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‘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: 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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Guest Post

Transgender woman wins right to be herself

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The following feature originally appears on the Windy City Times. It was written by Gretchen Rachel Blickensderfer. By: Gretchen Rachel Blickensderfer According to the most recent numbers, one in six transgender individuals report having been imprisoned at some point in their lives. The history of horrific abuses they often suffered in jail have been well-documented—trans* women housed […]

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Family of unarmed man killed in Wal-mart demands surveillance footage

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The family of an unarmed man who was fatally shot by police in an Ohio Wal-mart last week is demanding the retailer release surveillance video footage of the events that led to his death. John Crawford III, a father or two, was killed just days before police shot and killed Michael Brown, 18, in the […]

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Little League baseball star Mo’Ne Davis graces cover of Sports Illustrated

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Little League World Series phenom Mo’Ne Davis is on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated and is the subject of this week’s cover story. The 13-year-old caught the nation’s attention after throwing a shutout during her first game of the Little League World Series. But despite the attention she’s getting for her baseball prowess, Davis really wants to […]

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Report: black, Hispanic children have 50 percent chance of developing diabetes

According to a study published in Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, black and Hispanic children have about a 50 percent chance of developing diabetes over the course of their lifetimes. Americans overall have a 40 percent chance of developing the disease. 

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The price of blackness in America

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The following post originally appears on Gawker. It was written by Lanre Akinsiku. By: Lanre Akinsiku In undergrad, I drove a ’92 Ford Taurus that just hulked, tank-like, up and down the streets of Berkeley. The thing was conspicuous, an ocean liner. I was pulled over all the time, once or twice a week at one point. Often […]

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16-year-old Shaquise Buckner shot in West Englewood

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A 16-year-old girl was killed in a drive-by shooting in Chicago’s West Englewood neighborhood that also left one man wounded early Saturday. Shaquise Buckner was killed in the 7200 black of South Laflin Street around 12:50 a.m., according to authorities.

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