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Michael Brown's High School Is An Example Of The Major Inequalities In Education

Aug. 22, 2014 - Before Michael Brown became a symbol of racially charged unrest, he was a recent high school graduate days away from starting college.

That high school diploma was hard-earned, his mourning mother has said. "Do you know how hard it was for me to get him to stay in school and graduate?" she told news station KMOV. "You know how many black men graduate? Not many." Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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How will Greenlight Pinellas help economic development?

July 31, 2014 - As more and more Pinellas County residents learn about the upcoming Greenlight Pinellas referendum, have you wondered how the improvements to the county’s transit system would impact you?

Greenlight Pinellas, which will come before voters for approval on Nov. 4, is a plan to increase bus service in the county by 65 percent while also creating a light rail system from St. Petersburg to Gateway to Clearwater.  Read more at theweeklychallenger.com.

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With God we’ve got this! Living the dream, Part II

August 21, 2014 - You might not be aware of it but south St. Petersburg’s brightest and most gifted local talent is taking the national and international entertainment venues by storm!

Currently, over a dozen performers, producers, writers and fashion designers are living in New York City, the Mecca that draws top talent from all over the world. Last week, you were introduced to one of St. Pete’s gifted performers, Santoya Fields, who now resides in New York. This week you will be exposed to six additional artists who migrated from St. Pete and Miami to the Big Apple to defy the odds and pursue their artistic dreams.  Read more at theweeklychallenger.com.

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How Atlantic City’s promise failed its black community

Aug. 21, 2014 - Atlantic City apparently didn’t see it coming.

Thirty-five years ago, when the first of the casinos began to dot the boardwalk, there was a virtual monopoly in casino gaming in the region. Read more at thegrio.com.

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‘Dear White People’ PSA shows whites are on welfare too

Aug. 21, 2014 - Dear White People doesn’t hit theaters until mid-October; however, the satirical drama has already created a substantial buzz.

The film centers around four African-American students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out after a popular “African-American” themed party is thrown by white students. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Justice for Michael Brown means different things to different people

Aug. 21, 2014 - Some members of the Ferguson community believe it’s a mix of both local residents and people from out of town “destroying their neighborhood.”

Several stores in the St. Louis suburb are boarded up because looters have destroyed doors and windows, in addition to stealing everything their hands could hold. It’s been more than a week since Ferguson teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed, following an alleged “altercation” with Darren Wilson. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Ferguson community leaders ‘encouraged’ after meeting with Eric Holder

Aug. 21, 2014 - Several community leaders said they were “encouraged” their town will get back on track after meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder Wednesday.

Holder met with about 60 people, including Ferguson students, residents, local leaders and law enforcement at St. Louis Community College’s Florissant Valley campus to discuss race relations in the area. Read more at thegrio.com

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City says sensitivity training coming to Stormwater Department

August 20, 2014 - City officials say they are taking multiple steps to address issues in the Stormwater Department in the aftermath of a black city worker's claim that his white boss spray-painted "KKK" on his back, and a subsequent investigation that unearthed serious racial friction among employees.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Tina Knowles slams Beyoncé and Jay Z break-up rumors: ‘I don’t read the bull!’

Aug. 21, 2014 - By now you’ve probably heard a rumor or two that Beyoncé and Jay Z’s marriage is in trouble.

Well, Knowles’ family matriarch, Tina Knowles is setting the record straight. TMZ caught up with Tina,  and she said, in fact, Beyoncé and Jay Z’s marriage is “perfect.” Read more at tmz.com.

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Sixth grade teacher instructs students to ‘re-enact’ Michael Brown shooting

Aug. 21, 2014 - A sixth grade teacher at Alabama’s Brantley Elementary School is on paid administrative leave after students were instructed to re-enact the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown in class.

Brown, 18, was fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer. The unarmed black man’s death by a white police officer has sparked protests and riots in the St. Louis suburb and around the country. Read moe at thegrio.com.

