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Criminologist Chenelle Jones give 10 tips for interacting with police

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by Dr. Chenelle Jones The police should treat all people fairly and with respect but in some cases (such as the one involving Dr. Ersula Ore), cops misuse their authority and abuse their power. As such, people should know their rights and responsibilities when dealing with the police. The following list offers tips for interacting with the police. When you ...

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Dr. Sinclair Grey asks why isn’t anyone serious about ending gun violence?

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By Dr. Sinclair Grey III Gun violence is no stranger to what’s happening in the inner cities. The number of killings in Chicago, Washington, DC, and other major metropolitan areas can’t help but raise eyebrows as to why this problem continues to occur, but little attention is brought to it. Permit me to say that the shooting at Sandy Hook ...

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African American studies professors at Temple University are at each other’s throats

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The Temple University community is up in arms about the dismissal of Dr. Tony Monteiro, a member of the African American Studies Department at Temple University.  The protestors seemed to feel that the firing of Monteiro was retaliatory as a result of his battle with the university over gentrification.  Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and Cornel West were among many scholars ...

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Dr Michael Fauntroy explains that Donald Sterling is just the tip of the Iceberg

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by Professor Michael Fauntroy The only people surprised by the audio recording of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his convoluted racism are those who have no idea who he is or what he is about. He is a well-documented and repugnant racist who for decades used his wealth to and privilege to negatively impact the lives of countless ...

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Dr. Sinclair Grey III: Investing In Our Children

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By Dr. Sinclair Grey III I remember facilitating a Rites of Passage program in Washington, DC that was geared to boys between the ages of 12 and 17 years old. The boys who participated in this program were of a mixed group. Some were on probation from the juvenile justice system. Some were members of gangs such as the Bloods, ...

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Dr Wilmer Leon connects the dots on the Donald Sterling debacle

By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III “When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything; you just let them talk…” President Obama April 27, 2014 Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has spoken and he has said a mouthful.  Once again, the never healing scab of bigotry and racism that permeates American society and ...

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Dr. Sinclair Grey III: A Call To Action, Coming Together For A Common Cause

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By Dr. Sinclair Grey III There was a time when people used to think consciously about their personal struggles and the struggles of their people. I can remember reading in history books the struggles that African-Americans faced for quality education, the right to vote, and the need to undo segregation and Jim Crow laws. Without a doubt, individuals came together ...

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Dr. Sinclair Grey III: Reclaiming, Restoring, and Reviving Our Music

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By Dr. Sinclair Grey III Anytime someone says something against individuals who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender, that person is immediately labeled as being homophobic. Whether it’s a comment about the person or their lifestyle, that individual is made a villain and forced to recant their statement. Let me very clear with this. It’s one thing to make a ...

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Dr. Sinclair Grey III: Exposure Is Educational

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By Dr. Sinclair Grey III The United Negro College Fund uses the slogan ‘a mind is a terrible thing to waste’ to signify the importance of education.  It has been a part of their creed for over three decades and hasn’t changed.  Just hearing the slogan should instill a willingness in one’s spirit to learn as much as possible. As ...

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Dr. Sinclair Grey III: The Call For The Black Church To Revive This Country

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By Dr. Sinclair Grey III While in seminary, I had the privilege of reading Dr. James Harris’ book, Pastoral Theology from the Black Church Perspective in which he addressed why the black church should get past the traditional yelling ‘Hallelujah’s’ and ‘Amens’ to addressing issues that plague our community. While Dr. Harris did not dismiss the importance of praise and worship, he ...

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