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Jameis Winston's adviser: Accuser wanted $7 million

Sept. 24, 2014 - Jameis Winston's accuser sought $7 million from the Heisman Trophy winner, according to a letter sent by Winston's adviser to Florida State University.

David Cornwell wrote that he met with the accuser's attorney, Patricia Carroll, in February 2014. That was two months after the State Attorney's Office declined to press charges against Winston for an alleged sexual assault. Read more at tampabay.com.

 

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Florida prison boss fires 32 over inmate deaths

September 19, 2014 - Thirty-two guards with the Florida Department of Corrections were fired Friday afternoon in what union officials were calling a “Friday night massacre.” All were accused of criminal wrongdoing or misconduct in connection with the deaths of inmates at four state prisons.

One of them is Rollin Suttle Austin, the subject of a Miami Herald investigative report coming Sunday. The Herald has published a string of articles alleging brutality and corruption in the prison system.  Read more at miamiherald.com.

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Editorial: Smear tactics and desperation from Greenlight foes

September 22, 2014 - When Pinellas County extremists cannot win a public policy debate on the merits, they turn to Adolf Hitler. A website operated by a prominent opponent of the Greenlight Pinellas transit referendum featured a doctored movie video clip Friday of Hitler screaming at Pinellas County commissioners and other Greenlight supporters. The video was taken down after the media started asking questions, and no one accepted responsibility. These are the smear tactics of desperation, and they say more about the integrity of the Greenlight opponents than about supporters of a bold transit plan that would transform Pinellas and the region.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Meet the 11-Year-Old Who Could Change Ferguson and Possibly the World

Sept. 22, 2014 - Last month, Ferguson, Mo., was in full uproar after a police officer shot an unarmed teen. People protested. Cops wore military gear and threw tear gas. The nation was on notice.

Marquis Govan, 11, dressed in khakis and a white dress shirt, appeared before the St. Louis County Council last month and told its members how to help the people of Ferguson:

"I would just like to say that the people of Ferguson, I believe, don't need tear gas thrown at them. I believe they need jobs," the sixth-grader said. Read more at theroot.com.

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Judge Faith Is Coming to a Television Near You

Sept. 22, 2014 - There’s a new judge set to rule, and her name is Faith Jenkins. Her show, Judge Faith, follows a long history of diversity in reality courtroom series. The popular shows have blazed trails by having black men and women at the forefront. Though blacks make up 6-8 percent of all judges in the American legal system, at one time, 6 out of 10 judges on daytime court shows were black. Read more at theroot.com.

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How HBCUs Respond to a Call for Inclusion of LGBT Students

Sept. 22, 2014 - For many who choose to attend an HBCU, the decision is about far more than just academics. Since the first HBCUs opened their doors in the years before the Civil War, they have offered black students an opportunity to pursue advanced studies in a space they can be certain will be supportive, welcoming and inclusive. It’s the very least that every student deserves, really—to be able to work, study and learn as part of a community that accepts them as they are. Read more at theroot.com.

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Michael Brown’s Family In Atlanta To Push For Police Body Cameras

Sept. 22,  2014 - The family of slain teen Michael Brown, who senselessly died early last month at the hands of Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, are now in Atlanta to kick off a nationwide effort to arm police with body cameras, according to WSB-TV.

Brown’s parents, Lesley McSpadden (pictured right) and Michael Brown Sr. (pictured), are trying to get legislation, the Michael Brown law, passed that will require officers to sport body cameras while on duty. Read more at newsone.com.

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Jailed, Some Mentally Ill Inmates Land In Solitary Confinement

Sept. 22, 2014 - Day or night, the lights inside cell 135C of central New Mexico's Valencia County Detention Center were always on.

Locked inside, alone, for months, Jan Green — a 52-year-old computer technician with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder — rocked on a bench for hours, confiding in an imaginary companion. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Longtime Tampa activist, radio host Jetie Wilds Jr. dies

September 21, 2014 - Jetie B. Wilds Jr. spoke with a deliberate tone when he hosted his public affairs show Citizen's Report on WTMP-AM 1150. His words didn't rise with emotion, but that belied how much he cared about Tampa and particularly the African-American community.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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High School Football Player Will Make You Believe In Everything

Sept. 22, 2014 - He's a teen Tony Robbins in shoulder pads: a high school football player turned a postgame interview into one of the most inspiring motivational speeches you may ever hear.

