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Sybrina Fulton – Mother of Trayvon Martin – Speaks Out on ‘Stop and Frisk’ Policy

Sybrina Fulton – mother of Trayvon Martin – spoke out on NYC’s controversial Stop and Frisk policy yesterday.

Appearing on Meet the Press, Fulton asserted that no one should be stopped by civilians or police officers based off of their race.

From the Huffington Post:

“You can’t give people the authority, whether civilian or police officers the right to just stop somebody because of the color of their skin,” Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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Today in Post-Race History: The Harriet Tubman Sextape

So, (Russell) Simmons’ antics are (Black) Twitter’s latest causality, I guess. In what seems to have become a weekly tradition on these internet streets, folks took to social media to call out, chastise, and blast Simmons into what they believed was proper action after his All Def Digital released a YouTube video that was unfortunate to say the least. In the now infamous “Harriet Tubman Sextape,” the crew working under Simmons’ brand took a shot at producing some revisionist history by suggesting that Tubman managed the heroic feat of leading hundreds of enslaved blacks out of the South by making a sextape of her and her master and then using such anachronistic entities as “leverage.” Genius concept, right? I won’t post it, but if you have three minutes of your life you’d like to waste on this shit, feel free to watch it here.

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Dance Group Stages Flashmob to Protest ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

A dance group called Dance for Action staged a flashmob outside of Chuck Schumer’s New York office in protest of “Stand Your Ground” laws.

Inspired by the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

From NewsOne:

“We were really upset at the outcome and so were a lot of our friends,” said Sheila Anozier (pictured below left), a professional dancer who co-organized the flashmob — a group of people who assemble and perform for a short time and then immediately disperse — with friend Marie Philippeaux. (pictured below). “We wanted to do something in action towards the solution of getting rid of the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.

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The Power That Youth Hold: A Toolkit and the March on Washington

I am encouraged by the vigor and fresh activism of my generation (Read: BYP100 and Dream Defenders). It causes me to see a light at the end of what has been a very dark tunnel. However, if there is in fact a light at the end of the tunnel, are we prepared to run? Do we have the energy?  Pastors, politicians, leaders, community members, and activists need to have a long talk with each other, and we need to figure out how we will fight for the  “28 percent of African-Americans, and 37 percent of black children, who are poor (compared with 10 percent of whites and 13 percent of white children); We need to speak about the 13 percent of blacks who are unemployed (compared with 7 percent of whites); we need to discuss the more than 900,000 black men who are in prison; We need to stand up and address how and why blacks experienced a sharper drop in income since 2007 than any other racial group; and how black household wealth, which had been disproportionately concentrated in housing, has hit its lowest level in decades; and also how blacks accounted, in 2009, for 44 percent of new H.I.V. infections.” We need to speak about how this country has unraveled the remnants of affirmative action, ignored gun control, arrested those who used the occupy movement as a final cry for an ideology that can actually end poverty, and sustained public school segregation more than 50 years after the supreme court decided on Brown Vs. B.O.E. We must bring these issues into public discourse. But more importantly, we need to figure out who is willing to embrace the scorn and ridicule of being at the forefront of a movement. We need to start, join, and build a movement. If not now, then when?

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Alice Walker Disinvited from U. of Michigan Over Stance on Isreal

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Alice Walker has been outspoken about Israel and its relationship to Palenstine, going as far as refusing to allow her works to be translated and sold in Israel.

After some of the school’s donors removed funds due to her stance, Walker was been disinvited as a speaker at the University of Michigan.

Here’s the message Walker received as well as part of her response:

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Robin Thicke Files Suit to Protect “Blurred Lines” from Marvin Gaye Family

Robin Thicke, along with producer Pharell Williams and T.I. have filed suit against the family of Marvin Gaye to protect their massive summer hit “Blurred Lines.”

The Gaye estate contends that “Blurred Lines” sounds way too similar to the Gaye classic “Got to Give It Up.”

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Complaint Filed Against Judge Who Changed Baby’s Name from “Messiah” to “Martin”

A non-profit association of atheists and agnostics have filed a complaint against the magistrate who took it upon herself to change a baby’s name from Messiah to Martin.

Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew made the call, asserting that the name “‘Messiah’ is a title that is held only by Jesus Christ.”

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Dream Defenders End Protest at Florida Capitol

The Dream Defenders have left the Florida Capitol after an incredible 31 day sit-in in protest of the George Zimmerman verdict.

But the fight is not over; the Dream Defenders will continue to advocate for a repeal of the Stand Your Ground law, among other initiatives.

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FLOTUS: Obama Presidency ‘Changes the Bar’ For Our Youth

During a recent interview with Parade magazine, First Lady Michelle Obama said the Obama Presidency “changes the bar” for all of our youth, regardless of race, gender, or sexuality.

From the Washington Post:

“Children born in the last eight years will only know an African-American man being president of the United States,” she said. “That changes the bar for all of our children, regardless of their race, their sexual orientation, their gender.”

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WWE Superstar Darren Young Comes Out

WWE pro wrestler Darren Young casually came out to a TMZ camerman during an impromptu interview at LAX.

During a conversation about whether or not there could ever be a gay pro wrestler, Young shocked the cameraman by responding “Absolutely. Look at me. I’m a WWE Superstar and to be honest with you, I’ll tell you right now, I’m gay. And I’m happy. I’m very happy.”

Young is possibly the first active WWE wrestler to come out.

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