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Wrongfully Convicted Brothers Win $17,000,000 Settlement From NYC

Jan. 13, 2015 - A Brooklyn, N.Y., family has finally received compensation from New York City for the two decades three brothers spent in prison for murders they did not commit, receiving a total of $17 million from the city, the city comptroller confirmed Monday, the New York Post reports.

Robert Hill, Alvena Jennette and Daryl Austin—half brothers who share the same mother—were exonerated by a Brooklyn judge eight months ago following a probe into cases compiled by now-retired NYPD Detective Louis Scarcella. Read more at theroot.com.

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Muslim Man Hailed As Hero for Hiding Hostages During Paris Attack

Jan. 13, 2015 - When Amedy Coulibaly—one of the assailants responsible for the shooting attacks in France last week—threatened to kill hostages in a kosher supermarket in Paris, a young Muslim man led people to a walk-in freezer below the supermarket to shield them from harm, CNN reports.

Lassana Bathily, an employee at the Hyper Cacher supermarket, is being praised and celebrated on social media and by French news outlets for his heroic actions. The deadly attack at the market was tied to a similarly violent attack earlier by gunmen at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which routinely published cartoons mocking Islam’s prophet, Muhammad. Read more at edition.cnn.com.

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Obama Regrets Not Attending Unity March in Paris

Jan. 13, 2015 - On Monday, the White House revealed that President Barack Obama regrets that he did not send a more senior U.S. official to the march in Paris Sunday to denounce terrorism. Heads of state from several countries gathered to commemorate the shooting attacks against journalists, police officers and hostages that occurred in France last week. White House spokesman Josh Earnest described the president’s sentiments during a press conference. Read more at theroot.com.

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After Using 10-Year-Old Suicide Bombers, Boko Haram Attacks Cameroonian Town [VIDEO]

Jan. 13, 2015 - Just days after waging a deadly attack in Nigeria using 10-year-old female suicide bombers, Boko Haram fighters on Monday attacked a military base in the northwest Cameroonian city of Kolofata, Al Jazeera reports.

Monday’s attack comes after suicide bombings occurred at an open market selling mobile handsets in the town of Potiskum, in Yobe state, one of three Nigerian states after Adamawa and Borno that have been struck by Boko Haram. Red more at newsone.com.

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Black Hollywood Task Force Formed After Sony Hack

Jan. 13, 2015 - After Sony’s embarrassing email hacking scandal laid bare Hollywood’s deep-seated race problems, civil rights leaders have formed a diversity committee to address the issue.

The group has met three times to develop a set of recommendations it plans to present to Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal later this month, the report notes. Pascal came under fire for racially insensitive email exchanges that emerged after a cyberattack on the company late last year. Read more at newsone.com.

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California AG Kamala Harris Will Run For Senate

Jan. 13, 2015 - California Attorney General Kamala Devi Harris —the first woman and the first non-white person to hold that office—will seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer, an adviser with knowledge of her plans said Monday.

With her formal announcement Tuesday, Harris, 50, would become the first California Democrat to enter the 2016 race expected to lure a crowded field. Read more at newsone.com.

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Eric Garner's Family Releases Tribute Song In His Memory: 'This Ends Today' (LISTEN)

Jan. 13, 2015 - Eric Garner’s last words were captured on tape, echoed through chants and are now incorporated in a new song his family has released in his memory.

Garner’s daughter, Erica, and family member Stephen Flagg, teamed together to record a tribute song titled “This Ends Today,” which pays homage to their late relative and includes the last words he muttered before he passed: “I can’t breathe.” Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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1st Ebola Clinic For Pregnant Women Opens In Sierra Leone

Jan. 13, 2015 - A new clinic is giving some of the most vulnerable Ebola patients a better chance at surviving the virus.

The facility -- located in a former boys' high school in the capital city of Freetown -- is the first care center created specifically for pregnant women since the current outbreak began, Reuters reported.

It is operated by Doctors Without Borders -- a leading charity in the fight against Ebola in West Africa. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe celebrates Black History Month with 'WBTT Voices' program

January 13, 2015 - The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) announces its 2015 “WBTT Voices” program, which will be presented on February 5 in honor of Black History Month. This year’s topic is “A Vision of Equality” and will feature a stimulating panel discussion about W.E.B. DuBois’s 1903 vision of creating an aristocracy of leaders among the most able 10 percent of black Americans through higher education and involvement in social change. What has been the impact of his vision through the decades, and how has life changed for African Americans in the past 112 years? Panelists and guests alike will be asked to consider and weigh in: Is DuBois’s concept of “The Talented Tenth” still relevant?   Read more at patch.com.

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Mike Huckabee Scolds Obamas for Letting Their Daughters Be Fans of Beyoncé

January 13, 2015 - During an interview with People magazine, Mike Huckabee—the former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential-primary candidate—described how he is flabbergasted that President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama allow their daughters to be fans of Beyoncé, the New York Daily News reports.

