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Halle Berry reportedly sues ex for straightening their daughter’s hair

Nov. 25, 2014 - Halle Berry has reportedly taken her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Autrey to court over changing their daughter Nahla’s hair.

The 48-year-old actress claims in court documents that dying the 6-year-old’s hair blonde might make their daughter ask “why her natural appearance is not good enough.” Autry and Berry have been in a custody dispute over Nahla since breaking up in 2010. Read more at thegiro.com.

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Instead of #BlackoutBlackFriday, let’s turnout for Voting Tuesdays

Nov. 25, 2014 - St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced that a grand jury determined that no charges should be filed against Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the August shootingdeath of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

During his 25-minute announcement, McCulloch did however provide his own indictments of the black community and the media, especially social media. In his opening statements after expressing his condolences to the Brown family, McCulloch noted what he believes to have been factors that contributed to unrest regarding Michael Brown’s death. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Chaos in Ferguson after grand jury’s no indictment decision

Nov. 25, 2014 - Chaos returned to the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown — a decision that enraged protesters who set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in the area where the unarmed, black 18-year-old was fatally shot.

Monday night’s destruction appeared to be much worse than protests after August’s shootings, with more than a dozen businesses badly damaged or destroyed. Authorities reported hearing hundreds of gunshots, which for a time prevented fire crews from fighting the flames. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Read Darren Wilson's Grand Jury Testimony

Nov. 25, 2014 - Here's the transcript from the grand jury case released by the St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office. Darren Wilson's testimony begins on page 195. Read more at theroot.com.

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Is a new home part of a wish list for the holidays?

There may still be time to make a wish for a new home come true for the holidays thanks to a program from the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County. The First-Time Homebuyer Program is available to veterans or those who have never owned a home, have not owned a home in the last three years.

The current mortgage rate is 3.99 percent for the Home Key First Mortgage and is available to qualified first-time buyers in Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties. Down payment and closing-costs assistance is available with the Home Key Plus Second mortgage. Up to $10,000 is available at zero percent interest. Homebuyers must meet certain income eligibility requirements: have a minimum credit score of 640 and take a HUD approved homebuyer education class. 

“Now is a great time to consider homeownership and being able to enjoy that new home for the holidays is a wonderful feeling,” said Kathryn Driver, executive director of the Housing Finance Authority. “The variety of homes currently available and low interest rate combined with the down payment and closing-cost assistance provides increased opportunities to become a homeowner.”

For information contact the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County at (727) 223-6419 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/hfa. Connect with Pinellas County government services and programs with LiveChat, on www.pinellascounty.org or www.pinellascounty.org/mobile, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Report: Darren Wilson Negotiating Resignation From Ferguson Police Department

November 21, 2014 - The Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in early August is wrapping up negotiations with city officials to resign, CNN reports.

According to CNN’s sources, Darren Wilson has insisted that he did not commit any wrongdoing in the Aug. 9 shooting. The negotiations over his resignation are centered on whether a grand jury indicts him—a decision that is expected at any time.  Read more at theroot.com.

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12-year-old boy with toy gun shot and killed by police identified

Nov. 24, 2014 - The Saturday police shooting of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy holding a toy gun was captured on surveillance video, according to Cleveland police. The kid has been identified as Tamir Rice by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office. Rice was rushed to MetroHealth Medical Center and died Sunday morning.

The shooting happened at the Cudell Recreation Center at 3:30pm. Officers were responding to a report that a male was in the playground waving and pointing his gun at people. Read moe at thegrio.com.

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Obama to award Presidential Medal of Freedom to Stevie Wonder, Meryl Streep and others

Nov. 24, 2014 - President Barack Obama is presenting the nation’s highest civilian honor to 19 artists, activists, public servants and others.

The distinguished group receiving a Presidential Medal of Freedom includes actress Meryl Streep, Ethel Kennedy, widow of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder and Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat and the longest-serving member of Congress. Dingell is retiring at the end of the year. Read more at thegrio.com.

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TMZ’s Marion Barry headline shows bias

Nov. 24, 2014 - Sometimes the best policing of mainstream media comes from social media. TMZ’s headline forMarion Barry’s death reading “MARION BARRY CRACK MAYOR DEAD AT 78,” has created a stir.  Some have juxtaposed the image of this headline with the gossip’s site more deferential headline for actor Heath Ledger, who died from a drug overdose. The Ledger headline simply reads: Heath Ledger Is Dead. Read more at tmz.com.

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Philadelphia rapper Cool C scheduled to die in January for ’96 murder

Nov. 24, 2014 - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed the death warrant for former Philadelphia rapper Cool C, who was involved in a bank robbery and shooting of a police officer in 1996.

