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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 24, 2019 at 09:30.

California Teen Seeks Justice in Court After Being Beaten by Police While at a Family Birthday Party

California Teen Seeks Justice in Court After Being Beaten by Police While at a Family Birthday Party

A California teen who ended up being pummeled by a police officer when cops raided a relative’s birthday party earlier this year is now suing, charging excessive force.

The beating of 17-year-old London Wallace, of Fresno, Calif., was captured on police bodycam, and may be difficult for many to watch. The unarmed teen can be seen being punched multiple times and left bleeding and crying, in...

Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 24, 2019 at 08:30.

ICE Said to Have Shut Down an Immigrant Hotline After Orange Is the New Black Featured It in an Episode

ICE Said to Have Shut Down an Immigrant Hotline After Orange Is the New Black Featured It in an Episode

In what seems to be a case of life imitating art, Donald Trump style, immigration advocates charge the Trump administration deactivated a lawyer hotline set up for detainees—after an episode discussing the hotline aired on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black.

Freedom for Immigrants, a California advocacy group, says Immigration and Customs Enforcement shut down its hotline for ICE detainees...

Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 24, 2019 at 07:30.

Newly Appointed Special Prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett Case Will Reinvestigate the Actor’s Infamous Tale and the Saga That Followed

Newly Appointed Special Prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett Case Will Reinvestigate the Actor’s Infamous Tale and the Saga That Followed

Talk about making a federal case out of something. A Chicago judge on Friday appointed a former U.S. attorney—a fed, y’all—as special prosecutor to investigate what one guesses should be referred to as “Jussie Smollett-gate.”

Sigh.

According to the Chicago Tribune, on Friday, Cook County Judge Michael Toomin appointed Dan Webb, a former federal prosecutor, to reinvestigate the case of...

Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 23, 2019 at 10:00. 9 comments

It’s Finally Happening: Serena Williams to Face Off Against Maria Sharapova at US Open for 1st Time

It’s Finally Happening: Serena Williams to Face Off Against Maria Sharapova at US Open for 1st Time

Serena Williams has met, and defeated, rival Maria Sharapova at many a tennis tournament—Wimbledon, the Australian and French Opens—but she’s never gotten the chance to face off against Sharapova at the U.S. Open in New York. That’s all about to change.

For the first time, the two tennis greats will meet on the court at the U.S. Open, it was announced Thursday, after the eighth-seeded Williams...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 23, 2019 at 08:30. 7 comments

Colin Kaepernick Reveals the Source of His Inspiration for National Anthem Protest

Colin Kaepernick Reveals the Source of His Inspiration for National Anthem Protest

It’s well-known that Colin Kaepernick started his protest on the gridiron to bring attention to the police brutality and racial injustice plaguing this nation, but in a recent interview, the former quarterback reveals what specifically inspired his activism.

In an interview with Paper magazine, Kaepernick says the fatal police shooting of 26-year-old Mario Woods of San Francisco left him “with...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 23, 2019 at 06:30. 3 comments

‘Jawn Wick’ Was a Snitch: Accused Philly Cop Shooter Said to Have Been an Informant for the Feds

‘Jawn Wick’ Was a Snitch: Accused Philly Cop Shooter Said to Have Been an Informant for the Feds

The man charged with shooting six Philadelphia cops during an eight-hour standoff with police officers as they tried to serve a warrant was a snitch for the feds for years.

That’s according to The Appeal, which reports that Maurice Hill has been a federal informant since at least 2010 after he faced sentencing on a charge of possessing a gun as a felon. Because of his “cooperation” with...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 22, 2019 at 09:30. 11 comments

Black Ex-Felons Will Bear the Brunt of Florida’s New ‘Poll Tax’ Law, According to Findings of New Study

Black Ex-Felons Will Bear the Brunt of Florida’s New ‘Poll Tax’ Law, According to Findings of New Study

Some 80 percent of Florida’s ex-felons eligible to vote will be barred from registering under a new state law, including a disproportionate number of blacks, despite a clear majority of voters approving a change to the state’s constitution meant to restore their voting rights.

