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Rays add Barry Larkin, Doug Glanville to manager's search

Nov. 11, 2014 - Barry Larkin's credentials are impressive and obvious, a stellar 19-year playing career with the Reds leading to 2012 induction into the Hall of Fame.

Doug Glanville didn't stand out as much during his nine years on the field, but he showed then, and in 10 years of retirement, a sharp, analytical baseball mind and impressive communication skills. Read more at tampabay.com.

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Michael Brown’s parents to address UN Committee Against Torture

Nov. 11, 2014 - Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., parents of Michael Brown, arrived in Switzerland on Monday to address the United Nations Committee Against Torture.

A report to be presented by Brown’s parents and local activists claims that the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer, as well as the heavy-handed tactics police used against protesters after the shooting, violated the U.N.’s anti-torture convention. The report also calls for the arrest of officer Darren Wilson, the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, the placement of the Ferguson police department under federal receivership and improvement in accountability for police shootings and racial profiling. Read more at thegrio.com.

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HBCU president makes controversial remarks on rape to female students

Nov. 11, 2014 - A video posted to YouTube of a speech by Lincoln University President Robert R. Jennings has incited controversy over what some people believe are insensitive comments about rape.

During the speech, Jennings speaks of recent incidents on the college’s campus where women made false rape accusations against male companions who had spurned them after their sexual encounters. Read more at philly.com.

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HBCU president makes controversial remarks on rape to female students

Nov. 11, 2014 - Rihanna apparently spent the day at the White House.

The self-proclaimed “Bad Girl” posted a series of photos to her Instagram account showing off her visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Upon entering, RiRi channeled her inner Olivia Pope, with a Scandal-esque photo captioned, “”CYRUS!!! LET ME IN!!” #DayAtTheWhiteHouse.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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Kelly Rowland posts pic of her son, reveals new song for him

Nov 11, 2014 - Singer Kelly Rowland has released a new song titled “Mommy’s Little Baby,” written for her son Titan Jewell. Earlier in the week, her husband, Tim Witherspoon, showed off the first pictures of the couple’s newborn on Instagram. On Tuesday, the 33-year-old new mother and former member of Destiny’s Child announced the new track with an Instagram post of her own. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Veteran political reporter William March fired by Tampa Tribune

November 10, 2014 - William March, the veteran political reporter at the Tampa Tribune, is no longer with the paper. March confirmed to me Monday night that he had been let go after SPB learned of the situation via March’s voicemail message stating he was no longer with the Trib.  Read more at saintpetersblog.com.

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Will an emboldened GOP turn on Obama’s attorney general pick Loretta Lynch?

Nov. 10, 2014 - Now that President Obama has named his selection of Loretta Lynch as the new U.S. Attorney General, the only question is: how long will it take for the Republicans in Congress to turn on her? They don’t need much of a reason, except that she is an outstanding lawyer, a sister with impeccable credentials, a top notch pedigree and commitment to civil rights. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Mia Love: Utahns care nothing about race

Nov. 10, 2014 - MMia Love will soon be the first black Republican woman to serve in Congress – but that’s not the message she wants you to hear or focus on.

In an interview with CNN, Love repeated her boot-strapping refrain: That Utahns only care about “electing individuals based on honesty, integrity and the values we hold dear.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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Women of color respond to viral catcalling video

Nov. 10, 2014 - Collier Meyerson has recently produced a video for Jezebel in response to a viral catcalling video released last week. Meyerson’s video presents another side to catcalling, particularly for women of color. The original video was criticized for only showing a white woman’s experiences, while also seemingly omitting advances and catcalls from white males. Read more at thgrio.com.

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Philadelphia Teacher Knocked Unconscious by Student

Nov. 10, 2014 - Last week, an 18-year-old student walked into a classroom to talk with a friend. The substitute teacher overseeing the class at Bartram High School in Southwest Philadelphia told the teen to leave. The student refused. The teacher and the student had a verbal altercation that escalated to the substitute being pushed by the student, authorities say. The student left the classroom but, according to police who spoke with CBS Philadelphia, the student confronted the substitute at the end of the school day. Read more at cbslocal.com.

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'We Got Beat': President Obama Owns Democratic Loss in Midterms

Nov. 10, 2014 - President Obama took full responsibility on Face the Nation Sunday morning for the public beating Democrats took in the midterm election last week and noted that government gridlock has to public perception that the highest elected official isn't doing his job.

"Whenever, as head of the party, it doesn’t do well, I've got to take responsibility for it," Obama said. "The message that I took from this election, and we’ve seen this in a number of elections, is people want to see this city work….[People] see Washington gridlocked and they're frustrated, and they know one person in Washington and that’s the President of the United States. So I’ve got to make this city work better for them." Read more at theroot.com.

