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Luke Cage: A Bulletproof Black Man in the Black Lives Matter Era

The Luke Cage series premieres Friday on Netflix, and while the character is a black superhero from Marvel’s golden era, Cage’s skin is impenetrable—a power that many black parents wish they could bestow upon their children today. To deal with my anger over the seemingly unending number of black men and women killed at the hands of those tasked with ...

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Ala. Supreme Court Chief Justice Suspended for Rest of Term

The Alabama Court of the Judiciary voted unanimously to suspend Chief Justice Roy Moore without pay for the remainder of his term. After telling probate judges to defy federal orders regarding same-sex marriage, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended from the bench Friday. AL.com reports that this is the second time Moore has been removed from the ...

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AT&T CEO Delivers a Rousing Speech on Racial Tension in American Society

Speaking in front of a group of 2,100 AT&T employees at a conference in Dallas on Sept. 23, Randall Stephenson encouraged open and honest dialogue on race. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson spoke poignantly on the issue of racial tension in America at a Sept 23 conference for AT&T employees in Dallas. At the 8th annual National Employee Resource Group Conference, ...

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After dispute, Panthers player pays $3,900 car repair bill in coins

Mike Tolbert wasn’t at all pleased when he took his 1975 Chevy Caprice convertible to Motion Lab Tuning in June to have the engine serviced, only to have the bill raised on him and the work left incomplete. On Wednesday, the Panthers running back said that he had checked in with the shop Monday to ask why the car wasn’t ready ...

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Kentucky House candidate is unapologetic over racist Obama posts

Dan Johnson, who is running against the incumbent Democrat in the 49th district for Kentucky’s State House, is not apologizing for Facebook posts he made aboutPresident Barack Obama that many are calling blatantly racist. The images included a picture of a baby chimpanzee labeled as being Obama as well as images of ape-like features Photoshopped onto images of the president, ...

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Nate Parker says new film is ‘bigger’ than his controversial rape case

NEW YORK (AP) – In an interview with “60 Minutes,” Nate Parker was unapologetic for a 17-year-old rape case that has surrounded his film, “The Birth of a Nation.” In excerpts from the interview to air Sunday shared exclusively with The Associated Press on Thursday, Parker said he was “falsely accused” and declined to make any apology . The woman ...

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Graphic Body-Cam Footage Shows La. Cops Fatally Shoot 6-Year-Old Autistic Boy

A Louisiana court released footage from November that shows now-former Officers Derrick Stafford, 33, and Norris Greenhouse Jr., 24, open fire on Christopher Few’s SUV, apparently unaware that Few’s 6-year-old son was in the car. On Wednesday a Louisiana court released body-camera footage of the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old autistic boy. According to CNN, Jeremy Mardis was riding with ...

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Congress Adjourns for the Election but Still Has Lots of Work to Do

After last-minute wrangling and politicking to avoid a government shutdown, Congress heads home to campaign for the election. After approving a continuing resolution that funds the federal government through Dec. 9, the 114th Congress adjourned Thursday for the election, leaving a lot of unresolved issues on the table. The must-pass spending bill—which prevented a government shutdown, provides funds to address ...

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Creepy-Clown Sightings: Are They Real or Just a Hoax?

People in various states have reported spotting “creepy” clowns in all sorts of places. It started in August when people in Greenville County, S.C., reported seeing a creepy clownlurking near the woods. Others said the clown was trying to lure children in the woods by offering them money. Then more people came forward, saying that the clown was in various parts ...

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Alfre Woodard says Mike Colter’s ’Luke Cage’ is the perfect superhero

Luke Cage’ is a bulletproof black man fighting in the streets for justice –and he just might be the hero we all need.  Marvel’s highly anticipated Netflix series premieres Friday and theGrio got the scoop with cast member and award-winning actress Alfre Woodard. In the show, Woodard plays a Harlem politician named Mariah Hillard, a Howard University and Wharton graduate with a ...

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