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It’s About Time Someone Other Than Straight White Males Got To Be Superheroes

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On Tuesday, you likely saw Twitter freak out when Marvel announced its upcoming development schedule. “What are all of these nerds so excited about?” you maybe asked. “Who is this Carol everyone is tweeting about?” Well, here’s the answer: the next five years of our lives will include not one but two non-white-male superheroes, Black Panther and Captain Marvel (aka ...

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Probe Of Possible Ferguson Grand Jury Leak On Twitter Wasn’t Exactly In-Depth

Robert P. McCulloch

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch stated definitively on Thursday that a Twitter account claiming inside knowledge of the grand jury deliberating whether to charge the police officer who killed Michael Brown “had, indeed, been hacked.” But a spokesman for McCulloch revealed that his conclusion was based solely on an interview with the St. Louis County woman associated with ...

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It’s a Mistake for Democratic Candidates to Distance Themselves From Obama

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Less than one week before the midterm elections, President Barack Obama has, in many parts of the country, become the man who wasn’t there. Swing-state Democrats are afraid to mention his name in public, and consultants are cringing over interviews in which Obama has proclaimed that the upcoming election represents a referendum on his administration’s policy initiatives. Welcome to midterm ...

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Mitt Romney: Obama Hasn’t Given The Poor And Minorities Enough Gifts

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama and his administration of failing low-income and minority Americans at a rally in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Thursday, alongside South Dakota Senate candidate Mike Rounds, who appears to be coasting toward a victory in next week’s midterm election. “He hasn’t helped the poor, hasn’t helped the minorities,” Romney said of Obama, noting the ...

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Halloween: The Season for Culturally-Insensitive Fashion

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Halloween: the season of candy corn, pumpkins and culturally-insensitive costumes. Over the last few years, images of these costumes and the people wearing them have spread through social media, sparking heated debates about cultural appropriation and how seemingly innocuous “fashion statements” can indeed hurt. So what is cultural appropriation? In its most simplistic definition, it is the seizing of another ...

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Advocates Demand The NYPD Stop Handcuffing 5-Year-Olds

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Alecia Cabral says her 5-year-old son, a child with special needs, still has “faint marks” on his wrists from when school safety officers tied him to a chair with Velcro straps. “My son has trauma, he can’t sleep by himself anymore,” Cabral said in a statement Wednesday. “He sees cops and he hides.” It happened a month ago at a ...

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Can Convicts Prevent Violence On Our Streets?

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“This is a bad neighborhood,” the cabdriver tells me as we pull up to an ugly, beige, low-rise building in the predominantly African-American neighborhood of Lower Park Heights. The dappled sunlight on the tree-lined street belies the fact that this area has one of highest per capita crime rates in Baltimore. There are bars on the steel door entrance to ...

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Mostly, It Shows How Indefensible Street Harassment Is

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By now you’ve seen the street-harassment video directed and produced by Rob Bliss and starring Shoshana B. Roberts for the nonprofit organization Hollaback that’s all over the Internet. The two-minute video is cut from 10 hours of footage of Roberts walking through New York City. Throughout her walk she’s harassed by more than 100 men, with comments ranging from “Hello!” ...

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Millions of minority voters threatened by electoral purge

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Election officials in 27 states, most of them Republicans, have launched a program that threatens a massive purge of voters from the rolls. Millions, especially black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters, are at risk. Already, tens of thousands have been removed in at least one battleground state, and the numbers are expected to climb, according to a six-month-long, nationwide investigation by ...

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Violent new video emerges of Michigan police shooting to death homeless man

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Dramatic and graphic new video has emerged of a homeless Michigan man being gunned down in a hail of bullets fired by Saginaw police officers in 2012. Martin Hall, 49, was facing eight screaming officers in a parking lot. A K-9 unit dog was lunging and barking at the homeless and mentally ill man, who was holding a pen knife. ...

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