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America’s Most Wanted: Hip hop, the Media & the Prison Industrial Complex

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The University of Chicago’s Race Center hopes to spark useful dialogue with their event, “America’s Most Wanted: Hip hop, the Media & the Prison Industrial Complex.” AMERICA’s MOST WANTED examines the prison crisis by placing two of America’s most influential industries in the crosshairs: corporate-owned media and entertainment. 

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Nick Cannon appears in ‘whiteface’ to promote new album

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“Real Husbands of Hollywood” star Nick Cannon has ruffled quite a few feathers when he posted a photo dressed in whiteface. The “Wildin’ Out” host and comedian performed the stunt to promote his new album, “White People Music.” 

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Teen hospitalized after police assault, says he did nothing wrong

A former high school student who was assaulted by three Pittsburgh police officers in 2010 said that he did nothing wrong during testimony on Thursday. Jordan Miles, who is black, filed a civil rights lawsuit. He claims the officers, who are white, wrongfully arrested him and used excessive force. 

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Music video calls attention to story of Leon Ford

Late last year, we reported the story of Leon Ford, a Pittsburgh teen who was shot by police during a routine traffic stop. No drugs or weapons were found on Ford. Ford is paralyzed and faces up to 20 years in prison for the incident. 

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Woman with HIV: ‘I thought you got it in Africa’

A viral video of a British woman who contracted HIV at age 40 from a sexual fling has admitted that she “thought you got it in Africa.” Rachel Dilley, 48, revealed the shocking revelation of ignorance during an appearance on the UK’s ITV This Morning talk show. 

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Video: Documentary explores vilification, fear of black men

There are countless examples of black men being portrayed as people who you should be afraid of. Studies show that black men are viewed as less innocent than their white counterparts, and more threatening to the general population. But a new documentary is challenging that notion. “Afraid of Dark” takes an honest look at how […]

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With video, high school students challenge the black male stereotype

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A few African American students in Central Illinois are challenging the stereotype of the urban black male with a new initiative. “Suit & Tie in the 217″ features juniors and seniors at Central and Centennial high schools in Champaign with diverse interests. The initiative is meant to reclaim the narrative of the African American male […]

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15-year-old suspended for suspected ‘gang signs’ in picture

A 15-year-old Mississippi high school teen was suspended after a picture of him displaying three raised fingers surfaced. On Feb. 3, assistant principal Todd Nichols summoned Dontadrian Bruce of Olive Branch High to his office. Nichols showed Bruce a photo he had posed for during a recent biology project, and suspended him for holding up […]

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‘Ban Bossy’ campaign seeks to empower young girls to become leaders

In an effort to reclaim the word “leader” for young girls, organizers of a new campaign are encouraging everyone to ban the word “bossy.” 

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Chelsea Handler catches criticism for offensive tweets about Lupita Nyong’o during Oscars

Comedian Chelsea Handler is the latest celebrity to be criticized for what she posted on Twitter. For three hours during the 86th Annual Academy Awards aka The Oscars, Handler made jokes about Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o among others. 

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