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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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Howard Univ. Deans Say Fiscal Mismanagement Has Put School Reputation and Future in Danger

According to the Washington Post, Howard University could be in very serious financial trouble.

The newspaper obtained a copy of a letter drafted by the school’s academic deans. In it, they warn that fiscal mismanagement is putting Howard’s reputation and future in danger.

Howard President Sidney Ribeau rejects the allegations.

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Apply for the YOU Belong: LGBTQA Youth Sports and Leadership Initiative!

Openly gay, former NFL player Wade A. Davis, Jr. and LGBT writer/activist Darnell L. Moore in partnership with the National Basketball Association present the inaugural “YOU Belong” Sports and Leadership Camp for LGBTQ and Straight Allied Youth (LGBTQA)

The YOU Belong initiative is a series of 4-day comprehensive sports instruction and leadership development clinics for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) youth and straight allies that will be offered throughout the US quarterly. The initiative will be launched in Chicago July 25th through July 28th.

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Meagan Good Critisized for Presenting BET Gospel Award in Revealing Dress

Actress Meagan Good is getting some flack for her choice of dress at the BET Awards.

Good presented the award for “Best Gospel Artist” in a fairly revealing gown, which many commentators on social media are blasting as inappropriate and disrespectful.

Good has defending herself against these kinds of accusations before; maintaining that her style of dress is always classy, and that a dress has nothing to do with her relationship with God.

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Pro-Palestinian Organization’s Petition Calls on Alicia Keys to Cancel Israel Concert

Pro-Palestinian organization called the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation has created an online petition, calling on Alicia Keys to cancel a concert in Israel scheduled for July 4th.

They’re urging Keys to reconsider her decision, citing apartheid-like conditions endured by the Palestinian people.

So far, the petition has garnered over 15,000 signatures.

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Al Sharpton to Move to Chicago to Address Gun Violence

Rev. Al Sharpton has announced plans to relocate to Chicago to address and bring attention to the city’s gun violence crisis.

Sharpton vows to make the move in September, where he’ll rent an apartment and work with community leaders and organizations.

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LeVar Burton Explains How He Avoids Being Shot by the Police

While being featured on CNN’s recent “n-word” discussion, LeVar Burton shared his protocol for dealing with being stopped by the police.

From Think Progress:

Listen, I’m gonna be honest with you, and this is a practice I engage in every time I’m stopped by law enforcement. And I taught this to my son who is now 33 as part of my duty as a father to ensure that he knows the kind of world in which he is growing up.

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Autistic Student Allegedly Disciplined w/ Broomstick

A Georgia family is suing a Stone Mountain Middle School aide and teacher for allegedly disciplining their autistic child with a broomstick. 

After their son Wesley began exhibiting out-of-character behavior, his school brought in a consultant to monitor him in the class room. The consultant reportedly witnessed the use of a thick broomstick, which was slammed a against a desk and poked at Wesley.

The aide and teacher face criminal charges.

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Lupe Fiasco to Chicago Grads: “You have graduated from one of the most terrible, substandard school systems in the entire world”

Lupe Fiasco recently spoke to a group of black high school graduates at the Mass Black Male Graduation and Transition to Manhood ceremony in Chicago.

And he didn’t wasted  their time with a flowery speech.

Instead, he called the Chicago Public School systems one of the worst in the world; and implored the young men to focus less on the achievement of graduating, and more on their futures and transition into manhood.

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Kerry Washington is First Black Women to Cover Vanity Fair in a Very Long Time

Scandal star, Kerry Washington will be on the cover of the August issue of Vanity Fair.

And, as Dodai Stewart at Jezebel points out, this is actually remarkable.

The last time a black women had a solo Vanity Fair cover was in 2005!

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