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After 17 Years, Long Lost Sisters Reunited at Track Meet

17 year-old student athletes Jordan and Robin met at a track meet, and noticed that they looked exactly alike.

They began to talk. And when Jordan learned Robin’s last name, Jeter, she came to an astounding realization and began to cry.

Robin was her long-lost sister.

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Trailer Released for Oscar Grant Film “Fruitvale”

The trailer for the acclaimed and highly-anticipated film Fruitvale has been released.

Fruitvale tells the tragic story of Oscar Grant, who was shot and killed by a BART police officer in Oakland, CA.

His death was wisely scene as a result of police brutality, and sparked outrage and protests nationwide.

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Gunmen Open Fire on New Orleans Parade, Injuring 19

Gunmen open fired on a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans yesterday. 

Nineteen people were shot, including 10 men, 3 women, and a little boy and girl. Fortunately, no one was killed.

Investigators say this violence was not terrorism related, but an act of “street violence.”

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From the Black People are Awesome Files: (And I Miss My) Uncle Charles, Y’all

Charles Ramsey is my dude. He’s currently in the throes of his fifteen minutes of fame, since he had the nerve to care about his neighbor, who turned out to be Amanda Berry, a girl who had been kidnapped a decade ago. Since his interview on local Cleveland television, Charles Ramsey has been autotuned, memed, and remixed by the internet in myriad ways. Such is life for regular folk who become internet sensations.

Of course, much of the “smart” response to Ramsey’s fame is concerned with the why of it. Bloggers have taken on the responsibility of reminding us that Ramsey’s fame is largely due to the fact that he is black and poor and seemingly performs in a way that simultaneously attracts and humors white gazers. And you know what? They’re right. Ramsey and Sweet Brown and Antoine Dodson can in some ways credit their internet stardom to the fact that they satisfy our racialized, gendered, and sexualized voyeurism. We are charmed by headscarves, lisps, and digressions about barbecues. 

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Raising $80,000 for the Negro In History | CALL TO ACTION

Eunique Jones has created a photographic sensation with her ”Because of Them, We Can-Black History and Beyond” campaign and has taken the movement to KICKSTARTER.

The plan is to raise $80,000 by June 19th, to produce a high quality book contained with all 365 images of kids turned icons.

The KICKSTARTER project will cover design and layout, copyediting, printing and delivering expenses for the book.

CHECK OUT EUNIQUE’S KICKSTARTER PAGE AND SEE HOW YOU CAN EARN FREEBIES FROM THE COLLECTION

While the National conversation about the lack of Black history in education persists, Eunique has found her niche to continuously impact the world and creatively educate Black chidlren about the power of their people.

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News Outlet Apologizes for Story About Charles Ramsey’s Criminal Record

Along with losing his anonymity and being meme-ified, hero Charles Ramsey has had to deal with the media digging into his past.

Not long after Ramsey became famous for saving three women who had been kidnapped and held in his neighbor’s house for years, news outlets started reporting about Ramsey’s history of domestic violence.

Now, one of those news outlets, Cleveland’s WEWS, has issued an apology:

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HS Senior Wesley Teague Suspended For Tweet Criticizing His High School’s Sports Team

By Kim Moore

Last week news had spread like wildfire about Kiera Wilmot’s expulsion, arrest and felonies for her science curiosity. Today the spotlight is on Wesley Teague.

Wesley Teague is a senior at Heights High School in Wichita, Kansas. On May 2, 2013, Wesley took to his twitter account, as many of us have done in the past, to criticize sports teams. The sports teams he criticized that day were his high schools.

“Heights U” is equivalent to WSU’s football team” – @Rolltide_Teague

This tweet resulted in Wesley’s suspension.

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A Production Company Wants Rihanna to Play Josephine Baker in Biopic

A production company called Noosa Films has won the film rights to Josephine Baker’s memoir.

Their first choice to play Baker?

Rihanna.

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Alice Walker Laments the Cruelty of America’s Continued Persecution of Assata Shakur

In a recent blog posted on her website, Alice Walker ruminates on the continued harassment and persecution of Assata Shakur.

From drone strikes, to Guantanamo, to the ever-increasing gap between the rich and the poor; Walker laments our society’s  “ever accelerating tolerance  for cruelty.”

But for Walker, nothing is more senselessly cruel than the fact that “our big, muscular, macho country would go after so tiny a woman as Assata who is given sanctuary in a country smaller than many of our states.”

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Mother of Unjustly Incarcerated Son Pens Letter Describing a Mother’s Day Without Him

Last year, Brandon Jackson was sentenced to 12 years in prison by an all-white jury after defending himself against a group of white males who’d attacked him.

His story has made headlines throughout the country; but none have been more affected by this travesty than his mother, Gloria Fisher.

In a passionate, inspiring letter, Fisher discusses what it feels like to spend another Mother’s Day without her son.

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