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Judges strike down Wisconsin, Texas voter ID laws

A federal judge equated Texas’ strict voter ID requirement to a poll tax deliberately meant to suppress voters of color and struck it down less than a month before election day. The verdict came just a few hours after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a similar measure in Wisconsin.

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Adrian Peterson facing jail time after pot admission

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Texas prosecutors have filed paperwork to have Adrian Peterson’s bail revoked and the Minnesota Vikings running back re-arrested after he admitted that he recently smoked marijuana to a drug tester during a urinalysis on Wednesday. 

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Video: Cops knock out teen for smoking cigarette

The family of a 17-year-old New York teen has released a clip of a cell phone video showing a plainclothes NYPD officer hitting the teen while he lies in the gutter pleading with him.

Lawyers for Marcel Hamer say their client was suspected of smoking marijuana, but was just charged with disorderly conduct. 

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Spike Lee to make documentary on Mo’ne Davis and her Little League team

Filmmaker Spike Lee is hoping to make a documentary about Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis and her team.

Along with Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West team, Davis captured the hearts of watchers of the Little League World Series.

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Feature: The Worth of Black Men, From Slavery to Ferguson

The following piece is from the New York Times. It was written by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts.

By: Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

The paper, stained in spots, has yellowed, its black ink faded to a dull brown, but the horizontal lines printed on the page are still a fine blue. Some scribe took great care preparing this page, first dragging a piece of graphite along a straight edge to make two pairs of twin columns.

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Relatives of Aunt Jemima hit brand with lawsuit

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Nancy Green was the first Aunt Jemima in 1890. Born a slave in 1834 in Kentucky, her likeness is now a staple in households throughout the country.

Now, a lawsuit claims that Green’s heirs as well as descendants of other black women who appeared as Aunt Jemima are entitled to $2 billion and a share of future revenue from sales of the popular brand. 

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BYP100 Releases the Agenda to Keep Us Safe to Mobilize Young Activists Seeking to Hold Police Accountable

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BYP100 Releases the Agenda to Keep Us Safe to Mobilize Young Activists Seeking to Hold Police Accountable

The Agenda to Keep Us Safe is a call to action and tool for everyday people, elected officials and law enforcement agencies.

October 9, 2014

CHICAGO — Today, the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) releases the “Agenda to Keep Us Safe,” The Agenda the organization’s first public policy manual for young activists seeking to hold local enforcement agencies accountable for police violence.

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Inmate beaten to death at Florida jail after reporting threats by guard

Latandra Ellington was just seven months shy of freedom when she wrote a chilling letter to her aunt from prison.

She told her aunt she feared she wouldn’t make it out alive because one of the officers, identified as “Sgt. Q” had threatened to beat and kill her. 

“He was gone [sic] beat me to death and mess me like a dog,’’ she wrote. “He was all in my face Sqt. Q then he grab his radio and said he was gone bust me in my head with it…’’ 

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2014 sees a record number of African Americans running for Congress

A record number of African Americans are running for federal office this year, and unfortunately their advances have been met with increased racial polarization in politics, especially in the Deep South.

There are 82 black nominees in the two major political parties running in 2014, according to an analysis by David Bositis. The number surpasses the 2012 record of 72 candidates.

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Feature: ‘When I close my eyes at night, I see people running from tear gas’

The following piece is from EBONY. It was written by Johnetta Elzie.

By: Johnetta Elzie

Trauma is commonly defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience.  Recently, I came to understand what that really means.

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