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Dear Thurgood Marshall Jr, Why Are You On The Board Of Directors For CCA?

By Kim Moore

This serves as both an open letter to Thurgood Marshall Jr, a PSA for those who didn’t know about his appointment to CCA and a reminder about mass incarceration, and the overrepresentation of black men in prison.

It came as a complete and utter shock to discover yesterday that Thurgood Marshall Jr, son of former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and lawyer best known for his victory in Brown v. Board of Education, sits on the Board of Directors for the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the largest private prison owning company in the United States.

“What’s the big deal?” you ask? Well, in order to understand the irony we must look at the incarceration rates of black men, private prisons and CCA.

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Nat. Science Foundation Awards Clemson $5 Mill Grant to Advance Blacks in Computer Science

The National Science Foundation has awarded Clemson University with a $5 million grant.

The money will be used to launch an initiative aimed at increasing black participation in computer science.

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Chief Keef Arrested in Atlanta

Chief Keef, the YouTube sensation whose song “That Sh*t I Don’t Like” landed him a record deal, was arrested in Atlanta:

Chief Keef, 17, was arrested in Dunwoody north of Atlanta Monday afternoon and booked under his real name, Keith Farrelle Cozart, on one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. He was released on his own recognizance from the DeKalb County Jail around 3:20 a.m. today, a spokesman said.

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President Obama Declares Oklahoma Major Disaster Area; 24 Dead, Hundreds Injured

The massive tornado that hit Oklahoma has left dozens dead and hundreds injured and without homes.

President Obama has since declared Oklahoma a major disaster area, which allows those affected to apply for “federal grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs.”

The President delivered a speech this morning, calling the tornado “one of the most destructive storms” in American history.

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Bronx Bus Tour Shows NYC Tourists What a “Real Ghetto” Looks Like

NYC bus tour Real Bronx Tours reportedly takes foreigners on a tour of the Bronx to learn what a “real ghetto” looks like.

Past patrons say the tour guide, Lynn Battaglia, pokes fun at the borough and its residents throughout the tour; lambasting the Bronx as a crime and poverty-infested nightmare.

NewsOne describes some of the tour’s itinerary:

At one point during the tour, Battaglia allegedly told the tourists in front of pantry line, “I don’t know what that line’s about, but every Wednesday we see it,” Battaglia told the tourists. “We see them go in with empty carts, and we see them come out with carts full.”

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Gabby Douglas is Back in the Gym!

17 year-old Olympic champion Gabby Douglas is back in the gym training, after a whirlwind year of media appearances and projects.

She’ll be training in a gym in West Des Moines, Iowa with her coach Liang Chow.

They’re aiming for a return to competition next year.

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Dozens Arrested in Chicago School Closing Protests

Dozens were arrested yesterday, during the last of three protests calling for a moratorium on the mass school closings in Chicago.

After marching through the South and West sides of the city, protesters entered City Hall in downtown Chicago, blocked elevators, and many subsequently arrested.

The Chicago Public Schools Board will vote on the 54 Chicago school closures this Wednesday.

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If We the New Slaves, When Are We Gonna Get Free?

First of all, I love when an artist spits conscious lyrics, which Kanye certainly does on his new song, “New Slaves”. I especially like when he references CCA and how they’re really making new slaves:

“Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), now the nation’s largest private prison company, was founded just over 30 years ago in Nashville. Since then, it has become a multi-billion-dollar-a-year business with more than 60 facilities across the country. Meanwhile, the U.S. prison population has grown 500 percent.”

The larger question is, now that we have this knowledge, what are we gonna do about it?

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Zoe Saldana Hates Questions About Her Ethnicity; Says “People of Color” Don’t Exist

Ever since she was cast as Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic, actress Zoe Saldana has found herself routinely asked questions about race and identity.

And apparently she doesn’t like it very much.

In a recent interview, Saldana asserted that she wishes people would stop asking her about her race, and that “there is no such thing as people of color.”

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14 Year-Old D’Asia Robinson Killed by Stray Bullet While Riding City Bus

14 year-old D’Asia Robinson was killed last Saturday after being shot in the head by a stray bullet while riding a city bus.

The NYC teenager and her friends were leaving a sweet 16 party, and on their way to another birthday, when a bullet came through the bus window.

Friends have created vigils for the slain young lady, and the tragedy has sparked renewed calls from community leaders and residents for an end to the senseless violence.

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