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I Think About My Funeral When Police Stop Me

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In that moment when those cops stopped me for no reason while I was driving my car in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., my death flashed before my eyes. What was Terence Cutcher thinking about before those Tulsa, Okla., police killed him? Every time cops stop me while I’m driving my car in the middle of the night, I ...

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Disney Is Rebooting The Lion King With Live-Action Movie

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The Disney classic will be the latest animated film to be reimagined as a live-action project. Disney’s The Lion King will show up in theaters as a live-action movie, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Jon Favreau, director of Disney’s The Jungle Book, another animated film-turned-live action, announced on Facebook Wednesday that he will be working with Disney to reboot the ...

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Arizona Republic Back Hillary Clinton For President

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The Arizona Republic has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, and it is the first time in the history of the newspaper that it has backed a Democrat. The paper made its decision known in an editorial published on Tuesday titled “Hillary Clinton is the only choice to move America ahead.” The editorial begins, “Since The Arizona Republic began publication in ...

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Officials release graphic body cam video in Terrence Sterling shooting

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On Tuesday, D.C. officials released the graphic body cam video of the aftermath of the Terrence Sterling shooting. Sterling was shot and killed on September 11 after hitting a police motorcycle with his vehicle. Conflicted accounts of the crash have come from witnesses and police, with police saying that he intentionally hit the motorcycle and witnesses claiming that the crash ...

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Deputies refuse security for high school where players knelt during anthem

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After a picture showed most of the Bonnabel High School football team taking a knee during the national anthem at last week’s game, Louisiana deputies are refusing to work the school’s security detail because of their protest. “I was a bit taken aback at first. Keep in mind, I know what is happening nationally with some of the protests that’s happening across ...

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Police chief confirms Alfred Olango did not have gun before fatal shooting

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EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of demonstrators on Wednesday protested the killing of a black man shot by an officer after authorities said the man pulled an object from a pocket, pointed it and assumed a “shooting stance.” Protesters who gathered outside the suburban San Diego police station in El Cajon chanted “no killer cops” and “black lives matter.” ...

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Beyoncé Tops The Root 100 List of Black Influencers

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The Root 100 2016: Our list of 100 African Americans, ages 25-45, who are responsible for the year’s most significant cultural moments, social movements and big ideas. An athlete who took a stand by sitting out the national anthem. A woman thrust into the spotlight after capturing the horrific aftermath of her fiance’s shooting death by police. A singer whose artistry ...

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Serena Williams Posts Powerful Facebook Message After Feeling Nervous When She Saw Police on the Road

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The tennis star’s nephew was driving her car and she was a passenger, and she expressed the uneasiness she felt as they approached a cop car. Just because Serena Williams is the greatest athlete in the world doesn’t mean she doesn’t feel a sense of paranoia when around police officers. On Tuesday, after being a passenger in her own car ...

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UN Panel Says US Owes Black People Reparations

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The United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent published a study that concludes that black Americans are entitled to “reparatory justice.” Colonial history, a legacy of enslavement and segregation are among the chief reasons reparations are owed to African Americans, according to a report put out by a United Nations group (pdf). The U.N.’s Working Group ...

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Black homeownership lower today than national rate during Great Depression

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Black homeownership is “endangered,” according to the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB). The NAREB says the black homeownership rate is 41.7 percent, which is lower than the national homeownership rate during the Great Depression. The rate is the lowest of any ethnic group in America. NAREB’s 2016 report titled “The State of Housing in Black America” details how African-Americans ...

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