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‘Taking Back Chi-raq’: a response video to Nicki Minaj & Lil Herb

The term “Chiraq” has been long debated. With the release of Nicki Minaj’s new single, the “Chi-raq”, discussion about appropriateness of the term has been further fueled.

Chicago author, motivational speaker and activist Richard L. Taylor, Jr. created a video in response to the song and term, calling for community members to reclaim their city. 

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Update: Trans activist Monica Jones convicted of ‘manifesting prostitution’

Trans activist Monica Jones was convicted of “manifesting prostitution” in Phoenix, Arizona. Jones was arrested last May for accepting a ride to a from two undercover police officers.

In Phoenix, “repeatedly stopping an engaging someone in conversation” can lead to arrest, even if one is no attempting to engage in sex work. Jones was arrested under this vague ordinance.

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Tommy Smith statue vandalized on San Jose State University Campus for third time

The statue of Olympian Tommy Smith has been vandalized. The gold medal that is part of the statue, located on the campus of San Jose State University, was apparently removed from the statue on April 10.

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Guest post: Karen Washington Should Not Have Died

The following post was originally published on Chocolate Covered Lies. It was written by Mark Harris. 

By: Mark Harris

The U.S. lapse in judgment on mental health issues have come to the forefront relentlessly over the past week or so. Let me give a couple of examples:

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Chicago native Allison Semmes shines in role as Diana Ross

Chicago native Allison Semmes is a trained classical singer. She has a bachelor’s degree in opera from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and grew up on Motown music.

It looks like her training has paid off because for the past few months, she’s been starring as Diana Ross in the national tour of “Motown the Musical.” 

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Scholarship Alert: Tom Joyner launches scholarship for art students

The Tom Joyner Foundation has announced that it will offer a scholarship for Arts majors at Historically Black Collegiate Universities. 

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North Carolina Supreme Court hears appeals to reinstate death sentences for inmates

North Carolina’s Supreme Court heard arguments about whether it should reinstate death sentences for four inmates whose punishments were reduced.

The appeal seeks to challenge the ruling of a law that allowed certain criminal defendants to challenge their sentences on the grounds of racial bias in their prosecutions. 

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Kanye West, Common create more than 20,000 jobs for Chicago Youth

At a press conference held last Wednesday, rapper-turned-actor Common announced that his foundation has joined forces with Kanye West’s company DONDA’s House Inc. along with the Chicago Urban League to create more than 20,000 jobs for youth in Chicago. 

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New York man suing state for $25 million after wrongful conviction

 

A Brooklyn man who was recently released from prison after serving 25 years for a crime he didn’t commit is suing the state of New York for $25 million. 

Deacon wants $1 million for every year he served in prison. 

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Lawsuit: man sues NYPD over pepper-spray attack

A Queens man has filed a lawsuit against the NYPD after an altercation caught on surveillance video shows him getting repeatedly pepper-sprayed during a bogus attack. 

Stefon Luckey, 34, says the officers also hurled racial slurs at him. 

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