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MUST WATCH: Jay Smooth Talks Don Lemon, Race and ‘Respectability’

Jay Smooth’s latest video blog absolutely shreds Don Lemon’s horrifically out-of-touch, black youth-shaming, “pull up your pants” rant, and gives an epic shout-out to the Black Youth Project 100 and the Dream Defenders.

A must watch.

Check it out below:

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Hampton U Business School Dean Doubles Down on Dreadlock and Cornrows Ban

We’ve previously reported on the Hampton University business school’s no-dreadlock-or-cornrows policy for students in a five-year MBA program who take the seminar class.

Although the outrage over the policy continues, the school has once again doubled down.

From WVEC:

Business School Dean Sid Credle believes the ban has been effective in helping his students land corporate jobs.

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18-Year Old Gabrielle Turnquest is the Youngest Person to Pass UK Bar Exam

18-year old Florida native Gabrielle Turnquest is the youngest person to ever pass the UK bar exam.

She graduated from Liberty University at just 16; the youngest ever at the Lynchburg, VA school.

She plans on heading back to the States to pass the American bar exam as well.

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New LAPD Program Allows Officers to Come Face-to-Face w/ Community Members on Racial Profiling

The LAPD has announced a new program where officers can come face-to-face with community members who accuse them of racial profiling.

The Community-Employee Mediation Pilot program will allow both sides to see things from the other’s perspective.

Neither party is required to agree with one another; and only conflicts that don’t involve use of force, injuries, or actual criminal misconduct will be eligible for the program.

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George Zimmerman Stopped for Speeding; Had a Gun in the Car

George Zimmerman always ends up on the right side of the law it seems.

He was pulled over by Texas police officers and managed to survive the ordeal, which is more than we can say about black men who deal with Zimmerman or the police.

Of course he had a gun.

And of course he asked the officers if they recognized him:

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REPORT: Higher Education System Perpetuates White Privilege

We often tout higher education as the key to better economic opportunity for youth of color.

However, a new report shows that the current state of higher education in the United States continues to perpetuate racial inequality:

Colleges and universities have succeeded in attracting more underrepresented-minority students, but that increased access for black and Hispanic students has been accompanied by increasing campus polarization on the basis of race and ethnicity, says a report released on Wednesday by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.

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Black Leaders: Florida Boycott Will Harm African American Community in Florida

As calls for a boycott of the state of Florida mount in the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict, some are wondering if such a boycott would do more harm than good.

With Black people making up 16.6 percent of the population of Florida, members of our own community will likely be impacted negatively.

Madame Noire points to the Jazz in the Garden Festival in Miami Gardens – Trayvon Martin’s hometown – as an example.

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Revival of “A Raisin in the Sun” Stars Denzel Washington and Diahann Carroll

A revival of the classic play “A Raisin in the Sun” will star Denzel Washington and Diahann Carroll.

The legendary show is being revived for another run on Broadway.

Denzel will reportedly play Walter Younger, and Carroll will play his mother. Other actors rumored to have signed on include Sophie Okenedo and Anika Noni Rose.

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Rapper Charged w/ Double Homicide After Allegedly Rapping About It

A Virginia rapper named Antwain Steward – nicknamed Twain Gotti – was arrested in connection to a double homicide after allegedly rapping about it.

Steward is accused of gunning down Brian Dean, 20, and Christopher Horton, 16, on May 10, 2007.

It took a whopping six years, but police caught up with Steward over lyrics they say refer to the murders.

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Congressmen Introduce “End Racial Profiling Bill” in the Wake of Zimmerman Verdict

Representative John Conyers (D-MI) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) have introduced a new bill to put a stop to racial profiling once and for all. 

And in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, the unveiling of  the “End Racial Profiling Bill of 2013″ could not be more timely.

From the Grio:

“It is the right thing to do,” Sen. Cardin said. “It is against the values of America to single out a person because of race.”

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