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The Heartless Demonization of A Murdered Child Named Trayvon

One simple fact seems really hard for people to understand, Trayvon Martin committed no crime. To be even more clear, he did no wrong. He was where he was supposed to be and wasn’t bothering anyone. So any attempt to try to create some history of a troubled youth, like so many in the conservative media have tried to do is really meaningless. It actually doesn’t matter, because on the day he was murdered, Trayvon was simply walking home.

Despite that fact, the demonization of Trayvon has been non stop since he was shot down by George Zimmerman. From being called a nigger on a highway sign, to being called a “a dangerous thug who needed to be put down like a rabid dog“, to the incredible irony of George Zimmerman’s own brother comparing Trayvon to a young man that senselessly killed a 13 month old child. George Zimmerman’s defense team predictably piled on by releasing cell phone pics and text that according to them show Trayvon was “hostile” and then a video they said was Trayvon beating a homeless man, which was a outright lie.

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Today in Post-Race History: Nah, Bruh

Last week, writer Kiese Laymon published an essay, “You Are the Second Person,” chronicling his experience getting his novel, Long Division (which hit shelves earlier this month), published. Laymon’s thought-provoking, powerful, and inspiring work centered on exchanges between him and his former editor. Laymon’s former editor, described in the piece as a 54-year-old black man, not only suggests that Laymon isn’t a “real black writer,” but perpetually attempts to goad Laymon into writing a novel that will appeal to white readers by decentering blackness and, in turn, jettisoning black readers the editor doesn’t believe exists. The editor suggests that Laymon write a more indirect “race novel” moored in whiteness. Frankly, the essay is incredible and worth the read. Of the many intriguing elements is Laymon’s discussion of his editor calling him “bro”–long o–in several conversations, of which Laymon wonders, “what kind of black man would write the word “bro” in an email.”

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VIDEO: Paula Deen Releases Video Statement Apologizing for Being Racist

After two days of shock, anger, and hilarious trending topics, Paula Deen has finally issued an apology for her use of racial slurs.

The video apology features a visibly-upset Deen speaking directly into the camera, asking for your forgiveness for her “mistakes.”

Check out Paula Deen’s video apology below:

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Tupac Shakur Will Recieve Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Rap icon Tupac Shakur will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year.

He will be inducted along with music stars Katy Perry and Rick Springfield.

From NewsOne:

Since his fatal, unresolved shooting death in September 1996, Shakur’s legacy has continued to shine.

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Heat Win A Championship, Lebron gets a Ring (Again) & Poor People are Still Marginalized

Yes, the Heat are the champions, again…woopdie-doo *sarcastic tone*. I said it before and I am inclined to reiterate a similar point this year. I watched game seven of the NBA finals last night from the booth of a DC “U Street” Bar. The room battled with cheers and boos as the Spurs and Heat became a metaphor for love, hate, freedom, oppression, and conquest. I just think that through all the parades, accolades, cheers, haters (you already know there will be many), and celebration, when do we stop to think about what actually matters?

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Ohio School Bans Afro Puffs and Braids

A letter to parents from an Ohio school was posted online and the school now may have to answer questions about their dress code.

Horizon Science Academy outlined what was acceptable student dress and included a ban on some natural hair styles:

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REPORT: Black Youth Less Likely to Consume Alcohol Than White Peers

A recent study examined alcohol consumption of children, and the results are alarming.

By age 8, 37 percent of the children studied had sipped alcohol. That number jumped to 66 percent by age 12, and 96 percent by the age of 18.

But interestingly enough, black youth are far less likely to consume alcohol than their white peers.

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Laywer for Trayvon Martin’s Family Speaks Out on Jury Selection and Equal Justice

Benjamin Crump – the family lawyer for the Trayvon Martin family – has spoken out on the jury selection process for the the George Zimmerman trial.

In an appearance on Politics Nation with Al Sharpton, Sharpton asked for Crump’s (and te Martin family’s) reaction to the recent news that the jury for the George Zimmerman will be comprised of 5 white women and 1 Hispanic woman.

From Ebony:

Well, you know, we’ve said all along this case is about equal justice.

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Paula Deen Skips Out on Today Show Appearance

TV Chef Paula Deen skipped out on a scheduled appearance on the Today Show this morning to discuss the controversy surrounding her use of racial slurs.

The appearance was confirmed yesterday; but this morning the folks at NBC got a phone call from a rep for Deen, informing them that she would not be there after all.

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Nina Simone Documentary In The Works

The estate of Nina Simone has partnered with @radical.media to bring us the definitive documentary on the life and legacy of Nina Simone.

The project will use never-before-seen archival footage to tell her incredible story.

From NewsOne:

According to the press release, Jayson Jackson, the estate’s representative, brought the project to @radical.media, and it will include “highlights from hours of never-before-seen archival and performance footage tracing Nina’s life from her journey from poverty in the Jim Crow South, to her defining role in the Civil Rights struggle and her arrival on the world’s stage and finally, her self-imposed exile in France.”

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