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Zimmerman Trial Medical Examiner to File Lawsuit

With his recent arrest and his wife filing for divorce, George Zimmerman has remained in the news. Now, the medical examiner who was involved in the Zimmerman trial is grabbing headlines. Shiping Bao intends to file a $100M lawsuit, claiming the prosecution and others involved in the trial, blew the case,

Through his high-profile attorney, he claims the medical examiner, state attorney’s office, and Sanford Police Department were all biased against Martin.

“He says their general attitude was that he got what he deserved,” Attorney Willie Gary told Channel 9.

Gary said Dr. Bao was made to be a scapegoat and was wrongfully fired from the medical examiner’s office. He said his client was prepared to offer proof that Martin was not the aggressor.

“He was in essence told to zip his lips. ‘Shut up. Don’t say those things,’” Gary said.

Gary said prosecutors never asked Dr. Bao a question crucial to their case.

“He wanted a question that would have allowed him to explain to the jury with scientific evidence how there was no way Trayvon Martin could have been on top of George Zimmerman,” Gary said.

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Do you believe Dr. Bao’s claims? Is this a tactic to clear his name? Is he simply trying to retaliate from being fired? Thoughts on these assertions? Sound off below!!!!



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NAACP President Jealous steps down, cites family reasons

After five years in office, NAACP president Jealous has decided to step down due to family concerns. Amidst a strong five years, his time in office was also marked by a couple of controversies. Most notably in 2010, Jealous condemned USDA employee, Sherley Sherrod, for stating what appeared to be biased remarks against a white farm worker. It was later revealed that the video had been edited down from its longer version which showed that Sherrods broader point was not biased. After his resignation announcement, Jealous also suggested the organization might be looking at a female as the new president.

The man who has become the face of the NAACP — from marches protesting the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin to vigils for death row inmate Troy Davis in Georgia — is resigning effective Dec. 31.

In an interview with USA TODAY, Benjamin Todd Jealous said the constant travel as president and CEO of the nation’s largest civil rights organization has kept him away too much from his wife, civil rights lawyer Lia Epperson, and children, daughter Morgan, 7, and Jack, 13 months. He said he plans to make a formal announcement to his staff Monday morning.

Read more at USA Today 

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George Zimmerman, A Real American Hero

George Zimmerman, posing with a fan at the gun factory that manufactured the pistol he used to kill Trayvon Martin

In news that’s not shocking to anyone with half a brain, George Zimmerman and his gun, was involved in another altercation. What is surprising, is this time he was actually taken into custody. This is after Zimmerman’s wife, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during his bail hearing, filed for divorce after saying George was “selfish” and  ”feels invincible”. I guess this time she isn’t lying, cause since he was found not guilty for stalking and murdering a unarmed teenager named Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman has been stopped for speeding twice, posed with a fan at the gun factory that manufactured the pistol he used to kill Trayvon, and made up a story about rescuing a family from a car crash.

Y’all remember that story  that came out right after the verdict that Zimmerman was driving along when he saw a family trapped in a burning car so he summoned all of his neighborhood watch training, grabbed a fire extinguisher, and saved their lives. According to reports, Seminole Sheriff’s Dept. Officer Patrick Rehder, a supporter of Zimmerman, contacted Zimmerman by cell phone directing him to go to the accident so as to appear to be a hero. George Zimmerman lied about doing something heroic, sounds familiar.

This latest incident surely won’t turn the Fox News/NRA crowd against Zimmerman, even though a spokesman for Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara said Zimmerman’s recent behavior, “was not part of our public relations plan.” Zimmerman shot and killed the most dangerous threat to White America, the young Black male, and for that he’ll always be an American hero.



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George Zimmerman Arrested

George Zimmerman sits in the courtroom during his trial in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Fla.,  July 8, 2013.George Zimmerman, who was recently acquitted for the killing of Trayvon Martin, is back in jail after a dispute with his wife

According to police in Lake Mary, Florida, Zimmerman is being detained by police after a domestic dispute involving his wife and father-in-law, Colin Morgan.

“There was some kind of a domestic, we know that with his wife and father-in-law. Apparently there were some weapons involved and threats,” the deputy police chief in Lake Mary told ABC News.

He has not been charged with any crime.

Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, recently announced plans to divorce.

Her attorney told ABC News that George pulled a knife on her today after she discovered a firearm in the house they shared. He then pulled a gun on her and her father after a verbal altercation went bad, according to attorney Kelly Sims.

