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Black teen executed in 1944 may get new trial


George Stinney was just 14-years-old when he was convicted for the murders of two white girls ages 11 and 7. The confession was shaky, and Stinney did not have proper representation. The young child didn’t stand a chance against the South Carolina jury.

Although it has been almost 70 years since the boy’s execution, supporters of Stinney asked a judge to grant him a new trial in hopes of clearing his name.

From Associated Press:

The request for a new trial is largely symbolic, but Stinney’s supporters say they would prefer exoneration to a pardon.

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‘Red Tail’ Pilot celebrated at Veterans Day event

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Downtown Orlando celebrated Veterans Day on Saturday with one very special star in attendance. 93-year-old Air Force Col. Charles McGee was clad in a black bomber jacket embroidered with the words “Tuskegee Airmen” in gold over his heart as he snapped photos with the crowd.

The annual Veterans Day parade took place in the city’s downtown district.

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Senate passes bill against LGBT workplace discrimination

Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that seeks to prevent discrimination against gay and transgender employees in the workplace.

The Employment Non-discrimination Act  now goes to the House of Representatives for approval, but many Republicans have vowed to put a halt to the measure.

From Washington Times:

Ten Republicans joined with Democrats to pass the proposal 64-32, which marked the first major piece of legislation involving gay rights since Congress repealed the policy barring open gays from serving in the military.

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FM Supreme among “9 Underground Female Rappers You Need to Know about”

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On Buzzfeed’s list of “9 Underground Female Rappers You Need to Know About,” you’ll see familiar names like Angel Haze and Awkwafina.

But among the list is BYP 100′s very own FM Supreme.

From Buzzfeed:

A well-known emcee in her native Chicago, FM Supreme has won various poetry slams in her hometown and has shared the stage with the likes of Lupe Fiasco, MC Lyte, and Common. She released her last project titled The FM Supreme Project EP Mixtape in 2010.

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Super Soaker inventor awarded $72.9 million in royalties


After a lengthy court battle, the rightful creator of the “Super Soaker” toy has been awarded $72.9 million.

Johnson Research and Development Co. and founder Lonnie Johnson were in a royalty dispute with Hasbro toy company since February over royalties accrued for the Nerf line toys between 2007 and 2012.

From The Chicago Defender:

The arbitration agreement resolves a 2001 inventors dispute in which Hasbro agreed to pay Johnson royalties for products covered by his Nerf line of toys, specifically the N-Strike and Dart Tag brands, King & Spalding attorney Ben Easterlin said.

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2 Chainz gives back with “#2Cansfor2Chainz” Campaign this season


Rapper and entertainer 2 Chainz is using his celebrity to give back during the holiday season. Recently he gave autographs to fans who donated two canned goods. The food was later given to food pantries.

From Jet:

With his #2Cansfor2Chainz campaign , the rapper and his TRU Foundation received 4,000 canned goods for the SOS Food Pantry and Food Gatherers. The event took place in Detroit and was hosted by Adidas and Def Jam Records.

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Southern Christian Leadership Conference (American Baptist) creates petition against Stand Your Ground


At least 22 states currently have some form of “Stand Your Ground” legislation on the books. The American Baptist Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is the latest group to protest the controversial form of legislation.

Their petition has just a few signatures, but it is sure the gain momentum.

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Family says evidence in Kendrick Johnson case has been ‘tampered with’


In the most recent report regarding the mysterious death of Georgia teen Kendrick Johnson, the coroner blasted the handling of the initial investigation. 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson was found dead inside a rolled up gym mat at his high school in January.

While police initially ruled the death an accident, his family suspects foul play, and has demanded that authorities look further into the investigation. In addition to the coroner’s disapproval of the case’s handling, Johnson’s family suspects that a video of the incident has been tampered with.

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U.S. Census: 1 in 6 Americans live in poverty

According to most recent data collected by the U.S. Census, 1 in 6 Americans are living in poverty. The number of poor people in the country is 3 million higher than the official count.

Out-of-pocket medical costs and work related expenses are believed to be the main causes for more people entering the lower income bracket. The data is part of a new measure released by the Census, which is aimed at providing a fuller picture of poverty in the country.

Congress would have to agree to adopt the new data, which would result in a higher poverty rate from year to year, as well as higher government payouts for aid programs.

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Chicago police officer who shot unarmed man acquitted


Officer Gildardo Sierra will not be charged in the shooting death of Flint Farmer. After reviewing video footage of the incident, Cook County prosecutors said that the officer “reasonably mistook a cellphone for a gun pointed at him on a darkened street.

Sierra admitted that he drank multiple beers before reporting to work on the night of the shooting.

From Chicago Tribune:

The death of Flint Farmer in June 2011 was the third shooting — the second fatal shooting — in six months by Officer Gildardo Sierra, a patrolman in the Englewood district. It was so disturbing that it prompted police Superintendent Garry McCarthy to tell the Tribune that he considered the shooting a “big problem” and to acknowledge the department had erred by allowing Sierra back on the street given the previous shootings.

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