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Man orphaned by Rwandan genocide awarded full ride to Harvard

At just 9-years-old, Justus Uwayesu became an orphan and street beggar in Rwanda. He had not bathed in more than a year when an American charity worker, Clare Effiong found him.

Fast forward 13 years and Mr. Uwayesu isn’t just living in a different world, but rising through the academic ranks of not just his nation, but America’s. After learning English, French, Swahili and Lingala, the man, now 22, enrolled as a freshman at Harvard University on a full-scholarship. 

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California prisons agree to end lockdowns based on race

The settlement of a federal civil rights lawsuit has California prisons agreeing to no longer base lockdowns on inmates’ race or ethnicity. 

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The “Dear White People” syndrome: Why movies are obsessed with light-skinned black characters

The "Dear White People" syndrome: Why movies are obsessed with light-skinned black characters

The following post is from Salon. It was written by Morgan Jenkins.

By: Morgan Jenkins

For Princeton University’s recent Black Alumni Conference, an advance screening of “Dear White People” took place at the town’s Garden Theater, and I was one of many who could not wait to see it. Throughout the film, I could hear many black alums scoff at some of the micro-aggressions that we’ve all experienced and heard about, or laugh at all the things that we’ve all wanted to say in response to white people when these experiences occur but may have never had the gall to do so.

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Activists call for tracking of police misconduct by FBI

Activists in Ferguson have collected 200,000 signatures backing their demand that federal agencies address the national trend of police brutality with major reforms.

The activists are calling for the collection and release of comprehensive data on how many Americans are killed by law enforcement officers annually. 

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Autopsy: Vonderrit Myers shot 6 times from behind

An independent autopsy has revealed that 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers was shot a total of eight times, with six of the bullets entering his body from behind.

Dr. Cyril Wecht, a forensic pathologist who investigated the deaths of John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley and JonBenet Ramsey, conducted the examination at the request of Myers’ family. Welcht outlined the findings during a news conference at the funeral home that will handle Myers’ burial. 

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Birmingham man receives just $1,000 from $460,000 police brutality settlement

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The city of Birmingham settled a police beating lawsuit for $460,000, but only gave the plaintiff, who is still behind bars, $1,000.

Under the settlement’s terms approved by the City Council and Mayor, Anthony Warren will receive such a small amount because his attorneys will get $359,000 in fees and $100,000 in expenses. 

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Marchers block Atlanta highway as they protest Mike Brown shooting death

Protesters temporarily block Downtown Connector

Protesters stopped traffic on a busy Atlanta highway in response to the shooting death of 18-year-old Missouri teen Mike Brown Wednesday evening.

Atlanta police spokesman Officer John Chafee said a number of protesters were present near Freedom Parkway’s Downtown Connector. 

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Clip of the Day

Mo’ne Davis stars in touching commercial that aired during last night’s World Series game

Little League star Mo’ne Davis won over the hearts of most of America this summer when her team fought to win the Little League World Series.

Well, she did it again last night when a Chevrolet commercial aired featuring the young and talented superstar during game 1 of the World Series.

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“I am Darren Wilson”: St. Louis and the geography of fear

The following piece is from Quartz. It was written by Sarah Kendzior.

By: Sarah Kendzior

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI—“I am Darren Wilson.”

The slogan is all over the St. Louis metropolitan area: on T-shirts worn by soccer moms, on rubber bracelets worn by police officers, on signs held by their wives. “I am Darren Wilson,” they proclaim, in a show of affinity with the white police officer who  shot black teenager Michael Brown to death in the street in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 9. “I am Darren Wilson,” they affirm, as St. Louis waits for a grand jury to rule whether the most infamous police officer in America will be indicted.

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Report: Racial bias continues to taint the capital punishment system in the United States

According to a recent report released by the ACLU, racial bias continues to taint the capital punishment system in the United States.

The discrepancies were prevalent in areas such as jury selection to through decisions about who faces execution. 

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