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Cornel West Helps Protesters Get Past Police In Riot Gear To Occupy St. Louis University

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April V. Taylor After giving a rousing address at Chaifez Arena, Dr. Cornel West joined Ferguson October protests that occurred late Sunday evening into Monday morning.  After marching and organizing all weekend along with others, there were many who felt that the thousands of people who filled the arena to hear religious platitudes and take advantage of a free opportunity to hear Dr. West needed to do more than just…

VIDEO Of Dr. Cornel West Being Man Handled By Cops In Ferguson

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April V. Taylor After Dr. Cornel West embraced the young people leading the movement in Ferguson on Sunday during Ferguson October, he stood with them in acts of civil disobedience on Monday.  As a respected activist, author and Black intellectual, Dr. West’s presence helped mend a divide between young people and the older generation.  Many young leaders felt that adults were hijacking their efforts, trying to present a polished face…

#FergusonOctober Protesters Shut Down St. Louis Rams Game

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April V. Taylor After a weekend of protests during #FergusonOctober in St. Louis, Missouri that have seen protesters occupy St. Louis University, shut down three Wal-Marts, shut down Hollywood Casino and have Cornel West arrested, protesters have now unfurled banners at a St. Louis Rams Game.  Approximately fifty protesters attended the game with the intent to bring Rams fans, ESPN and sports fans attention to the injustice of a black…

Protesters In St. Louis Shutting Down Hollywood Casino After Shutting Down 3 WalMarts

Protesters In St. Louis Shutting Down Hollywood Casino After Shutting Down 3 WalMarts

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April V. Taylor Protesters are continuing their #MoralMonday protests and preparing to shutdown Hollywood Casino.  To watch live video from multiple protest sites, click the link below: http://www.ustream.tv/z   To follow events live on the ground in St. Louis and Ferguson this, follow me on Twitter.

Mumia Abu Jamal addresses Ferguson protesters, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez Perform at #HipHop4Justice

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Michael Brown’s Mother Shows Strength of Black Women, Marches With Protesters

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April V. Taylor As protesters gathered at Michael Brown’s memorial Saturday night, the mood was solemn.   Protesters chanted as they waited for Brown’s mother, Leslie McSpadden, siblings and other family members to arrive. As they pulled onto Canfield Drive, protesters asked media to respect her as they swarmed her car. As she emerged, she was clearly emotional and overwhelmed by the large crowd of hundreds of people from all over…

Hundreds March On Ferguson Police Department, Deliver Casket To Them

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Tensions Flare As St Louis Cops Injure, Pepper Spray, Hospitalize Protesters

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Dozens of protesters took to the streets Thursday night to protest the killing of black teenager Vonderrick Myers by a white, off-duty St. Louis police officer. As they chanted and marched, police blocked off Grand Avenue, a main thoroughfare in St. Louis. At one point, protesters burned an American flag to symbolize the betrayal they feel about so many young Black people losing their lives at the hands of police…

Florida Inmate Found Dead After Guard Threatens To Kill Her

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April V. Taylor Latandra Ellington only had seven months left to serve on her sentence at the Florida Lowell Correctional Institution, but the Miami Herald is reporting that after writing a letter to her aunt just weeks before about how she feared for her life, Ellington was found dead in her cell in solitary confinement.  The letter was written on September 21, and Ellington stated that “Sgt Q” had threatened…

White Off Duty St. Louis Cop Guns Down Black Teen, Witnesses Say Cops Are Lying

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April V. Taylor Tensions in St. Louis have reached a fever pitch as another black teenager was killed Wednesday night by a white police officer with eye witness accounts varying from the police narrative.  The shooting happened nearly two months to the day of black unarmed teenager Michael Brown being killed in the nearby St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.  A crowd quickly gathered near the scene and protesters chanted into…

Ebola: How Bad Can It Get And How To Protect Yourself

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With the first case of Ebola being diagnosed recently in the United States, what once seemed like an unlikely threat is now hitting much closer to home than many Americans would like. Many people do not know much about the disease or the impact it has had so far. Here are some facts and information that every person should now about the disease. The virus is a haemorrhagic fever that…

Amazing: Reporter Finds Missing Child In His Own Relative’s Yard

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Reported by Kacie Whaley A news reporter covering the story of a missing 10-year-old boy never thought that he would be the means to the story’s end, but he became just that when he found the boy in his family’s front yard. ABC Action News reporter Cameron Polom arrived at the Tampa, Florida home of a family who had reported 10-year-old Paul Ezekiel Fagan as missing 14 hours earlier. Polom…

Singer Tank Arrested After Refusing To Show License To Police

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Reported by Kacie Whaley R&B crooner Tank has been taken into custody after being stopped by police for using his cell phone while driving. The TGT singer, whose real name is Durrell Babbs, was driving around in the Van Nuys side of Los Angeles, California when officers allegedly saw him talking on his cell phone, according to TMZ.  Since using a cell phone while operating a vehicle is prohibited in California,…

Private Companies Making Millions In Profit Exploiting Inmates Families

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April V. Taylor JPay, Bank of American and J.P. Morgan Chase are three of the companies making millions in profit by exploiting the families of those who are in prison.  The Center for Public Integrity recently did an investigation into how these companies are profiting off of innocent people by shifting costs and charging exorbitant fees to inmates’ families. One of the people investigators met was 64-year-old Pat Taylor.  She…

Pedro Serrano: Secret Recordings Prove Racial Profiling In NYPD Stop And Frisk

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April V. Taylor Pedro Serrano is an officer with the NYPD’s 40th precinct who secretly recorded his superiors telling him and other officers to target Black and Hispanic men between the ages of 14 and 21 to be stopped and frisked and that they had to meet certain stop and frisk quotas.   Serrano reported that he and other officers were required to participate in van hunts where officers would ride…