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Feds Recommend 4 Year Sentence for Jesse Jackson Jr; 18 Months for His Wife, Sandi

On July 3rd, Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi Jackson will be sentenced for inappropriate use of campaign funds.

Today, federal prosecutors urged for a 4 year sentence for Jackson Jr., and 18 months for Sandi Jackson.

Their proposal allows for the Jackson to do their time back to back, allowing for at least one of them to always be available to take care of their two children.

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Happy 70th Birthday Nikki Giovanni!

Happy Birthday to legendary poet, educator, and activist Nikki Giovanni!

Giovanni is among the most prolific and influential poets of her generation; producing such famous collections as Black Feeling, Black Talk (1967), Black Judgment (1968), Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day (1975), and Love Poems (1997).

Over the past thirty years, her outspokenness, in her writing and in lectures, has brought the eyes of the world upon her.

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Guest Post

In Our Hands: The Future of Our Children and the Restoration of Our Communities Resides With Us

By Susan Taylor

Six years after I first heard them, the statistics still haunt me: Eighty-six percent of Black children in the fourth grade read and do math below their grade level. Black girls between the ages of 15 and 24 represent the greatest number of people with new HIV infections. Homicide is the leading cause of death for our boys. The village is on fire! And our love is the healing water that legions of our precious children are literally dying for. When we listen, we hear their cries rising above the flames; their voices carry the dream-crushing pain and humiliation of intergenerational poverty: days of missed meals, uncertain safety and poorly resourced schools that are the pipeline to prison. These are among the many heart-wrenching things stealing the lives of impoverished Black children in the land of plenty, a land made rich and powerful on the backs of our ancestors where today under-resourced Black children have been all but discarded, even as we note significant anniversaries and strides toward justice and peace.

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911 Operator Fired After Racist Rants: ‘Black People are Like Animals’

Dallas, TX 911 operator April Sims lost her job after her lengthy, racist Facebook rants were sent to a local news station.

In them, Sims calls black people loud, stupid, and selfish.

From NewsOne

One reads: ‘Black people are outrageous! They are more like animals, they never know how to act, just loud [expletive] Always causing problems.’

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NYC Art Exhibit Allows Strangers to Touch Various Textures of Black Hair

Step right up, New Yorkers.

Today and tomorrow, you will actually be invited to touch a black person’s hair without being side-eyed, cursed out, or worse.

An art exhibit will allow folks to finally satisfy the impulse to put their fingers in an afro or stroke a dreadlock or several:

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11 Year-Old Girl Saves 3 Year-Old Brother’s Life by Tossing Him from Broken Fire Escape

11 year-old Janixia Soto is being called a hero after tossing her 3 year-old brother from the broken fire escape of her burning apartment building.

Soto and her family awoke to billowing smoke in their home. Thinking quickly, Janixia guided her family, dog, and cat to the fire escape. But they reached an impasse when the final fire escape ladder was jammed.

Making a huge gamble, Janixia tossed her brother off the balcony and into the arms of neighbors below.

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Serena Williams Dominates Sara Errani; Advances to French Open Finals

After dominating her French Open semifinals bout against Sara Errani, Serena Williams is one more win away from collecting her 16th Grand Slam title.

It took Williams only 46 minutes to defeat Errani. On Saturday, she faces off against defending champion Maria Sharapova.

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Two Whole Foods Employees Suspended for Speaking Spanish

A Whole Foods Market in New Mexico is in the news for suspending two employees for allegedly speaking Spanish while they were on duty.

Bryan Baldizan says he and female employee were only speaking in Spanish regarding personal matters. They wrote a letter expressing their disagreement with the policy.

Whole Foods officials doubled down on the policy, and suspended them. 

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Bullet Intended for Alleged Gang Member Strikes 9 Year-Old

A 9 year-old is in critical condition after being struck by a bullet while driving in a car with his mother, Tanisha Hilliard.

Police say the intended target was Hilliard’s boyfriend, whom they allege is  a “known gang member.”

However, Hilliard steadfastly denies this.

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White Supremacist Sentenced to 10 Years for Arson Attack on African American Home

Chicago-area white supremacist Brian James Moudry has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for setting the home of an African American family on fire.

The family had recently moved onto his street in Joliet, IL. Moudry splashed the home with gasoline and lit it ablaze while eight children and one adult were inside.

Luckily, all were able to escape.

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