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Cleveland Hero/Internet Sensation Charles Ramsey: Are We Laughing w/ Him or At Him?

Cleveland resident Charles Ramsey has been catapulted into the spotlight after rescuing 27 year-old kidnapping victim Amanda Berry from his neighbor’s house; leading to the rescue of Gina Dejesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, and Berry’s 6-year-old daughter.

It’s an incredibly shocking story. Berry disappeared in 2003, DeJesus in 2004, and Knight in 2002. Three brothers, Ariel Castro, 52, Pedro Castro, 54, Onil Castro, 50 have all been arrested for the kidnapping. The horrific details of the experiences of their captives will certainly come out in the coming weeks.

But for now, the focus has been on Ramsey, whose animated and rather hilarious post-rescue interviews have made him a internet sensation, in the vein of Antione Dodson and Sweet Brown.

But are we laughing with him or at him?

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ASSATA TEACH-IN: Tell and Learn The Real Story of Assata Shakur

Last week the FBI announced the addition of Assata Shakur to the Most Wanted Terrorist list, and an increase of reward for her capture from $1 million to $2 million.

Much of the media coverage surrounding the life, case, and liberation of Assata has been false and misleading. It is extraordinarily important that we educate the public on the facts surrounding her persecution.

Join folks from across the country for Assata Teach-ins during the week of June 2nd – June 9th.

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Black USC Students Accuse LAPD of Racial Profiling After Chaotic Party Breakup

Students at the University of Southern California are fighting back against what they feel was a racially-biased, heavy-handed shutdown of an off-campus party.

After a neighbor made a noise complaint, police arrived and the situation escalated to the appearance of dozens of officers in riot gear and six arrests. Political Science major Jason Sneed says the police “were acting like they were going to war with us.”

Meanwhile, the LAPD contend that after attempting to shut down the party peacefully, the students became belligerent and violent.

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Gang Violence: Why it’s Time To Stop Blaming the Player and Blame the Game

It was the wise Martin Luther King Jr. that stated, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Though explicitly referring to the active disenfranchisement of Black people in the 60’s, this powerful quote provides much truth in the context of urban violence. As a nation, our discourse on urban violence has been exceptionally skewed and lackluster. Urban violence, typically characterized by much gang violence, is more than often discussed in exclusively punitive terms against the gang members. Break the Law and you will be reprimanded. Break the Law as a black gang member, and you will be severely reprimanded. Punitive methods of justice are inherent in our history and legal structures. But to what extent has this traditional reactionary approach negatively and unproductively limited our national discourse? In this post, I would like to offer two suggestions in order to expand our national discourse on urban violence and ultimately see more effective results.

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Young Chicago Poet Malcolm London Will Address Race, Class, Education on TED show

Accomplished young Chicago poet Malcolm London will be featured on “TED Talks Education” tonight on PBS, performing a spoken word piece dealing with race, class, and education.

“TED Talks Education” will be hosted by John Legend, and feature prominent speakers, but Malcolm be one of the few youth voices on the show.

From the Chicago Tribune:

In many ways, London, who just turned 20, is a terrific fit for TED — which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. The nonprofit organization bills itself as being devoted to ideas worth spreading and often features people who have taken unorthodox paths giving talks about what they’ve learned.

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Does America Care About Murders in Black Communities?

In a recent op-ed, Tamika Mallory asserts that America is desensitized to the murders in black communities.

She reflects on the recent murder of 17 year-old Alphonza Bryant; a young man gunned down in the Bronx, in a case of mistaken identity.

According to Mallory, if white children were being killed at the rate of our youth, there would be national outcry.

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8 Year-Old Successfully Treated for Alopecia Expelled for Having Too Much Hair?!

Eight year-old Zion Williams had recently been treated for alopecia; a condition that makes sufferers love their hair.

After undergoing painful shots to stimulate hair growth, Zion’S doctors were able to give him a full head of hair.

Instead of being happy for Zion , his school informed him that his new hair had in fact grown too long…and expelled him!

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FOX Finally Cancels COPS

After twenty five years on the air, Fox has finally canceled one of the most offensive shows in television history; COPS.

The show will not cease to exist however; it will instead move to niche network Spike TV.

From COLORLINES:

“We have been working tirelessly to push this damaging reality TV series off primetime network television, and today we applaud FOX for dropping this toxic show from its lineup,” said ColorOfChange.org Executive Director, Rashad Robinson.

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Lauryn Hill Sentenced to Three Months in Federal Prison

Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to 3 months in federal prison for tax evasion, as well as another 3 months of home confinement.

Additionally, she’ll serve a year of probation and must pay a $60,000 fine.

In a courtroom statement, Hill contended that she’d always intended to pay her taxes, but was unable to come up with the money during a time in which she’d dropped out of the music industry.

Hill will begin serving her sentence on July 8th.

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PepsiCo Ends Mountain Dew Partnership w/ Lil Wayne After Emmett Till Lyric Controversy

Apparently Lil Wayne’s “apology” letter didn’t impress Emmett Till’s family… or PepsiCo.

The rapper has been dropped as spokesperson for PepsiCo.’s Mountain Dew line.

The company decided to part ways with Weezy last Friday:

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