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Eyewitness Account Finally Released By Ferguson Prosecutor

Dec. 15, 2014 - St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch released hundreds of pages of additional documents Saturday from the investigation into the police shooting of Michael Brown, including an interview transcript of a friend who was with Brown the afternoon they encountered the police officer who ended the teen’s life. 

McCulloch said the newly released records were inadvertently excluded from the thousands of pages of other documents made public Nov. 24, when a grand jury decided not to charge Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for killing Brown. Read more at newsone.com.

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Families Of Slain Unarmed Black Men Send Powerful Messages To Protesters

Dec. 15, 2014 - Thousands nationwide have mourned the deaths of unarmed black men -- but few have grieved as much as the relatives of those who have passed.

On Saturday, the families of many black men who died too soon led marches across America to decry racial injustice. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Tens Of Thousands March On NYPD Headquarters To Protest Police Killings

Dec. 15, 2014 - Tens of thousands of protesters streamed out of New York City's Washington Square Park on Saturday to protest the killings of unarmed black people by police officers, as part of the "Millions March NYC."

The crowd began to wind its way through Manhattan. A large labor union contingent was present, including members of the Communications Workers of America wearing red shirts and AFL-CIO supporters waving blue signs. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Ava Duvernay makes history with Golden Globe director nod for ‘Selma’

Dec. 12, 2014 -  “Birdman” squawked loudest in the Golden Globes nominations, flying away with a leading seven nods including best picture in the comedy or musical category.

In nominations for the 72 annual Golden Globes announced Thursday morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, “Boyhood” and “The Imitation Game” trailed with five nods apiece. Those two films led a best drama category that also included “Foxcatcher,” ”Selma” and “The Theory of Everything.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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Kevin Hart Says He’s His Own Brand After Sony Executives Call Him a Whore

Dec. 12, 2014 - Kevin Hart was the subject of several emails from Sony movie executives, which were released during Sony’s recent security breach. In an email, Hart was referred to as a whore because he wanted extra money to promote Think Like a Man Too on his social media accounts.

Sony executives Amy Pascal, Michael Lynton and Clint Culpepper probably thought the last thing that would happen would be that their emails would be made public, but in the world of hacking and security breaches, it bees like that sometimes. Read more at theroot.com.

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Exodus: Gods and Kings: Flooded With Race Problems (and White People)

Dec. 12, 2014 - Exodus: Gods and Kings, Ridley Scott’s epic story of Moses, hit theaters nationwide Friday, and while some people are gearing up for what’s expected to be a biblical blockbuster, others are thinking “not again,” as once more, white actors snag the key roles—even though the story takes place in ancient Egypt—while actors of color stay in the background.

Christian Bale, known for his roles in American Psycho and most recently the Dark Knight Trilogy, captured the coveted role of Moses, and that has left some enthusiasts unimpressed. Read more at theroot.com.

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Congressional Staffers Stage Walk Out to Protest Police Killings

Dec. 12, 2014 - Activism is contagious. Just one day after medical school students across the nation staged die-in’s as a way to bring attention to institutional racism in healthcare, congressional staffers that work on Capitol Hill walked out of their offices on Thursday afternoon to protest the lack of indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner death incidents. Read more at theroot.com.

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Driving While Black? There Is An App For That

Dec. 12, 2014 -  Though the developers of the soon-to-be released “Driving While Black” smartphone application want motorists to download their product, there is a time when they definitely don’t want users searching for it. “Do not reach for your phone when you are talking to police,” stressed Melvin Oden-Orr, one of two Portland lawyers creating the app. Avoiding moves that could make police think you’re reaching for a gun is just one tip included in the app that educates drivers about how to safely deal with police during traffic stops. Read more at newsone.com.

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Model Beverly Johnson Accuses Bill Cosby Of Drugging Her

Dec. 12, 2014 - Actress Beverly Johnson (pictured above) became the latest woman to accuse Bill Cosby of harming her. In an article published by Vanity Fair, Johnson prefaced her story with her doubts about sharing it: As I thought of going public with what follows, a voice in my head kept whispering, “Black men have enough enemies out there already, they certainly don’t need someone like you, an African American with a familiar face and a famous name, fanning the flames. Read more at newsone.com.

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Chris Rock Calls Out Hollywood For Institutional Racism: ‘It’s A White Industry’

Dec. 12, 2014 - Actor/Comedian Chris Rock blasted Hollywood in a new scathing Hollywood Reporter article, calling the movie business a “White industry.”

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“It’s a White industry. Just as the NBA is a Black industry,” Rock told Hollywood Reporter. “I’m not even saying it’s a bad thing. It just is. And the Black people they do hire tend to be the same person. Read more at newsone.com.

