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An Uneasy Weekend in Ferguson

Aug. 18, 2014 - In the week since a white officer gunned down an unarmed 18-year-old black male after a confrontation in Ferguson, Mo., waves of violence and unrest have coursed through the Midwestern city as scores of protesters demand answers.

Nationally, social media users have been monitoring the case like private investigators, seeeking answers, posting pictures, providing updates and raising questions about the progress of the investigation into the death of Michael Brown, who was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. Read more at

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Joe Morton, Uzo Aduba Win Emmys

Aug. 18, 2014 - Two top black actors took home awards from last night’s Creative Arts Emmys ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif., including Joe Morton for his wildly popular role as Elijah Pope on ABC’s Scandal, according to the Hollywood Reporter. And Uzo Aduba won for her portrayal of Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. Read mroe at

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Florida granted 1-year No Child Left Behind waiver

August 15, 2014 - The Obama administration is granting Florida a one-year extension of its No Child Left Behind waiver.

The waiver will give Florida flexibility from certain parts of the federal act in exchange for a state-specific accountability plan.

No Child Left Behind has been due for reauthorization since 2007, but Congress has not been able to agree on what changes should be made.  Read more at

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Ferguson Protesters Guard Stores From Looters

Aug. 18, 2014 - Chaos broke out in the streets of Ferguson on Friday night, the same day that police announced the name of the officer who killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown and released footage appearing to show Brown stealing cigarettes from a convenience store. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson later said Friday the initial contact between Brown and officer Darren Wilson was not related to a convenience store robbery. Read more at

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Melissa Harris-Perry's Searing Tribute To Black Men Killed By Police

Aug. 18, 2014 - In a short but powerful segment on Saturday, Melissa Harris-Perry connected the recent police killing of Michael Brown to the deaths of other black men at the hands of police — and to America's history of injustice towards black people.

Harris-Perry read the names of some of the hundreds of men who were killed by police across the country "in the past decade alone," from Sean Bell to Oscar Grant to Eric Garner to Brown. All of the men she mentioned were unarmed at the time of their death. Read more at

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Keke Palmer Reveals Plans To Visit Ferguson, Responds To Social Media Backlash

Aug. 18, 2014 - As she prepares for her historical role as the first African-American to play Cinderella on Broadway beginning Sept. 9, Keke Palmer has also expressed her thoughts on the outrage stemming from the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Earlier this week, the 21-year-old actress-singer took to her Twitter and Instagram account posting a string of comments urging for unity and nonviolence during the outbreaks of national protests for Brown. And though Palmer’s inspirational messageswere intended to uplift her followers, some slammed her thoughts as naïve. Read more at

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J. Cole Mourns For Michael Brown In Tribute Song

Aug. 18, 2014 - A week after 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson, people across the country are demanding justice, including a multitude of entertainers and other public figures. Roc Nation artist J. Cole is the latest to add his voice with a new track titled, "Be Free."

Backed by a news report with a sound bite from Dorian Johnson, Brown's friend and eyewitness to the shooting, the piano-driven ballad demands peace and calls for an end to gun violence. Read more at

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Officer Darren Wilson: Photo Of Mike Brown’s Killer Surfaces

Aug. 18, 2014 - Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, 28, received an award for “extraordinary effort in the line of duty” months before he gunned down unarmed teenager Mike Brown and left him in the street for 4 hours last Saturday. Read more at

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Darren Wilson Identified As Officer Who Fatally Shot Michael Brown

August 15, 2014 - After almost a week, Police Chief Thomas Jackson has identified Darren Wilson as the officer who fatally shot unarmed black teen Michael Brown on Saturday in Ferguson, Missouri.

Jackson also announced Friday that the department would release video of a "strong-armed robbery" that took place in the area. He outlined events that began at 11 a.m. the day of the shooting and implied Wilson confronted Brown, 18, in connection with the robbery. Wilson encountered Brown at 12:01 p.m., Jackson said. By the time a second officer arrived at 12:04 p.m., Brown was dead.  Read more at

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New Ferguson Police Commander Ron Johnson Walks With Protesters

August 14, 2014 - The man now leading police in Ferguson, Missouri, walked Thursday night with those protesting the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, one day after protesters faced rubber bullets and tear gas from heavily armed officers in riot gear.  Read more at

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Police allege Michael Brown was involved in robbery before shooting

August 15, 2014 - Police revealed the identity Friday of the officer who shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown, along with a report indicating that Brown and a friend had been involved in a theft at a convenience store shortly before the shooting occurred.  Read more at

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Martin Lawrence confirms ‘Bad Boys 3′ is in the works

August 15, 2014 - Fans of buddy-cop action film Bad Boys have a reason to smile today. After more than a decade, a new Bad Boys film is headed to theaters.

