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Katt Williams pleads not guilty to robbery

Dec. 26, 2014 - Katt Williams has pleaded not guilty to a robbery charge filed after a photographer accused the comedian of stealing her camera.

District attorney’s spokeswoman Shiara Davila-Morales said Williams entered the plea Wednesday and was ordered to return to court Feb. 3 for a scheduling hearing. Read more at

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Rush Limbaugh: Idris Elba can’t be James Bond because he’s black

Dec. 26, 2014 - Right-wing radio personality Rush Limbaugh can’t stand the idea of Idris Elba playing James Bond because he’s black.

Limbaugh’s on-air rant came after rumors that British-born Elba may replace actor Daniel Craig after his final Bond film. The Idris as Bond whispers came from the leaked emails of Sony Pictures Entertainment. The studio’s co-chairman Amy Pascal wrote in an email that “Idris should be the next Bond.” Read more at

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Kwanzaa Celebrations Begin Friday

Dec. 26, 2014 - Heri za Kwanzaa!

The weeklong celebration of African heritage officially begins Dec. 26, when observers will come together and rejoice in family, community and culture.

According to the Official Kwanzaa website, the name of the holiday comes from the Swahili phrasematunda ya kwanza, meaning “first fruits.” Its roots are in the black freedom movement, being established in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, who believed in the need to preserve, revitalize and promote African-American culture. Kwanzaa is therefore more of a cultural holiday, than a religious one. Read more at

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Cuba Won’t Hand Over Assata Shakur

December 23, 2014 - New Jersey officials might have been hoping that with warming relations between the U.S. and Cuba, one of the FBI’s most wanted criminals, Assata Shakur, would be extradited to face judgment after fleeing the country. 

However, according to the Associated Press, Cuba’s head of North American affairs, Josefina Vidal, has reiterated her country’s sovereign right to grant and maintain political asylum.  Read more at

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Man charged with posting threat against police on Facebook

Dec. 24, 2014 - A New York City man has been charged with posting a threat against police hours after two officers were killed by another man who had signaled his planned attack online. The New York Post reports that 18-year-old Devon Coley was arraigned Monday on a charge of making a terroristic threat.

The Post says Coley — who also is facing unrelated gun possession and other charges — posted a photo of a gunman shooting at a patrol car with the phrase “73Nextt.” It was an apparent reference to the 73rd police precinct in his Brooklyn neighborhood. Read more at

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LAPD officers celebrate Michael Brown’s death in parody song

Dec. 24, 2014 - In  a shocking video obtained by TMZ, LAPD officers celebrate the death of Ferguson teen Michael Brown with a parody song of  “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.”
The footage is from an annual police charity event hosted by retired LAPD officer Joe Myers at Elks Lodge in Glendale, California. According to TMZ there were about 50-60 people in attendance, half of which were police officers. Read more at

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St. Louis police officer kills black teen and sparks protest

Dec. 24, 2014 - A suburban St. Louis police officer shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at him, only a few miles from where the fatal shooting of a black man by a white officer led to weeks of protests earlier this year, police said Wednesday.

A crowd of about 100 people were gathered early Wednesday at the scene in Berkeley, Missouri, close to the town of Ferguson, where 18-year-old Michael Brown died in August. Read more at

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Michael Sam tells Oprah gay NFL players have reached out to him

Dec. 24, 2014 - Michael Sam was released from the Dallas Cowboys in October, but tells Oprah Winfrey in a new interview he’s received encouraging words from current players who have his back.

Sam said “very few” gay NFL players have reached out to him to show “gratitude.” He wouldn’t say specifically how many when asked, but went onto to say the players told him they “wish they had the courage” to come out. Read more at

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Denver shelters say legalized pot attracting the homeless

Dec. 24, 2014 - Chris Easterling was sick of relying on drug dealers in Minneapolis when he needed marijuana to help ease the pain of multiple sclerosis. They were flaky, often leaving the homeless man without the drug when he needed relief the most.

So he moved to Denver, where legal pot dispensaries are plentiful and accessible. Read more at

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New poll has President Obama ending 2014 on a high note

Dec. 24, 2014 - Despite the tumultuous social climate in this country, a new poll from CNN has revealed thatPresident Obama‘s approval rating is the highest it’s been in almost two years.

While most Americans are still dissatisfied with the POTUS, his current 48% approval rating is the best it’s been since May 2013 due to constant improvements in the economy. The spike is due large in part to women, millennials and independents who appreciate the strives he’s made with immigration and relations with Cuba. Read more at

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Cast of ‘Selma’ discuss showing MLK’s infidelities

Dec. 24, 2014 - Cast members from the new Martin Luther King Jr. inspired film, Selma, are speaking out about how the project humanizes the heroic civil rights icon.For many, MLK is viewed as something of an American saint.

