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Head of state for Iran tweets support for #BlackLivesMatter movement

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Iran’s head of state Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reportedly tweeted his support of the #BlackLivesMatter protests that have denounced the recent police killings of black people in America. A series of tweets came from Khamenei’s account that made clear references to the ongoing movement in the U.S. in an effort to call attention to the racial […]

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Arrests made in #IAmJada rape case

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Two suspects have been charged in the brutal gang rape of a teenage girl in Texas who went public about the crime after discovering the attack on social media. The girl, known as Jada found out she had been sexually assault via the #JadaPose tag. 

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High school powder puff team poses for team photo, play game in blackface

  A Missouri powder-puff football team is in trouble after  photos of members in blackface went viral. Apparently, Sullivan High’s girls’ squad also played the game in the offensive makeup. 

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Alabama school officials hire former FBI agent to spy on black students

Huntsville City Schools paid a former FBI agent $157,000 last year to investigate social media activity of public school students. The investigation led to the expulsion of 14 students last year. 12 were black. 

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Twitter campaign calls attention to mentally ill man brutally beaten by teens

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A video showing a mentally ill man being physically attacked by a group of teenagers has gone viral. The video, which has been circulating around YouTube, sparked outrage in the form of a Twitter campaign, #JusticeforCoran, created in hopes of raising awareness of the crime. 

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Kansas City officer under review for Michael Brown Facebook post

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A Kansas City Police Department officer is facing an internal review after venting about the Michael Brown shooting on Facebook. Officer Marc Catron’s postings have garnered outrage on social media, due to his strong comments about Brown, who was fatally wounded by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. 

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Mother arrested for helping son conduct ‘fire challenge’

A Charlotte, North Carolina woman is facing charges after police say she helped her son set himself on fire in a stunt known as the “fire challenge.” The viral challenge shows individuals, mostly who are young, pouring alcohol or some other flammable liquid on their body while they stand in the tub. They then light […]

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African Americans protest media portrayals of black victims with #IfTheyGunnedMeDown hashtag

  In the wake of the shooting death of Ferguson, Missouri resident Michael Brown, African-Americans have taken to Twitter to highlight how the media portrays blacks if they should become victims of police shootings.

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Teen rape survivor fights back with #IAMJADA

A 16-year-old Texas teen who found out she was raped via social media is speaking out. It is not The Black Youth Project’s policy to identify rape victims, but the young girl is choosing to identify herself. Jada, spoke to KHOU about the rape last week. She said that she has nothing to hide and […]

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16-year-old drugged and raped, finds out via social media after peers make fun of incident

A 16-year-old Houston girl says she found out she was drugged and raped via social media. While it is not our policy to disclose the identity of rape victims, the teen, along with her mother’s blessing, does not want to hide her identity. Jada told KHOU 11 that she has nothing to hide, and wants […]

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