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Update: Marissa Alexander denied new hearing, still faces 60 years in prison

A Florida judge has denied Marissa Alexander a new self-defense hearing after finding that the recent addition of a “warning shot” provision to the state’s Stand Your Ground law could not be applied retroactively.  The law allows someone to fire without retreat if they have a “reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great […]

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Woman firefighter becomes first female featured in Calender of Heroes

A Bronx, New York woman has become the first female firefighter to be featured in the FDNY Calendar of Heroes.  Danae Mines, an 11-year veteran, said she was told the honor was reserved for men only. 

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Video: Woman fired for speaking her mind, goes on to start own business

Yolanda Spivey’s claim to fame came after she published her wildly popular article about being an unemployed black woman. Frustrated with constant rejection, she changed her name to Bianca White, as well as her profile picture and voicemail to make her sound more and appear to be a white woman.

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Tona Brown makes history by becoming first transgender African-American woman to play at Carnegie Hall

Sissieretta Jones made history in 1892 when she became the first African-American female to sing at Carnegie Hall. 122 years later, the first openly transgender African-American performer will play at the venue on June 25.

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Tufts University kicks out student after she was raped

On Monday, Wagatwe Wanjuki posted a tweet about what it’s like to be a rape survivor. The 27-year-old took to Twitter after reading a June 6 Washington Post column buy conservative writer George Will. The column suggested there was no campus rape epidemic and that women were lying about being victims of sexual assault.

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Single mother graduates with 3 degrees

A 28-year-old single mother of three graduated from UCLA with not one, not two, but THREE degrees on Friday. Deanna Jordan, a native of Compton, said it was imperative that her sons see her walk across stage. 

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Ruby Dee dead at 91

Legendary actress and activist Ruby Dee has died. She was 91.

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Michelle Obama, Oprah slated to speak at Maya Angelou’s memorial

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First lady Michelle Obama and media mogul Oprah Winfrey will speak at Maya Angelou’s funeral on Saturday. The critically-acclaimed poet, author and activist passed away peaceful on May 28. She was 86. 

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Police indicted in shooting death of 2 unarmed suspects, 137 bullets fired

Six Cleveland Police officers were indicted Friday on charges related to a car chase that resulted in 137 bullets being fired into a car with 2 unarmed suspects in it. 

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Who’s dominating Hip-Hop, Rock and Pop music? Ester Dean

Ester Dean is widely recognized for her role in the feature film “Pitch Perfect,” but that isn’t all that she should be known for. If you’re rocking to a top 40 pop song of the super sexy variety, chances are Dean wrote it. 

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