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Black excellence?: How a school abused Black students & got fame for sending them to Ivy Leagues

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By Kevin Clay The culture of physical and emotional abuse, blackmailing, and the intellectual sabotage of students recently uncovered at the T.M. Landry school in Louisiana by the New York Times, atop what was previously a narrative of “Black student exceptionalism,” positions the school at the nexus of much larger and pervasive problems in the way […]


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What do we do with abusers like R. Kelly if we abolish prisons?

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Editor’s Note: This essay contains discussions of childhood sexual violence I didn’t order that extra whiskey ginger last week. I went home when my body told me to, even though it was still early and my friends were still partying. I rested when I got sick, or as much as I possibly could without missing […]


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Former prosecutor acquits 3 cops accused of falsifying reports in Laquan McDonald shooting

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Chicago officers David March, Joseph Walsh, and Thomas Gaffney have just been acquitted of felony charges of conspiring to cover up the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. On Oct. 20, 2014, Officer Jason Van Dyke fired 16 shots at McDonald. March, Walsh and Gaffney were all present at the scene. Prosecutors accused the officer […]


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Black men need to abandon “pimp” culture and support Black women sex workers

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by Donnie Moreland Ruby “Thunderthighs”, portrayed by the immensely talented Pernell Walker (Pariah), is my favorite character from the first season of the HBO Drama, The Deuce (2017-Current). Not for any quantifiable reason, really. In fact, her character was barely on screen. But her presence was noted, each time she strutted, partly nude, down the […]


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Turkey claims New York Knicks’ Enes Kanter has ties to terror group after he criticizes government

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New York Knicks Center Enes Kanter skipped this week’s game in London, claiming that he could potentially be killed over his criticisms of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Kanter, who is Turkish, no longer wants to leave the United States or Canada to play basketball because of this fear, telling the New York Times, “The N.B.A. […]


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#Data4BlackLives conference highlights how technology and race interact

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Data 4 Black Lives, a group comprised of activists, organizers, and mathematicians who are committed to using data science to create concrete and measurable change in the lives of Black people, had their third conference this weekend. Titled Data 4 Black Lives II, the conference was held on the campus of MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts and […]


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House Democrats cite freedom of speech in refusal to censure Steve King for racist comments

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After Iowa Rep. Steve King’s most recent racist comments, House Democrats stopped efforts to censure the lawmaker, claiming it may set a precedent for limiting freedom of speech. Censure has only been used six times in the last century, and is one of the most serious punishments a House member can receive.In an interview with the New York […]


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Sudan arrests 28 journalists in crack down on anti-government protests

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As anti-government protests grow in demand of economic and political freedom in Sudan, the country’s president, Omar Al-Bashir’s continues to arrest journalists and demonstrators, with the The National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) detaining 28 journalists for several hours on Monday ahead of a sit-in. According to the Sudan Tribune, an official source claimed that all […]


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I’m tired of watching white men get away with sexual violence against Black men

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by Jamila Mitchell This essay contains discussion of r/pe and sexual violence against minors. We need to talk about gay white men and how they get away with the rape and sexual violation of Black folks without society holding them accountable.   Kevin Spacey, the actor recently charged with the sexual assault of a then-under […]


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In defense of The Gay Agenda: Reimagining life without cis-heteros

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By J.R. Yussuf I first heard about the gay agenda roughly 3 years ago, even though I have been a bisexual man for much longer. Apparently, the gay agenda is a mission led by the LGBTQ+ community to turn everyone gay (or trans)—especially children, who are most susceptible as they have no sense of right […]


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U.S. District Judge rules against addition of “citizenship” question on U.S. census

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U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman has ruled against the Trump administration’s plan to add a question on citizenship to the U.S. 2020 census. Many courts and states are following through with lawsuits challenging the question of their own.“Is this person a citizen of the United States?,” has not been asked in a national U.S. census […]


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Study: Body cam footage negatively influences viewers’ perceptions of police violence victims

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According to Pacific Standard, a new study indicates that people who watch police body camera footage ascribe less blame to police than people who view the same police misconduct on a dashcam. Following the 2014 shooting of Micheal Brown Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri, a national conversation about police violence culminated in departments all over the […]


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Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal granted the right of appeal by Philadelphia judge

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According to an interview conducted by Eddie Conway, a former Black Panther who was incarcerated after being wrongfully convicted in 1975 but is now free, for The Real News, Judge Leon Tucker has just ruled that Mumia Abu-Jamal can re-argue his case and appeal in front of the Philadelphia Supreme Court. Tucker based his decision on […]


