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High School Brαwls Shut Down California Taco Bell During Afternoon

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Rowdy high schoolers who insist on fιghting at a local Taco Bell during the afternoons have forced the fast food restaurant to amend its schedule. The Antioch, California Taco Bell’s dining room is normally open in the afternoon, but thanks to brawling high school students, the dining area is now closed during that time. Managers at the eatery say the restaurant has become a regular hang out spot for misbehaving…

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Pennsylvania Newspaper Pokes Fun at Slavery, Then Apologizes

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Reported by Liku Zelleke Lancaster New Era, a Pennsylvanian newspaper, has gone on Twitter to apologize for a tasteless cartoon that compared modern-day air travel to the horrible conditions slaves had to endure while being transported in the holds of slave ships. The cartoon that was printed in the paper’s Saturday edition and circulated last week, was not drawn by any of its employees but readers still thought that the…

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Grand Jury Ruling Delayed Until Next Year In Michael Brown Killing

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April V. Taylor In what many are calling a possible delay of justice, the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that the grand jury charged with determining whether or not Officer Darren Wilson will be charged criminally for the death of Michael Brown now has until January 7th to make their decision. Brown was killed by Wilson on August 9th.  Numerous eyewitnesses report that Brown was fatally shots while his hands…

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April V. Taylor: Are Companies Unjustly Profiting From Racism and Black Death?

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April V. Taylor Since the ongoing protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri and across the country about the death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson, many people, companies and organizations have profited from the sale of t-shirts, wrist bands, and numerous other items, but is this ethical?  Many are beginning to speak out a say that it is not.  A recent article published…

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Ga. Lawmaker Complains About Making Voting Too Easy for Blacks

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First Lady Michelle Obama was in Georgia campaigning for Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn on Monday, which rankled some local Republican lawmakers. One state senator was so put off by the visit that he lashed out at a decision to allow one of Georgia’s largest black counties to have early voting on Sunday at a shopping mall. Frustrated that expanded early voting will increase African-American turnout, State Senator Fran Millar…

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Officer Resigns After Calling Blacks “a Bunch of Monkeys” in Text Message

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The Police Chief in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is trying to calm tensions after an officer resigned over sending racist text messages. WBRZ reports that the department is investigating a detective who allegedly sent racist text messages. “They are nothing but a bunch of monkeys. The only reason they have this job is the n*****, n***** in them,” reads part of one text. “I wish someone would pull a Ferguson on…

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“The Economist” Apologizes for Article Defending Slave Owners

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Just a day after publishing a piece defending slave owners, The Economist has has withdrawn the article and posted an apology. A review of Edward Baptist‘s “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism,” published by The Economist, surmised that Baptist was being too hard on slave owners. Here’s an excerpt: Slaves were valuable property, and much harder and, thanks to the decline in supply…

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Thousands of Federal Inmates May Have Sentence Reductions Delayed

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April V. Taylor Just six months after the Justice Department put out a call for defense attorneys to help identify and qualify federal inmates who would have been eligible for lesser sentences under newer sentencing guidelines, the DOJ is now saying those attorneys may not be qualified to help with the effort.  The call was put out as part of Clemency Project 2014, which is a coalition of defense attorneys…

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Man does Ice Bucket challenge on 10 month old baby’s head

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Some people are in love with the ice bucket challenge, which is to raise awareness for ALS, a disease which affects mostly white men.  There is a whole conversation to be had about why black people are doing the ice bucket challenge and not contributing to diseases that affect black people, but that’ll be part of another BLM conversation. This one involves a grandfather who some say should be charged…

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Yvette Carnell and Dr. Boyce Watkins Discuss Rev. Al Sharpton’s “Ghetto Pity Parties”

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In the following video, BreakingBrown founder & Your Black World contributor Yvette Carnell discusses Rev. Al Sharpton’s eulogy for Michael Brown with Dr. Boyce Watkins. If you missed the eulogy, Sharpton said black folks are “sitting around having ghetto pity parties rather than organizing and strategizing.” “Blackness was never about being a gangster or thug,” he said. “Blackness was about how no matter how low we was pushed down, we…

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Why Students and Even Teachers Are Dropping Out Of School

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By: Krystle Crossman Finding a teacher that is in it for the long haul is becoming a rarity these days. They must contend with new technology, extremely intense testing that is required, new teaching methods, and larger classrooms. Teachers are dropping out of the profession because of all of these new requirements. They are finding it so much harder to do their jobs with all of the new methods that…

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April V. Taylor: Has Ferguson Provided The Flashpoint For The New Civil Rights Movement?

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During a press conference last week, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon made a statement regarding the protests and police aggression that followed the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9th.  Echoing words that have been used numerous times over the last six decades to protest police brutality and racial apartheid perpetuated by government entities, Nixon stated, “This is a test.  The eyes of the…

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Philly Cop Sues Philly Police Department Over Police Brυtality

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Over the years there have been police officers who’ve revealed racial disparities within their ranks, but it is still rare for an officer of the law to sue a police department. Brandon Ruff, a police sergeant, has filed a police brυtality lawsuit against the Philadelphia Police Department. In the complaint, Ruff claims he suffered two sprained wrists and two sprained shoulders at the hands of police when he tried to…

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An American First: Whites No Longer The Majority in Public Schools

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April V. Taylor The Atlanta BlackStar recently reported that the new school year is starting with a historical first; for the first time in the history of the United States, white children in the public school system will be outnumbered by Black, Latino, and Asian children.  Recent studies had predicted that this historical threshold would be crossed sooner rather than later, and with the start of the 2014-2015 school year,…

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Man Gunned Down Over Pellet Gun Was Not Given Chance to Drop Weapon, Says Family

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The family of a man who was fαtally shοt for holding a pellet gun at Wal-Mart spoke out on Tuesday. The family of John Crawford III said that he was not given a chance to drop his toy weapon. The attorney for the family, Michael Wright, said that the Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine should “refer this case to the Department of Justice. Not to a special prosecutor.” Beavercreek police…