Read more at ABC News.

Do you care that Zimmerman keeps having run-ins with the law? If George Zimmerman went to jail for committing another crime, would that give some kind of satisfaction? Other thoughts on Zimmerman? Sound off below?



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Conflicting Reports Surrounding Shooting Death of Donte Bennett

A 25-year-old man was shot and killed by police after they chased him down, suspecting that he was about to commit a crime. Donte Bennett was shot after Baltimore police acted on “intelligence” that a crime was about to happen. They chased Bennett into Douglas Homes, an altercation that ended with Bennett’s death:

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From Emmett to Trayvon: A Burgeoning Youth Movement

Exactly eight years before the original March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (August 28, 1963), Emmett Louis Till was murdered on August 28, 1955, after allegedly flirting with a white woman. He was fourteen. In the civil rights movement, Emmett’s death woke up all those who forgot or chose to ignore the realities of racial, social, and economic injustice that hid under the tides of the depression, war, and the rigors of daily tasks in Jim Crow America. Emmett’s death symbolized the dehumanization of black boys across this country. Moreover, Emmett’s death represented the dismantling of a threshold within a burgeoning 1960’s youth movement. This movement was led by a generation of baby boomers who could no longer accept the perpetual marginalization and devaluing of black bodies. They would fight to conjure the lost voice of justice until everyone heard and felt the vibration of a shifted status quo.  By 1963, pain turned to action and anger became a tool for civil disobedience. Finally, the hearts of minds of our country were augmented into a consciousness never before seen so broadly.

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Organization gives African American youth the opportunity to diversify the fashion industry

Fashion week kicked off this week in New York city and the one thing consistently visible is the lack of diversity among the designers. That is why one organization is dedicated to giving African American youth the opportunity to put  their fashion foot in the door with summer course, scholarships and internships.

There is more to fashion than couture runway shows and designer apparel: It can represent a lifestyle, colorful personalities and has a relevance that surely surpasses a week-long series of shows and presentations.

As New York Fashion Week kicked off Thursday, it welcomed the crisp air of Fall and the playful Spring collections from designers both established and new.

It also sparked a reminder of the significance and power of a multimillion-dollar industry made up of individuals with creative minds and hands skilled with precise execution.

As is the case with many fashion hopefuls, breaking into any facet of the industry can be difficult. This is particularly true among African-Americans who hope to work in a field heavily dominated by whites and criticized for its lack of diversity.

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This is such a great organization. Have you heard of BRAG before? Tell us what you think below! 



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Girl Transfers After School Says Her Hair Wasn’t Presentable

Earlier this year we reported on an Ohio school that was forced to change its student dress code after the public became aware that the school made hairstyles such as afros, mohawks, and dreadlocks violations of school policy. As a result of public outcry, the school apologized and changed its rules. Recently, a father decided to send his child to a different school after the school sent her home for having a hairstyle they didn’t find “presentable”:

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What Am I Supposed to Do with the 50 Year Anniversary of the March on Washington?

At the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, I joined my fellow youth activists, the BYP100 and the Dream Defenders, along with a slew of other activists from around the country in order to activate our collective spirit and vitality against the injustices that continue to be waged against marginalized communities. Coming on the heels of Trayvon’s death, history and the present have come together, seemingly ignited with a new spirit for change, growth, and justice. However, though I felt invigorated by the valiant hope of everyone around me, I could not help but be haunted by a detectable hollowness of the entire affair. As speaker after speaker invoked Dr. King and his legacy, it became ever more clear that the history and the present have not only come together, but collided, and quite frankly, I couldn’t tell which was which.

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Employee wins a case against her Black employer for using the N-word at work

A jury in New York has awarded $30,000 in punitive damages to Brandi Johnson against her employer at STRIVE agency, Rob Carmona. Just last week Johnson was awarded $250,000 in compensatory damages, as well. According to Johnson, while working at STRIVE Carmona repeatedly used the N-word when speaking to Johnson, making her feel uncomfortable and embarrassed.

If a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet, would hate language, even if designed to be tough love, be just as hurtful?

As far as a federal jury in New York is concerned, the N-word — even when uttered by a black person and aimed at another black person — is just as demeaning.

The eight-person federal jury on Tuesday awarded $30,000 in punitive damages, in addition to $250,000 in compensatory damages awarded last week, to Brandi Johnson, 38, a worker at STRIVE, an East Harlem employment agency.

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