looking for some truth in his five suggestions to young black men. Don Lemon said, we should pull up our pants, stop using the n-word, stop littering, finish school, and not have children out of wedlock.

I have by Don Lemon’s estimation done all the right things. I am a 24 year old black man. I don’t sag my pants. I went to Georgetown from the Cabrini-Green Housing projects and then on to get a Masters degree, and recently just finished teaching for two years in an under resourced community in Brooklyn. I don’t litter, and I don’t have any children. But I do feel alienated by Don Lemon’s comments. I feel alienated by his comments because they translate into a form of media violence, that Black men know all too well.

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5 Books Every ‘Black Shamer’ Should Read

There is a growing group of misinformed, conservative black public figures that are increasingly demonizing and blaming black youth for systemic issues facing the Black community. Invoking an empty “politics of personal responsibility” rhetoric, these black public figures essentially say: “ I made it, and so can you!” Most recently, CNN news anchor Don Lemon gave five truly profound suggestions to fix the black community: Hike up your pants, finish school, stop using the n-word, take care of your communities, and don’t have children out of wedlock…. And if every black person does this, everything will be fine in the world. Black youth won’t be shot down, poverty won’t pervade the black community, racism will cease to exist, and we will all live in an awesome post-racial society with free lollipops and rainbows that shine throughout the day. Who would have thought?

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Hundreds of NYC Fast Food Workers Are on Strike

Fast food workers across New York City are on strike, demanding better pay and the right to unionize.

The are railing against what they say are “abusive labor practices,” and demand a pay increase from $7.25 to $15.

From the Grio:

It’s noisy, it’s really hot, fast, they rush you. Sometimes you don’t even get breaks. All for $7.25? It’s crazy,” said Nathalia Sepulveda, who works at a McDonald’s opposite Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, where one protest took place.

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27-Year Old Activist Stopped, Forced to the Ground by Sanford Police

The Sanford, Florida police department is once again making headlines after stopping and forcing 27-year old activist Traymon Williams out of his car and onto the ground.

Traymon was driving with his girlfriend and younger brother and had done absolutely nothing wrong. The Police allegedly thought he was a burglar.

Howvever, Williams may have been targeted. He was a prominent voice calling for justice for Trayvon Martin; he’d appeared in major news outlets like the Grio and the MSNBC.

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What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black: Don Lemon, the Politics of Image, and the Stench of Respectability

“What shall I tell my children who are black, of what it means to be a captive in this dark skin? What shall I tell my dear one, fruit of my womb, of how beautiful they are when everywhere they turn they are faced with abhorrence of everything that is black. The night is black and so is the boogyman. Villains are black with black hearts. A black cow gives no milk. A black hen lays no eggs. Storm clouds, black, black is evil and evil is black and devil’s food is black.” ~Margaret Burroughs

As one looks more into the politics of respectability—a discourse that displays how many members of the black middle class strive to silence what they deem to be the moral inadequacies of those most marginalized—we are able to identify historical instances that were stifled in their time period and still today. We must reclaim the stories (and most importantly the histories) of those who have been pathologized throughout the generations. We must begin to highlight the stories that lift up youth of color in a time where society is quick to castigate, cast aside and labeled us deviant. If it did nothing else, Don Lemons comments, only emphasized a social climate that is eager to pathologize black youth, I find it important now, more than ever, to speak the breath of our ancestors into existence, while we—as young people—simultaneously stand up for our own worth, our own dignity, our own expression and our own self-love.

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