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The New Unemployment Numbers Are Encouraging…Unless You're Black

Does a rising tide lift all boats, as President Obama once said? The economy is improving, and that’s a good thing, right? It depends on who you’re asking. While the economy is moving ahead, blacks are being left behind.

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Native American Kindergartner Sent Home on First Day to Cut Hair

A Texas kindergartner was excited for his first day of school until he was sent home because his hair was too long.

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Cop's Violent Attack on Great-Grandmother Leads to Lawsuit

A recent video captured a California Highway Patrol officer beating a 51-year-old woman last week and has since gone viral, causing local community members and activists to rally together on Monday and demand answers.

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The Race Wealth Gap Is Even Worse Than You Think

The preoccupation with Donald Sterling, the wealthy Los Angeles Clippers owner who was slapped with an NBA ban after a recorded conversation revealed that he didn’t want his female companion associated with black people, confirms that professional sports has replaced religion as the opiate of the masses.

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The State Attorney Obsessed With Keeping Marissa Alexander in Prison

State’s Attorney Angela Corey is having a very bad year.

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Republicans Seek to Re-brand Themselves As Inclusive, But Leaders Continue to Spout Divisive Views

When they meet with potential candidates, top Republican officials directly tell them the word “rape” should never come up when the candidates are explaining their abortion views.

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4 Amazing Black Women They Don't Tell You About in School

As with Black History Month, the focus on already well-known figures has been an ongoing criticism of Woman’s History Month. When it comes to black women, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells and Rosa Parks are on repeat. What makes these much-needed theme months thrive, however, is the spirit of discovery. It’s doubtful that the names Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman, Callie House, Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin or Johnnie Tillmon even draw a glint of recognition but they should. In their own ways, each of these women made important contributions to the ongoing struggle for freedom and justice.

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Lawyer Gives Up His Home to Homeless Family for a Year

A California lawyer is giving up his fully-furnished home in Los Angeles for a homeless family to live in for a year, according to the New York Daily News.

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Spike Lee Slams "Django Unchained"

Director Spike Lee’s decades long feud with fellow filmmaker Quentin Tarantino appears to be alive and well.

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Who Will Fight for Affirmative Action?

When the Supreme Court was considering the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care law earlier this year, Democrats and progressives were organized in strong support of it. Liberal organizations wrote dozens of analyses of the benefits of “Obamacare.” Progressive columnists warned the court would be stepping beyond its bounds if it struck the law down. Two months before the decision, President Obama delivered a spirited defense of the law and suggested the court would be violating “well-established precedents” by gutting Obamacare.

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