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Video: Documentary explores vilification, fear of black men

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There are countless examples of black men being portrayed as people who you should be afraid of.

Studies show that black men are viewed as less innocent than their white counterparts, and more threatening to the general population.

But a new documentary is challenging that notion. “Afraid of Dark” takes an honest look at how black males are portrayed and perceived in America.

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Openly gay rapper featured on David Letterman

An openly gay New York-based rapper made his network TV debut on Letterman last week.

Le1f, who made a name for himself by calling out Macklemore, performed his upbeat single “Wut.”  Gawker highlights the significance of the move. 

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Homeless couple who met in shelter marry, transform lives with nonprofit

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A couple who met in a homeless shelter is paying it forward. Ressurection Graves met her husband Deven when they were both going through hard times.

Now, the couple devotes their time to helping those who need shelter, food and resources. 

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It’s looks like Darren Sharper is in trouble. A lot of trouble. The former NFL player and former NFL Network commentator was denied bail last week and remains in a Los Angeles jail. Sharper has been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women he met in an L.A. nightclub last year. And Los Angeles is not the only place where such allegations against Sharper have been made. Authorities in New Orleans issued an arrest warrant for similar reasons. After indicting him, Arizona wants to extradite Sharper–for sexual assault. Although he has not been charged in Florida and Nevada, Sharper  is being investigated.

5 states.  9 women.

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With video, high school students challenge the black male stereotype

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A few African American students in Central Illinois are challenging the stereotype of the urban black male with a new initiative.

“Suit & Tie in the 217″ features juniors and seniors at Central and Centennial high schools in Champaign with diverse interests. The initiative is meant to reclaim the narrative of the African American male by highlighting success and leadership. 

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Woman awarded $100,000 in lawsuit against city for mom’s death

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A Brooklyn woman who was detained by the NYPD after her mother was fatally shot by a stray bullet between cops and an armed man will receive $100,000 from the city.

Tashmaya Gay, 22, was standing on the stoop of a Crown Heights building with victim Denise Gay when police fired 73 shots at a perp firing at them and another man on Sept. 5, 2011.

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Pastor dies while revealing affair in front of congregation

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A Connecticut pastor died while talking to his congregation about an extra-marital affair he had.

Bishop Bobby Davis, pastor of the Miracle Faith World Outreach Church, died as members yelled words of forgiveness at him for the act.

He was 72. 

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Senate extends long-term unemployment benefits

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A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has reached a deal to extend federal benefits to the chronically unemployed for an additional five months.

One negotiator referred to the conclusion as a “bipartisan breakthrough.” 

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Father shoots, kills 17-year-old boy in daughter’s bedroom

 A Texas father shot and killed a 17-year-old boy after finding him in his daughter’s bedroom Thursday morning.

Johran McCormick died after sustaining wounds at a residence inside a Spring-area home on Bridgestone Lakes subdivision off FM 2920. 

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Rare case of female-to-female HIV transmission reported by CDC

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The Centers for Disease Control reported what it suspects to be a rare case of HIV transmission between women on Thursday. 

Female-to-female transmission of the virus is extremely uncommon, but can be passed through fluids. 

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