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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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Like other companies, Twitter also comes up short on diversity

Twitter is the latest company to confirm that the field of technology isn’t diverse. The company released a statistical breakdown of the genders and ethnic backgrounds of its employees, and like many companies, the “diversity report” does not live up to its name. 

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Men’s Health Month: health advocates host #BrothersWhoTweet chat series

Community service organizations invested in men’s health will host Twitter chat events using the hashtag #brotherswhotweet. The chats are meant to openly discuss the importance of mental, physical and sexual health with black men. 

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Event: ‘Now What?’ Politics, Culture and Social Media

The Illinois Humanities Council presents: “Now What?” – Politics, Culture and Social Media.  The event kicks off the second edition of the Now What? conversation series, and takes a look at the impact of Twitter on organizing. The Black Youth Project is a co-sponsor of the event.

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Pharrell: ‘the new black doesn’t blame other races for our issues’

Singer, songwriter/producer Pharrell has had an amazing year. But tempers flared when the star released the cover for his new album, GIRL, and the flames have been reignited after comments about “The New Black” during an interview with Oprah made by the musician. 

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Black hockey player flooded with racist comments after scoring goal

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Racist comments flooded social media networks last week after Montreal Canadiens denfenceman P.K. Subban scored a winning goal in a match against the Boston Bruins. Unhappy Bruins fans took to Twitter, posting all types of racist, derogatory comments on the site. 

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With #myNYPD hashtag, Black Twitter exposes police brutality

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The New York Police Department is known for executing a history of violent and discriminatory practices that many say unfairly target minorities. An effort to share positive stories and experiences through the #myNYPD hashtag backfired after members of Black Twitter jacked the hashtag to highlight police brutality carried out by the department. 

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Update: Colin Kaepernick responds to allegations of sexual assault

Yesterday, we reported that San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick is being investigated by the Miami Police Department for an alleged sexual assault. Kaepernick has responded to the allegations via Twitter:

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On Twitter, victims of sexual assault answer ‘what were you wearing?’ question

Every two minutes, someone becomes a victim of sexual assault in America. 80 percent of the victims are under age 30, and 44 percent are under the age of 18. Often, the victim is afraid to come forward, and when she/he does, they are shamed, questioned and even blamed for the act. But a powerful […]

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Oscar-nominated actress lands new role of Annie, racists on Twitter go nuts

Last week we reported that the trailer for the upcoming film “Annie” had been released. Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis star in the film, set to be released this Christmas. While most of us were thrilled to see this talented young lady back on the big screen, there are always racist trolls ready for the picking. 

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