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Here’s my issue with the ‘Butt Selfie Queen’

If you haven’t heard, there’s this physically fit Jewish woman who takes lots of pictures of her butt. Jen Selter, 20, who is a fitness coach-turned Vanity Fair model, became famous for her “butt selfies,” and has now been hailed the “The Butt Selfie Queen.” Yes it’s a real thing.

Like many people these days, Selter turned her online “fame” to a full out career option. She has more than 3 million followers on Instagram, and pictures of her very fit body continues to reel in fans. While I rock with Selter’s strategy of pairing flattering visual imagery with inspirational words, I cannot help but to notice the subtle, and possibly subconscious rewards of white privilege at play in her favor. The main issue with white privilege is that those who take advantage of it are blind to its existence most of the time. But for those of us who recognize it, it is our duty to call out instances that allow for it to continue to thrive.

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NCAA changes meal policy for Division I student-athletes

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Just after the NCAA tournament, we posted a story about Shabazz Napier, a UCONN basketball player, saying that he went to be hungry sometimes. Now, the NCAA has responded by changing their policy.

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Brennan Center Report details 15 different executive actions to reduce mass incarceration

The Brennan Center for Justice has created 15 executive actions that President Obama can carry out without Congress to reduce mass incarceration.

The report, “15 Executive Actions” consists of the following recommendations. 

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Report: minority students get less effective, less experienced teachers

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According to a report released by The Center For American Progress, low-income students of color generally have less experienced and less effective teachers.

The report analyzed the evaluation scores of teachers in low-income and affluent districts in both Massachusetts and Louisiana.

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Creator seeks to educate urban community on investing through film project

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A California-based writer hopes to inspire and educate people on the importance of investing.

But instead of teaching workshops, he’s doing so through a comedy/drama. 

Just Say Yes is about a wise-cracking hustler named Connie who is “convinced” to take a business internship while working at a non-profit organization called the Granville Academy. 

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In online experiment, white man experiences difficulty of being black

A white man can finally say that he knows what it feels like to be a black woman. At least in the virtual sense.

Two weeks ago, Christopher Carbone participated in a social experiment. He swapped his Twitter pic for that of a black woman’s, as part of #RaceSwapExp. He wrote about his experience. 

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Aunt of mother arrested for leaving kids in car during interview says ‘she was too proud to ask for help’

The family of a mother who faces jail time and the possibility of losing her children after leaving them in a warm car during a job interview says she “was too proud to ask for help”.

During an interview with the Daily Mail, Shanesha Taylor’s great aunt Henrietta Grant said she wished Taylor would’ve asked her to watch them. 

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Retired MLB star racially profiled while shoveling own driveway

A retired professional baseball player says he was racially profiled while shoveling the driveway of his Hartford, Connecticut home.

Doug Glanville published an op-ed in The Atlantic recounting his experience with a police officer. 

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Man who tried to hire KKK to kill neighbor gets lenient sentence

An Alabama man accused of attempting to hire an undercover FBI agent who he thought was a member of the KKK was sentenced to six years in prison.

Allen Wayne Morgan pleaded guilty to trying to hire the agent to kill his black neighbor. 

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Late Night? More Like Late White

White supremacy has no chill. Last week, CBS announced that it had tapped Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman, who will be retiring from his post at The Late Show in 2015. In what looks to be a delivery of the proverbial bozack to Suey Park and her defenders, Colbert has become the latest inductee into the late night television host all white boys club (sorry Arsenio and George Lopez and Joan Rivers and Wanda Sykes and Magic Johnson #neverforget and…), thereby seeing Park’s demand to #CancelColbert and raising it by gifting Colbert with a seat behind a coveted late night desk. So, even though he wasn’t technically canceled, I guess Suey ‘n’em won because Colbert will be retiring the Colbert character and the show will end. So, I’m hoping that before we start the #CancelCBS hashtag, we can take a moment to celebrate #Sueysvictory, right? Cool.

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