“I don't understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything—how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school, and making sure they’re kind of sheltered and shielded from so many things,” Huckabee explained before going in for the jugular: “And yet they don’t see anything that might not be suitable for either a preteen or a teen in some of the lyrical content and choreography of Beyoncé,” Huckabee told People magazine.  Read more at theroot.com.

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Judge could end feud between Dr. King’s children over his bible, Nobel Peace Prize medal

Jan. 12, 2014 - The Rev.Martin Luther King Jr.’s traveling Bible hasn’t gone on regular display since President Barack Obama used it while taking his second oath of office two years ago. The public hasn’t seen the slain civil rights icon’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize medal in recent years, either.

Both relics reside in a safe deposit box, the keys held since March by an Atlanta judge presiding over the latest — and in many eyes, the ugliest — fight between King’s heirs. Read more at thegrio.com.

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FBI releases sketch of NAACP bombing suspect

Jan. 12, 2015 - Authorities on Friday released a composite sketch of the man they believe detonated an explosive near the offices of the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP.

The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms also offered a $10,000 reward for information on Tuesday’s explosion, which caused only minor damage and no injuries but rattled nerves due to its proximity to the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. Federal officials say they do not know whether the NAACP was targeted but are investigating the explosion as a possible hate crime. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Man exonerated after being framed by cop and spending 21 years in jail

Jan. 12, 2015 - Derrick Hamilton, 49, was convicted of the 1991 murder of Nathaniel Cash — even though he had nothing to do with it.

Although Hamilton was paroled in 2011, he has only just now been exonerated of the crime. “One day in prison is too much for an innocent man. [Today is] exhilarating. It’s a grateful day,” he said. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Jennifer Hudson to make Broadway debut as Celie in ‘The Color Purple’ revival

Jan. 12, 2015 - Jennifer Hudson will give Broadway a boost of star power this fall when she makes her stage debut in “The Color Purple.”

Oprah Winfrey, who produced the show in 2005, will be backing this revival, along with her theatrical business partner Scott Sanders.This “Color Purple” comes from London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, which specializes in stripping down big-budget Broadway shows, giving them an emotional punch they lacked the first time around. Read more at nypost.com.

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50 Cent partners with Intel for new headphones

Jan. 12, 2015 - 50 Cent has been working with Intel to create “smart earbuds” called the SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones.

These headphones collect fitness data such as heart rate and do not need to be regularly charged.

The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, said that he was inspired to work with Intel after Apple bought out Beats headphones. “Beats helped me,” he said. “Whenever a company makes a deal, there’s a different house on the other side of the street, ya know? So I went over to that house.” Read more at thegiro.com.

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Some 2,000 Feared Dead After Boko Haram Massacre in Nigerian Town

Jan. 12, 2015 - Last week Boko Haram entered the northern Nigerian town of Baga and began opening fire on residents. According to news reports, bodies were left bloodied across roadways, and those who fled into the bushes were chased and executed. Once the shooting stopped, some 2,000 people were reported dead in what Amnesty International is calling possibly the Islamic extremist group's "deadliest act."

"The attack on Baga and surrounding towns looks as if it could be Boko Haram's deadliest act in a catalogue of increasingly heinous attacks carried out by the group," Amnesty International said in a statement. "If reports that the town was largely razed to the ground and that hundreds or even as many as two thousand civilians were killed are true, this marks a disturbing and bloody escalation of Boko Haram's ongoing onslaught against the civilian population." Read more at theroot.com.

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NYPD Cops Told No Vacation Time Unless They Issue More Tickets: Report

Jan. 12, 2015 - New York City police officers have been issued a stern warning from their higher-ups: Either get back to enforcing minor infractions or don't expect to take vacation or sick days, according to several unnamed officers who spoke with the New York Post.

The Post notes that officers are now being ordered to hand in "activity sheets" logging the number of arrests and summonses they issued on their shift. Read  more at nypost.com.

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Wish You Could Get That Text Back? There’s an App for That

Jan. 12, 2015 - We’ve all been there.

Staring down in horror at our phones at a text we did not mean to send but did anyway for reasons ranging from carelessness to extreme anger to intoxication.

Or maybe a friend thought it was funny to prank us and sent the unsendable message as a joke. Read more at theroot.com.

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Two Members Of Famed All-Black Tuskegee Airmen Die On Same Day

Jan. 12, 2015 -  Two members of the Tuskegee Airmen — the famed all-black squadron that flew in World War II — died on the same day. The men, lifelong friends who enlisted together, were 91.

Clarence E. Huntley Jr. and Joseph Shambrey died on Jan. 5 in their Los Angeles homes, relatives said Sunday. Red more at huffingtonpost.com.

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FBI Offers $10K Reward For NAACP Office Bombing Suspect, Releases Sketch

January 9, 2015 - In a press conference Friday evening, the FBI said that it and the ATF are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for placing the improvised explosive device near the headquarters of the Colorado Springs, Colo. chapter of the NAACP on Tuesday.

They have also released a composite sketch (pictured) of a person who was in the area at the time of the bombing and appeared to have some involvement.  Read more at newsone.com.

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