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Kanye West, we just want you to make G.O.O.D music | Think Piece

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Brother West. Beloved. I was rooting for you. We were all rooting for you.

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Black Yale grad student records police interrogation for napping in a common dormitory room

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A Black graduate student fell asleep in the common area of her dormitory. She awoke to a racially charged encounter, but invoked a promise she made to herself after seeing what happened to motorist Sandra Bland years before in a Texas traffic stop.

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Woolworth’s to Waffle House: Black women, food service, and a history of refusal

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On the same day Travis Reinking shot four people to death, including one Black woman in a Tennessee Waffle House, disturbing cellphone footage circulated on social media of 25-year-old Chikesia Clemons being wrestled to the floor and threatened by uniformed police officers in a Saraland, Alabama Waffle House.

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Neighbor calls cops on a group of mostly Black AirBnb guests: One of them happened to be Bob Marley’s granddaughter

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AirBnb still grapples with racism, but shows the ongoing issue of the profiling of Black people.

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NFL, Colin Kaepernick conflicts over race protests continue

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The Seattle Seahawks postponed a planned workout with free agent NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick after Kaepernick would not give assurances to Seahawk officials that he would not continue his national anthem protests, reported ESPN on Friday.

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US Administration considers plan to drug test some food stamp recipients

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A plan under review by Donald Trump’s administration would allow states to require a percentage of food stamp recipients to undergo mandatory drug testing, the Associated Press reported.

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Republican senator comes under fire after “Swahili” reference during Facebook hearings

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John Kennedy: “I have nothing to apologize for.”

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Co-opting a King: Dr. King’s legacy and the misuse of his words | Think Piece

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Dr. Martin Luther King’s popularity has surged this year—not just because of the yearly festival of remembering him on his birthday, nor the implications of his legacy on the Black Lives Matter Movement—but because his words and image are misconstrued for a variety of purposes.

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Afro-Brazilian elected official, activist gunned down in car

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City councillor and human rights advocate, Marielle Franco and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, were shot dead in a car in the Central Region of Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday night around 9:30 p.m. local time.

Franco, a longtime critic of police brutality in Rio’s favelas and a prominent voice for black Brazilians who are the country’s most impoverished, was leaving a black women’s empowerment conference when killed.

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National Geographic comes to terms with its racist coverage

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Racism, as part of American culture in any institution is far from an anomaly, but what happens when the standard bearer of international journalism comes to terms with its own contribution to the oppressive construct?

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