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I am from Detroit, Detroit.

Often when I tell people I am from Detroit (particularly white people), I am often met with a look of either bewilderment or amazement. This shock is often magnified when I tell people that I attended Detroit Public Schools all my life. I suppose people begin to short circuit when I tell them my birthplace of origin, largely because they immediately thrust me into another one of those ill-nuanced narratives often circulated about people of color and the communities we reside in. When that white kid in sixth grade asked me whether or not I felt “safe” or when I get that inert attempt to place me, “Oh…Detroit, Detroit?” I feel the force of W.E.B DuBois’s famous paraphrase on the question of Blackness; namely that the real question being asked is “How does it feel to be a problem?”

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Homeless Man Returns Engagement Ring; Receives $175,000 in Donations!

For Kansas City homeless man Billy Ray Harris, a good deed has changed his life forever.

A woman named Sarah Darling accidentally dropped her engagement ring in his cup. Rather than pawn it, Harris returned it to her.

Since then, his actions have gone viral, and supporters from across the country have raised $175,000 so he can find a new home.

On top of that, he’s even reunited with his family.

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University System of Georgia’s African-American Male Initiative Helps Young Men Navigate College

Ten years ago, the University System of Georgia attempted to address the dearth of black males enrolling and graduating from institutions of higher education by instituting the African-American Male Initiative, a program that seeks to help young black males navigate their way through college.

Statistics from the last decade were presented at the American Council on Education’s annual gathering, and they are astounding:

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‘Out-of-Control’ 8 Year-old Handcuffed, Jailed for Two Hours for Throwing Tantrum

An 8 year-old Illinois girl was handcuffed and jailed for two hours after she allegedly threw a massive tantrum at school.

Jymha Rickman was apparently out of control and had torn apart two classrooms. School officials say she has a history of throwing tantrums.

But Rickman’s parents say she was mistreated by the police. They allege her hands and feet were cuffed – leaving welts on her wrists – and that she was refused permission to use the restroom.

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NYC Ad Campaign Uses Fear and Shame to Deter Teen Pregnancy

A new NYC ad campaign is facing criticism for using fear and shame to prevent teen pregnancy.

The ads feature racially diverse children with sad expressions on their faces. They are coupled with statements like “Honestly mom…chances are he won’t stay with you. What happens to me?,” and “Dad, you’ll be paying to support me for the next 20 years.”

New York has already seen a 27 percent drop in teen pregnancies over the past ten years. Many find these ads problematic on multiple levels.

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Stolen Property | THE HARLEM SHAKE

Blogger, Rashad J. Smith 

The Black Culture is pure and rich.
The creative minds of those before our time created opportunities where non existed, in every facet of art and education.
Fashion, music, cuisine, language, and rhythmic movements are amongst the many art forms created and perfected by Blacks.
 Most recently, The Harlem Shake has been added to the list of stolen property.


MSNBC’S Melissa Harris-Perry addresses the issue  in a 4 minute Jaunty video with historical context, authentic comparisons, and clarifying THE REAL HARLEM SHAKE:

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Marco McMillian’s Family and Gay Rights Advocates Call for Hate Crime Investigation

Family members and gay rights advocates are calling for the murder of Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian to be investigated as a hate crime.

Mississippi congressman Bennie Thompson has released a statement calling on the FBI to get involved.

Meanwhile, the National Black Justice Coalition, a leading civil rights organization for LGBTQ people of color, has filed a formal request to the Department of Justice.

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Two Howard University Students are Suing AKA Sorority for Human Rights Violations

Two Howard University students are suing Alpha Kappa Alpha for hazing them, and for not admitting them into the sorority.

Their allegations seem to hinge around their “legacies”; i.e. their mothers having been AKA members. They say they should have been among the first inducted because of their familial status. The young ladies allege it was for this reason that they were not inducted.

Meanwhile, the AKAs contend that the plaintiffs were not admitted because of a cap on new sisters.

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Why Hasn’t The Legendary Jack Johnson Been Pardoned?

Jack Johnson was the first black heavyweight champion of the world, and arguably the most famous and controversial black man on earth in the early 1900s.

If it wasn’t bad enough that he embarrassed countless white competitors (causing race riots, in fact), he also had a white girlfriend, whom he eventually married.

White America wanted him lynched, but they settled for a prison sentence for transporting a women (his girlfriend) across state lines “for the purpose of prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose.”

Today, the wrongs done to Jack Johnson are common knowledge, and many are calling for a presidential pardon.

So what’s the hold up?

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BREAKING: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Has Died

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died today after a long battle with cancer.

He was 58 years old.

From CNN:

In a national broadcast, Maduro said Chavez died Tuesday at 4:25 p.m. (3:55 p.m. ET).

Flanked by Cabinet ministers, Maduro teared up as he announced the news.

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