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Angels and Emmys

Last weekend, Charles Belk, a 51-year-old black man, was arrested and detained by the Beverly Hill Police Department on the suspicion that he had robbed a nearby bank. In reality, Belk had been having a meal at a nearby restaurant, and was on his way to check the status of his parking meter. Before Belk got to his car, he was surrounded by police cars, handcuffed, and taken to the police station. He was in custody for several hours before being released. What officers presumably didn’t know at the time, is that Belk is an award-winning figure in the entertainment business, a fact that is listed among others in Belk’s account of the incident, which was posted on his Facebook account and subsequently picked up by news outlets. It read in part:

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Donald Glover to play Spiderman, the animated version

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Well it’s finally happening–almost.

Community star Donald Glover expressed interest in playing the lead role in The Amazing Spiderman in 2010.

His fans took his request pretty seriously, and launched a social media campaign complete with a #donald4spiderman hashtag to make this a reality. 

The role ultimately went to Andrew Garfield, but now, Glover is finally getting his chance to play the character. 

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Attorney: John Crawford III shot in back as he talked to girlfriend on cell phone in Walmart

Surveillance video from an Ohio Walmart shows that a man fatally shot by police earlier this month had his back turned to officers and was talking on a cell phone.

John Crawford III died Aug. 5 after Beavercreek police responded to calls of an armed man at the store. Crawford was unarmed at the time of his death –he had a pellet gun with him that he had picked up in the store.

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Peace and Positivity: Even When it Hurts

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Prejudice looks something like this, seeing someone and without even knowing their name much less their character you judge them based off of what they look like. Humanity then is when they speak and you realize that you may have been wrong and you check yourself…lesson learned.

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Video: St. Paul police allegedly Taser, arrest man for ‘sitting while black’

Video has surfaced of St. Paul, MN police allegedly tasering and arresting a man for “sitting while black.” In a video posted to YouTube, the entire interaction between the unidentified man, who is filming with his cell phone, and police officers takes place. 

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Jackie Robinson West member to receive 4-year scholarship

The Jackie Robinson Foundation, in partnership with U.S. Cellular and the Ford Motor Company Fund, announced it will present a four-year Jackie Robinson Foundation college scholarship to a member of the Jackie Robinson West League.

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Feature: How Trayvon Martin’s Death Launched a New Generation of Black Activism

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The following post is from The Nation. It was written by Mychal Denzel Smith.

By: Mychal Denzel Smith

On July 13, 2013, George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American 17-year-old walking home from a 7-Eleven. What The Washington Post and other media outlets had dubbed “the trial of the century” was over, with a deeply unsettling verdict. In the fifteen months between Trayvon’s death and the beginning of the trial, people across the country had taken to the streets, as well as to newspapers, television and social media, to decry the disregard for young black lives in America. For them—for us—this verdict was confirmation.

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Organization raises $5,000 for cameras for residents to record police interaction

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The WeCopWatch organization has raised close to $5,000 for cameras to give to residents in light of the events happening in Ferguson, Missouri. 

The fundraising efforts comes in response to strained relations with police and citizens in California and throughout the country. 

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Marlon Wayans sued for racial discrimination

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Comedian/actor Marlan Wayans is facing a racial discrimination lawsuit after comparing an actor to “Family Guy” cartoon character Cleveland Brown.

Pierre Daniel, who is black, says he was hired for a part in “A Haunted House 2,” a film written and produced by Wayans. Last September, Marlon posted a side-by-side pic of Daniel and the animated character on social media with the caption, “Tell me this n-word don’t look like…THIS n-word!!! Ol Cleveland Brown ass lookin.” 

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Lawsuit alleges police used Taser on man 13 times before death

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An East Point, Ga. attorney has filed a lawsuit against the city’s police department for allegedly violating department policies during an encounter with a man.

According to attorney Chris Stewart, Gregory Towns was tased up to 13 times before he died. 

He was handcuffed at the time of the incident. 

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