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Justice for Renisha McBride: jury selection for Ted Wafer trial to begin

A Michigan man who shot an unarmed black woman as she sought help after a car wreck is set to start trial Monday.

A judge and jury will determine if Ted Wafer, 55, used deadly force based on a reasonable fear that he was at risk when he shot and killed Renisha McBride. 

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Residents in South Carolina find bags of candy from KKK on lawns

Residents of a South Carolina town say they woke up to candy from the Ku Klux Klan on their front lawns.

Individuals who reside in an Oconee County subdivision found the bags between Saturday night and Sunday morning. 

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America’s White Supremacy Problem

A year ago, when George Zimmerman was unjustly acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin, I wanted to believe that this would be a moment that would wake the country up from its post-racial stupor. For me, as a black male, and for many other black people in this country, the injustice of this case was obvious. A black boy had been stalked and accosted for no other reason than that he appeared “suspicious” by virtue of his attire. Being deemed “suspicious,” cost him his life. This, for me, was text book racial profiling and was undeniable.

But we live in a country where the public denial of race and racial disparity is en vogue.

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Woman firefighter becomes first female featured in Calender of Heroes

Danae Mines of Engine Co. 60 in the Bronx is the first woman to be featured in the FDNY calendar.

A Bronx, New York woman has become the first female firefighter to be featured in the FDNY Calendar of Heroes. 

Danae Mines, an 11-year veteran, said she was told the honor was reserved for men only. 

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Apprentice settles for $34,500 in racial discrimination claim

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A New Jersey apprenticeship school has settled a claim of racial discrimination for $34,500.

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) of Sheet Metal Workers Local 25 allegedly dismissed a black apprentice two weeks before he was to graduate from the program. 

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Actor Rob Brown settles racial profiling lawsuit with Macy’s

Actor Rob Brown will settle his “shop-and-frisk” racial profiling lawsuit against retailer Macy’s and New York City.

Brown, 30, claimed he was handcuffed, paraded through the chain’s flagship store and questioned for hours on June 8, 2013 after being accused of using a fake credit card to purchase a $1,300 watch for his mother. 

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Chicago Violence: Our Problem, Our Solution

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There are thousands of articles online at this point about the gun violence in Chicago and the larger issue of gun violence throughout this country. However as it relates to Chicago……there is so much to be said and done that one hardly knows where to start. We can talk about access to guns, a rigged prison-industrial complex, gang retaliation, aggressive police tactics, a lack of economic opportunity, a culture of nihilism in certain urban communities, a lack of quality education in the CPS school system and the attendant lack of life skills preparation, annnnddd the list can go on ad infinitum. It’s simple, this problem is too big to tackle in conventional terms. All of these reasons and at least a dozen others are to blame for the gun violence in Chicago and a multi-prong, swift as possible approach is the only way to make noticeable, measurable, and real progress in not losing so many of our citizens to gun violence and the prison system they disappear into, if they just happen to not lose their life.

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Video: man dies after being put in chokehold by New York police

 An NYPD spokesman would only say the man “was being placed in custody, went into cardiac arrest and died” at Richmond University Medical Center.

A Staten Island father died Thursday after being placed in a chokehold by an NYPD officer. Video of the incident shows other officers slamming his head against the sidewalk. 

Eric Garner, 43, repeatedly screamed, “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” after at least five NYDP officers took him down in front of a beauty supply store in Tompkinsville. 

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Report: black male teens want relationships, not just sex

According to a new study, teenage boys have more than sex on their mind. It turns out that adolescent males actually do desire the intimacy of a relationship over sex.

The study was published in the American Journal of Men’s Health, and is based on interviews with 33 14 to 16-year-old boys. 

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11-year-old donates to homeless from soap line profits

Donovan Smith is incredibly thoughtful and impressive. The 11-year-old boy is using his inventiveness and entrepreneurial spirit to help the homeless.

Donovan, who lives in New Mexico, has created a line of soaps, which he sells. He donates a portion of his sales to combat homelessness.

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