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Church conference under fire for Blackface boxing skit

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Organizers of the National Young Fundamentalists Conference are the latest group to come under fire for a boxing match skit involving blackface.

Joseph Pickens, a pastor’s assistant, took a picture of himself dressed as Mr. T and posted the image to his Twitter page. It has sense been delete. 

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Baptist organization pulls $7M in funding from children’s home over anti-gay hiring policy

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Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children has been caring for at-risk youth since the Civil War ended. But last year, when then-director Bill Smithwick proposed changing the hiring policy to allow openly gay people to apply for positions, it caused a backlash.

Now the home has a new name, and more than $7 million less in funding. 

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Erika Alexander on why Hollywood is racist

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“Living Single” actress Erika Alexander has a bone to pick with Hollywood. Having been in the industry for more than 20 years, the actress has experienced marginalization firsthand while seeking roles.

Alexander took to her website to air her frustrations out with racist Hollywood, and to discuss the creation of a “Mad Men” episode that included black people in the cast. 

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Guest Post: The difference between juvenile and criminal court

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The following post was written by researchers at Instant Checkmate, a public records search service. 

By: Instant Checkmate

Many people don’t realize that juvenile court and criminal court are actually two separate judicial systems that operate differently, and for different reasons. Of course there are general similarities, but this is due to various overarching elements of the legal process that are implemented in both court systems.

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‘Ban Bossy’ campaign seeks to empower young girls to become leaders

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In an effort to reclaim the word “leader” for young girls, organizers of a new campaign are encouraging everyone to ban the word “bossy.” 

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Defending Our Self-Worth

 

Gloria Brown, 49, is a student at DeVry University in the Keller Graduate School of Management.  When a police officer approached her on the train and asked that she prove her bag belonged to her she made sure to let him know she was a good student and in school. 

“I told him [I was in school] so that he would know that I was not a thug.  Because when you have on a face mask to protect your face from the cold and a beanie hat and a do-rag you are labeled a thug. I wanted him to know I am a black person that is doing something positive.”

Photo courtesy of Gloria Brown

Photo courtesy of Gloria Brown

This article is long overdue. But I owe it to Gloria to share because her voice deserves to heard.

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George Zimmerman signs autographs at gun show in Orlando

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It appears that George Zimmerman isn’t quite ready to give up his “fame” yet.

Despite a highly successful campaign to put a halt to a celebrity fight earlier last month, the former neighborhood watch captain still believes that he is worthy of the spotlight. 

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Events

Cafe Society to host Stand Your Ground talk in light of Dunn verdict

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The Cafe Society in Chicago will be meeting on Wednesday, March 12 at Ron’s Barber Shop 6058 W North Ave. at 5pm and Friday March 14 at NiteCap Coffee Bar 1738 W 18th St. at 6pm to discuss the implications of the controversial Stand Your Ground law.

This is community conversation, set to take place on Chicago’s west side, is meant to gauge opinions about the justice system in relation to society. 

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Police: handcuffed man shot, killed self while in patrol car

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Louisiana State Police detectives are investigating the death of a 22-year-old man who died while handcuffed in the back of a squad car.

According to authorities, Victor White of New Iberia died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

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New Jersey court expected to rule of use of rap lyrics by defendants as evidence

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Can rap lyrics be used against you in court? The Supreme Court of New Jersey is considering just that. Next month the Court is expected to rule on whether rap lyrics written by defendants can be used during their trial(s)

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