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Community Members, Union Leaders, Gang Members Unite to Protest Closing of South Side Hospital

Members of the Black Disciples street gang in Chicago have joined protests to save a South Side hospital.

Roseland Community Hospital is the only hospital within an eight mile radius. Supporters say it is an essential lifeline for the people in the community. They assert that 50,000 will be at risk, and 600 people will lose their jobs.

Rev. Phillip Cusic, an employee at the hospital, says members of the Black Disciples reached out asking if they could help keep Roseland open.

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STUDY: Blacks Are Nearly 4 Times As Likely As Whites of Being Arrested for Pot Possession

According to the ACLU, authorities are targeting African Americans for marijuana-related offenses. The racial disparity is astounding.

According to their study, whites and blacks use marijuana at the same rate.

Yet, African Americans are nearly four times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession. On a state-by-state basis, this disparity is even higher.

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CeaseFire Director Ousted After Being Charged w/ Domestic Battery

CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman has been relieved of his duties at the anti-violence organization after being charged with domestic battery last week.

Hiscontract expires on June 30th; the organization says it will not renew his contract.

Hardiman is accused of attacking his wife Alison Hardiman last Friday. In an interview with DNAinfo, Hardiman expressed disappointment over CeaseFire’s decision.

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140 People Arrested in Latest North Carolina NAACP Protests

140 people were arrested in the latest round of NAACP protests in North Carolina.

The protests are in opposition to a conservative Republican-led agenda.

About 1,000 people attended the demonstration, many cheering wildly in support of fellow protesters as they were carted off to jail.

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18 Year-Old Dionte Maxwell Shot and Killed When Strangers Crashed Family BDay Party

Chicago teen and Rockford College student Dionte Maxwell was shot and killed outside of a family birthday party after strangers were asked to leave the premises.

The strangers – two 16 year-olds and a 19 year-old – got into a verbal dispute with Maxwell as they were being escorted out.

The 19 year-old allegedly pulled out a gun and shot him in the chest.

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Dwyane Wade Backs ‘This Is Fatherhood’ Campaign

NBA star Dwyane Wade has partnered with Hip Hop artist Lecrae and a group of activists on “This Is Fatherhood,” a campaign promoting the importance of fatherhood.

The campaign asks contestants to submit videos, songs, or essays that answer the question: “What does fatherhood mean to me?”

From Clutch Magazine:

“Fatherhood is a unique opportunity and privilege for a man to change the world through his investment in a child,” Lecrae told theGrio. “It is our chance to leave a legacy and an impact that will change lives.”

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Roy Hibbert Fined $75,000 for Saying ‘No Homo’ and Insulting Media at Press Conference

Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert has been fined $75,000 for using the phrase “no homo,” and calling the media “motherf—-” during a press conference.

Though he’s since issued an apology, NBA Commissioner David Sterns still levied a fairly large fine for his offensive comments.

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Grant Hill and Jason Kidd Retiring from NBA

Basketball legends Grant Hill and Jason Kidd have both announced their retirement from the NBA.

Hill has played 18 seasons, with the Pistons, Magic, Suns, and Clippers.

But his heyday was with the Pistons, where he avergaed 21.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists during his first six seasons.

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11 Year-Old Tayloni Mazyck Paralyzed After Being Struck with Stray Bullet

An 11 year-old girl has been left paralyzed after being struck by a stray bullet.

Tayloni Mazyck was waiting for her aunt outside of an apartment building when a 17 year-old open fired at two men in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.

Mazyck was accidentally hit with one of the bullets. Surgery on Friday saved her life, but doctors fear she may never walk again.

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Issa Rae Set to Play Nina Simone in Lorraine Hansberry Biopic

A biopic based on the life of famed playwright Lorraine Hansberry is reportedly in the works.

While details are a bit scarce, a few interesting ones have emerged.

Taye Hansberry  and Numa Perrier are penning the scrip, and Jaleel White has been cast as the legendary James Baldwin.

And Awkward Black Girl creator Issa Rae is set to play Nina Simone.

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