Selma is the first studio film about MLK that shows the complexities of the cultural icon. Ava Duvernay, the film’s Golden Globe nominated director, says she didn’t want to make MLK out to be a saint, but also didn’t want to overcorrect by making him an anti-hero. Read more at

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Mathew Knowles sells Beyoncé and Solange stuff at garage sale

Dec. 24, 2014 - Beyoncé‘s estranged father Mathew Knowles is having a garage sale, and unloading a slew of Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child memorabilia.

According to TMZ the 63-year-old former music exec “is trying to make ends meet by unloading tons of her souvenirs from her career in a massive garage sale — which also features Solange stuff.” Read more at

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Justice Department to Review Fatal Shooting of Dontre Hamilton

Dec. 24, 2014 - The family of Dontre Hamilton—the 31-year-old African-American man who was fatally shot by a white police officer in Milwaukee in April—is now looking to the Justice Department to bring about justice since the Milwaukee County district attorney announced Monday that no criminal charges would be brought against Officer Christopher Manney for the shooting, Al-Jazeera reports.

The Justice Department revealed this week that it would be conducting an investigation into the incident to determine if it will pursue civil rights violations. Read more at

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Bill de Blasio’s Request To Halt Peaceful Protest Is Wrong

Dec. 24, 2014 - You have to be a special kind of parasite to politicize death, but fortunately for those working in politics, media, and law enforcement such a strain can only serve to propel you in your field. It’s been less than a week since the shooting deaths of two NYPD officers at the hands of the clearly disturbed Ismaaiyl Brinsley, but it only took hours for people to use those murders to make their political cases. Not surprisingly, one of the first to do so was former New York mayor and race hustler, Rudy Giuliani, who took to FOX News to spew his divisive rhetoric. Read more at

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Antonio Martin, Black Teenager, Fatally Shot By Police 2 Miles From Ferguson

December 24, 2014 - A black teen was fatally shot by an officer on Tuesday night just two miles from Ferguson, Missouri, police said.

Antonio Martin, 18, who police say pointed a gun at the officer, was shot late Tuesday night at a Mobil gas station in Berkeley, Missouri, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The alleged victim's mother, Toni Martin, confirmed to the Post-Dispatch that her son had been shot by police.  Read more at

A black teen was fatally shot by an officer on Tuesday night just two miles from Ferguson, Missouri, police said.

Antonio Martin, 18, who police say pointed a gun at the officer, was shot late Tuesday night at a Mobil gas station in Berkeley, Missouri, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The alleged victim's mother, Toni Martin, confirmed to the Post-Dispatch that her son had been shot by police.

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The C-SPAN bus visits MYcroSchool

The C-SPAN bus, complete with its state-of-the-art features, rolled into St. Pete Dec. 3 for a stop at MYcroSchool Pinellas, 840 3rd Ave. S.

Social studies teacher Glenn Walker, who was chosen as a C-SPAN fellow over the summer, was instrumental in having the bus come to MYcroSchool Pinellas. He wanted his students to get an opportunity to learn about the background of C-SPAN and realize that it is more than just a cable network providing gavel-to-gavel coverage.  Read more at

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Maya Angelou wrote her friends in her will

Dec. 23, 2014 - Famed poet Maya Angelou passed away in May, but before her death she left gifts in her will to a half-dozen well-known New Yorkers.

According to the New York Daily News, papers filed in Manhattan Surrogate’s Court reveal that beneficiaries include screenwriter Khephra Burns, Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson, and Tony winning producer and dancer George Faison. Read more at

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Tyler Perry posts emotional message on Facebook about Christmas, fatherhood

Dec. 23, 2014 - Director Tyler Perry turned to Facebook Monday with an emotional message about his first Christmas as a father.

The actor and director, 45, and his longtime girlfriend, model and activist Gelila Bekele, welcomed their first child in late November. Read more at

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Stevie J ordered to rehab after failing drug tests

Dec. 23, 2014 - A cast member on VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” has been ordered to spend 30 days at a drug rehabilitation center after prosecutors said he repeatedly failed cocaine and marijuana tests.

The New York Post says Stevie J got that news Monday at a Manhattan federal court date in his child-support case. Read more at

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Study proves Southern white people have more black DNA than those in the rest of the U.S

Dec. 23, 2014 - Many people who consider themselves “white” would be surprised to discover they have African ancestry – especially those in the south.

In an ironic twist, a new study has found that some of the states with the most racial tension are also the ones where the most white people have black ancestors. The findings published this month in the American Journal of Human Genetics found that whites in the South were far more likely to have black ancestry than any other part of the country. Read more at

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