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Americans take to the street to protest police killings

Americans take to the street to protest police killingsWASHINGTON (NNPA) – On Saturday Dec. 13, thousands of Americans across the country registered their objection to police officers not being held accountable after killing unarmed citizens, many of them Blacks, by mounting massive demonstrations and rallies, the main one held here in the nation's capital.
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Ferguson; politically ... what's now, what's next

Ferguson; politically ... what's now, what's nextA few days before Thanksgiving much of Ferguson, Mo. went up in flames, but the match that lit the torch was struck years before.

Even before the Aug. 9 slaying of 18-year-old, college-bound Michael Brown – the unarmed teen killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson – there was the toxic stench of systematic racism that permeated not only in Ferguson, but in most of north St. Louis County – an area with more than 20 separate municipalities. And for each municipality there is a police force that earns its city millions of dollars in revenue by stopping motorists (particularly Black motorists) at will. And the curiosity of most of these municipalities is while the residents are majority Black, the elected officials and police departments are overwhelmingly white. Ferguson Democratic Committeewoman Patricia Bynes is working to change that.
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Johnson resigns

Johnson resignsDr. Bernadeia Johnson Wednesday announced her resignation as Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) superintendent, effective January 31, 2015. She said she planned to help with the transition to new leadership through June 30, 2015.
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We Colored the Vote. Now #ColorMnPolicy - Rallying Cry of ALANA Partners

We Colored the Vote. Now #ColorMnPolicy - Rallying Cry of ALANA PartnersPartners shared data on historic ALANA voter exit poll in MN. 368 ALANA voters from 64 cities which included 85 MN House and 45 Senate districts.
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Schools must destroy myth of a single-sided story

Schools must destroy myth of a single-sided storyKasim AbdurRazzaq a licensed psychotherapist and school social worker, may have unearthed a key social justice issue contributing to educational disparities and social injustices.
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Bryan Stevenson: Ending the silence about the mass incarceration crisis

Bryan Stevenson: Ending the silence about the mass incarceration crisisBryan Stevenson is lifting his voice to end the silence about America's mass incarceration crisis.
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Black workers rejoining the labor market

Black workers rejoining the labor marketWASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Black unemployment rate rose to 11.1 percent in November, according to the latest jobs report from Labor Department, because of increasing optimism in the economy.
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State's economist projects $1.037 billion surplus for 2016-20 17 biennium

State's economist projects $1.037 billion surplus for 2016-20 17 bienniumMinnesota finance officials released the state's most recent economic forecast this week, which shows the state with a projected $1.037 billion budget surplus for the next two year budget cycle.
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Afrodescendientes: Revel Spirit: Blending two cultures, two worlds into one destiny

Afrodescendientes: Revel Spirit: Blending two cultures, two worlds into one destinyMore than the blending of two cultures and two worlds, Revel Spirits is the blending of an entrepreneurial dream. The crossing of paths for Micah McFarlane, an African-American music producer and promoter and that of Mexican native Hector Ruiz, an executive chef and restaurateur can only be attributed to destiny.
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OPINION | Less scrolling and scanning, more digesting

OPINION | Less scrolling and scanning, more digestingTied to our electronic devices, most of us do a lot of scrolling these days: scanning our Facebook newsfeeds and tweets, skimming favorite blogs and online news sources. The result, says Nicholas Carr ("Is Google Making Us Stupid?" and The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains), is that we're losing our capacity to concentrate, contemplate, reflect, even as what we're reading is often purposely kept shorter in response to our shortened attention spans. All of this has consequences for the quality, depth, and tone of the discourse that we can engage in about important matters.
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National Association of African American Owned Media files $10 billion lawsuit against AT&T and DirecTV

National Association of African American Owned Media files $10 billion lawsuit against AT&T and DirecTV100 percent African American owned media shut out by AT&T and DirecTV

LOS ANGELES – The National Association of African American Owned Media (NAAAOM) filed a $10 billion dollar lawsuit against AT&T, Inc., AT&T Services, Inc., AT&T Mobility LLC and DirecTV for race discrimination in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1866.
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