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One Book Helped This Man Go From Prison To Yale

Reginald Dwayne Betts Jr. goes by the name Dwayne. But for the majority of the nine years he spent in prison, he gave himself the name Shahid. It means "the witness" in Arabic.

At 16, Betts pled guilty to carjacking in Virginia and was in prison until he was 24. For many

Former Rapper Luther Campbell Wants Black People to ‘Stop Hating on Each Other’

Onetime Miami mayoral candidate Luther Campbell, who has written his memoir, The Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice and Liberty City, goes beyond his personal story (as a history-making rapper and artist) and addresses the ills of the African-American community an

Prosecution Scores Two Big Wins In Freddie Gray Case

Judge Barry Williams rejected a defense motion asking for the Office of the State's Attorney to be removed from the Freddie Gray case. The decision came at a pretrial hearing Wednesday, shortly after Williams had denied a defense motion seeking to have the charges dropped.

Man charged with murder in shooting of Houston area deputy

Texas prosecutors on Saturday charged a 30-year-old man with capital murder in the killing of a uniformed sher

Black Man Held for Months Over $5 Grocery Theft Found Dead in Jail

Jamycheal Mitchell, 24, was arrested in April on charges of stealing a Zebra Cake, Mountain Dew and Snickers bar from a 7-Eleven in Portsmouth, Va.

A 24-year-old black man was found dead in a Virginia jail cell after he was held without bail for four months over an alle

Poll disputes Donald Trump claim on black voter support

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Thursday that his plans to improve the economy for black Americans is why he is leading in the polls with black voters, though at least one recent poll disputes Trump's claim.

"I lead with almost every group, incl

Student killed in shooting at Savannah State University

Authorities are investigating after a shooting at Savannah State University killed a student and prompted a lockdown at the Georgia school.

A statement posted on the university's website identified the deceased as Christopher Starks, a junior from the Atlanta area. The st

One Book Helped This Man Go From Prison To Yale

One Book Helped This Man Go From Prison To Yale

Reginald Dwayne Betts Jr. goes by the name Dwayne. But for the majority of the nine years he spent in prison, he gave himself the name Shahid. It means "the witness" in Arabic. At 16, Betts pled guilty to carjacking in Virginia and was in prison until he was 24. For many years, cultivating his identity -- hard stuff for any teenager -- was a mostly solitary endeavor. Books, and later poetry, became his teacher, his...

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Former Rapper Luther Campbell Wants Black People to ‘Stop Hating on Each Other’

Former Rapper Luther Campbell Wants Black People to ‘Stop Hating on Each Other’

Onetime Miami mayoral candidate Luther Campbell, who has written his memoir, The Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice and Liberty City, goes beyond his personal story (as a history-making rapper and artist) and addresses the ills of the African-American community and how unity and political engagement can alleviate them. He touches on everything from his perspective on the failures of the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to Black Lives Matter and the power of sports...

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Prosecution Scores Two Big Wins In Freddie Gray Case

Prosecution Scores Two Big Wins In Freddie Gray Case

Judge Barry Williams rejected a defense motion asking for the Office of the State's Attorney to be removed from the Freddie Gray case. The decision came at a pretrial hearing Wednesday, shortly after Williams had denied a defense motion seeking to have the charges dropped. Williams said that while he was "troubled" by some of the comments Mosby made during a May 1 news conference, they did not compromise the defendants' right to a fair trial. Williams...

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Man charged with murder in shooting of Houston area deputy

Man charged with murder in shooting of Houston area deputy

Shannon J. Miles and Darren Goforth"Cops' lives matter, too, so why don't we drop the qualifier and say lives matter?"HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF RON HICKMAN Texas prosecutors on Saturday charged a 30-year-old man with capital murder in the killing of a uniformed sheriff's deputy who was gunned down from behind while filling his patrol car with gas in what officials described as a "senseless and cowardly act." The arrest of Shannon J. Miles - who has a criminal history...

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Black Man Held for Months Over $5 Grocery Theft Found Dead in Jail

Black Man Held for Months Over $5 Grocery Theft Found Dead in Jail

Jamycheal Mitchell, 24, was arrested in April on charges of stealing a Zebra Cake, Mountain Dew and Snickers bar from a 7-Eleven in Portsmouth, Va. A 24-year-old black man was found dead in a Virginia jail cell after he was held without bail for four months over an alleged theft of $5 worth of groceries, reports the Guardian. Jamycheal Mitchell, who reportedly suffered from mental illness and may have starved himself to death, was discovered in his cell...