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Miami Federal Detention Center Hosts 1st Daddy-Daughter Dance

Nov. 10, 2014 - In an effort to help build stronger bonds between incarcerated fathers and their daughters, a Miami detention center last week hosted its first daddy-daughter dance, which brought tears, laughter and reconciliation.

The Miami Herald reports that the Federal Detention Center Miami hosted the event on Nov. 4 as part of a re-entry program to help prepare inmates to reunite with their families after leaving prison. Read more at theroot.com.

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Loretta Lynch Is a Fearless Prosecutor—She Might Be Just Who Obama Needs at DOJ

Nov. 10, 2014 - The nomination of Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general of the United States perhaps displays as much presidential deftness as it does defiance. Clearly, in the wake of last week’s election, President Barack Obama wants to show some. And while some observers assume that Lynch will have a relatively straightforward Senate confirmation, since she’s perceived as less of an “Obama inner circle” pick than her predecessor, in fact, her ascension is quite deliberate. There’s an argument here, given the president’s penchant for sacrificing first-round picks as shrewdly as Kevin Costner’s character in Draft Day, that maybe she’s exactly who Obama wanted in the first place. Read more at theroot.com.

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Racist SC Exit Poll Asks If Blacks Are ‘Too Demanding’ About Civil Rights

Nov. 10, 2014 - South Carolina exit polls in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Spartanburg asked voters to decide if  “Blacks are getting too demanding in their push for equal rights”.

Other questions asked on the poll were whether or not Black people work hard enough to advance economically, and are they “hindered by the effects of slavery and discrimination.”

The poll creators said they did not anticipate the backlash. Read more at newsone.com.

 

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Eric Holder To Critics: ‘Kiss My A**’

Oct. 10, 2014 - Operation Fast and Furious was a botched effort by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to track firearms across the Southwest border. Revelations about it created a political firestorm, leading to congressional investigations and turnover within the ATF and Justice Department.

The Justice Department selectively provided a batch of emails this week to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The Associated Press obtained the emails on Friday. Read more at newsone.com.

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Serena Williams Tells Fans She 'Desperately' Wants To Settle Down And Have Family

Nov. 10, 2014 - Serena Williams is looking for a match off the court.

In a Twitter Q&A Friday, the tennis star told curious fans she "desperately" wants to settle down and have a family. "My time will come," she added.

In a follow-up question, a fan asked her if she was single, and the world's top-ranked player responded, "Not by choice." Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Watch Harry Belafonte's Powerful Speech On Race & Social Injustice

Nov. 10, 2014 - Harry Belafonte was this year's recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award during the sixth annual Governors Awards on Saturday night. The honorary Oscar is Belafonte's first, and the 87-year-old singer, actor and social activist used the award as an opportunity to discuss Hollywood's complicated history with racial injustice: "In 1935, at the age of 8, sitting in a Harlem theater, I watched with awe and wonder incredible feats of the white superhero, Tarzan of the Apes. Tarzan was a sight to see. This porcelain Adonis, this white liberator, who could speak no language, swinging from tree to tree, saving Africa from the tragedy of destruction by a black indigenous population of inept, ignorant, void-of-any-skills [people], governed by ancient superstitions with no heart for Christian charity. " Read more and see video at huffingtonpost.com.

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Black Feminism Lite? More Like Beyoncé Has Taught Us Black Feminism Light

Nov. 10, 2014 - When a black woman stands up and declares herself a feminist, the response is never universal celebration.

Self-proclaimed feminist and singer Beyoncé Knowles knows this well. Just recently,former Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox offered the latest critique of Beyoncé's feminist credentials in a series of interviews branding the artist's stance as "feminism lite." Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Former preacher sentenced for knowingly spreading HIV

NOv. 7, 2014 - Former preacher Rodney Carr was sentenced to five years in prison because he knowingly spread HIV.

Carr, a former minister at Fellowship of Believers in Christ Church, was diagnosed in 2005 but did not tell his girlfriend during their 2010-2011 relationship. She is now HIV positive as well.

“This criminal exposure to HIV is a C felony, which means it’s punishable by three years to 15 years,” Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said. Read more at thegrio.com.

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C-SPAN caller: ‘Republicans hate that n****r Obama’

Nov. 7, 2014 - An individual identified as “Anthony from San Diego” calling into C-Span’s Washington Journalsegment was cut short on Thursday when he said on air, “The Republicans hate that n****r Obama.” The offensive language prompted an immediate response from the show’s host, Steve Scully.

Scully reprimanded the caller and apologized for the language, saying, “You can certainly make your point, but you cross the line when you use language like that. To our viewers and listeners, I want to apologize.”

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