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Baltimore Probes ‘Enjoy Your Ride’ Sign in Police Van

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In April, Freddie Gray died of an injury that a medical examiner determined he had sustained while being transported to jail in the back of a similar van. Just months after Baltimore resident Freddie Gray was fatally injured while being transported in the back of a police van, city officials are investigating a photograph of a sign inside the rear ...

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Watch: Man Breaks Down When Judge Recognizes Him as Former Classmate

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Arthur Booth, 49, was in Miami-Dade Circuit Court for a bond hearing Thursday when the judge identified him as one of her colleagues from middle school. Arthur Booth, 49, was in Miami-Dade Circuit Court for a bond hearing Thursday when the judge recognized him as a former middle-school classmate, triggering a tearful outburst from the defendant, according to the Huffington ...

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Voodoo’ priest arrested in Florida for raping at least 2 women, 11-year-old girl

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A Self-proclaimed voodoo priest in Florida used his victims’ belief in his powers to sexually manipulate women, according to police. Brogenet Cinor, 48, was arrested last month for the rape of an 11-year-old girl. Police say that the victim, now 16, was taken to a shed out back where she was sexually abused in what Cinor claimed was an attempt ...

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7 Movies We Can’t Wait to See This Summer

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Beat the heat with these big-screen treats. It’s the summer of sequels and prequels, action and sci-fi, music and … minions. A movie theater is always a great place to escape the heat and get some (not-so-cheap) entertainment. The films planned for the rest of the summer offer a little something for all kinds of movie lovers. Take a look ...

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When It Comes to Race, Valerie Jarrett Asks Why Is It All on the President; but Why Not?

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The problem isn’t just President Barack Obama’s being reticent to talk forcefully about race, it’s about how he acts on race, too. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama top adviser Valerie Jarrett did a 30-minute interview with Walter Isakson at the Aspen Institute. Isakson asked Jarrett about Obama’s reticence on race. “Some of us feel there was an opportunity throughout this presidency to ...

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Kendrick Lamar hits back at Geraldo Rivera: Hip-hop isn’t the problem, reality is

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Kendrick Lamar has taken a lot of criticism for his recent BET Awards performance – mostly from folks who have no idea what they’re talking about. In any case, the Compton rapper is pushing back at his critics, namely Fox News pundit Geraldo Rivera,  who said hip-hop has done more damage to young blacks than racism recently. But that’s oversimplifying ...

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Basketball coach accused of violating former player’s civil rights, segregated practices

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Seven former University of Illinois women’s basketball players sued the university Wednesday, accusing coach Matt Bollant and a former assistant of violating their civil rights by using race to divide the team and try to force some players out. The lawsuit adds to this year’s stream of accusations against the school’s sports programs over player treatment. ...

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An open letter to Confederate flag defenders: Overcome your ignorance; racism is real

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Dear Karen Cooper and other flag defenders, The Confederate battle flag is a symbol of white supremacy and hatred. This is not some extreme left-wing, Obama super fan interpretation of it. This is a statement of fact. As Ta-Nehisi Coatessuccinctly and eloquently pointed out in his Atlanticpiece, the Confederate states were very clear on their reasons for seceding from the ...

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Loving Day Captures What It Means to Be Multiracial in America

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Written by Mat Johnson, this new novel wryly explores racial identity, growing up, family and love. From the very first line of Mat Johnson’s new novel, Loving Day, you understand that you are in the hands of a master storyteller. In engaging, lively prose, Johnson gives us the story of Warren Duffy, a man just returned from Wales to the ...

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Black Man Arrested After Admitting to Posting Racist Signs Outside Black Churches

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Forty-four-year-old Vincent Broughton of Colorado Springs, Colo., is facing charges of bias-motivated crime, harassment, littering and disorderly conduct. A Colorado Springs, Colo., man was arrested Tuesday after admitting to local station KRDO that he was the one who posted racially charged signs outside two churches and around the city, KRDO reports. Vincent Broughton, who is black, faces charges of committing ...

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