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Poll disputes Donald Trump claim on black voter support

Poll disputes Donald Trump claim on black voter support

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Thursday that his plans to improve the economy for black Americans is why he is leading in the polls with black voters, though at least one recent poll disputes Trump's claim. "I lead with almost every group, including with the African-American groups," Trump told reporters at an event in Greenville, South Carolina. "I have tremendous support." Quinnipiac University released a national poll Thursday showing that while Trump is leading the Republican...

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Student killed in shooting at Savannah State University

Student killed in shooting at Savannah State University

Authorities are investigating after a shooting at Savannah State University killed a student and prompted a lockdown at the Georgia school. A statement posted on the university's website identified the deceased as Christopher Starks, a junior from the Atlanta area. The statement says he died at a hospital from gunshot wounds sustained during an altercation at the student union Thursday evening. Loretta Heyward, a spokeswoman for the university, told The Associated Press the campus lockdown was lifted...

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Defiant clerk may avoid jail as deputies agree to follow law

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge ordered a defiant county clerk to jail Thursday for refusing court orders to issue marriage licenses to gay... Read more

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Trump signs pledge to back GOP's 2016 presidential nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidential candidate Donald Trump ruled out the prospect of a third-party White House bid Thursday and vowed to support the Republican Party's... Read more

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Judge jails Kentucky clerk for refusing marriage licenses

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge ordered a defiant county clerk to jail for contempt Thursday after she insisted that it would violate her... Read more

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Hungary police prise migrants from train tracks; dead boy's image shocks Europe

By Marton Dunai and Ece Toksabay BICSKE, Hungary/MUGLA, Turkey (Reuters) - Migrants forced from a train threw themselves onto railway lines and scuffled with helmeted... Read more

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Students #TakeBackHU On Twitter To Air Out Complaints About Howard University

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A Little Positivity: Jadakiss Styles P Invest In Juice Bars To Boost Health In Their Hometown

Two legends in the hip-hop community are making it their goal to raise awareness about health and wellness with the launch of several juice bars in... Read more

College Soccer Team Dresses Up In Blackf…

03-09-2015

College Soccer Team Dresses Up In Blackface To “Honor” Jackson 5, School Apologizes

A private Christian university in Spokane, WA is under fire after members of the women’s soccer team dressed up in blackface in an attempt to honor The... Read more

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12 Minority NYPD Officers Say They’re Being Punished For Bucking Arrest Quotas

Officers of color are suing the New York Police Department over alleged mistreatment, after some exposed quotas for the numbers of tickets, summons, or arrests made in... Read more

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Houston Teen Accidentally Kills Himself While Taking Selfie With A Gun

A family in Houston is mourning the loss of their 19-year-old son, who accidentally killed himself while taking a selfie with a loaded gun.... Read more

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Rutgers' Kyle Flood to coach opener; 5 p…

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Rutgers' Kyle Flood to coach opener; 5 players arrested (Yahoo Sports)

Kyle Flood will coach Rutgers in its season opener against Norfolk State on Saturday despite an ongoing academic investigation and the arrest and suspension of... Read more

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Simona Halep is feeling more comfortable as the No. 2 seed at the U.S. Open. A year ago, she arrived at Flushing Meadows seeded... Read more

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Twins rookie slugger Sano, closer Perkins out vs White Sox (Yahoo Sports)

The Minnesota Twins are without rookie slugger Miguel Sano and closer Glen Perkins for the game against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Perkins'... Read more

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Highest ranking, early opener push No. 2 TCU past 2014 snub (Yahoo Sports)

Trevone Boykin and his buddies at TCU have grown tired of hearing about last season, when the Horned Frogs shared the Big 12 title but... Read more

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Triple Crown winner will race again; BC Classic is goal (Yahoo Sports)

Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh will get another chance to race before being retired, with the goal the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic next month.... Read more

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A pill that prevents HIV is working even better than people thought

AP HIV preventative medicine is doing what it's supposed to do, even for high-risk populations that aren't using other forms of protection, according to new... Read more

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YouTube/Key and Peele Apparently Tyson can summon the animations from "Cosmos" in his living room. Famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has a tone and cadence... Read more

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DOJ: Lack of leadership plagued Ferguson response

People are moved by a line of police as authorities disperse a protest in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 20, 2014.... Read more

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Ky. clerk's office will issue marriage licenses Friday — without the clerk

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Three more senators support Iran nuclear deal

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