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Akai Gurley’s Partner Expresses Confidence In Brooklyn D.A.

Jan. 23, 2015 - Akai Gurley’s (pictured below) partner, Kimberly Ballinger, says she is confident that the Brooklyn D.A. will bring justice to her family, the New York Daily News reports.

“We have faith in Ken Thompson (pictured top, right of center),” said Ballinger who had two daughters with Gurley, after meeting with him Tuesday.

While we understand that the public has lost a lot of faith with the justice system due to the recent findings in Ferguson and Staten Island, “[We] have complete and full faith in [Thompson’s] investigation in to this matter,” added Scott Rynecki, Ballinger’s lawyer, after the meeting. Read more at newsone.com.

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How Nelson Mandela's Words Apply To The Ferguson Movement

Jan. 23, 2015 - What do the young leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have to teach renowned global leaders at the World Economic Forum?

Quite a lot, according to Rev. Jim Wallis, president and founder of Sojourners.

“This is the most ‘included’ group of people on the whole planet,” Wallis said during a conversation with HuffPost Live in Davos, referring to the 2,500 heads of state, business leaders, philanthropists and artists who have gathered in Switzerland for the annual event. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Rhonda Lee, Meteorologist, Claims She Was Fired For Defending Her Natural Hair

Jan. 23, 2015 - Rhonda Lee had long been told that she needed to make her natural hair "more pleasing to a wider audience," she told HuffPost Live on Thursday, but she never expected her hair style to actually compromise her job.

Lee, an African American woman who currently works as a meteorologist for WeatherNation TV, recalled how comments she made in response to Internet vitriol targeting her hair ultimately led to her being fired by her former network. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward targeted for gentrification: 'It's going to feel like it belongs to the rich'

Jan. 23, 2015 - Kim Ford never expected to see her neighborhood like this, still struggling nine and a half years after Hurricane Katrina.

Katrina displaced Ford’s family for months. Her house was flooded; she and her husband lost their jobs. Ford could have left New Orleans, but she decided to stay. It was an attempt to help make her neighborhood whole again. Read more at theguardian.com.

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Pres. Obama’s SOTU address reminds us why he won ‘both’ times

Jan. 21, 2015 - On Tuesday evening, the confident, populist Barack Obama of 2008 — if not 2004 — showed up for his sixth State of the Union address and reminded people why they voted for him in the first place.

Obama began his seventh year in office by turning the page on harder times, although many are still hurting, and providing an upbeat vision for America in his twilight years in office and beyond. He addressed the nation with a focus on inequality and opportunity, the role of government in helping people, and establishing his legislative agenda. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Network TV is getting blacker but still has work to do

Jan. 21, 2015 - Kenya Barris, creator of ABC’s “black-ish,” was motivated to write the comedy about an African-American family’s efforts to honor its heritage in part by the unreality of what he grew up watching on television.

“I saw ‘Friends’ and ‘Seinfeld’ and thought, ‘What part of New York is this?'” recalled Barris, who is black. “It’s not about being diverse. It’s about being true to the world.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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President Obama plans to visit Selma

Jan. 21, 2015 - President Barack Obama plans to visit Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of historic civil rights marches across the state.

The White House says the March 7 trip also will highlight the upcoming 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act. Read more at thegrio.com.

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SC Cop Suspended After Video Showing Suspect Being Punched

Jan. 21, 2015 - A Columbia, S.C., cop has been suspended without pay after the leak of a video that appears to show him punching a suspect multiple times, USA Today reports.

Officer Tyrone Pugh is facing an internal investigation, as well as a separate investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, regarding an incident that happened while authorities say Pugh and four other off-duty officers were attempting to control a crowd after a fight broke out outside a nightclub early Sunday morning. The officers were in the nightclub’s parking lot when the fight broke out, the news site notes. Read more at theroot.com.

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Poll: 50 Percent of Americans Say Race Relations Have Gotten Worse Since Obama Took Office

Jan. 21, 2015 - Nearly 50 percent of Americans said that race relations in the U.S. “have gotten worse” since President Barack Obama took office and a mere 15 percent said that race relations had improved under Obama’s tenure, results from an Al-Jazeera and Monmouth University poll reveal.

People’s opinions about the state of race relations differed along racial lines.

“White respondents were most likely to say things had gotten worse, whereas African Americans were nearly evenly split on the question,” Al-Jazeera explained. Read more at america.aljezeera.com.

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Police Looking for 3 White Men Who Reportedly Set Homeless Black Man on Fire

Jan. 21, 2015 - Ventura, Calif., police are looking for three white men who reportedly poured lighter fluid on a homeless African-American man and set him ablaze. 

According to ABC 7 Los Angeles, around 11 p.m. Saturday, the three men approached John Frazier, 58, who was sleeping inside a sleeping bag in Ventura's Pierpont neighborhood. The men reportedly poured lighter fluid over Frazier and his belongings and then set them on fire. A passerby saw the 5-to-6-feet-high flames and used sand to extinguish the fire before calling the police, ABC 7 reports. Read more at theroot.com.

