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In the Struggle Against Police Violence, the Youth Shall Lead

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The following post is from The Nation. It was written by Mychal Denzel Smith.

By: Mychal Denzel Smith

More than 50,000 people marched on the streets of New York City this past Saturday, December 13, to protest the two recent grand jury decisions—in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York City—not to indict the police officers responsible for the deaths of 18-year-old Michael Brown and 43-year-old Eric Garner, both unarmed black men.

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Key witness in Ferguson caught lying multiple times

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According to a report by The Smoking Gun, a key witness in the Michael Brown shooting case lied about pretty much everything. 

Sandra McElroy, known as “Witness 40,” testified that she saw Michael Brown pummel Darren Wilson before charging at him “like a football player, head down.” 

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Supreme court to hear juvenile cases involving sentencing without parole

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The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will decide whether hundreds of juvenile offenders sentenced to life in prison without parole deserve a chance to be resentenced. 

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Authorities push for Assata Shakur to finish life sentence in U.S.

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New Jersey state authorities said they hope the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations announced by President Obama will aid the capture and return of Assata Shakur (Joanne Chesimard), who escaped prison and fled to the island after being convicted of killing a New Jersey State Police trooper. 

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The Negro Remains Mis-Educated

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Dr. Carter G. Woodson has an extraordinary legacy.  He is the father of Black history, the creator of Negro History Week which would expand and become Black History Month.  The origin of Negro History week would include President Lincoln’s birthday (at the time he was a hero because people did not know he was an opportunist and it was in the best interest of the north that slavery did not exist for economic empowerment) and Fredrick Douglas’. His pivotal work “The Miseducation of the Negro” has changed the scope on scholarship for decades which is arguably his best work and what truly defines his legacy.  A book that transcends times and space, a book that every generation from 1800s-2014 can relate to, a book that is sophisticated yet user friendly so everyone can understand it; this is one of the greatest books to critique white supremacy and black agency. Despite all the praise, this book is a gift and a curse.  The curse is that the book is still relevant which shows us how much progress America has not made to rectify the issues presented in the book.

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On Celings Made of Glass

The following piece is from Medium. It was written by Shonda Rhimes.

By: Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes at THR’s Power Woman Breakfast 2014

When my publicist called to tell me that I was receiving this honor, I screwed up my face and I said, “Are you sure? Me?” And he said, “Yes.”
And I said, “Why?” And then I said, “No really, WHY?”

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Autopsy: Tamir Rice death ruled a homicide

The death of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy who was fatally wounded by a police officer as he played in a park has been ruled a homicide.

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Healthy Hearts, Healthy Minds: A Communal Love Story

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In the wake of the grand jury deciding to not indict the officer that is responsible for Eric Garner’s death, and certainly not unexpected, more frustration flew out of the minds, hearts, and mouths of black folk around the country. We all know the problem is serious and we’ve made it known by shutting down Lake Shore Drive in Chicago and protesting all over this country. This is action. This is community. And often times those moments of unification happen amidst tragedy and injustice. The anger is real and it is righteous.

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Proposed bill would allow doctors, EMTs to refuse to treat gay patients

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Doctors and EMTs in Michigan may soon be able to refuse to treat gay patients. That’s if a proposed bill approved by the state’s Republican-led House of Representatives becomes law. 

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Black College Student Leaders’ Recognized by YOUniversity Drive

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 YOUniversity Drive, LLC.  has implemented an initiative that spotlights student leaders at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) throughout the nation, via social media and the company’s website.

The online engagement movement allows student leaders to sign up for the YOUniversity Drive Resource Center and provide students with exposure and access to people, programs, and tools that they may have difficulties connecting with in an emerging world.

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