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NAACP Files Lawsuit Over Flint Water Crisis

BALTIMORE, Md.— Attorneys with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People have filed a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of people and businesses affected by the failure to provide safe drinking water to the city of Flint, Michigan. The civil suit filed in U.S. District Court alleges that the state of Michigan, many city and state officials and two engineering firms hired to evaluat ...

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Baltimore Officer Acquitted on all Counts in Freddie Gray Case

By Joe Heim and Rachel Weiner, washingtonpost.com A judge found police officer Edward M. Nero not guilty of four criminal counts in the case of Freddie Gray, whose death last year in police custody sparked riots and widespread anger in the city. The decision by Judge Barry G. Williams, announced Monday in a packed courtroom, is the first verdict reached in the Gray case. Nero is the second officer to face t ...

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Rush Card Settle Lawsuit for $20 Million

by Ann Bucher The makers of the RushCard have reportedly agreed to settle a class action lawsuit filed over a botched upgrade of the pre-paid debit card that allegedly left RushCard holders without access to their money for multiple days. On Tuesday, plaintiffs Stephanie Fuentes, Jetaime Howard, Mianika Smith, Shari Goodman, Jermain Hayes and 10 other plaintiffs filed a memorandum supporting preliminary app ...

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Emanuel AME Church Distributes $1.5M to Shooting Victims’ Families

By Patrick Phillips and Kyle Foster, live5news.com The downtown Charleston church where nine parishioners were gunned down last summer has donated $1.5 million to the families of the victims. Mother Emanuel AME Church donated the money, which included $380,000 of donations specifically designated for the families, augmented by an additional $1.135 million church leaders decided to add from the donations mad ...

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US Attorney Tells North Carolina Governor Bathroom Law Violates Civil Rights

by Evelyn Diaz (BET) The U.S. Government has laid down the law — literally — when it comes to North Carolina's controversial anti-transgender bathroom bill. Last week, the Justice Department warned governor Pat McCrory that the state's recent anti-LGBT state law violates federal civil rights laws. U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta sent a letter to Gov. McCrory, saying that "the s ...

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West Point Investigating Cadets’ Fists-raised Photo

By Tony Lombardo, The Army Times West Point is investigating a photo that shows 16 black female cadets in uniform displaying raised fists outside a U.S. Military Academy barracks. The image has been shared widely in military circles, with claims the women are making a political statement, which would be a violation of military restrictions on political activity. “We can confirm that the cadets in this photo ...

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Ethnicity Still Matters in the Politics of 2016

By Michael Barone, realclearpolitics.com Ethnicity still matters. That’s one lesson I draw from the results so far of this year’s Republican and Democratic primaries and caucuses. We’re encouraged to believe ethnicity doesn’t matter much anymore; only race does. This is the implicit assumption behind the analyses that divide the electorate into four racial categories: whites, blacks, Hispanics and Asians. T ...

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Allegations of a Rape Cover-Up at Spelman Spark Controversy

Where respectability and rape collide, the bodies of black women and girls are too often the casualties. By Kirsten West Savali, theroot.com Many young women and men arrive at Atlanta University Center, that bastion of black excellence and prestige, believing that it will provide shelter from the violence, sexual and otherwise, that lies beyond its gates. That untested expectation lives somewhere between no ...

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Tubman, King, Anderson to Grace U.S. Currency

U.S. paper money is getting a historic makeover. For the first time in history, famous Black pioneers will grace the U.S. currency. Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist born into slavery, will be the new face on the $20 bill. The leader of the Underground Railroad is replacing the portrait of Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president and a slave owner, will be on the back of the bill. Jacks ...

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This School is the Whitest HBCU in America

by April Taylor (NPR) It seems like a common sense conclusion to assume that the student bodies at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) mainly consist of African American students. However there are some HBCU’s where African Americans comprise a minority of the student population. NPR recently reported on one such school, Bluefield State College. Shockingly, Bluefield State College’s student ...

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