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August 22, 2014

Who Was the Real Dido Elizabeth Belle?

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Editor’s note: This column was originally published on May 5. Belle, the movie based on the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle, will be released on DVD on Tuesday and is available now as a digital download on Amazon. For those who are wondering about the retro title of this black-history series, please take a moment to learn about historian Joel A. Rogers, author of the 1934 book 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro With Complete Proof, to…

Michael Egan Can’t Find A Lawyer In Case Against Bryan Singer

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HONOLULU (AP) — A former child model accusing “X-Men” director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii said he wants to dismiss the lawsuit — not because it lacks merit but because he can’t find a new attorney to represent him. Michael Egan III said in a court filing Wednesday that he previously sought the dismissal in sealed documents in federal court in Honolulu. He wants the case dismissed without…

With All Eyes On Ferguson, New York Protesters Say ‘We Can’t Forget Ramarley Graham’

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NEW YORK– Constance Malcolm and Franclot Graham are still waiting for their day in court. It’s been over two and a half years since NYPD Officer Richard Haste shot and killed their unarmed 18-year-old son, Ramarley Graham, after breaking into Malcolm’s Bronx apartment without a warrant. On Wednesday, Malcolm and Graham hand-delivered 33,000 petitions to the Department of Justice in lower Manhattan. The petitions called for a full federal investigation into…

Eric Holder Is Not Exactly Known For Being Tough On Bad Cops

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WASHINGTON — When Attorney General Eric Holder went to Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday, he assured local residents the U.S. Justice Department will swiftly investigate the police killing of an unarmed black teenager on Aug. 9. In meetings with locals, Holder emphasized how his own past experiences will inform his work overseeing the Justice Department’s investigation of Michael Brown’s killing. He told students at a community college there that police searched his car…

The Most Important Commentary You’ll Read About Ferguson

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What do we do about Ferguson? That was the inevitable question facing teachers throughout St. Louis in the days following the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, in nearby Ferguson on Aug. 9. With summer drawing to a close, students were heading back to school just as nearby protesters were being tear-gassed and shot with rubber bullets. At Gateway Middle School — where 83 percent of students…

Ferguson community leaders ‘encouraged’ after meeting with Eric Holder

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FERGUSON, Missouri — Several community leaders said they were “encouraged” their town will get back on track after meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder Wednesday. Holder met with about 60 people, including Ferguson students, residents, local leaders and law enforcement at St. Louis Community College’s Florissant Valley campus to discuss race relations in the area. Patrick Green, mayor of neighboring city Normandy, attended the meeting and says he will work hard…