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Report: Darren Wilson Was Beaten Up, Fractured Eye Socket Before Shooting

Aug. 21, 2014 - Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson reportedly suffered severe facial injuries from being beaten up before he shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown, a new report from an unidentified source claims, Fox News reports.

The source, who Fox said was close to Ferguson Police Department leaders, told the news network that Wilson suffered “severe facial injuries” which included an eye socket fracture, and was also beaten to the point that he almost lost consciousness. Read more at theroot.com.

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Calif. Highway Patrol Officer Suspended in Beating of Homeless Woman

Aug. 21, 2014 - The video footage was violent.

A California Highway Patrol officer straddled atop an older woman raining down punches, all of them closed-fist, to the woman's face.  Read more at theroot.com.

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He Wasn’t ‘Big Mike’ to Us, Says Cousin

Aug. 21, 2014 - If you really knew Ferguson, Mo., teen Michael Brown like family, you didn’t call him “Big Mike.”

So says his maternal cousin Eric Davis Sr., a salesman in St. Louis who quickly emerged as a prominent voice for Brown’s family after the unarmed 18-year-old was slain by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9.  Read more at theroot.com.

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Am I Yelling About Ferguson—or Are You Just Not Listening?

Aug. 21, 2014 - As a lawyer and radio host, I've been fortunate to have the opportunity to serve as an on-air commentator for CNN, HLN and other outlets on legal cases and social issues that are of particular interest to the challenges facing African Americans and, more particularly, African-American men. And recently I've offered my thoughts on Michael Brown's killing and the unrest in Ferguson, Mo. Read more at theroot.com.

 

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6 Arrested in Quiet Night of Peaceful Protests in Ferguson

Aug. 21, 2014 - Speaking at an early morning press conference Thursday, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald S. Johnson noted that the 11th night of protests in Ferguson were mostly peaceful as protesters gathered calmly and police did not use smoke, tear gas or pepper spray. Read more at theroot.com.

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Causes Of Ferguson Explosion In Light Of Other Unarmed Black Murders

Aug. 21, 2014 - There was little violence after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin‘s killer last July. Peace prevailed when at least four other unarmed black males were killed by police in recent months, from New York to Los Angeles.

Then Michael Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri. And waves of rioting have convulsed the St. Louis suburb for more than 10 days. REad more at newsone.com.

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Kansas City Cop Under Review For Posting Fake Picture Of Mike Brown

Aug. 21, 2014 - Kansas City police officer Marc Catron is under internal review after posting racially inflammatory Facebook posts about the uprising in Ferguson in response to the police murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown, including a picture “mistakenly” identifying Brown as a murder suspect. Read more at newsone.com.

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Spike Lee: ‘There’s A War On Black America, It’s Tearing The Country Apart!’

Aug. 21, 2014 - The vocal and controversial filmmaker Spike Lee (pictured) recently told CNN’s Anderson Cooper(pictured) that the violence against Black America — along with high-profile examples such as the Michael Brown execution at the hands of Ferguson, Miss., police officer Darren Wilson — is destroying this country. Read more at newsone.com.

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Cop Ray Albers In Ferguson To Protestors: 'I Will F**king Kill You' (VIDEO)

August 21, 2014 - Video taken Tuesday night during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, show an officer pointing his weapon at civilians, shouting: "I will fucking kill you."

Two separate videos uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday show the officer pointing a rifle at protestors.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Kevin Hart gets engaged during ex-wife’s new reality show

Aug. 20, 2014 - Kevin Hart has just got engaged to his long-term girlfriend Eniko Parrish. The comedic actor popped the question during his lady’s 30th birthday bash Monday evening. In a video clip that captures the big moment, the funnyman took to a microphone to make his surprise proposal. “Which is why on this perfect day, I chose to make the most perfect decision,” he gushed before getting down on bended knee to present Parrish with a huge diamond sparkler. Read more at thegrio.com.

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