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Offensive “Angry Trayvon” App Sparks Outrage

An offensive, disrespectful game about Trayvon Martin has been removed from the Google app store after widespread outrage online.

Dubbed the “Angry Trayvon” app, the game allows you to play as Martin as he completes “his world tour of revenge on the bad guys who terrorize cities everyday.”

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Why Fruitvale Station is a Game Changer for Young Black Men

I was blessed to attend the Oakland premiere of Fruitvale Station and as a person who does most of my work around race and specifically how Black men are portrayed in the mainstream media. This movie is a Game Changer! If the jury of the Zimmerman trial saw this film, George Zimmerman would immediately be found guilty.

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California Prisons Illegally Sterilized Female Inmates

We wish we could say we are shocked by this news, but at this point it would be shocking if things like this didn’t happen.

News has surfaced that two prisons in California illegally sterilized women inmates:

Prison doctors in California sterilized nearly 150 female inmates during the course of four years without ever obtaining proper approval from the state, a new investigation reveals.

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Lauryn Hill Begins Three-Month Prison Sentence for Tax Evasion

Lauryn Hill began serving a three-month jail sentence today for tax evasion.

She is being housed in a minimum security prison in Connecticut, where she’ll live in dormitory-like  quarters and is expected to “work jobs such as maintenance, food service or landscaping.”

Hill has maintained that she did not pay taxes in order to “protect her family” during a time where she’d completely dropped out of the music industry.

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VIDEO: Mos Def (Yasiin Bey) Undergoes Force-Feeding in Support of Guantánamo Hunger Strikers

Ramadan begins this evening and lasts until August.

The Obama administration has a policy of force-feeding Guantanamo Bay detainees at night, and plan to continue to do so in spite of the month-long fast.

Many Muslim leaders are calling on the administration to reconsider its tactics.

Rapper and actor Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) volunteered to appear in a short film made to shed light on the force-feeding process by undergoing that process himself.

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North Carolina 4th of July Parade Marred by ‘White History Month’ Float

A Fourth of July parade in a small North Carolina town took a disturbing turn when a “White History Month” float made its way into the parade procession.

After receiving multiple complaints from spectators, the town of Hope Mills explained that the owner of the float misled the parade committee in order to receive a permit.

The committee vows to reassess their procedures for next year’s parade.

From the Huffington Post:

The Fayetteville Observer reported Saturday that Hope Mills, N.C. parade included a float attached to a John Deere tractor, driven by local farmer Donnie Spell. The float included a large wagon filled with watermelons, and featured a sign that read “White History Month. Hug WTE PPL.” A Confederate flag was also attached to the tractor.

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16-Year Old Wondagurl Produced a Track on Jay-Z’s New Album

At just 16-years-old, Toronto’s own Ebony Oshunrinde – aka Wondagurl – produced a beat that made its way onto Jay-Z’s new album!

Wondagurl has been producing since the tender age of nine.

After sending of one of her instrumentals to rapper Travis Scott, and it ended up being used for the song “Crown,” off Jay-Z new LP Magna Carta Holy Grail.

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At Least 73 People Shot in Chicago Over 4th of July Weekend

At least 73 people were shot over Fourth of July weekend in Chicago.

11 were killed, and at least 62 people wounded between Thursday and Sunday night.

The bloodiest incident saw 1 person killed and 7 wounded in a shooting in East Garfield Park.

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Doing For Each Other What America Won’t Do For Us

America has no idea what to do with all of itself, so we have to figure it out for each other.

I must confess, the events of the past few weeks have left me feeling speechless, overwhelmed, and divided within myself. From the Zimmerman trial, the gutting of the VRA, and the bittersweet advances for gay marriage—the reality of the present has hit me harder than I would’ve ever thought. For queer people of color, it is becoming all the more clear that America hasn’t progressed nearly as far as it thinks it has. But what’s most alarming is that America’s stunted growth is being spearheaded by many individuals who have no idea what it means to be a person of color, or a woman, or queer, or trans* or some luminous combination of them all. So where does that leave the rest of folks at the intersections of the margins? What about us who are called both nigger and faggot? (and everything else). We seem ever forced between that rock and hard place. Having to shout proudly, but sigh deeply. Our celebrations remain contaminated with the ever-looming and bitter reality that this country cannot celebrate the wholeness of who we are.

In the midst of this despondency, I came across a commencement speech by Toni Morrison written to the women of Barnard College. Writing on the animosity between women themselves, she writes, “Women’s rights is not only an abstraction, a cause; it is also a personal affair. It is not only about “us”; it is also about me and you…”

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Cornel West Talks DOMA and Voting Rights; Says Blacks are Being “Pushed to the Back of the Bus”

On his radio show with Tavis Smiley, Cornel West praised the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down DOMA, but also lamented its gutting of the Voting Rights Act.

According to West, the black community is suffering from waning visibility.

From the Washington Times:

“We’re living in an age where we black folk are just being pushed to the back of the bus in terms of our visibility,” Mr. West said

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