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‘I Am Somebody’: A Landmark Documentary’s Enduring Lesson That Labor Rights Are Civil Rights

‘I Am Somebody’: A Landmark Documentary’s Enduring Lesson That Labor Rights Are Civil Rights

In the spring of 1969, Coretta Scott King stood in front of a packed church in Charleston, S.C., to address a group of striking hospital workers. She wore a simple white dress and layered strands of necklaces, her pressed, shoulder-length hair nestled under a blue cap with 1199 written in large, white lettering.

She called their strike against the Medical College Hospital (MCH) and Charleston...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 18, 2020 at 05:00.

Man Down: Rihanna and Billionaire Bae Hassan Jameel Reportedly Split Up

Man Down: Rihanna and Billionaire Bae Hassan Jameel Reportedly Split Up

The low, rolling rumble you hear on the horizon? Those are the grunts of legions of men, women, and horny teens doing deep stretches so they can shoot their shot.

Rihanna, the fashion and beauty mogul and Grammy-winning singer, has reportedly split up with 31-year-old businessman Hassan Jameel. The pair had been dating since 2017 and, as of late last year, seemed like they were doing well.

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 18, 2020 at 01:30. 1 comments

Marilyn Mosby Shares Anonymous Racist Call, Calls Out Misogynoir During Solidarity Trip to St. Louis

Marilyn Mosby Shares Anonymous Racist Call, Calls Out Misogynoir During Solidarity Trip to St. Louis

The office of Baltimore’s top prosecutor Marilyn Mosby released a voicemail this week sent to Mosby after she visited St. Louis to stand in solidarity with another progressive black woman prosecutor, Kim Gardner. The St. Louis prosecutor is filing a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging city leaders and the police union have conspired to drive her out of office on account of her race.

The call...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 17, 2020 at 06:10. 17 comments

Boxed Out of the Ballot: Florida Supreme Court Rules Formerly Incarcerated Must Pay Outstanding Fees Before Voting

Boxed Out of the Ballot: Florida Supreme Court Rules Formerly Incarcerated Must Pay Outstanding Fees Before Voting

In November 2018, Florida voters moved to restore voting rights to 1.4 million convicted felons following their release. Amendment 4 to the state constitution was seen as a major victory for civil liberties advocates, who have been fighting across the country to restore the political voices of the formerly incarcerated.

But a Republican-controlled legislature quickly moved to undercut the...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 17, 2020 .

Sexual Assault Survivors Write Open Letter to Russell Simmons: 'We Will Not Be Intimidated'

Sexual Assault Survivors Write Open Letter to Russell Simmons: 'We Will Not Be Intimidated'

For years, Russell Simmons was looked at as the “face of hip-hop.” A go-to promoter and manager of the emerging genre in the ’80s, Simmons eventually become one of the most powerful men in the music industry. The pioneering mogul founded Def Jam, launched the influential TV series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam, established (and then made a fortune from) his Phat Fashions clothing...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 16, 2020 at 00:30. 4 comments

Cash, Cropped: Bank Fees Hit Black and Latinx Customers the Hardest, According to New Poll

Cash, Cropped: Bank Fees Hit Black and Latinx Customers the Hardest, According to New Poll

Black and Latinx people pay more than white people when it comes to banking fees, according to a new report released Wednesday.

The survey results (h/t USA Today) come from financial services website Bankrate.com, which asked 2,634 adults how much they spend per month on routine financial service charges, like ATM fees and overdraft penalties.

As USA Today reports, there were major...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 15, 2020 at 03:42. 3 comments

Impeachment Season Is Drawing to a Close: Donald Trump’s Senate Trial to Begin This Week

Impeachment Season Is Drawing to a Close: Donald Trump’s Senate Trial to Begin This Week

Folks, it’s time to steam that impeachment outfit. The Senate impeachment trial of Donald J(ulius d’Orange) Trump will begin this week, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The timeline was spurred by an announcement today from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that the House will vote on a resolution moving the impeachment process forward on Wednesday, according to the...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 15, 2020 at 01:00. 5 comments

‘Conspicuously Deficient’: NAACP Challenges 2020 Census’ Ability to Count Communities of Color

‘Conspicuously Deficient’: NAACP Challenges 2020 Census’ Ability to Count Communities of Color

The NAACP, in a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Census Bureau last Friday, is alleging the federal government is unprepared to accurately count America’s black residents—an issue that could result in political disenfranchisement and billions of dollars in losses for black and brown communities.

The suit, filed alongside Prince George’s County, one of the country’s most prosperous majority-black...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 14, 2020 at 22:33. 11 comments

NY Attorney General Letitia James to Probe Whether NYPD Targets Black People for Subway Fare Evasion

NY Attorney General Letitia James to Probe Whether NYPD Targets Black People for Subway Fare Evasion

In a statement released Monday, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced her office would be investigating the NYPD over allegations its officers have illegally targeted black and brown commuters on the city’s subway system. James’ probe is the latest development in the city’s effort to crack down on fare evasion on the transit system—a policy supported by both Mayor Bill de Blasio...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 14, 2020 at 05:30. 4 comments

Rebuilding Black Wall Street: Tulsa Advocates Fundraise to Bring Greenwood Back to Its Glory

Rebuilding Black Wall Street: Tulsa Advocates Fundraise to Bring Greenwood Back to Its Glory

The Greenwood Chamber of Commerce kicked off a major fundraising effort to rebuild Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood commercial district, the home of Black Wall Street, last week. The group is seeking $1 million in donations to rebuild the site, which was destroyed by white supremacists in 1921 in one of the bloodiest racist massacres in U.S. history.

