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In Detroit, a battle over the right to literacy

By Eliza Mills and Lizzie O’Leary

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“I feel like I’ve been cheated.”  It’s one of the first things Jamarria Hall said about his education at Osborn Evergreen Academy of Design and Alternative Energy, a Detroit public school. Hall is 17 years old, tall and gangly. He spent grades nine through 12 at Osborn, one of the five lowest performing schools in Detroit named in a federal suit against the state of Michigan. The class action lawsuit filed in September 2016 alleges that the public school system in Detroit denies children their constitutional right to literacy under the Fourteenth Amendment.  Read More

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NAACP calling for boycott of NFL, Atlanta Falcons

By: Aungelique Proctor

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 – The NAACP has called for a boycott of the NFL. The organization says the league treated free agent Colin Kaepernick unfairly for his headline grabbing protest during the national anthem. Read More

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Watch Live Stream of Minister Farrakhan Speak in Chicago

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Minister Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam is speaking at the Mosque Maryam. To watch live click here @ https://www.noi.org/webcast/.

Legendary Activist and Comedian Dick Gregory has Died at the age of 84

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Word is surfacing that legendary activist Dick Gregory has died. Reports were out that he was hospitalized a couple days ago with a unknown condition. Now several people on social media are saying that the 84 year old Gregory has died.

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  2. BREAKING NEWS: Legendary comedian and activist has died. He was 84. He was a true legend and barrier breaker.

Dick Gregory lived an amazing, revolutionary life. A groundbreaker in comedy and a voice for justice. RIP

Sierra Leone mudslides death toll now above 400, UN says

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More than 400 bodies have been pulled from the debris of Sierra Leone’s mudslides as burials and recovery efforts pressed on Friday amid the threat of further disaster. The Red Cross said they still hope to find survivors “but the chances are getting smaller every day.” Read More

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Attacker drives van into Barcelona crowd; 12 dead, 80 hurt

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People flee the scene in Barcelona after a white van jumped the sidewalk in the historic Las Ramblas district, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists. Giannis Papanikos | AP

A white van jumped up onto a sidewalk and sped down a pedestrian zone Thursday in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district, swerving from side to side as it plowed into tourists and residents. Authorities said 12 people were killed and 80 were wounded, 15 of them seriously, in what they called a terror attack. Read More

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ESPN Apologize for Auction of Black Players but are they Sorry?

By: Jarrod Horton

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ESPN issued an apology for its airing of a fantasy football auction on their network recently. “Auction drafts are a common part of fantasy football, and ESPN’s segments replicated an auction draft with a diverse slate of top professional football players,” ESPN said in a statement. They continued by saying   “Without that context, we understand the optics could be portrayed as offensive, and we apologize.”

Sounds like their apology came from the backlash, not from the comprehension of their error. Besides if they understood the context of auctioning off Black players as it relates to slavery as opposed to how it relates to fantasy football; they would never would have aired it in the first place. To read more about this story click here.

Commission to Decide If LAPD Justified in Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting of 18-Year-Old

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Carnell Snell Jr. is shown in a photo provided by his family and friends on Oct. 1, 2016.

Los Angeles police commissioners will decide Tuesday whether police were justified in fatally shooting Carnell Snell Jr. last year in South L.A., a killing that prompted protests and the rare public release of video evidence by the LAPD. Read More

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