That’s the finding of a preliminary study done by a University of Florida professor on behalf of civil rights groups...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 22, 2019 at 07:00. 10 comments

Black NYPD Sergeant Who Oversaw Cop Who Killed Eric Garner Loses 20 Vacation Days for Her Role in Deadly Encounter

Black NYPD Sergeant Who Oversaw Cop Who Killed Eric Garner Loses 20 Vacation Days for Her Role in Deadly Encounter

New York City Police Sgt. Kizzy Adonis, the only other cop officially implicated in the death of Staten Island dad Eric Garner, will lose 20 days of vacation for the role she played in the deadly police encounter five years ago.

On Wednesday, sources with the New York Police Department told the Staten Island Advance that Adonis pleaded guilty to departmental charges of failure to supervise the...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 22, 2019 at 06:00. 19 comments

Nah, Jigga: Jay-Z Reportedly Has No Chance of Getting His Hands on an NFL Team

Nah, Jigga: Jay-Z Reportedly Has No Chance of Getting His Hands on an NFL Team

After a controversial announcement that he was making a deal with the devil the oft-criticized NFL, word on the street (h/t TMZ) was that Jay-Z was in line to become part-owner of some unnamed football team.

Jay-Z Reportedly to Get Majority Ownership in NFL Team; Eric Reid Calls Move ‘Despicable’

With at least half of his 30 pieces of silver, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter will soon acquire a…

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 21, 2019 at 10:00. 11 comments

Don’t Get It ‘Twis’-ted: Sign Language Interpreter Steals the Show at a Twista Concert and Shows Importance of Access for Deaf People

Don’t Get It ‘Twis’-ted: Sign Language Interpreter Steals the Show at a Twista Concert and Shows Importance of Access for Deaf People

Twista may be the fastest-rapping MC in the world, but how good is he with his hands? His sign-language interpretive hands, that is.

Probably not half as good as Amber Galloway Gallego, the sign language interpreter hired to bring Twista’s show to life for fans who are deaf or otherwise hearing-impaired.

At a concert Saturday in Charlotte, N.C., Galloway Gallego showed some real rap battle...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 21, 2019 at 08:00.

September Drop Date Announced for Puma x Nipsey Hussle Fashion Collabo

September Drop Date Announced for Puma x Nipsey Hussle Fashion Collabo

In the weeks and months following his untimely death, so much has been revealed about the business machinations of one Ermias Asghedom, aka rapper, community activist and visionary businessman Nipsey Hussle.

Now, comes the announcement of the launch of yet another of his business ventures: a deal for a clothing line with Puma.

According to the New York Daily News, the fashion collaboration...

Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 21, 2019 at 06:00. 12 comments

Obamas Tackle Trump’s Promises to the Rust Belt in Their 1st Netflix Offering, American Factory

Obamas Tackle Trump’s Promises to the Rust Belt in Their 1st Netflix Offering, American Factory

Shots fired. That’s the take among reviewers of the Obamas’ first foray into TV production, which looks at the promise to America’s Rust Belt unfulfilled by the Trump administration.

American Factory, which premieres on Netflix Wednesday, does not name Donald Trump explicitly, but, according to reviewers at Politico, it is a clear commentary on how Trump’s rhetoric about restoring factory and...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 20, 2019 at 09:30. 4 comments

Georgia Argues the ACLU’s Suit Against Its ‘Heartbeat’ Law Should Be Aborted

Georgia Argues the ACLU’s Suit Against Its ‘Heartbeat’ Law Should Be Aborted

Georgia is doubling down on its recently signed law virtually outlawing abortion in the state, telling a federal court that it should dismiss an effort by the American Civil Liberties Union to stop the law from taking effect.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, attorneys for the state told the court that Georgia had a vested interest in “protecting the life of the unborn.”...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 20, 2019 at 08:00. 4 comments

Steph Curry Makes a 7-Figure Gift to Howard University to Bring Golf Back to the HBCU

Steph Curry Makes a 7-Figure Gift to Howard University to Bring Golf Back to the HBCU

Basketball great Steph Curry on Monday pledged to fund a new golf program at Howard University, with a gift to be made over six years to give the HBCU time to build a Division I sports program.

