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Where’s the outrage for this 9-year-old’s execution?

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The following post originated from the Chicago Tribune. It was written by John Kass. While this is a controversial subject, it is worth debating in the black community. 

By: John Kass

Antonio Smith, 9 years old, was assassinated the other day. He was Chicago’s youngest fatal shooting victim this year. He was shot at least four times and fell in a backyard on the South Side. And when I went out there on 71st and Woodlawn less than 24 hours after he was murdered, here’s what I didn’t see:

I didn’t see protesters waving their hands in the air for network TV cameras. I didn’t see the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson playing their usual roles in the political race card game.

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News Flash

Officers appear in video with weapons drawn as they guard Talib Kweli, Ferguson protesters

 

Famed recording artist Talib Kweli is on the ground with thousands of protesters in Ferguson, Missouri who are calling for justice for slain teen Michael Brown.

The 18-year-old black unarmed youth was gunned down on Aug. 9 by police officer Darren Wilson.

Kweli alleges police are the real agitators behind the tense protests occurring in Ferguson. He said the protestors are actually being peaceful. 

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Possible charges: CHP police officer who beat defenseless woman on highway removed from duty

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The California Highway Patrol officer who was videotaped punching a woman on the 10 Freeway has been relieved of his duties.

Officer Daniel Andrew could face “potentially serious charges.” 

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News Flash

Jackie Robinson West advances in Little League World Series

Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West Little League team advanced to earn a spot in the U.S. championship game after beating Taney of Philadelphia (6-5) on Thursday.

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Guest Post

What parents tell their black sons about the police

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The following post originally appears on Gawker. It was written by Jazmine Hughes.

By: Jazmine Hughes

A Tumblr quote floated over to me about around the time of Trayvon Martin’s murder, from a Jonathan Lethem book that I’ve never read (The Fortress of Solitude). At this point, I don’t really need to read it, because it’s already asked me the most important question I’ve heard in a long time: “At what age is a black boy when he learns he’s scary?”

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News Flash

‘Hercules’ actor Kevin Sorbo calls Ferguson protesters ‘animals,’ issues apology

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“Hercules” actor Kevin Sorbo apologized for an offensive rant he posted on his Facebook page that referred to black protesters in Ferguson, Missouri as “animals” and “losers.” 

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Video: Hip Hop artist/activist Talib Kweli stands up against biased media coverage of Ferguson protesters

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Rapper/activist Talib Kweli is one of the few celebrities who traveled to Ferguson, Missouri to be at the forefront of the movement for justice after the death of Michael Brown.

He recently spoke to CNN’s Don Lemon, and things got pretty heated. 

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Video: actor Orlando Jones creates ‘Bullet Bucket Challenge’ in honor of Ferguson

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been a huge social media hit. Everyone all all ages and popularity have contributed to raising awareness for the cause. So much that more than $15 million has been donated towards researching a cure for the disease.

But instead of the Ice Bucket Challenge, actor/comedian Orlando Jones has another challenge. And it’s inspired by the unrest happening in Ferguson, Missouri. 

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News Flash

Alpha Phi Alpha offers to pay for Michael Brown’s funeral

 

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has agreed to cover all expenses for the memorial and funeral service for Michael Brown.

In a letter to members of the organization, General President Mark S. Tillman called for members to take action. He also informed the National Pan Hellenic that actions needs to be taken nationwide in response to attacks on young black men. 

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News Flash

Racist message spray-painted on black-owned downtown venue

A popular black-owned venue in Chicago was tagged with a racist message on its wall.

“N—– GO HOME” was spray-painted in large white letters on the front wall of Nouveau Tavern at 358 W. Ontario St. The club has a predominantly black clientele. 

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