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Study: parental incarceration worsens disparities between black and white children

Two sociologists have concluded that parental incarceration plays a role in childhood inequality.  The study, which appears in the book  Children of the Prison Boom: Mass Incarceration and the Future of American Inequality, was conducted by Sara Wakefield of Rutgers University-Newark and Christopher Wildeman of Yale University. 

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University approves integration of fraternities and sororities

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The University of Alabama’s student government voted to support full integration of the Greek system last week. The vote follows a year of controversy over qualified students being blocked from joining sororities because they were black. The discrimination was largely due to influence from a group called “The Machine.”

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Rhymefest releases new album, donates a portion of profits to Donda’s House

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Grammy award-winning rapper Rhymefest has teamed up with Pledge Music to raise awareness and funds about violence in the community. The Chicago-based rapper and activist is releasing his album, “Violence is Sexy” via the platform, which allows users to purchase music via a pledge or donation. 

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Obama Administration to expand clemency for drug offenders

As part of a new initiative, President Obama plans to dramatically increase the number of drug offenders he considers for clemency.  According to White House spokesman Jay Carney, the president has requested that the Justice Department set up a process to ensure that anyone who has a good case for commutation has their application evaluated.

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Congressional Black Caucus calls for Army to repeal hairstyle ban

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In reaction to a new Army regulation that bans many popular hairstyles worn by its black female soldiers, the Congressional Black Caucus has asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to overturn the ruling.  Currently, 26,700 African American women are on active duty in the Army. 

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Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dead at 76

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Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer whose wrongful conviction became an international symbol of racial inequity, has died at 76. Carter, who suffered from prostate cancer, passed away in his sleep Sunday. 

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Update: Ohio teacher loses job for racist comment

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A suburban Cincinnati teacher has been fired after making a racist remark to a black student. Gil Voigt had been teaching science at Fairfield Freshman School since 2000. He has been on unpaid leave since December when he told a black student who had stated that he wished to follow in President Obama’s footsteps that […]

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Student denied admission to University of Michigan, holds protest for appeal of decision

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A 17-year-old high school senior has staged a protest after getting rejected from the University of Michigan. Brooke Kimbrough says she always dreamed of attending the school, believes she was rejected due to racial inequity. 

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2 teens murdered over Facebook argument

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Two Chicago teens were shot to death Saturday over a Facebook dispute, the mother of one of the victims said Saturday night. 16-year-old Jordan Means and 18-year-old Anthony Bankhead were found dead just after 10:30 a.m. Saturday in an apartment on the city’s southeast side. 

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Report: White Nationalist website linked to nearly 100 hate crimes

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According to a report released by the Southern Poverty Law Center, people charged with the murders of nearly 100 people are all linked to a single far right white nationalist website. Stormfront.org says it promotes values of “the embattled white minority.” Users include Anders Behring Breivik, who in 2011, killed 77 people in a Norway […]

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