According to the group’s GoFundMe, the Greenwood...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 13, 2020 at 22:40. 2 comments

Family of Timothy Dean, Found Dead in Prominent Democratic Donor’s Home, Files Wrongful Death Civil Suit

Family of Timothy Dean, Found Dead in Prominent Democratic Donor’s Home, Files Wrongful Death Civil Suit

The sisters of Timothy Dean, a 55-year-old gay black man found dead in the Los Angeles home of Ed Buck in January last year, have filed a wrongful death suit against the prominent Democratic donor. The suit alleges Buck preyed on vulnerable gay black men, including their brother—“forcibly and repeatedly” injecting Dean with crystal meth for Buck’s own pleasure.

As the Los Angeles Times...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 10, 2020. 3 comments

NYPD Doesn't Punish People for Jaywalking—Unless You Live in the Blackest Borough in New York

NYPD Doesn't Punish People for Jaywalking—Unless You Live in the Blackest Borough in New York

New York is built for the tough, the impatient, the bold, the ones who live to take risks. Basically, it’s a city built for jaywalkers. It’s a great unifier: people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, races, ages, and creeds united in their disdain for the city’s cars, bikers, and assigned crosswalks. And for the most part, the cops seem to get that—unlike other American cities, jaywalking is...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 09, 2020. 16 comments

Smirking All the Way to the Bank: Nick Sandmann Settles Lawsuit With CNN

Smirking All the Way to the Bank: Nick Sandmann Settles Lawsuit With CNN

If you thought 2020 was shaping up to be one hell of a year (in the literal sense), here’s another case to add to the file: Nick Sandmann, the Covington, Ky., prep school student perceived to be mocking a Native American at the Lincoln Memorial last year, just got paid.

CNN settled with Sandmann’s family for an undisclosed amount, the network confirmed on Tuesday. WXIX-TV, which first broke...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 09, 2020.

Doug Evans, the White Mississippi Prosecutor Who Tried Curtis Flowers 6 Times, Recuses Himself From 7th Trial

Doug Evans, the White Mississippi Prosecutor Who Tried Curtis Flowers 6 Times, Recuses Himself From 7th Trial

Whatever is next for Curtis Flowers, the man responsible for keeping him in prison for more than two decades will not be involved.

Doug Evans, the Mississippi District Attorney who tried and re-tried a quadruple-homicide case against Flowers six times in the last 23 years asked to be recused from prosecuting him again, according to APM Reports. The request was sent in a court filing to Circuit...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 04, 2020. 3 comments

DaBaby Arrested, Held Without Bond in Miami on Battery Charges

DaBaby Arrested, Held Without Bond in Miami on Battery Charges

DaBaby will remain in a Miami jail until he can be extradited to Texas, a judge ruled on Friday. The 28-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper was arrested and charged with battery on Thursday night in connection with an alleged robbery that happened in Miami earlier that day. DaBaby was subsequently denied bond due to another outstanding warrant in Dallas, Texas.

According to TMZ, DaBaby—born...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 04, 2020. 20 comments

'Affluenza' Teen Ethan Couch Arrested Again for Violating Probation

'Affluenza' Teen Ethan Couch Arrested Again for Violating Probation

Don’t look now, but the thing we all knew was going to happen, happened. Ethan Couch, most famous for using the “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunk-driving crash, was arrested—again—and charged with probation violation—again.

Texas police arrested the 22-year-old on Thursday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports (h/t the Washington Post). Couch was booked at the Tarrant County Jail, where he...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 04, 2020. 16 comments

Report Reveals New Details About Talk Show Host Tavis Smiley's Sexual Misconduct Allegations at PBS [Updated]

Report Reveals New Details About Talk Show Host Tavis Smiley's Sexual Misconduct Allegations at PBS [Updated]

An independent investigator hired by PBS to evaluate claims of sexual misconduct against Tavis Smiley has concluded that the former late-night talk show host was involved in sexual relationships with his employees and guests for decades. During that span, Smiley was also found to have verbally abused and sexually harassed those around him and may have fired women to keep word of his affairs...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 03, 2020. 2 comments

New Year, New Marijuana Law: Illinois Lt. Governor Celebrates 2020 by Purchasing Newly Legal Edibles

New Year, New Marijuana Law: Illinois Lt. Governor Celebrates 2020 by Purchasing Newly Legal Edibles

Public officials, they’re (sometimes) just like us!

Hundreds of customers poured into Sunnyside Lakeview dispensary in Chicago on Wednesday, the first day recreational marijuana could be legally purchased in Illinois. Among that number was the state’s lieutenant governor, Juliana Stratton, who was there to tout the new marijuana law’s emphasis on equity—as well as purchase some goodies.

From

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 02, 2020.

Flint Asks for Extension to Test Vulnerable Homes for Lead in Water

Flint Asks for Extension to Test Vulnerable Homes for Lead in Water

As part of an ongoing effort to keep its water safe, Flint, Mich. has filed an extension to allow officials more time to submit water tests for the homes most likely to have lead water lines.

Michigan state and federal laws require the city to test for lead lines every six months—a more frequent timetable than other cities due to the 2014 water crisis, reports Michigan Radio. But not every...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Dec 31, 2019. 14 comments

Eddie Murphy Gets Real About His Old Homophobic Jokes: 'Some of It, I Cringe When I Watch'

Eddie Murphy Gets Real About His Old Homophobic Jokes: 'Some of It, I Cringe When I Watch'

Eddie Murphy can admit that some of his jokes from the ’80s just don’t hit.

In an interview with CBS This Morning, the famed actor and comedian reflected on some of his old homophobic jokes with reporter Tracy Smith.

“Some of it, I cringe when I watch,” Murphy said. “I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe I said that!’”

It was a refreshing amount of humility from a comedian, particularly as...

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