The “Glamorous Life” rapper was convicted of first-degree murder after shooting nine-year police veteran Lauretha Vaird in the abdomen as he and two other men tried to rob a bank in the early morning as it opened. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Rudy Giuliani: White police officers needed because blacks ‘kill each other’

Nov. 24, 2014 - It went down on Meet The PressSunday.

During a panel discussion on diverse police forces and the unrest in Ferguson, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani had a message for black people: Stop the violence.

Except he actually didn’t say that. He said this: The white police officers won’t be there if you weren’t killing each other 70 to 75 percent of the time. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Journalists Take Secret Meeting, Jockey to Interview Darren Wilson

Nov. 24, 2014 - While the world awaits the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision as to whether Police Officer Darren Wilson will be charged in the fatal shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, CNN's Reliable Sources reports that several prominent news anchors have met in private with Wilson in the hopes of securing the controversial officer's first on-air interview. REad more at theroot.com.

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2 Innocent Men Exonerated After 40 Years in Prison

Nov. 24, 2014 - Sentenced to death based on the testimony of a single juvenile witness, two Cleveland, Ohio men have maintained their innocence for 40 years. Now, someone finally listened.

The two Ohio men, Ricky Jackson and Wiley Bridgeman, walked out of prison as free men last week after the state’s witness in the case admitted that he made up his testimony under police intimidation. Read more at abcnews.go.com.

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Shouldn’t Black Leaders Ask How Immigration Reform Affects Black Unemployment?

Nov. 24, 2014 - How might President Barack Obama's pending executive order on immigration affect black unemployment? And isn't that a question black leaders should be asking right now?

Even if you're pro-immigration reform, the answer should be a full-throated and resounding, "Yes." Obama's executive order will allow more than 4 million noncitizens previously here without immigration status to obtain work authorization. Meanwhile, though, the black unemployment rate is almost double the national average. Read more at theroot.com.

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Renita Chaney Hill: Cosby Drugged, Sexually Assaulted Me For Years While He Paid My Tuition

Nov. 24, 2014 - Renita Chaney Hill, a former cast member of “Picture Pages,” a children’s educational program hosted by Bill Cosby in the 1980s, is the latest woman to come forward with sexual abuse allegations against the 77-year-old comedian, The Daily Mail reports.

Hill, now a married mother of three living in Pittsburgh, was an aspiring actress and model when, she said,Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her over the course of 4 years and even paid her college tuition. Read more at newsone.com.

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'We Love You, Bill Cosby!'

Nov. 24, 2014 - The scorecard on Bill Cosby reads like this: A dozen or more women have said with only a slight variation in the time, place and circumstance that Cosby seduced them, propositioned them, promised them favors, put them up, even paid them, then drugged or plied them with alcohol and sexually abused them. One Bill Cosby publicly says the charges are a lie. One man denies the charge. The dozen plus women stick to their stories. Yet a seemingly disgraced but unfazed Cosby took to the stage at King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Florida for 90 minutes to the wild cheers of a sold-out crowd that bombarded him with shouts of "We love you, Bill Cosby!" Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Anonymous Release New Video Warning Ferguson Police And KKK: ‘We Are The Law Now'

Nov. 21, 2014 - A video surfaced Thursday reportedly released by the hacker group Anonymous warning Ferguson, Missouri police officers and the Ku Klux Klan to remain peaceful and refrain from using violence against local protesters.

Anonymous, an unidentified group of online activists against racism and violence, published the video after they took over the KKK’s website and seized two Twitter accounts earlier this week in response to deadly threats the white supremacist group made to demonstrators in Ferguson. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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White Americans Draw Distinctions Between African-Americans And Blacks

Nov. 21, 2014 - White Americans are fine with African-Americans. Blacks, however, are a different story.

That’s the disturbing implication of a new study, which finds the way a person of color is labeled can impact how he or she is perceived.

In the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, a research team led by Emory University’s Erika Hall argues that “the racial label ‘black’ evokes a mental representation of a person with lower socioeconomic status than the racial label ‘African-American.’” Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Singer Monica shows fans her other career on Instagram

Nov. 21, 2014 - Singer Monica posted a photo on Instagram showing off another career. The singer posted a picture of herself in scrubs, captioning the shot “I have other dreams and aspirations so I pursue them when my babies are asleep and my musics done!” She posted the photo with #BeenAtWorkSince7yesterday. Because of the scrubs, many of her fans originally thought that Monica has been pursuing a career as a nurse. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Church threatens to sue ‘I’m not gay no more’ guy over iTunes song

Nov. 21, 2014 - The guy who claimed “I’m not gay no more” in a now-viral video has released a gospel song version of his announcement — and the church would like him to stop.

Background singers and music has been added to audio of Andrew Caldwell’s proclamation that he’s been “delivert” from being gay and the remixed song has been released on iTunes. The Church of God In Christ has asked him to stop because they own the audio — and because they believe the song is poking fun at the service. Read more at thegrio.com.

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