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Man Accused of Murdering 17-Year Old Jordan Davis Pleads Not Guilty

Michael Dunn – the man who shot and killed 17-year old Jordan Davis over loud music – has plead not guilty of murder.

His lawyer says Dunn acted “as any responsible firearms owner would.”

The altercation started in a gas station parking lot after Dunn ordered Jordan Davis and his teenage friends to turn down their music.

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Spike Lee Has a Script for a ‘School Daze” Sequel

According to Shadow and Act, Spike Lee has a script for the sequel to his classic 2nd full length film “School Daze.”

The film would be set 25 years later.

I had the script for [the sequel] to School Daze… a contemporary version, same school… 25 years later. Hopefully I can get Laurence Fishburne to play Dap…

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Don Lemon and Media Violence Against Young Black Men

By Antwaun Sargent

I have watched the Don Lemon CNN “No Talking Points,” segment over and over again. I was looking for some truth in his five suggestions to young black men. Don Lemon said, we should pull up our pants, stop using the n-word, stop littering, finish school, and not have children out of wedlock.

I have by Don Lemon’s estimation done all the right things. I am a 24 year old black man. I don’t sag my pants. I went to Georgetown from the Cabrini-Green Housing projects and then on to get a Masters degree, and recently just finished teaching for two years in an under resourced community in Brooklyn. I don’t litter, and I don’t have any children. But I do feel alienated by Don Lemon’s comments. I feel alienated by his comments because they translate into a form of media violence, that Black men know all too well.

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5 Books Every ‘Black Shamer’ Should Read

There is a growing group of misinformed, conservative black public figures that are increasingly demonizing and blaming black youth for systemic issues facing the Black community. Invoking an empty “politics of personal responsibility” rhetoric, these black public figures essentially say: “ I made it, and so can you!” Most recently, CNN news anchor Don Lemon gave five truly profound suggestions to fix the black community: Hike up your pants, finish school, stop using the n-word, take care of your communities, and don’t have children out of wedlock…. And if every black person does this, everything will be fine in the world. Black youth won’t be shot down, poverty won’t pervade the black community, racism will cease to exist, and we will all live in an awesome post-racial society with free lollipops and rainbows that shine throughout the day. Who would have thought?

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Hundreds of NYC Fast Food Workers Are on Strike

Fast food workers across New York City are on strike, demanding better pay and the right to unionize.

The are railing against what they say are “abusive labor practices,” and demand a pay increase from $7.25 to $15.

From the Grio:

It’s noisy, it’s really hot, fast, they rush you. Sometimes you don’t even get breaks. All for $7.25? It’s crazy,” said Nathalia Sepulveda, who works at a McDonald’s opposite Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, where one protest took place.

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27-Year Old Activist Stopped, Forced to the Ground by Sanford Police

The Sanford, Florida police department is once again making headlines after stopping and forcing 27-year old activist Traymon Williams out of his car and onto the ground.

Traymon was driving with his girlfriend and younger brother and had done absolutely nothing wrong. The Police allegedly thought he was a burglar.

Howvever, Williams may have been targeted. He was a prominent voice calling for justice for Trayvon Martin; he’d appeared in major news outlets like the Grio and the MSNBC.

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What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black: Don Lemon, the Politics of Image, and the Stench of Respectability

“What shall I tell my children who are black, of what it means to be a captive in this dark skin? What shall I tell my dear one, fruit of my womb, of how beautiful they are when everywhere they turn they are faced with abhorrence of everything that is black. The night is black and so is the boogyman. Villains are black with black hearts. A black cow gives no milk. A black hen lays no eggs. Storm clouds, black, black is evil and evil is black and devil’s food is black.” ~Margaret Burroughs

As one looks more into the politics of respectability—a discourse that displays how many members of the black middle class strive to silence what they deem to be the moral inadequacies of those most marginalized—we are able to identify historical instances that were stifled in their time period and still today. We must reclaim the stories (and most importantly the histories) of those who have been pathologized throughout the generations. We must begin to highlight the stories that lift up youth of color in a time where society is quick to castigate, cast aside and labeled us deviant. If it did nothing else, Don Lemons comments, only emphasized a social climate that is eager to pathologize black youth, I find it important now, more than ever, to speak the breath of our ancestors into existence, while we—as young people—simultaneously stand up for our own worth, our own dignity, our own expression and our own self-love.

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5 Places That Can Use Jay Z’s Presence…I Mean Charity

By now most people have heard Jay Z’s controversial response to legendary activist/artist Harry Belafonte’s critique of his lack of social activism. But just in case you haven’t, it went like this:

“Yeah I’m offended by that because first of all…this is going to sound arrogant…but my presence is charity, just because of who I am. Just like Obama’s[Barack] is. Obama provides hope. Whether he does anything the hope that he provides for a nation and outside of America is enough. You know what I’m saying?”

Actually, I don’t know what you’re saying. Especially in light of the dwindling hope very few in our community still have in President Obama’s ability to make real change for Black America. Black unemployment continues to rise, homicide is still far and away the leading cause of death for young black men, and according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics,  one in three black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime.

But if Jay Z, does actually believe his “presence is charity”, here are 5 places he needs to visit immediately. Not now, but right now!

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4-Year Old Genius Anala Beevers Invited to Join MENSA

Four-year old Anala Beevers is literally a genius.

Hailing from New Orleans, Anala is so brilliant that she’s been invited to join MENSA, an international organization for people with IQs in the 98 percentile or higher.

Anala learned the English alphabet at 4 months old, and numbers in Spanish by 1 and a half.

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Florida Police Shoot Unarmed Man in Front of His Own House

Along with carrying ice tea and candy, going into your car to grab a pack of cigarettes is also a dangerous thing for black people to do in Florida.

Roy Middleton was outside of his own home when police opened fire on him even though he was cooperating with their commands:

Deputies dispatched to the scene found Middleton inside the vehicle and ordered him to back away with his hands in the air. As he was doing so, Middleton says he turned to face the deputies.

“It was like a firing squad,” he later recalled from his hospital bed. “Bullets were flying everywhere.”

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