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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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Ferguson police investigating violent fight involving Michael Brown’s family

Nov. 7, 2014 - In fighting among Michael Brown’s family appear to have taken a violent turn and the whole thing started over T-shirts.

Pearlie Gordon, Michael Brown Sr.’s mother-in-law, was outside Red’s BBQ selling “Justice for Mike Brown” T-shirts when a crowd of between 20 and 30 people came to the tent. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Beyoncé meets Kelly Rowland’s newborn son, congratulates her on motherhood

Nov. 7, 2014 - Kelly Rowland just became a mother, and Beyoncé has a new reason to celebrate. Yesterday news broke that Rowland and her husband, Tim Witherspoon, welcomed their first child together, Titan Jewell Witherspoon. Today, Beyoncé took to Instagram to celebrate her new nephew:

“There’s no better feeling than holding my beautiful nephew,” Beyoncé wrote. “I thank god for the honor of witnessing my sisters journey into motherhood. I’ve always dreamt of our little ones growing up together. I’m so thankful for our bond. Baby Ty, I love you so much. Congrats to my Spoons.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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Oprah to Iyanla Vanzant: ‘I’ll Fix Your House,’ gives her epic home makeover

Nov. 7, 2014 - Anyone who watches the Oprah Winfrey Network is familiar with the magic-like methods of spiritual life coach, Iyanla Vanzant, host of the critically acclaimed series, Iyanla: Fix My Life.

Oprah is giving her friend and OWN teammate the surprise of a lifetime with a spectacular, one-of-a-kind makeover, executed by celebrity home interior designer Nate Berkus. Read more at thegrio.com.

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President Obama meets Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West little leaguers

Nov. 7, 2014 - The first family welcomed little leaguers from Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West team into the White House Thursday.

The players were understandably awestruck.

The team toured the White House dressed in their jerseys and took pictures with the president. They also presented the president and first lady with their own jerseys and gloves. Read more at thegrio.com.

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The Midterm Elections Helped—Hillary Clinton?

Nov. 7, 2014 - As political analysts continue to unpack what the 2014 midterm elections meant for each party, one theory has emerged that ought to make Hillary Clinton smile.

According to an Al Jazeera report, the beating that the Democrats took helped Clinton’s probable bid for the White House in 2016 in two ways: First, it suggests that one of her potential rivals might not be as much competition as everyone thought, seeing as how he didn't win with a terribly impressive margin; and second, the distance-yourself-from-the-incumbent strategy is still a great option for Hillary.  Read more at theroot.com.

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Nike Drops Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson

Nov. 7, 2014 - On Thursday Nike announced that it is severing ties completely with Minnesota Vikings running Adrian Peterson who was suspended from the NFL after two separate allegations of child abuse emerged.

"Adrian Peterson is no longer a Nike athlete," said Nike in a statement viewed by USA Today. Read more at theroot.com.

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Suspect In Philly Kidnapping Also Held Wife, Teen Captive

Nov. 7, 2014 - Delvin Barnes (pictured right), the 37-year-old man accused of the brazen kidnapping of nurse’s aide Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, 22, (pictured) from a street in Philadelphia and wrestling her in to his vehicle reportedly is a “vicious predator” who has a long history of violence toward women, according to NBC10 Philadelphia, which cites court documents.

In one case, records say Barnes held his estranged wife captive, and in another case, he allegedly kidnapped a 16-year-old Virginia girl, according to the television news station. Read more at newsone.com.

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The First Trailer For 'Selma' Stands Up

Nov. 7, 2014 - "What happens when a man stands up and says enough is enough?" That's the money quote in the first trailer for Ava DuVernay's "Selma," which focuses on a three-month stretch in 1965 when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. organized a campaign to ensure equal voting rights for all men and women. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Watch Michelle Obama And The Penguins of 'Madagascar' Bust Myths About Veterans

Nov. 7, 2014 - Michelle Obama wants America to celebrate its veterans, and she's recruited some of her chillest animated friends to get the word out.

In a video created by the Got Your 6 campaign, the first lady gave the penguins from DreamWorks' "Madagascar" film a top-secret mission regarding Veterans Day on Nov. 11. After stating military members and their families inspire her every day, Obama asks the penguins to examine certain facts and myths about veterans. The birds were happy to oblige. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Ferguson Protest Leaders Want Heads-Up On Decision To Charge Darren Wilson

November 5, 2014 - Activists asked Wednesday for advance notice before prosecutors announce whether a Ferguson police officer will face charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown, saying they can help prevent widespread violence if they have 48 hours to prepare for protests.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Stevie Wonder calls triplets rumor ‘bull,’ says he’s expecting one child

November 6, 2014 - Stevie Wonder has one word for the rumors his girlfriend is expecting triplets: “Bull.”

Wonder, 64, set the record straight this week during an interview on The View. He said his girlfriend Tomeeka Robyn Bracy is pregnant, but only with one child.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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HCC to host veterans entrepreneur symposium

November 5, 2014 - DeSheun Hines built bridges and cleared land mines as a Marine Corps combat engineer stationed in Iraq. Turns out the experience provided an ample training ground for his new career as an entrepreneur.

"Actually, the stress level in combat was a little easier," joked the 28-year-old, who finished his military service last January. Read more at tampabay.com.

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