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Ray Rice eligible to play in the NFL again

Dec. 1, 2014 - An arbitrator Friday threw out Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension by the NFL for punching his then-fiancee and now wife in a hotel elevator, freeing him to play again.

The NFL said Rice, a free agent, is “eligible to play upon signing a new contract.” Whether any team will consider signing him is another matter. Read more at

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Black Man Stopped by Cop for 'Walking With His Hands in His Pockets'

Dec. 1, 2014 - On a brisk, Michigan winter, Thanksgiving Day around 4:30 p.m., a black man was spotted walking down a street with his hands in his pockets when a cop stopped him. His charge: Walking with his hands in his pockets on a brisk, Michigan winter day.  

This is not a joke.

Video of the incident has made the rounds across social media and shows the cop, who also recorded the incident, explaining to the man that his walking around was making "…people nervous. They said you had your hands in your pockets." Read more at

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Coming Clean After Living Secretly With HIV for More Than 25 Years

Dec. 1, 2014 - Imagine going through your entire childhood having to hide your HIV-positive status because your mother wanted to protect you from being shunned, humiliated, bullied or abused like the late Ryan White, the Indiana teenager who contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion in 1984.

Now imagine keeping that secret even as a college student while engaging in reckless and life-threatening situations. Then imagine making a documentary about the secrecy and the lies, when the entire world will serve as judge and jury for the admittedly horrible choices you made during a fragile period.Read more at

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Filling the Pipeline: Growing Successful STEM Programs at HBCUs

Dec. 1, 2014 - From the stage of the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at the second-annual Platform Summit, held October 24-26, 2014 on the campus of Morehouse College, President John Silvanus Wilsonpitched his school as a leading force in the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known by the acronym “STEM.” As he lauded STEM-related endeavors at Morehouse (informing the crowd that Morehouse currently has over 800 STEM majors), he committed the historically black, all-male college to delivering market-ready graduates, ready and able to break into the booming but diversity-challenged tech industry. Read more at

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Grand Jury Close To Decision In Eric Garner Death

November 29, 2014 - Amid the fallout from a grand jury's decision in the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Missouri, a panel in New York City is quietly nearing its own conclusion about another combustible case involving the death of an unarmed man at the hands of police.  Read more at

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Ray Rice Wins Appeal, Suspension Vacated Immediately

November 28, 2014 - Ray Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL.

An arbitrator ruled Friday that his suspension for punching his fiancee, now his wife, should be vacated immediately. The NFL said Rice, a free agent, is "eligible to play upon signing a new contract."  Read more at

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Tampa homeless program uses unpaid, destitute residents as steady labor force, revenue source

November 29, 2014 - Before every Tampa Bay Buccaneers home game, dozens of men gather in the yard at New Beginnings of Tampa, one of the city’s largest homeless programs.

The men — many of them recovering alcoholics and drug addicts — are about to work a concessions stand behind Raymond James Stadium’s iconic pirate ship, serving beer and food to football fans. First, a supervisor for New Beginnings tries to pump them up.  Read more at

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10 #BlackOutBlackFriday protest Instagram videos you need to see

November 29, 2014 - While millions of Americans rushed to stores to cash-in on Black Friday deals today, many African Americans have opted to stay home in order to protest the killing of Michael Brown and other recent police shootings of unarmed young black men. The campaign is called #BlackOutBlackFriday, and it has gained significant traction on social media.  Read more at

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UN: US police brutality violates anti-torture treaty

November 29, 2014 - Police brutality, military interrogations and prisons were among the top concerns of a U.N. panel’s report Friday that found the United States to be falling short of full compliance with an international anti-torture treaty.  Read more at

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Why #BlackOutBlackFriday is necessary for change

Nov. 28, 2014 - America is a country where practically anything is possible with the right money behind you. Black Americans’ spending power in this country is presently valued at approximately $1.1 trillion dollars annually. Yes trillion, with a “T”, per year.

In the wake of the grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, Jr., frustration, anger and grief abound. The failing of the system struck a different nerve this time. Another Black life, instantly devalued by the system of so-called justice in this country. Read more at

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Quintavious Johnson, 12, slays National Anthem on Thanksgiving

Nov. 28, 2014 - Ladies and Gentlemen, Quintavious Johnson.

