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#MyNYPD: NYPD Hashtag Blows Up Into Embarrassing Social Media Fiasco

#EpicFail.  Want to see a social media disaster? Go visit the hashtag #MyNYPD — if you dare. Today someone in PR-land at the New York City Police Department put on an unintended tutorial on how not to do social media.  A request was made for photos to be sent to the Department using the hashtag #MyNYPD.  […]

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On Racism, Justice Sotomayor Slaps John Roberts in Affirmative Action Dissent

Today the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to affirmative action by upholding a ban on the policy. In a lengthy dissent, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor added a particularly interesting passage on racism.  This would appear to be directed at Chief Justice John Roberts, who apparently believes there is no racism in American society. Sototmayor’s […]

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National Popular Vote gains momentum with New York joining the interstate compact

On Tuesday, April 15, the state of New York joined the National Popular Vote interstate compact after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the National Popular Vote bill. The National Popular Vote would make it so that the voting public elects the President and the Vice President instead of the electoral college. Because of the electoral college […]

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8 Million Sign-ups: Obamacare enrollments exceed expectations

Yesterday President Obama announced that sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act, his signature piece of legislation have hit eight million. While the official enrollment period ended on March 31, the government allowed people to finish signing up in April. Young people in particular signed up in greater numbers in March and April. According to Think […]

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Innocent Man Who Was in Jail for 25 Years Sues New York for $25 Million

Another week, another story about someone who was in jail for decades who was innocent.  This time it’s Derrick Deacon of Brooklyn, New York.  Deacon was in jail for 25 years when, whoops,  someone finally figured out that he hadn’t murdered anyone. “Derrick Deacon, who was convicted for the 1989 murder of 16-year-old Anthony Wynn, […]


 
 

 
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NUL’s State of Black America Report: Hispanics Doing Better Than Blacks

In its annual 2014 State of Black America report the National Urban League outlined, among other things, that Hispanics are doing better in the U.S. economically than African Americans.  Hispanics comprise the largest minority...
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Open the floodgates, Supreme Court strikes down campaign contribution limits

The rich are poised to have even more influence in the upcoming midterm elections in light of the Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday that struck down aggregate campaign contribution limits. According to The New York Times: ̶...
by Adriana Maestas
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#ISupportShanesha: $64,000 for Homeless Mom Arrested After Job Interview

On March 20, Shanesha Taylor, a homeless mother of two, was arrested and charged with felony child abuse after Scottsdale police discovered her two kids, aged 2 years old and 6 months old, in a locked Dodge Durango (with the wi...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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As Obamacare sign up deadline nears, Latino support for law declines

With the March 31 deadline almost here, there has been a big push in the Latino community to get people signed up for Obamacare. The Latino community is one of the most uninsured in the nation, and with the population being rel...
by Adriana Maestas
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California quakes put the focus on fracking

This month California was hit with two moderate sized earthquakes. On March 17 in West Los Angeles, a 4.4 quake hit, and then in La Habra, a 5.1 quake hit on March 28. Seismic activity is nothing new in California, which is hom...
by Adriana Maestas
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6 Million: Despite Web Site Drama and Haters Obamacare is Winning

With the first big Obamacare enrollment deadline ending on March 31, the Obama administration has met its enrollment target. Obamacare enrollment is expected to be over six million by Monday.  One wonders what the number would...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Time for Change in the Black Press?

Media journalist Richard Prince reported yesterday that black newspapers were not part of PEW’s recent “State of the News Media 2014” report that was released this week.  But according to Prince, PEW did indi...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Local VA Officials to Host 3 Health Care Enrollfest Events Before Deadline

#ENROLLFEST. With only two days to the deadline and 6 million signed up, Rep. Bobby Scott and a group of local elected officials hosted a well attended enrollfest event today in Petersburg, Va.  The event is one of four in Vir...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Mayor of Charlotte Pat Cannon Must Have Missed Ray Nagin Case

Ray Nagin, former Mayor of New Orleans Kwame Kilpatrick, former Mayor of Detroit Jack Johnson, former County Exec of Prince Georges County, Md. Washington DC Council members Michael Brown, Kwame Brown and Harry Thomas… If wha...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Rep. Fattah Asks Obama Admin. to Redirect Toyota Cash to Mentoring

  Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) sent a letter to President Obama asking the Administration to redirect funds from the recent Department of Justice (DOJ) settlement with Toyota Motor Corporation to youth mentoring programs. On March...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Federal Inmates: Immigration Arrests Now Second Only to Drug Busts

When it comes to federal prisoners, immigration offenses is now second only to drug offenses according to data from the Bureau of Prisons.  There are currently 98,554 prisoners in for drug related offenses.  In second place i...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Selma: Oprah to Produce Martin Luther King Biopic, Ava DuVernay to Direct

It was just announced that you’re producing the film “Selma,” about Dr. King’s 1965 voting rights campaign during the civil rights movement. “We just started the process and actually I just closed the deal with Pa...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Florida GOP Moves to Block Details of Stand Your Ground Cases

Owned by the NRA? Well it looks as if the Tampa Bay Times’ review of 200 cases Stand Your Ground Cases has hit home.   To say that the law is prosecuted and enforced “unevenly” would be an understatement.  ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Cesar Chavez movie provides one dimensional portrayal of a multidimensional man

Last night I had the opportunity to see the Cesar Chavez movie in Orange County, California. I did not have high expectations for the film given director Diego Luna’s limited experience directing high profile projects and...
by Adriana Maestas
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Cesar Chavez opens today amid high expectations from Latino community

The highly anticipated Cesar Chavez film opens this weekend (I have already seen it listed in theaters for Thursday in Southern California), and Latino serving organizations have been ramping up the publicity for the film. Labo...
by Adriana Maestas
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Rev. R.B. Holmes: Standing Ground Against Bad Policy and Moving Black America Forward

Speaking before a standing room only crowd at the National Press Club, the Rev. Dr. R.B. Holmes announced the formation of a 40 member National Pastor’s Task Force to have “Stand Your Ground” laws repealed across the coun...
by Kristal High
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Bill O’Reilly Wants You to Believe Paul Ryan Isn’t a Race Hustler, But Barbara Lee Is

Remember that it was Rep. Paul Ryan who said this two weeks ago on a radio show: “We have got this tailspin of culture in our inner cities in particular of men not working, and just generations of men not even thinking ab...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Google Honors Dorothy Height

Today Google honored what would have been the 102nd birthday of civil rights leader Dorothy Height.  Height died in 2010. Height kept her focus on the advancement of African-American women as the long time President of the Nat...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Constituent to Ryan: You Meant What You Said.

NBC News’ Frank Thorpe is reporting that a constituent took Rep. Paul Ryan to task for his “inner city” comments at a listening session in Racine, Wisc. “You said what you meant,” said Alfonso Gardner, a 6...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Was the Netflix-Comcast Deal Inevitable?

Stop me if you’ve been here before; it’s a weeknight, nothing’s on TV, you’ve had a rough day, and it’s time to just relax on the couch.  You turn on Netflix, time to binge watch House of Cards for, oh, say the next ...
by Kristian Ramos
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