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February 26, 2015

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Faces From Ferguson: Ashley 'Brown Blaze' Yates

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In the basement of St. Louis' Saint John's United Church of Christ at the end of the Labor Day weekend, Yates recounted almost a month's worth of harrowing encounters with a militarized police force to a room of Black Lives Matter freedom riders. She woefully explained that as the days bled into one another, she began "marking days by police tactics."

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U.S. Criminal Deportations and the Future of Black Immigrants

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How My Dad Became A Black Queer Feminist

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STUDY: Diverse Casts Deliver Higher Ratings

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3 Sentenced For Racist Attack That Killed Black Man

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Science Shows What's Happening Inside The Brains Of Blind Musicians Like Stevie Wonder

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Giuliana Rancic Apologizes AGAIN For Racist Hair Comments

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No Planes, Trains Or Automobiles Necessary For This Black History Trip

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Thinking About the Safety of Black Lives Beyond Policing

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Ben Carson: It Would Be 'Too Depressing' To Outline All The Obama Administration's Failures

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This 50-Year-Old Malcolm X Speech Is Eerily Relevant Today

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Chicago High School Students Pay Tribute To Kids Killed By Guns

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Melissa Harris-Perry Hopes Trayvon Martin 'Whooped The Sh-t Out Of George Zimmerman'

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#WeAreJada: Honoring the Courage Of A Young Rape Vicitm

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Watch Will Smith Crush The 'Fresh Prince' Theme Song On 'Ellen'

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Senator: Public Safety Director Appointed Amid Ferguson Fallout Plans To Resign

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CEO Of Company Trying To Predict Repeat Criminals Is A Repeat Criminal

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Nia Long Pregnant With Baby Number 2

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Nia Long is very pregnant with her second baby, BET reports. The actress, known for her roles in 'Boyz n the Hood,' 'Love Jones' and 'The Best Man,' already has 11-year-old son Massai Zhivagor.

Long brought out her baby bump at the beach during a recent stay in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. And be sure to check her out in the critically acclaimed Moozlum, now on DVD. We can't wait to see the baby photos!

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