Apollos Hester had just helped East View High School of Georgetown, Texas, overcome a 14-point halftime deficit to defeat Vandegrift High, 42-41, Friday night. Asked by TWC News Austin's Lauren Mickler to review the game, Hester instead delivered a smart lesson on life. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Ray Rice jerseys returned en masse

Sept. 22, 2014 - The AP is reporting that up to 7,000 Baltimore Ravens fans have turned in Ray Rice jerseys for another player’s number. The Ravens swapped out over 5,500 jerseys during a two-day event and had to give out around 2400 vouchers for new jerseys when they ship. Read more at thegrio.com.

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The return of LeBron James’ hairline becomes media fascination

Sept. 19, 2014 - The restoration of LeBron James’ hairline has been generating a lot of buzz online, and it’s not just coming from wisecracking fans on social media. Mainstream news outlets from the Washington Post to TIME Magazine all seem to be fascinated with LeBron’s hairline. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Peterson’s mom: ‘When you whip those you love, it’s not abuse, it’s about love’

Sept. 19, 2014 - Count Adrian Peterson’s mom Bonita Jackson in the pro-spanking category.

Jackson told the Houston Chronicle it was “never” Peterson’s intent “to hurt his son.” Jackson told the paper’s Cindy Horswell she and Peterson’s father, Nelson Peterson, were “big disciplinarians.”

Jackson said her son “wants to be a good father,” but is “not perfect.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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Paternity test reportedly confirms Mathew Knowles has fathered another child

Sept. 19, 2014 - Beyoncé‘s father/former manager Mathew Knowles is a baby daddy … again.

According to the results of a paternity test obtained by TMZ, Knowles has fathered yet another illegitimate child.

The test confirms that Knowles is the biological father of lingerie model-turned real estate agent TaQoya Branscomb’s child. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Cher Sued: Choreographer Claims Singer Made Racist Remarks

Sept. 19, 2014 - There are only a few singers large enough to pull off one name, and on Thursday, one of the largest, Cher, was hit with a lawsuit from three former backup dancers, alleging racism, ageism and retaliation.

According to the Associated Press, choreographer Kevin Wilson, who is black and was a dancer on the singer's current Dressed to Kill tour, claims that he was told by the 68-year-old, single-name singer "not to hire any more dark-skinned dancers" and that there was "too much color" on the stage. Read more at theroot.com.

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Wrongly Convicted Texas Inmate Who Died in Prison Gets Statue

Sept. 19, 2014 - Tim Cole's name may not ring a bell to the everyday person, but his story is an inspiring, albeit heartbreaking, one of a man who stood by his honor, even when grappling with a broken justice system.

According to USA Today, Cole, who was falsely accused of rape in 1985 in Lubbock County, Texas, was immortalized Wednesday with a bronze statue unveiled at Tim Cole Memorial Park near Texas Tech University during a ceremony that was attended by state officials including Gov. Rick Perry. Read more at theroot.com.

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Shonda Rhimes Takes Down NY Times Critic Who Called Her An 'Angry Black Woman'

September 19, 2014 - Shonda Rhimes had little patience on Friday for the way the television critic of the New York Times wrote about her and her shows.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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James Brown’s domestic-violence and murder conspiracy detailed in kids’ dueling books

Sept. 18, 2014 - Two books released by James Brown’s kids, Yamma Brown and Daryl Brown; gives us a glaring look into the James’ household. In her new book titled Cold Sweat, Yamma Brown goes into a detailed description about the domestic abuse in their home.

She explains how “The Godfather of Soul” struck her mother and goes on to talk about how she grew up and had to deal with domestic violence issues in her marriage.  James Brown was known for having somewhat abusive tendencies. It was even discussed in his 2012 biography The One.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Three black women falsely accused of being sex-workers at hotel bar

Sept. 18, 2014 - Three black women –two educators and a lawyer–  were accused of solicitation by a security guard while drinking at Standard Hotel’s bar in New York City. One representative from the hotel called them weeks after, apologized and offered them a present consisting of a bottle of champagne and a $400 dinner in the hotel’s restaurant. Read more at thegrio.com.

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New leading lady: Viola Davis says past roles were ‘mammy-ish’

Sept. 18, 2014 - For over 30 years, Actress Viola Davis has spent time between the stage and silver screen.

Later this month, she stars in ABC’s new drama, How to Get Away With Murder.

In the show, Davis plays Annalise Keating, a seductive and alluring defense attorney and law professor who uses real-life cases as lessons in her classroom. The legal series allows Davis to play a role she has never done before and is a break from all the other portrayals she has done on stage and on film. Read more at thegrio.com.

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