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Do We Perpetuate Black Stereotypes?

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Many African Americans feel like there has been an unofficial war declared on Blacks, especially young Black males. Just in the past month alone, there have been the police murders of Eric Garner (Staten Island, N.Y.), Ezell Ford (Los Angeles, and Michael Brown (Ferguson, Mo.). Each of these victims were all unarmed, young, Black and male.
 
In each instance, there were credible witnesses or video recordings that recounted events very differently from the official police version. Based on what we know so far, I think all the policemen involved in these unjustified deaths should be convicted of murder and sent to jail.

ACT Scores in Tenn. rise, but most students still far from college-ready

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Tennessee’s ACT scores improved more last year than they have for a decade, the state department of education announced Tuesday.
 
Tennessee’s composite ACT score for public school students rose from 19.0 to 19.3, on a scale of 36. To be considered college-ready, students must score a 21.

‘People’ Magazine’s Only Ever Black Editor Suing For Discrimination

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Tatsha Robertson, 48, was the only Black senior editor People magazine has ever had. Following her being laid off in May, Robertson filed a lawsuit claiming she was discriminated against by her boss and that her time at the magazine was fraught with racial tension.
 
People is “a discriminatory organization run entirely by white people who
intentionally focus the magazine on stories involving white people and white celebrities,” Tatsha Robertson’s said in her suit.

Streets of Ferguson stay calm after violent nights

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FERGUSON, Missouri (AP) — Ferguson's streets were peaceful for a third night as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.
 
A small stream of protesters marched in the St. Louis suburb as night fell Friday, but instead of confrontations with police, several stopped to talk one-on-one with officers about the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown and tactics used by authorities during previous demonstrations.

Savion Glover: Tapping Into African-American History Through Dance

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The halls of Washington, D.C.’s historic Howard Theatre will be filled with the haunting tones of jazz as well as the skillful tapping of feet over the weekend, with renowned performer Savion Glover taking the stage to share “the dance.” 
 
“It’s basically going to be myself and a jazz quartet band [the Otherz] and we will of course do some cover tunes … some of the great jazz-music contributors, people like John Coltrane, Miles Davis,” the choreographer and dancer tells The Root. “We will also cover some original tunes.”