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Chicago Violence: 2 Killed, 11 Wounded in Overnight Shootings

Unfortunately, as the temperature rises in the Windy City, so does instances of violence.

Thirteen people were wounded, two of them fatally, in the past 24 hours.

A 19 year-old man and a 22 year-old man both succumed to gun violence.

From the Huffington Post:

Among those wounded in non-fatal shootings were a 30-year-old woman and 54-year-old man wounded in what police are calling a gang-related shooting in the 2100 block of North Campbell Avenue in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood around 8 p.m., according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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CTU, Parents to File Federal Lawsuits to Halt Chicago School Closings

The Chicago Teacher’s Union will file two federal lawsuits over the mass school closings in Chicago.

Filed on behalf of parents of CPS students, the suit alleges civil rights violations.

The vast majority of these controversial closings impacted minority students.

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Uni-ball Releases Racist Ad Mocking Black Men in Prison

Just a week after Mountain Dew pulled an ad condemned by many as the “most racist commercial ever,” Uni Ball has released a commercial that actually gives that one a run for its money.

The ad features a muscular black male inmate reading a letter from one of his “homies” typed in Edwardian script and recited in a British accent.

The letter reads:

What up, homie. It’s wack that 5-0 bust you shifting bricks of da funky buddha. And I ain’t just spitting, yo. Everyday we be respecting wit a 40 on da floor for our peeps in lockdown. But word up, me and my homie T-Bone, we got a hood snitch up in the pen. We gon’ cut you loose like a noose, my dukes. And you be chillin’ in the crib knocking boots with some hoodrats. Gotta bounce, dawg.

Respect,

Big G

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HIV-Positive Teacher’s Aide Accused of Molesting Underage Student

An Illinois special needs teacher’s aide has been accused of molesting an underage student while knowingly infected with HIV.

He remains behind bars while authorities investigate another possible case of molestation involving a different student.

Police Lt. Dennis Plew says he’s unaware of whether or not the alleged victim has been tested for HIV since the incident, but has implored parents to “report any questionable dealings between Hunt and their children – or at least get them tested for HIV if they’re reluctant to get police involved.”

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Rhymes & Reasons Interviews Sage Morgan-Hubbard About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed Her Life

Rhymes & Reasons presents Sage Morgan-Hubbard.

A few months back, R&R debuted on BYP with our interview with Speech of Arrested Development. This week, we present Sage Morgan-Hubbard, Academic Outreach Coordinator in the School of Fine Arts at Columbia College.

As the curious child in a family of activists, A.D.’s “People Everyday”–and the iconic video–had quite an impact on Sage back in the day. She also remembers P.E.’s “Fight the Power” and Queen Latifah’s “U.N.I.T.Y.”

Check out the interview below:

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North Carolina Protests Continue Against Republican Agenda to Disenfranchise Black Voters

The Republican-led North Carolina state government is doing its best to ensure that people of color, especially blacks, whose enormous turnout helped President Obama, have limited impact on elections.

Black North Carolinians are protesting measures that implicitly seek to disenfranchise them.

State lawmakers in the current legislative session are expected to pass bills that would stop same-day voter registration, reduce the early-voting period, end balloting on the Sunday before Election Day and impose a five-year wait for ex-convicts to regain the voting privilege.

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Out WNBA Player Brittney Griner Tells Youth ‘Be Who You Are’ At GLAAD Awards

Out WNBA player Brittney Griner spoke at the GLAAD awards this past week.

Her message? “Be who you are.

Griner encourages all people, young and old, to be proud of themselves.

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PETITION – President Obama: Remove Assata Shakur from the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” List

A petition has been launched on Change.org, demanding that President Obama remove Assata Shakur from the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” list.

The petition – backed by a long list of prominent supporters; including William Ayers, Angela Davis, Alice Walker, and Danny Glover – also calls for an end to the $2 million bounty on Shakur’s head, which “encourages dangerous mercenary action and threatens her life. “

We write to urge you to overrule the FBI’s decision to put Assata Shakur, aka Joanne Chesimard, on the “Most Wanted Terrorists List, with $1 Million FBI Reward Offered for Information Leading to Her Capture and Return,” as phrased by the FBI’s May 2, 2013 announcement.  This $1 million combines with the $1 million bounty already offered by New Jersey. We know of no support for the claims by the FBI in making that announcement that Ms. Shakur has used her asylum in Cuba to “promote” “terrorist ideology” and espouse “terrorism.” We ask that the FBI be directed to publicly produce documentation to support these claims, and that until and unless this is done, its officials be directed to withdraw these assertions. The FBI’s accompanying actions should also be immediately withdrawn for the following additional reasons

CLICK HERE to read the full rationale behind this very important petition.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THIS PETITION

Demanding the removal of Assata Shakur from the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” List



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Designer Aamna Aqeel Under Fire for Racist “Be My Slave” Photo Set

Pakistani designer Aamna Aqeel’s latest fashion spread is facing fierce criticism for depicting a dark-skinned slave boy catering to the needs of a well-dressed white woman.

Aqeel says the spread is meant to shed light on the issue of child labor.

But many are calling her argument facetious, and the spread itself insanely offensive; not just for the images themselves, but its use of slavery to market a product.

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Parents of Kimani Gray File Wrongful-Death Suit Against New York City

The parents of slain 16 year-old Kimani Gray have file a wrongful death suit against New York City.

Gray was shot and killed by the NYPD after allegedly aiming a revolver at them.

However, his family and friends strongly disagree, and are demanding justice.

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