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Bill Cosby refuses to answer questions about rape scandal during NPR interview

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During an interview with NPR Weekend Addition, Bill Cosby, 77,refused to answer questions about recent reemerged allegations against him.

Cosby appeared on the radio program to talk about 62 pieces of African and African American art donated by him and his wife to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. The interview started off talking about the exhibit, “Conversations: African and African-American Artworks In Dialogue,” but soon took an interesting turn.

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Report: KKK threatens Ferguson protesters with lethal force

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Members of a Missouri-based chapter of the Ku Klux Klan have been distributing fliers in the St. Louis metro area promising to use “lethal force” against protesters in Ferguson who they say have threatened police and their families.

The Traditionalist American Knights also have taken to social media, and refer to the protesters as “terrorists” masquerading as peaceful. 

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On Wayne Brady, Mental Illness, and the African American Community

The following piece is from For Harriet. It was written by Tracy Hicks.

By: Tracy Hicks

Several weeks ago, the world learned that entertainer and game show host Wayne Brady suffers from clinical depression and had a serious “breakdown” this past summer. As a self-proclaimed social media maven, I read through various comments of support and understanding for Brady online. But I also came across many shocking replies from African-American women about depression.

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Civil rights activist says America looks a lot like it did 54 years ago

Civil rights pioneer Ruby Bridges says the country today looks a lot like it did 54 years ago.

She says the country is a nation with segregated schools and racial tension. 

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Stakes Is High: Just Being a Conscious Rapper is Not Enough

photo (3)1Hood artists, Idasa Tariq, Tyhir Frost, Blak Rapp Madusa, L U C, Jordan Montgomery, Haze the Kid, and Jasiri X after a performance at Slippery Rock University

Last Saturday I was in Boston for a summit on social innovation at Harvard University. But, before I left I stopped by Dudley Library in Roxbury to do a workshop on Hip-Hop, Media, and Mass Incarnation called “America’s Most Wanted”. After the workshop I sat down with Boston Hip-Hop artist Catch Wreck to talk about my favorite and least favorite things in Hip-Hop nowadays, the creation of 1Hood, and why just being a conscious artist isn’t enough.

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‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Has a Lot of ‘Gay’ Male Sex, and That’s a Good Thing

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The following piece is from The Root. It was written by Michael Arceneaux.

By: Michael Arceneaux

The prime-time drama has stunned audiences with its masterly storytelling, complex characters and, yes, loads of gay male sex scenes. And that’s a good thing.

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Activists hold silent protest at United Nations

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Activists, including members of BYP100, stood in silent protest as the United Stated defended its record before a UN anti-torture watchdog.

On the second and final day of the UN Committee Against Torture’s review of the U.S., the young protesters flaunted UN protocol and stood up as America’s delegation talked about abuse by police in the country. 

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Grand jury testimony in Michael Brown slaying closed to finished

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The grand jury determining whether to charge a white Missouri police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen in August appears to be approaching a decision.

A private pathologist hired by Michael Brown’s family was scheduled to testify on Thursday after the grand jury requested him to do so. 

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Why so few white kids land in CPS — and why it matters

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The following piece is from WBEZ. It was written by Natalie Moore.

By: Natalie Moore

Whites represent only 9 percent of the district’s student body, making school segregation worse.

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George Zimmerman supporter changes story, says Trayvon Martin was racially profiled

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More than a year after Florida neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, one of his biggest supporters is changing his story.

Zimmerman’s former neighbor Frank Taaffe testified before a grand jury earlier this week, and revealed details about the racially-charged conversation he had with a man he believes was George Zimmerman. 

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