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Update: Trans activist Monica Jones convicted of ‘manifesting prostitution’

Trans activist Monica Jones was convicted of “manifesting prostitution” in Phoenix, Arizona. Jones was arrested last May for accepting a ride to a from two undercover police officers. In Phoenix, “repeatedly stopping an engaging someone in conversation” can lead to arrest, even if one is no attempting to engage in sex work. Jones was arrested under this […]

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Tommy Smith statue vandalized on San Jose State University Campus for third time

The statue of Olympian Tommy Smith has been vandalized. The gold medal that is part of the statue, located on the campus of San Jose State University, was apparently removed from the statue on April 10.

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Chicago native Allison Semmes shines in role as Diana Ross

Chicago native Allison Semmes is a trained classical singer. She has a bachelor’s degree in opera from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and grew up on Motown music. It looks like her training has paid off because for the past few months, she’s been starring as Diana Ross in the national tour of “Motown […]

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Scholarship Alert: Tom Joyner launches scholarship for art students

The Tom Joyner Foundation has announced that it will offer a scholarship for Arts majors at Historically Black Collegiate Universities. 

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North Carolina Supreme Court hears appeals to reinstate death sentences for inmates

North Carolina’s Supreme Court heard arguments about whether it should reinstate death sentences for four inmates whose punishments were reduced. The appeal seeks to challenge the ruling of a law that allowed certain criminal defendants to challenge their sentences on the grounds of racial bias in their prosecutions. 

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Kanye West, Common create more than 20,000 jobs for Chicago Youth

At a press conference held last Wednesday, rapper-turned-actor Common announced that his foundation has joined forces with Kanye West’s company DONDA’s House Inc. along with the Chicago Urban League to create more than 20,000 jobs for youth in Chicago. 

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New York man suing state for $25 million after wrongful conviction

  A Brooklyn man who was recently released from prison after serving 25 years for a crime he didn’t commit is suing the state of New York for $25 million.  Deacon wants $1 million for every year he served in prison. 

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Lawsuit: man sues NYPD over pepper-spray attack

A Queens man has filed a lawsuit against the NYPD after an altercation caught on surveillance video shows him getting repeatedly pepper-sprayed during a bogus attack.  Stefon Luckey, 34, says the officers also hurled racial slurs at him. 

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‘Wheel of Fortune’ contestant says he did his best

Indiana University freshman Julian Batts says he did the best that he could when he answered questions on “Wheel of Fortune”. Unfortunately, his best just wasn’t good enough.

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Fourth grader denied right to play on school basketball team

A top player for a school basketball team has been banned from playing an an upcoming game because she is a female. Jaelyn Bates, a fourth grader at Frey Basketball Academy, says she was told she can no longer compete with her teammates. 

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