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Featured Post: ‘My Daughter’s Hair Is Not A Problem to Solve’

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This post originally appeared in EBONY. It was written by Asha French, a writer and mother living in Atlanta.

By: Asha French

These days, all the kinks are curly, all the chicks are mixed, but some of us just have hair. So I’m not going to harp on the fact that strangers often look at my daughter and ask, “What you gon’ do with all that hair?” in a way that suggests two things: 1) that something has to be done, as an Afro is not a style, and 2) that the answer should involve a head shaking at the thankless task before me. The culprits for this question are the usual suspects, brought in relief to us in the decades before Reaganomics, Black nihilism, and PCJ Perm commercials made us feel bad about a whole lot of other things besides all this kinky, problem hair that needs to be fixed rather than styled.

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Students suspended indefinitely for bringing Confederate flag to school

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Two Long Island high school students have been suspended indefinitely after bringing a Confederate flag to school. According the Brother Gary Cregan, St. Anthony’s High School’s principal, the two seniors walked in with the flag draped around their shoulders during a sporting event. 

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Jelly Belly chairman donates to reverse rights of trans students in California

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Back in August, California passed a landmark form of legislation that allows transgender students from grades K-12 the right to choose programs and facilities based on their gender identity.

It’s called the “School Success and Opportunity Act,” and Jelly Belly Chairman Herman Rowland Sr. isn’t a supporter of the legislation. What he does support is an initiative which seeks to repeal the act. 

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The Suicide of Brown Girls/A Poem for Karyn Washington

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The death of ForBrownGirls.com founder, Karyn Washington, has been on my spirit since I found out about her suicide.  Mental dis-ease is a taboo subject in many communities.  However, given the historical and present day oppression and trauma experienced in the African American community, we must begin to take steps to deconstruct the stereotypes of mental dis-ease.  This has to be done in order to have honest dialogues about the effects of mental disorders on our community and how we can begin our healing process.  So I wrote this peace not only for Karyn Washington and every other little girl or boy who has ever thought of suicide or general feelings of hopelessness.  Parts of it, is also my story. 

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Air Force captain accused of burglarizing own home, faces charges

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U.S. Air Force Capt. Nicolas Aquino was tackled, handcuffed and charged with resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer while at his California home last December.

A neighbor had called 911 and reported seeing a man walking around the house suspiciously. 

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After defending President Obama, baseball legend receives hate mail

A week after baseball legend Hank Aaron’s comparison of Obama’s GOP critics to the Ku Klux Klan, the Hall of Famer is now receiving hate mail. 

During an interview with USA Today, the senior vice president of the Atlanta Braves told the publication: “Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated. We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go in the country. The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”

It was those remarks that caused a wave of hate mail to the Braves headquarters. 

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Update: Darren Sharper’s DNA found on Arizona rape victim

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Semen matching former NFL star Darren Sharper’s DNA was found on the leggings of one of his alleged rape victims in Arizona.

The findings came during testimony from a Tempe police detective on Wednesday. 

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NYPD ends Muslim surveillance program

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The New York City Police Department has announced that it will be ending its monitoring of everyday activities of Muslims. On Tuesday, the department confirmed the dismantling of the anti-terrorism plan known as the Demographics Unit.

The anti-terror program is getting a hard look from Commissioner William Bratton. Protocols for when and how to conduct surveillance in the hunt for terrorists are also under review. 

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Guest post: The death no one cares about

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This article originally appeared on philly.com. It was written by Ronnie Polaneczky, columnist for the Daily News.

By: Ronnie Polaneczky

IF CHRISTINA SANKEY had been an angel-faced toddler when she went missing, we might know by now how she wound up dead, half-naked and alone, between two parked cars in West Philly on a frigid winter morning.

The city would’ve been galvanized by her death. Government officials would’ve promised to find out how she met her tragic end. Someone would’ve created a sidewalk memorial, and others would’ve led prayer vigils to honor the life that was lost.

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MY RACE DOES MATTER – People of color continue to be unseen in Biblical Stories

Matters of race will forever be an interesting topic to me. I will love and be frustrated by racial matters as it educates me and helps further shape my perception of others and the representations of myself.

I was reluctant to see the movie “Noah” a biblical remake of the popular story about the famous ark that withstood the destruction of the world. If you are a sensitive soul when it comes to religion, specifically the Bible and all its denominations, this may not be the post for you. I’m a pretty open soul and I only speak honestly regardless of people’s opinions. My mother wanted the family to see it together, so I joined in.

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