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Breaking: Michael Dunn gets life for Jordan Davis killing

The Florida man accused of shooting and killing an unarmed 17-year-old teen over a loud music dispute has been sentenced to life in prison.

Michael Dunn, 47, was convicted of first-degree murder for shooting Davis in November 2012. 

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The Racist Housing Policies That Built Ferguson

The following piece is from The Atlantic. It was written by Ta-Nehisi Coates

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates

The geography of America would be unrecognizable today without the race-based social engineering of the mid-20th century.

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Black Turnout in 1964, and Beyond

The following post is from the New York Times. It was written by Alan Flippen.

By: Alan Flippen

The Times has converted all of its 1964 issues into a digitized, searchable format. Each week, The Upshot will unearth an item from 50 years ago and put it in the light of today. U.S. Negro Voters Put at 5.5 Million” appeared on Oct. 13 and can be seen in its original format onTimesMachine.

Weeks before the presidential election of 1964, African-Americans and their advocates were working toward a record turnout.

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Protesters in Ferguson march to trooper’s doorstep

 

Police officers in Ferguson said they are concerned about their safety after several protesters arrived outside of the home of an officer with the Missouri Highway Patrol earlier this week.

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We Will Not Be Criminalized. We Will Not Be Dehumanized. We Are Young, Gifted and Black!

10582936_10152232095386681_3339667039460991892_o1Hood Media Academy on the set of our new video “Young, Gifted and Black” (Photo by Haute Muslim)

“Young, Gifted, and Black” featuring Jasiri X, Tyhir Frost, Haze the Kid, and L U C, is the first release from 1Hood, a collective of Hip-Hop artists with a mission to improve self-image, dispel stereotypes, and provide a positive forum of self-expression in a field were African American youth are either underrepresented or misrepresented in media. “Young, Gifted, and Black” was directed by Paradise Gray and Haute Muslim and is featured on 1Hood’s upcoming mixtape, “Welcome to Our World”.

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Brooklyn man who served 29 years in prison exonerated after being wrongfully convicted

David McCallum (center) and his late co-defendant's mother, Rosia Nelay, break down after the 1985 murder conviction was over turned in Brooklyn Supreme Court.

An innocent Brooklyn man who spent 29 years being bars for murder has been freed.

David McCallum, along with his pal and prison mate Willie Stuckey, were cleared by prosecutors of a 1985 homicide they were convicted of at age 16. Stuckey died of a heart attack in 2001. 

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On Raven-Symoné and Erasing Black Lesbian Identity

The following piece is from the Huffington Post. It was written by Dinean Robinson.

By: Dinean Robinson

“I don’t want to be labeled as gay … [and] I’m not African-American. I’m American.”

The moment those words blared out of the TV, my Twitter timeline and Facebook newsfeed flooded with angry comments from my fellow black lesbians condemning 28-year-old former Cosby kid and Disney star Raven-Symoné. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Raven laid out her post-racial belief system, claiming that she doesn’t want to be labeled “gay” or even “African-American” but “a human who loves humans.” If Raven believes for a moment that her relationship with the beautiful, gender-bending model AzMarie Livingston or her history on the show that represented and redefined the black American family in the 20th century do not loudly communicate who she is, then she is mistaken and a bit confused.

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White Federal judge to receive no punishment after controversial remarks about race

This undated photo provided by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals shows Judge Edith Jones. Jones is a possible nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.  (AP Photo/5th U.S. Court of Appeals)

Last year, Judge Edith H. Jones of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals made a series of controversial remarks about race. 

Affidavits from attendees pointed to the problematic language, especially from a sitting federal judge. Despite Jones’ offensive remarks, she will not be punished. 

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Stop Asking if HBCUs are Relevant

The following piece is from EBONY. It was written by David Wall Rice and Shaun R. Harper

By: David Wall Rice and Shaun R. Harper

For a host of mostly ridiculous reasons—including the fabled post-racialism—questions are repeatedly posed about the relevance and status of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). And frankly, the question is kind of offensive. Nonetheless, a crude psycho-sociocultural outline helps to contextualize why these questions about HBCUs persist.

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And the Young Ones Shall Lead Them: The Ferguson Rebellion and the Crisis in Black Leadership

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The following piece of from EBONY. It was written by Dr. Cornel West and Rev. Osagyeo Sekou. 

By: Dr. Cornel West and Rev. Osagyefo Sekou 

The blood of Michael Brown has seeded the soil of a great American revolution—sprouting yearlings of new black leadership onto the political and public landscape.  The Ferguson Rebellion has exposed deep-seated racism, hyper-militarized state forces, unabashed police brutality and the soul-crushing poverty that will come to define “the Age of Obama.” It also revealed the open hostility between many from a younger generation of activists and elites of the traditional civil rights, religious and civic organizations of the Black freedom struggle.

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