While Curry is well-known for his prowess on the basketball court, he is also an avid golfer who has played since childhood and played competitively while in college at Davidson, CBS Sports notes.

“Golf...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 20, 2019 at 06:30.

Our Dog ‘Doesn’t Like Black People’: Tennessee Church’s Sorry Excuse for Denying a Black Housekeeper a Job

Our Dog ‘Doesn’t Like Black People’: Tennessee Church’s Sorry Excuse for Denying a Black Housekeeper a Job

The Catholic Diocese of Memphis (Tenn.) is facing backlash after a black housekeeper lost out on a cleaning job after church staffers reportedly claimed a priest’s dog “doesn’t like black people” and therefore she’d need to find work elsewhere.

According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal (ah, Tennessee), housekeeper LaShundra Allen and a white colleague, Emily Weaver, plan to sue the diocese,...

Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 17, 2019. 14 comments

Trump’s Justice Department Tells the US Supreme Court Civil Rights Laws Don’t Protect Transgender Workers

Trump’s Justice Department Tells the US Supreme Court Civil Rights Laws Don’t Protect Transgender Workers

Apparently, as far as the Trump administration is concerned, employers have every right to fire transgender people.

In a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, the Justice Department argued that the nation’s civil rights laws don’t pertain to transgender people, and thus, a lawsuit filed by a trans woman charging that she was wrongly terminated due to her gender identity should be decided...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 17, 2019. 11 comments

It’s ‘Racial’: Illinois Prison Banned Books on Black History and Empowerment From Inmate Program

It’s ‘Racial’: Illinois Prison Banned Books on Black History and Empowerment From Inmate Program

Some 3 out of every 4 inmates in Illinois prisons are black, yet, an Illinois prison banned an inmate education program from using books discussing black history or empowerment due to their “racial” content.

Now, prison officials are apologizing and pledging to overhaul their review system, according to the Chicago Tribune, but not before officials at Danville Correctional Center had removed...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 17, 2019. 7 comments

Tennessee Store Clerk Faces Up to 60 Years for Murdering a Black Teen Over a $2 Beer

Tennessee Store Clerk Faces Up to 60 Years for Murdering a Black Teen Over a $2 Beer

Seventeen-year-old Dorian Harris shoplifted a $2 beer from a local corner store and it cost him his life. Now, the store clerk responsible for shooting and killing the teen is facing up to 60 years in prison after being found guilty of murder in the second degree.

Lawyers for Anwar Ghazali argued the store clerk only meant for the bullets he fired into the air to serve as a warning after...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 16, 2019. 5 comments

We Out: Planned Parenthood Says Trump ‘Gag Rule’ Will Force It to Abandon Low-Income Reproductive Health Program

We Out: Planned Parenthood Says Trump ‘Gag Rule’ Will Force It to Abandon Low-Income Reproductive Health Program

Unless a federal appeals court gives a hard pass when it comes to a “gag rule” imposed by the Trump administration regarding abortion, Planned Parenthood says it’ll be forced to abandon the low-income family planning program funded by federal dollars.

“We refuse to let the Trump administration bully us into withholding abortion information from our patients,” Alexis McGill Johnson, Planned...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 16, 2019. 16 comments

The Donald’s Worst Nightmare? More Than 260,000 People Petition to Rename Trump Tower Block for Barack Obama

The Donald’s Worst Nightmare? More Than 260,000 People Petition to Rename Trump Tower Block for Barack Obama

Donald Trump seems to have a love affair with Barack Obama; he just can’t seem to resist mentioning the forever president every chance he gets.

Trump Continues to Take Credit for Forever-President Obama’s Work

Here’s the Trump presidency in a snapshot: If there is an issue, blame former President Barack…

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So, maybe, just maybe, Trump would truly appreciate living on “President...

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