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Black students at U of I hold ‘silent protest’

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Black students on the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana’s campus are the latest group of educated African Americans to fight for equality.

“Being Black at Illinois” was created in response to several racially-charged incidents on campus. 

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Singer/Actor Jason Weaver blasts celebration of Lil Boosie’s release from jail

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After serving time in prison, rapper Lil Boosie has been released.

And while many fans took to social media to celebrate his newfound freedom, singer/actor Jason Weaver took to Instagram to express his disapproval of fan’s actions. 

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More college grads taking low wage jobs leaving less educated without work

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The unemployment rate for Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 who have only a high school diploma grew by 4.3 percent in 2013, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Unemployment for those in that age group for those who have a college degree rose 1.5 percent and as a result, more college educated people are taking low wage jobs. 

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Guest Post: Stop shaming our single mothers

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The following post originally appeared on ChicagoNow.com, a compilation of bloggers based in Chicago. It was written by Sylvia Snowden a Chicago-based journalist, associate producer of The Black Social Network  play,  and the President of Always Onyx. Follow Sylvia on Twitter @TrulySylvia.

But I thought He Wanted to Try

By: Sylvia Snowden

I recently had an opportunity to read an article that featured a young woman I’ve known since high school.  In it, she discussed her journey to single motherhood.  She was quite candid and described the experience as heart-sickening and lonely at moments but, overall, incredibly wonderful and fulfilling.

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Video: Quvenzhané Wallis & Jamie Foxx show out in trailer for ‘Annie’

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Academy Award-nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis is set to return to the screen–and she’s singing this time.

The 10-year-old Wallis, who made her film debut in Beasts of the Southern Wild has teamed up with Jamie Foxx in an updated version of the film Annie, and the first trailer has just been released.

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Study: frequent incidents of racism linked to obesity

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Does racism make one obese? Researchers at Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Centre think so.

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Bernice King asks brothers to reconsider sale of MLK’s prized possessions

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The daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. urged her brothers to reconsider their plan to sell the civil rights icon’s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize.

King’s estate is governed by his two sons, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King. Lawyers for the estate filed court papers Jan. 31 asking a judge to order Rev. Bernice King to surrender the items. 

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Philadelphia school district accused of discrimination against hair

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A Philadelphia school district has been accused by the Department of Justice of discriminating against an employee who said he couldn’t trim his beard for religious reasons.

The lawsuit, filed by the Justice department, alleges the School District of Philadelphia instituted a grooming policy preventing school security officers from having beards more than a quarter of an inch long and discriminated against Siddiq Abu-Bakr and others by failing to accommodate their religious beliefs. 

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Federal prosecutors: North Carolina deputies illegally targeted Latino drivers, sent racist video game to department

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According to Federal prosecutors, deputies of a North Carolina sheriff accused of illegally targeting Latino drivers shared links to a racist video game where players shoot people entering the country illegally, including children and pregnant women. 

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New York City sees decline in crime, number of stop-and-frisks executions

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Both serious crime and the stop-and-frisks practice are on the decline in New York City. Some former police officials hailed the practice as necessary to maintain order in the city, but new information shows the opposite. 

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