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Black women mobilizing for 2016 vote

Black women mobilizing for 2016 voteWASHINGTON (NNPA) – As the 2016 election cycle ramps up, Essence magazine and the Black Women's Roundtable have teamed up to mobilize and re-energize Black women voters.

The partnership hopes to raise the profile of the already-powerful Black women's vote. In the 2008 and 2012 elections, Black women had the highest turnout of any group, with 60 percent of 18- to 29-year-old Black women hitting the polls in 2012 despite a national decline.
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Dark money in politics threatens Black interests

Dark money in politics threatens Black interestsWASHINGTON (NNPA) – The explosion of "dark money" spent in the political system in the United States threatens racial equity in the United States making it harder for Blacks and other minorities to gain a foothold in the middle class and fully participate in the democracy, according to a recent report by Demos, a public policy group.
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Reading Horizons $1.25 million contract: MPS reading materials denigrate Black culture

Reading Horizons $1.25 million contract: MPS reading materials denigrate Black cultureYet again the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is embroiled in controversy as to the education of students of color.

This time around the controversy has to deal with books that were found to be highly offensive yet were designed to stem the reading gap among early learners of color. Also at the center of the controversy is a $1.25 million contract awarded to the company that provided the books. While students never saw the books (as they were pulled before distribution) the district still paid for the materials and now questions are being raised as to how was the company vetted and how could such materials ever be considered acceptable in an education arena.
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Study finds life without parole sentences for juveniles increasingly rare, setting stage for Supreme Court review

Study finds life without parole sentences for juveniles increasingly rare, setting stage for Supreme Court review(Washington, D.C.) States are abandoning life without parole sentences for juveniles at a rapid pace, according to a report released today by The Phillips Black Project. Since the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated mandatory life without parole for juveniles (JLWOP) in 2012, nine states have abolished it, with six states acting within the past year. In actual practice, the sentence has dropped precipitously since its sudden peak in the mid-1990s and is increasingly isolated to outlier counties and states. For example, one county – Philadelphia, PA – accounts for almost 10 percent of all JLWOP sentences nationwide.
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Aunt Jemima found after nearly 100 years

Aunt Jemima found after nearly 100 yearsFar from the elaborate crypts at Chicago's prominent Oak Woods Cemetery, the original Aunt Jemima lies in an unmarked grave in an area that's more fit for the forgotten

Her name was Nancy Green.
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Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta ComptonSo, there we were, Sept. 1, Tuesday afternoon.

Toni and I, westbound on University Avenue, minding our own business, approaching Dale Street, in route to see the movie "Straight Outta Compton." A bunch of commotion up ahead set my spider senses tingling. Alert. Take emergency evasive measures. Turn off University.
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Women Leading Change: Transforming the law school classroom into the training ground for social justice advocacy

Women Leading Change: Transforming the law school classroom into the training ground for social justice advocacy"Schools are the garden for leadership -- the places where seeds are planted and first green shoots spotted, tended, and encouraged."
John Adair, "How to Grow Leaders: The Seven Key Principles of Effective Leadership Development"
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Minnesota gets U.S. Department of Education grant for Excellent Educators for All initiative

Minnesota gets U.S. Department of Education grant for Excellent Educators for All initiativeWASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of its Excellent Educators for All initiative – designed to ensure that all students have equal access to a high-quality education – the U.S. Department of Education announced the approval of 16 states' plans, including Minnesota's, to ensure equitable access to excellent educators.
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Black-on-Black crime is destroying communities

Black-on-Black crime is destroying communitiesMILWAUKEE – Tory Lowe walked 100 miles across steaming-hot pavement from Milwaukee to Chicago because he is tired.

The 39-year-old human rights activist from Milwaukee said he's tired of young African-American men killing each other; he's tired of African-American children dying after being caught in the crossfire; he's tired of attending funerals for African-American men who were shot to death; he's tired of watching the city's homicide rate continue to climb. In August the city's murder rate reached 85, one killing shy of the overall total in 2014. Sadly, some African-American residents expect murders to reach 100 by year's end.
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Demonizing 'Black Lives Matter'

Demonizing 'Black Lives Matter'Led by Fox News, conservatives are trying to discredit the #Black Lives Matter Movement by claiming incorrectly that it is a Black hate group that encourages the killing of police officers.

On the Aug. 31 edition of Fox & Friends, Elizabeth Hasselbeck asked, "Why has the Black Lives Movement – Black Lives Matter Movement – not been classified yet as a hate group? I mean, how much more has to go in this direction before someone actually labels it as such?"
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BET founder pushes Black hiring, launches new network

BET founder pushes Black hiring, launches new networkRobert L. Johnson keeps tabs on BET because, well, he co-founded the network and, he said, it's like a grandparent making sure the young ones are OK.

The network, like so many other business ventures that the distinguished entrepreneur has owned and operated, continues to do well and remains a beacon in the Black community.
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