The 12-year-old former contestant on America’s Got Talent slayed the National Anthem before Thursday’s Lions Bears game. Read more at

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Dornnella Conners loses eye after officer fires at her vehicle

Nov. 28, 2014 - Earlier this week, Dornnella Connors drove into Ferguson to join protesters supporting Michael Brown. Now, she’s blind in her left eye and can barely see out of her right one, according to St. Louis’ KMOV.

Connors and her boyfriend De’Angelas Lee were leaving a gas station near Ferguson when multiple officers arrived. The officers were responding to reports of gun fire at the station and wanted to clear the area. Read more at

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President Obama completes annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon

Nov. 28, 2014 - President Barack Obama is defending his legal authority to take executive actions — to spare a pair of Thanksgiving turkeys.

Obama joked that his turkey pardon will be his “most talked about executive action this month.” Last week, the president issued a series of highly anticipated executive actions on immigration that are opposed by Republicans. Read more at

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12-year-old girl saves younger sister, 4, from house fire

Nov. 28, 2014 - When Angel Lynn Coller woke up, she was in the arms of her older sister Laniyah. Their home was on fire. “My sister carried me, but then she was crying because all our stuff was gone,” Angel Lynn told WPXI-TV. “Even my pretty clothes are gone.”

The girls’ mother called upstairs to Laniyah that there was a fire. Laniyah grabbed her sister immediately and made it downstairs, despite heavy amounts of smoke filling the home. Read more at

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Labor Activists Will Protest in Front of Several Wal-Mart Locations on Black Friday

Nov. 28, 2014 - Wal-Mart—America’s largest retailer—will be facing a lot of hurdles on Black Friday. Not only is there a robust social media campaign under way that is encouraging black Americans to boycott major businesses as a way to protest the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury verdict, but Al-Jazeera is also reporting that OUR Walmart—the “union-backed labor campaign” consisting of employees and labor activists—is planning protests in front of several Wal-Mart locations across the country. Read more at

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Pastor Reportedly Refuses to Bury 93-Year-Old Woman Who Hadn’t Paid Her Church Dues

Nov. 28, 2014 - A Houston pastor faces criticism after refusing to bury a 93-year-old woman who had been a member of his church for more than 50 years..

Barbara Day says that she feels insulted by the way the pastor, Walter F. Houston, responded to her request to bury her mother, Olivia Blair. Read more at

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44 Arrested as Tension in Ferguson Grows

Nov. 26, 2014 - The second day of protests continued in Ferguson, Mo. as police arrested some 44 people, but authorities considered Tuesday protests to be a calm night and attributed that to the some 2,000 National Guard deployed to the St. Louis suburb.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis County Chief Jon Belmar noted that of the 44 arrested, 4 were hit with felony charges including weapons and assaults on officers. Belmar also reported that 2 guns and a Molotov cocktail were taken from protestors over a night that started with a few hundred gathered in front of City Hall. According to Belmar, police used tear gas to disperse the crowd at City Hall but that was the only time tear gas was used all night. Read more at

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Pharrell Williams: Why Aren’t We Talking About Michael Brown’s ‘Bullyish’ Behavior?

Nov. 26, 2014 - Grammy Award-winning producer Pharrell Williams has previously gotten flak for his comments on race, such as when he told Oprah that “the new black doesn’t blame other races for our issues.” But that didn’t stop the singer-songwriter from voicing his thoughts on Monday’s grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., although he said he didn’t want to “get ... in trouble.” Read more at

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Obama: I Will Veto 'Permanent Tax Breaks for Corporations'

Nov. 26, 2014 - President Barack Obama vowed on Tuesday to veto a package of tax breaks that Republicans send his way if they don’t alter the parts that provide “permanent tax breaks for businesses”.

“The president would veto the proposed deal because it would provide permanent tax breaks to help well-connected corporations while neglecting working families,” Jennifer Friedman, a White House spokeswoman, told the Times. Read more at

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Hispanic and Arab-Americans Want Their Own Racial Categories on the 2020 Census

Nov. 26, 2014 - Civil rights groups are on different pages about the proposed changes that Census officials might make to the racial and ethnic categories that appear on the 2020 Census.

According to Al Jazeera, the changes are hoping to reconcile the concerns of Hispanic and Arab-American groups that don’t feel as if the current slate of racial categories—white, black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian or Native Hawaiian/other Pacific island—accurately represent them. Read more at

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