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Viewer agrees to help send student to Ivy League program

A young teen from one of D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods who received admission to some of  the country’s most prestigious summer college programs will receive help from a viewer who watched his story on a local newscast.

Zach Wood had turned to raising donations online to attend the program. 

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Changing our Attitudes on the Pigs in Blue

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So I was scrolling through my Facebook feed recently when this link pops up about gang members across the country coloring the tips of their real guns with orange to make the gun look like a toy gun in an effort to make police officers pause before shooting someone. My first thought was, “Any cop, when a gun is pointed at them, is liable to shoot first and ask questions later.” And a few weeks earlier, on a TV show (a crime procedural) I noticed an officer character hand cuffing a suspect and thought to myself, “I’m not sure he’s grabbing hard enough, that guy could try anything.” This criminal character was suspected of being particularly dangerous and being an engaged viewer I cared for the safety of the protagonist and they appeared to be failing at any sort of intimidation to facilitate an easier take down.

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New Jersey students who took lynching photo won’t face charges

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No criminal charges will be filed against members of a New Jersey high school wrestling team who posed in a photo simulating a lynching.

The picture showed seven white boys in Phillipsburg wrestling attire surrounding a black wrestling dummy wearing a rival school’s t-shirt. The dummy was hanging from a noose. 

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B. Scott loses lawsuit against BET

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BET is well within its rights to request certain attire for its hosts according to a judge who dismissed B. Scott’s lawsuit against the network.

The transgender blogger, television personality and radio host filed a discrimination suit against the network, claiming it humiliated him during last year’s BET awards by forcing him to change into men’s clothing. 

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Report: Wisconsin tops list of worst states for black children

According to a study released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Wisconsin has the country’s worst disparities between children of color and white children.

The study, “Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children”, considered 12 major factors such as home life and socioeconomic status, educational access and children who grow up in two-parent homes. 

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Chicago Department of Health seeks participants for HIV prevention focus group

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The Chicago Department of Public Health, in conjunction with Better World Advertising, are seeking black women who are at least 18 years of age to participate in a focus group to develop an HIV/STD prevention campaign.

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Aretha Frankin files $10 million lawsuit over fake Patti LaBelle fight story

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With the popularity of the internet, blogs and social media, it can be pretty tricky deciphering what’s real and what isn’t.

Well a satirical website may learn a hard lesson after the “Queen of Soul” is finished with them. The News Nerd has been slapped with a $10 million lawsuit after writing a fake story about Patti LaBelle punching Aretha Franklin in the face. 

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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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