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50 Cent comes out in support of trans teen

It was only a few days ago that we reported Chris Brown’s support of gay rights. Now, 50 Cent is the latest rapper with a history of making anti-gay statements to “come out” in support of the LGBT community.

His new series “Dream School” connects troubled teems with a dream team of celebrity instructors.

The focus of the show is the encourage and support teens dealing with violence, poverty and pregnancy. “Dream School” also features Alan, a transgender boy who was born a girl.

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Family of slain DC chase suspect question police actions

The family of a woman who was shot to death outside the U.S. Capitol after attempting to ram her car through a White House barrier is questioning how police handled the incident.

34-year-old Miriam Carey was killed on Thursday. Two police officers were injured during the incident.

Investigators found that Carey had a history of mental illness and had been under the delusion that the president was communicating with her.

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#31forMARISSA: Letter to Marissa

By Kai M. Green, BYP100 California

Originally posted on theSwagspot.

Marissa Alexander

Dear Marissa,

Triggers. Triggers. You pulled the trigger to save your own life. You fired shots up to the heavens and the ground you stood upon wouldn’t hold you. The court, these laws unable to recognize you and the justice you do deserve. But I will fight for you. I will write for you. I am with you.

Triggers. I know what it means. See it was just the other day, the day before Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Just outside my old house. We heard a couple yelling. She had been cheating on him. He held her phone and I imagine he was going over the evidence. I imagine it hurt. He wanted control.  She wanted her phone back, but he didn’t want to give it to her. He owed her money. She wanted her stuff. He was angry. He wanted control.

Triggers. We looked outside, but there were no bodies, only voices. We couldn’t tell where they were coming from so we went back inside.

Triggers. I can’t BELIEVE you punched me in my mouth!

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Dear black men: #yourlifematters

Dear black men,

YOU matter.

That’s what the latest viral campaign is seeking to remind men of color of. The Your Life Matters campaign was created in response to the George Zimmerman verdict in July.

It’s goal is “to communicate to young black men that their lives have value, that they have a right to live and be free.” 

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Man dies just three days after being freed

A Louisiana man released just three days from prison after serving 41 years in solitary confinement has died.

Herman Wallace, 71, was released on Tuesday after a judge ruled that he be freed because women were excluded from his grand jury.

Wallace suffered from terminal liver cancer. 

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Family wins fight to rename school after Jesse Owens

The family of Olympic track and field legend Jesse Owens is one step closer in their fight to once again rename a Chicago school after him.

A local school council unanimously voted on Wednesday for Samuel Gompers Elementary to be changed back to Jesse Owens Community Academy.

The building had been named after Owens since 1980, and the family called the change “disrespectful.”

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Lauryn Hill released from jail, creates new music

Lauryn Hill is once again a free woman after serving three months in prison for failing to pay more than $1.8 million in taxes between 2005 and 2007.

The Grammy-award winning artist pleaded guilty earlier this year.

Her new single “Consumerism” was released on the last day of her sentence. 

From The Telegraph:

Her new single Consumerism is a spirited rap attack on societal ills. She targets ageism, sexism, racism, fascism, “compromised commercialism” and “neo McCarthyism” in the track.The single picks up on criticism Hill made at the time of her arrest in 2012. On a post on her Tumblr blog she chastised pop culture’s “climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism.”

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Creator promotes positive ethnic beauty through doll line

For decades black girls have played with dolls that did not look like them, and the practice has lasting affects on the self-esteem of young girls and women of color.

But Karen Byrd is seeking to change that.

She recently launched Natural Girls United!, an ethnic doll line for girls of color. 

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Suspect in Capitol Hill shooting suffered from post-partum depression

The woman killed yesterday after a high speed chase through the nation’s capital suffered from post-partum depression.

Miriam Carey, 34, died after police shot her on the scene. The incident led to a lock down of Capitol Hill.

Carey, a dental hygienist from Stamford, Conn., is described by authorities as having a mental illness, after finding medication for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in her home.

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Food stamp recipients to see cuts in benefits in some states


Earlier this week, we reported on how the government shutdown affects low-income women receiving federal benefits. Today, we bring news that will affect several low-income and unemployed citizens.

Republican-controlled states are making cuts to their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) despite the Department of Agriculture saying that it will continue to provide food stamps for recipients.

While the measure isn’t a result of the shutdown, or the $39 billion cut from the anti-hunger program, it affects thousands of residents.

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