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ACLU Sues Georgia School Board

Teacher reading a book with a class of preschool children (iStock)

A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in Georgia alleges that the Crisp County Board of Education and the county election supervisor violated section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act by denying Black voters an equal opportunity to participate in the political process through its at-large method of electing Board of Education members.

Read “ACLU Lawsuit Alleges Board of Education in Georgia Disenfranchised Black Voters in School Board Selection Process

Karrueche Tran Granted A 5-Year Restraining Order Against Chris Brown

Karrueche Tran and Chris Brown

Karrueche Tran (L) and Chris Brown (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

Let the relationship between Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran be an object lesson in what not to do when you break up with someone, because let’s be honest: Chris Brown terrorized this girl all over social media, and it wasn’t cute or funny in the least. A judge has granted Tran a 5-year restraining order against Brown to keep her safe.

Read “Karrueche Tran Gets 5-Year Restraining Order Against Creepy Ex-Boyfriend Chris Brown

ICE Detains Teen Hours Before His Senior Prom

Diego Ismael Puma Macancela

Diego Puma Macancela, 19. (Courtesy of the family’s lawyers at Neighbors Link)

Puma Macancela was taken to a detention facility in New Jersey. Rosa Ines Macancela Vazquez, his undocumented Ecuadoran immigrant mother who entered the United States illegally with him two years ago, is being held at Orange County Correctional Facility in Goshen, N.Y.

Read “ICE Picks Up Teen Hours Before His Senior Prom, Days Before His High School Graduation

#EbonyOwes: Writers Union to Ebony: Pay Like You Weigh

Ebony Magazine

Ebony Magazine’s March 2017 cover

What happens when Ebony Magazine promises over and over again that it’s going to pay its freelance writers ‘soon,’ but reportedly throws an expensive Super Bowl party in Houston and hosts a lavish company event in Los Angeles with money that was initially earmarked to pay said freelancers? A union steps in and tells them they need to put up or shut up.

Read “Writers Union to Ebony Magazine: Pay Like You Weigh #EbonyOwes

Google Launches ‘Lynching in America’ Site

Lynching in America

Lynching in America/EJI

Google and the Equal Justice Initiative launched a new website Tuesday that explores the history and legacy of racial terror in the United States, specifically during the period between the Civil War and World War II, when over 4,000 Black Americans were lynched in this country.

Accomplices in Shooting at #JamarClark Protest Plead Guilty

Nathan Gustavvson and Joseph Backman

Nathan Wayne Gustavvson (L) and Joseph Martin Backman (R) (Minneapolis Police Department)

Two of the men who were with convicted shooter Allen “Lance” Scarsella on Nov. 23, 2015 when he shot five Black Lives Matter activists at the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct during a protest decrying the death of Jamar Clark pleaded guilty Monday, and prosecutors say they will seek jail time for both.

Read “2 Accomplices Plead Guilty in Shooting of BLM Activists at Jamar Clark Protest

#Flint – Short-Term Agreement to Extend Water Service From Detroit Will Cost $3.6 Million

Flint Michigan Water Tower

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The Flint City Council is considering a new short-term contract to purchase water from the Great Lakes Water Authority out of Detroit, in an agreement that will come at a 4.7 percent price increase for the water used. The agreement is imperative in order for the city to continue to receive pre-treated water for its residents and businesses.

Read “#Flint: Short-Term Extension of Water Service From Detroit Will Cost City More Money

Art Collector Sells Lichtenstein For $150 Million to Start Criminal Justice Reform Fund

Lichtenstein Masterpiece

Roy Lichtenstein’s “Masterpiece” (1962). CreditEstate of Roy Lichtenstein

Agnes Gund is an art collector who sold her prized 1962 Roy Lichtenstein “Masterpiece” for $150 million, one of the 15 highest known prices ever paid for artwork, in order to start a fund that supports criminal justice reform and seeks to reduce mass incarceration in the United States.

Read “Influenced By ‘The New Jim Crow’ and ’13th,’ Art Collector Sells Painting For $150,000 to Start Criminal Justice Reform Fund

Golden State Warriors End 3-1 Curse, Win NBA Finals in Game 5

Golden State Warriors

OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 12: The Golden State Warriors celebrate with the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 to win the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

All those jokes about the Golden State Warriors blowing a 3-1 series lead to lose the 2016 championship can come to an end now. In a most beautiful and poetic finish, the Warriors, who came into Monday night’s game leading the Finals series 3-1, pulled off a flawless victory and won the game with a 9 point lead, leaving no doubt that they are the champions.

Read “Golden State Warriors Win 2017 NBA Finals, Beat Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5

6 Teens Charged in Facebook Video Beating Case

Police Line

Police Line (iStock)

Six teenagers in Flint, Mich., are charged as adults in connection with a Facebook video showing a 16-year-old being dragged from a home and beaten by multiple people on the front lawn of the house.

Read “Six Teenagers in Flint, Mich, Charged As Adults in Beating Recorded and Posted to Facebook

Texas Bill Designed to Curb School-To-Prison Pipeline Signed Into Law

Teacher reading a book with a class of preschool children (iStock)

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 674 into law on Monday, banning out-of-school suspensions for students in pre-kindergarten through second grade throughout the state of Texas, except in cases involving drugs, weapons, or extreme violence.

Read “Texas Governor Signs Bill to Help Shut Off School-To-Prison Pipeline

Jury Deliberations Begin in Trial of Officer Charged With the Shooting Death of Philando Castile

Jeronimo Yanez

St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez (Ramsey County, Minn., Sheriff’s Office)

Closing arguments for both sides concluded Monday in the trial of St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who is charged in the shooting death of Philando Castile last year. Now a jury must decide if Yanez panicked and shot Castile, or if Castile caused his own death by ignoring Yanez’s commands.

Read “#PhilandoCastile: Closing Arguments Complete, Jury Begins Deliberations in Trial of Jeronimo Yanez

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