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Texas group files motion to block Department of Justice suit against Texas Voter ID Laws

In August, Attorney General Eric Holder set in motion a lawsuit to stop a voter identification law in Texas.

The law, if put into effect, would require registered voters to provide identification in order to vote.

This is particularly problematic for the elderly and people of color, as many of them do not have the necessary means to obtain proper identification.

True to Vote, a voter integrity group, is trying to block the Department of Justice’s lawsuit.

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Adorable 2-year-old dances to Beyonce with mom

Tianne King has a star in the making on her hands.

Her o so adorable 2-year-old daughter has been wowing YouTube since King put up a video of her dancing to Beyonce’s “End of Time.”

Check out the little dancer:

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Wife Makes Husband Confess To Cheating on Facebook

With the growing popularity and relevance of social media, it’s no surprise that parents are taking to the outlet to teach their kids a lesson.

The practice is called public shaming, and a North Carolina wife has now turned to the avenue.

When Sonya Gore found out that her husband Ivan Lewis had an affair, she had him publicly admit to the act of Facebook. 

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Gun Violence: Not Just A Black Peoples’ Problem

The conversation about violence is exacerbating; but it must be talked about until it’s no longer an issue. Do I think we can live in a world without gun violence? No. But it can be lessened. In order to decrease the frequency of gun violence in urban communities we must first give a damn. This isn’t a self-contained problem that just affects communities where it is most rampant. It’s a world-wide issue.

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Marissa Alexander To Get New Trial

Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison after she fired a gun over the head of her abusive husband during a violent confrontation in 2010.

Thanks to human error, she will get a new trial.

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George Zimmerman’s Wife Admits To Having Doubts

The wife of George Zimmerman has admitted that she has doubts about what really happened the night that Trayvon Martin was killed.

The revelation came out in an exclusive interview with TODAY’s Matt Lauer.

From NBC:

“I’m conflicted on that,” Shellie told Lauer on TODAY Thursday. “I believe the evidence, but this revelation in my life has really helped me take the blinders off and start to see things differently.” Lauer pressed further, asking, “So you now doubt his innocence, at least the fact that he was acting in self-defense on the night that Trayvon Martin was killed?”

“I think anyone would doubt that innocence because I don’t know the person that I’ve been married to,” Shellie responded. “I have doubts, but I also believe the evidence.” Despite these doubts, Shellie vehemently denies that George profiled the teen. “He did not profile Trayvon Martin,” she said.

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Mitt Romney’s Adopted Black Grandson’s Name Translates ‘Dark’

Many were shocked at news of former GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandson, but now folks are talking about the origin of the child’s name.

Kieran James Romney became Mitt and Ann’s 22nd grandchild. The governor leaked the news by posting a picture on Twitter last Friday. 

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Long-time Photographer Carrie Mae Weems Honored With $625,000 “Genius Grant”

It all started when she got a camera from her boyfriend on her 20th birthday. ”Suddenly this camera, this thing, allowed me to move around the world in a certain kind of way, with a certain kind of purpose,” Carrie Mae Weems later said.

Now, she one of the most well-known photographers in the industry, and as a recipient of the coveted MacArthur Fellowship “Genious Grant,” Weems can create even more wonderful art.

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Samuel L. Jackson Tells Obama to ‘Be F***ing Presidential’

During a recent interview with Playboy Magazine, actor Samuel L. Jackson made it known that he wasn’t really feeling the way the President spoke in public.

Jackson criticized Obama for trying to relate to the average man through his dialect.

From Playboy:

“First of all, we know it ain’t because of his blackness, so I say stop trying to “relate.”  Be a leader. Be f**king presidential. Look, I grew up in a society where I could say “It ain’t” or “What it be” to my friends. But when I’m out presenting myself to the world as me, who graduated from college, who had family who cared about me, who has a well-read background, I f**king conjugate.” 

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Damned If You Do: Banned Books, Rejected Emmys, and the Catch-22 of Being a Black Artist

There exists a certain irony that arises when Black artists attempt to achieve recognition in a country where Western European notions of what constitutes talent still predominates the artistic landscape. Recently, fellow blogger Anti-Intellect wrote a blog over at Funky Dineva challenging the Black community’s apparent outrage at Kerry Washington losing out on a Emmy. Essentially, he asks the question of why we continue to seek validation from white-dominated sources like the Emmys and Oscars, while concurrently snubbing recognition from Black outlets like the BET awards and the NAACP Image Awards? Of course, this is undoubtedly an important question that the Black community must ask ourselves, and the question is largely rhetorical—many of us are still cajoled into believing that our Black talent is not palpable until a white, affluent, and seemingly prestigious institution grants us recognition.

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