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A Few Words on the Blatant Disrespect Being Shown to Angela Davis

Let’s make this plain. There have been intense, wide-spread and polarizing responses to my article on a statement made by scholar, freedom fighter, former political prisoner and icon Angela Davis during her Sept. 30 keynote address at the “Black Matters: The Futures of Black Scholarship and Activism” conference at the University of Texas at Austin. During her address, Davis said, “I have serious problems with the ...

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Protests Mount After Teen Carnell Snell Jr. Shot and Killed By LAPD

The 18-year-old’s mother said he was shot five times running from police. An 18-year-old was shot fatally by the Los Angeles Police Department after a foot chase which relatives said ended tragically in front of his home. The dead teen has been identified as Carnell “CJ” Snell Jr., a young man neighbors say was into skateboards and his family, according ...

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Black Va. Schoolhouse Built in 1892 Defaced with ‘White Power’ Signs

Vandals marred the Ashburn Colored School in Northern Virginia, destroying two years of restoration work by local students. The Ashburn Colored School opened in 1892, a single-room schoolhouse that gave black children in northern Virginia the opportunity to receive an education, 30 years after the Civil War ended in the capital of the Confederacy. The school was horribly vandalized this ...

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Woman sent pic of a ‘Sorry I Tased you’ cake by deputy who Tased her

Stephanie Byron claims that she was Tased when Escambia County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Wohlers came to visit her at work, but in a bizarre twist, he then sent her a picture of a cake with frosting reading “Sorry I Tased you.” Wohlers allegedly came to Byron’s work in June to harass her “about her personal life,” according to Byron. At one point, ...

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Congress overrides Obama veto on 9/11 bill, but what about slavery reparations for African-Americans?

Just when you thought Congress couldn’t get along, they found something they could all agree on: 9-11 families. Both the House and Senate voted overwhelmingly to overturn President Barack Obama’s veto of JASTA (Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act), allowing the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for any role they had in the 9-11 attacks. Can ...

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Hillary Clinton gives Mary J. Blige ‘The 411’ on black issues

This past week, Mary J. Blige made headlines when the teaser for her new talk show The 411 featured an interview with Hillary Clinton. The most noteworthy (and cringe worthy) moment of the clip released by Apple Music showed the R&Blegend belting out Bruce Springsteen’s American Skin (41 Shots). You’ve got to understand the rules If an officer stops you, promise me you’ll ...

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Amy Schumer: Most dangerous person on the Internet?

You may want to think twice before searching for the recent Mets kiss cam video starring comedianAmy Schumer. No, it isn’t something that’s NSFW — you never know with Schumer — but it turns out she is the most dangerous celebrity on the internet. At least that’s what the 10th annual McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities report says. How is this comedian so ...

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5 steps to your retirement portfolio

When it comes to structuring your investment portfolio, there’s no single ideal model portfolio. Your best asset allocation will depend, in part, on your investment goals and how much time you have to build wealth. Here’s how to create a solid retirement portfolio in five steps. Shed risky stocks One recipe for endangering your financial future is having an investment ...

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Volkswagen agrees to $1.2B settlement with dealers

Volkswagen Group agreed to pay its 652 U.S. dealerships up to $1.21 billion to settle claims stemming from the company’s emissions scandal. The German automaker revealed the settlement late Friday in a federal court filing, reflecting an average payout of $1.85 million. Many dealers suffered steep losses over the last year as VW’s U.S. sales slumped in the wake of the scandal. The ...

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Mary J. Blige Didn’t Ask Clinton About Hateration; Nor Did She Just Break Out Singing. And Other Reasons You Need to Watch Their Interview

The trailer for Blige’s interview with Hillary Clinton on her Apple Music talk show, The 411,didn’t do Blige any favors. And while the memes were funny, we suggest you watch the entire piece because in this instance, context is critical. The trailer for it may have been awkward, but once you actually watch Mary J. Blige’s interview with Hillary Clinton ...

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