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Man Receives $50K Settlement After NYPD Ruined His Christmas

Dec. 12, 2014 - Yahnick Martin (pictured) got sweet reparation from the New York City Police Department after they  mistakenly slapped him with cuffs, hauled him off to jail, and had him leave his gift-filled van unattended and running on a Brooklyn street back in 2011. Now the city Law Department is reportedly forking over $50,000 to settle a federal lawsuit he filed against “New York’s finest” because the van and all of its gifts were stolen, ruining his family’s Christmas, according to the nydailynews.com.

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Government Stays Open As Congress Advances Poison-Pill Spending Bill

Dec. 12, 2014 - At least Democrats will have eggnog to wash down the poison pills they swallowed on Thursday as the House narrowly passed a government funding bill that will let Congress go home early for Christmas, and give Wall Street a fresh gift.

The House barely passed the inelegantly named "cromnibus" appropriations bill after President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) were forced into an unlikely alliance against rebellions from both parties, primarily led by the "Elizabeth Warren wing" and House Democrats. Read  more huffingtopost.com.

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Hurry Up! Big Obamacare Deadline Coming Monday

Dec. 12, 2014 - The first Obamacare enrollment deadline for next year is just three days away, meaning Monday is the last day for people who buy their own health insurance to choose a plan they can begin using Jan. 1.

If you're already a customer of a plan selected from a health insurance exchange marketplace or directly from an insurance provider, or if you're uninsured now and looking for coverage for the beginning of the year, there's no more time to waste. Here's are some don't's and do's that last-minute health insurance consumers should consider before the Dec. 15 deadline. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Eric Garner's Daughter Staged A 'Die-In' At The Same Spot Where Her Father Died

Dec. 12, 2014 - Erica Garner organized and led a protest in Staten Island on Thursday in memory of her father Eric Garner, a 43-year-old black man who died in July after he was placed in a prohibited chokehold by a white police officer.

Erica, 24, was joined by a group of protesters who marched through the city and collectively staged a die-in at the site where her father was slain. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Family Of Man Shot In Wal-Mart, John Crawford, To Join March In Washington

Dec. 12, 2014 - The parents of a 22-year-old Ohio man fatally shot by an officer while carrying an air rifle in a Wal-Mart plan to join a weekend march in the nation's capital to protest police violence.

Twenty-two-year-old John Crawford III was shot at the Beavercreek store Aug. 5 after a 911 caller reported someone waving a rifle. A grand jury decided the officer's actions were justified. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Kendrick Lamar Teams Up With Reebok To Design Sneakers And Keep Kids Off The Streets

Dec. 12, 2014 - Fashion news flash: Kendrick Lamar is teaming up with Reebok.

But this isn't your average fashion/celebrity collaboration. The Grammy-nominated rapper is not only designing a collection of sneakers -- like fellow musician Alicia Keys' line for the company -- he's also helping the brand develop programs designed to keep kids off the streets. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Undercover Police Officer Points Gun At California Protesters

Dec. 12, 2014 - A plainclothes police officer photographed aiming his gun at protesters in Oakland, California, on Wednesday was protecting himself and his partner from a "mob" that had encircled them, according to a California Highway Patrol official.

The two officers were walking among the crowd of about 50 to gather information when some of the protesters recognized them as cops, Avery Browne, chief of the highway patrol Golden Gate division, told reporters Thursday evening. The officers attempted to leave, but a man struck one officer in the back of the head, starting a struggle, Browne said. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Studio executive Clint Culpepper calls Kevin Hart a ‘whore’

Dec. 11, 2014 - More leaked e-mails from major film executives continue raise eyebrows around Hollywood.

Gawker obtained e-mails from earlier this year where Screen Gems President Clint Culpepper had some choice words for comedian Kevin Hart.

Hart and his team wanted more money for additional social media promotion of an upcoming movie. Culpepper was not amused. He refers to Hart as a “whore” in an exchange with Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal and Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lyton. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Website lets voters decide if you’re ‘light-skin or ‘dark-skin’

Dec. 11, 2014 - There’s a new website that is bound to stir up some controversy. Lightskinordarkskin.comis a two weeks old site that allows users to vote on your photo to determine if you’re “light-skin” or “dark-skin.”

The website was created by Harlem resident Nate Hill. It allows users to submit photos and displays the number and percentage of visitors that chose to classify the person in the photo as “light-skin” or “dark-skin.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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Jay Z meets with NY governor Cuomo to talk about criminal justice system

Dec. 11, 2014 - Jay Z met with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday to discuss reform of the state’s criminal justice system in the wake of Eric Garner and other high-profile cases.

The hip-hop mogul met Cuomo at his Manhattan offices. Melissa DeRosa, the governor’s spokesperson, shared a photo of the meeting via Twitter. Read more at thegrio.com.

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