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Kendrick Johnson’s Parents File $100 Million Suit In Gym Mat Death

Jan. 21, 2015 - The parents of Kendrick Johnson (pictured), a south Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat at school, have filed a $100 million lawsuit against elected officials and law enforcement officials, alleging that a local FBI agent encouraged his sons—who were schoolmates of the victim—to “violently assault” the teen, CBS News reports. Read more at newsone.com.

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Local Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Passes Torch to New President

Members of Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. recently passed the leadership torch to its newly elected president Cassandra Williams. Williams has been a member of the sorority since 1994 and provides a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization. Williams earned a B.S. in Accounting from University of South Florida and Master of Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University. She is also a Certified Public Accountant employed with Pinellas County Government.  Read more at zuochapter.org.

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Larry Wilmore Takes Down Bill Cosby On 'The Nightly Show'

Jan. 21, 2015 - In his second episode of "The Nightly Show," Larry Wilmore took down Bill Cosby and fans who have come to the comedian's defense amid sexual assault allegations.

"Why aren't people listening to these women? Because most of this allegedly happened so long ago? Is it because some of them went to Cosby's hotel room alone? Is it because there are no Polaroids? Is it because he's so famous, or is it just because they're women? I would say, enough have come forward. The current tally stands at 35 woman. Really folks, how many do we need?" Wilmore said. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Michelle Obama's State Of The Union Dress 2015 Is Actually A Grey Michael Kors Skirt Suit

Jan. 21, 2015 - While admittedly the President gets center stage at the 2015 State of the Union, we're eager, as always, to see what the first lady is wearing.

On Tuesday night, Michelle Obama stepped out in a Michael Kors skirt suit. The tweed design, which boasted a wide collar and zipper detailing, is a perfect reflection of FLOTUS' love for form-fitting, yet sophisticated frocks. You might also recognize the suit if you're a fan of "The Good Wife." And we've seen the first lady in Michael Kors several times before, including the first-ever White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show, the night President Obama was reelected and in her official White House portrait in 2013, just to name a few. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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103-Year-Old Civil Rights Legend Amelia Boynton To Attend State Of The Union Address

Jan. 21, 2015 - Many are expected to tune into President Obama’s State of the Union AddressTuesday night but few will have the opportunity to hear his remarks in person -- and among them will be one of the nation’s oldest living civil rights leaders.

103-year-old Amelia Boynton was invited to attend this year’s annual address by U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Al.), who represents Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Black Ex-Cop Shot 28 Times By White Officers Walks Free From Prison

Jan. 21, 2015 - A former Chicago cop who was shot 28 times in a skirmish with police a decade ago was preparing to spend the rest of his life behind bars — until the 63-year-old’s 40-year prison sentence was commuted last week.

Last Wednesday, Howard Morgan walked free after his was among 43 clemency petitions that were granted by former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on the final day of his term. Read more at the huffingtonpost.com.

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Beyond Awards Season: Why Viola Davis Really Matters

Jan. 21, 2015 - How To Get Away With Murder, the suspenseful whodunit, executively produced by TV show-runner Shonda Rhimes, is a bonafide hit. The weekly drama keeps fans coming back with its shockingly murderous plot twists. Its luminous star, Viola Davis, leaves viewers enthralled as the powerful and enigmatic law professor, Annalise Keating.

Davis' HGTAWM performances are compelling and multi-dimensional. So much so that she has earned SAG, Golden Globe and NAACP Image Award nominations for lead actress in a television drama. She also won an award at this year's People's Choice Awards. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Ousted Hillsborough schools superintendent Elia says she has no plans to retire

January 21, 2015 - Ousted Hillsborough school superintendent Mary Ellen Elia said Wednesday that she has no plans to retire after leaving office in March.

"Some people might think I'm ready to retire. That is absolutely untrue," Elia said. "I have a lot of work to do to support education in this country and I plan to do it."  Read more at tampabay.com.

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These ridiculous requirements keep Oscar’s voting body very white

Jan. 20, 2014 - Last week, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs respondedto criticisms that the Oscar nominations lack diversity.While she stated she would love to see more cultural diversity among nominees, she said flatly:

There is not one central body or group of people that sit around the table and come up with nominations. It really is a peer-to-peer process.

The question more of us should be asking is, who are these peers? Read more at thegrio.com.

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Anthony Mackie on Selma’s Oscar snub: ‘People are just tired of being bombarded with race right now’

Jan. 20, 2015 - Anthony Mackie is back on the big screen, starring alongside Oscar winners Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner in highly anticipated drama,Black or White.

The film tells the story of a white grandfather who is left to raise his bi-racial granddaughter, after his daughter dies during childbirth.

In an interview with theGrio.com, Mackie discussed some of the themes within Black or White, and gave his thoughts on the racially-charged stories that have recently dominated the news. Read more at thegrio.com.

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