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Julián Castro, ex-housing secretary under President Obama, declares intent to run for presidency

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According to the Huffington Post, Julián Castro became one of the first candidates to fully step into the ring for the presidential cycle of 2020 when he announced his intention to run on Saturday in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas, where he had previously been mayor. Among many progressive positions Castro gave in his […]


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480,000 students affected as Los Angeles teachers go on strike for better wages, conditions

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For the first time in 3 decades, over 30,000 teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School district went on strike for higher wages and better conditions after almost two years of negotiations between the United Teachers Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Unified School District.All schools except for preschools and early education centers still opened at […]


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Voting rights restored to former felons in Florida, but lawmakers may add legal hurdles

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On Tuesday, Amendment 4, a new Florida state law, went into effect and restored the voting rights of over 1 million with felony charges. During the midterm November elections, 65% of all Florida voters approved Amendment 4, which would grant the voting rights to people who completed their full sentences except for those charged with […]


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Cyntoia Brown’s clemency is a glimmer of hope for Black girls and the ones who protect them

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This essay contains discussion of sex trafficking, r/pe, and sexual violence against minors.  by Josie Pickens This past week has been especially difficult for Black girls, as we’ve been made to recount and witness so much trauma while maneuvering through public conversations about our collective and personal experiences with sexual, physical, mental and emotional violence. […]


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APA says ‘masculinity identity’ is linked to homophobia and misogyny in new report

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According to NBC News, for the first time in its 127 years of existence, the American Psychological Association has issued guidelines to address the issues that specifically plague men and boys in American society. The 36-page document opens up with a warning that “Traditional masculinity ideology has been shown to limit males’ psychological development, constrain […]


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‘Surviving R. Kelly’: It takes a village to fail a child

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Editor’s Note: This essay contains discussion of sexual violence against minors. I didn’t learn much new information from dream hampton’s Surviving R. Kelly Lifetime docuseries. I have been writing and writing about the singer’s crimes for some time now. I’ve poured over the timeline of his inappropriate behavior with teenage girls more than I would […]


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Jameek Lowery went to cops for help, warned they’d kill him on FB live, then died in their custody

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After Jameek Lowery, a 27-year old Black man, walked into a New Jersey police headquarter and broadcast the moment on Facebook Live while expressing fears over police killing him, he quickly died in their custody.ABC News reports Lowery was pronounced dead at a hospital on Monday morning. The Patterson Police Department admits they utilized physical force […]


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2nd Black gay man has died in the home of prominent liberal donor and white gay “ally” Ed Buck

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A second gay Black man, 55-year old Timothy Dean, was found dead in the home of 64-year old Edward Buck, a notable Democratic donor, in as many years.In 2017, 26-year old Gemmel Moore was found dead in Buck’s home. According to the Department of the Medical Examiner-Coroner, Moore’s death was ruled an accidental methamphetamine overdose. […]


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Abused Saudi teen who posted story online will be resettled in Australia after refugee status is verified

Black Youth Project - January 09, 2019 4443

After a harrowing ordeal posted to social media, a Saudi Arabian teen, 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammad Alqun Qunun will be heading to Australia following a stay in Thailand while she flees her family. Qunun said she left her family when they were on a holiday to Kuwait, according to Sky News. The teen fled and alleged to […]


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Networks decide to air Trump begging for border wall money, immediately forced to fact check lies

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According to the Huffington Post, all major networks agreed to a White House request to broadcast Donald Trump’s address trying to force congress to give him money a the southern border wall as the government shutdown continues. To do so, networks had to give up a prime-time slot, and all the commercial revenue that comes […]


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The excellence of Black Hollywood doesn’t need to be validated by mainstream awards

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by Khaaliq Crowder As a Black millennial, I sometimes forget about the advantage that folks of my generation have as opposed to our grandparents and older relatives when it comes to media representation. Black people weren’t always in movies, and when we were, our presence was seldom. My grandparents, who grew in the 1930s and […]


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5 Israeli teenagers arrested for the fatal stoning of a Palestinian woman ahead of elections

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Israel has arrested 5 Israeli Yeshiva high school students for the fatal stoning of Aisha Rabi, a 48-year old Palestinian woman in the West Bank last year. The fatal attacks on Palestinian civillians by Israeli settlers have increased ahead of the national elections in April.According to the National Public Radio (NPR), Rabi was riding back […]


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