Martin Lawrence revealed the news to Conan O’Brien during a taping of his late night talk show Wednesday night.  Read more at

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FAMU’s fall enrollment nosedives down to a projected 9,500

August 14, 2014 - According to a projection announced by President Elmira Mangum earlier this week, FAMU has approximately 9,500 students enrolled for Fall 2014. If that turns out to be the final number, it will represent a drop of 1,234 students from one year ago. The university enrolled 10,734 students in Fall 2013.

In an address before the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Mangum noted that this represents a challenge for not only FAMU, but the entire city’s economy.  Read more at Rattler Nation.

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Westcoast Troupe hires new executive director

August 14, 2014 - The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has turned to a man with an extensive theater management background to succeed Christine Jennings as executive director.

Richard M. Parison Jr. will be the new executive director of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, succeeding former bank executive Christine Jennings, who is retiring after five years. Photo provided by WBTT

The theater’s board of directors announced Thursday that Richard M. Parison Jr. will join the troupe on Sept. 8, working with founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs as the company launches its 15th season.  Read more at

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Couple remaking St. Pete's Midtown area

August 12, 2014 - When Carolyn Brayboy went for her annual physical in 2007, she told her doctor she had been feeling a little nauseous.

The doctor referred her to a specialist for tests that led to a dreaded diagnosis: cancer.

For months, Brayboy underwent chemotherapy, which left her weak, exhausted and bedridden. But it worked. More than a year after the diagnosis, she was cancer free.

Shaken by her brush with death, Brayboy and her husband, Elihu, decided to take a risk. They invested $800,000 in real estate in the Midtown area of St. Petersburg.  Read more at

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President Obama: Michael Brown’s death is ‘heartbreaking’

Aug. 13, 2014 - President Barack Obama says that while the shooting death of a Missouri teenager has prompted “strong passions,” people should remember Michael Brown through “reflection and understanding.”

Obama’s comments came in a written statement about 18-year-old Brown. The unarmed teen was fatally shot by a police officer Saturday while walking on a street near his suburban St. Louis home. Read more at

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Cowboys’ Orlando Scandrick suspended 4 games for failed drug test

Aug. 13, 2014 - Dallas cornerback Orlando Scandrick has apologized to his family, teammates and organization for failing a drug test that will force him to be suspended for the first four games of the season. The NFL announced the suspension on Tuesday.

Scandrick said in a statement released by his agent, Ron Slavin, that he unknowingly took a substance while on vacation in Mexico that led to the positive test. He says he takes full responsibility for what goes into his body and is embarrassed by the failed test. Read more at

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Teen Convicted in Steubenville Rape Case Is Back on High School Football Team

Aug. 13, 2014 - Ma’lik Richmond, one of the Steubenville, Ohio, teens convicted for raping a 16-year-old girl in a case that rocked the nation, is back to playing football with his high school team after his release, the New York Daily News reports. The 18-year-old, one of two offenders involved in the horrific crime against the young girl during a 2012 party, served nine months in juvenile detention before his January release.  Read more at

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Mom Arrested for Allegedly Helping Son With ‘Fire Challenge’ Video

Aug. 13, 2014 - Because kids have nothing better to do with their time except douse themselves in flammable liquid and then light themselves on fire while a friend records it on video until the fire is put out, "the fire challenge" was born, and now a Charlotte, N.C., mother has been arrested for allegedly helping her teenage son light himself on fire. Read more at

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Throw Like a Girl: 13-Year-Old Mo’Ne Davis Takes Team to Little League World Series

Aug. 13, 2014 - To call 13-year-old Mo’Ne Davis a good pitcher would be an understatement.

Mo’Ne, who regularly clocks in pitches at 70 mph, brought her team, the Philadelphia Taney Dragons, to victory during the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. Read more at

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