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Florida Education Official: Gender Wage Gap is Caused By Genetics

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A member of the Florida State University system Board of Governors said during a meeting Tuesday that the gender wage gap is caused by genetics, and not the systemic social and economic causes that continue to favor men over women in the workplace.

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Congressional Black Caucus: Donald Trump Doesn’t Care About Black People

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US Representative Cedric Richmond of Louisiana (Photo credit should read Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Cedric L. Richmond, Democratic Representative from New Orleans and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, wrote a three-page letter Wednesday to Donald Trump declining his invitation to meet with the CBC and outlining the many reasons why the group as a whole is saying no.

First-Ever Black President of an Ivy League University to Serve as Interim President of Prairie View A&M University

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Dr Ruth Simmons (Prairie View A&M University)

Dr. Ruth Simmons, who retired as the president of the Ivy League’s Brown University in 2012, has been named interim president of Prairie View A&M University in Texas, replacing President George Wright, who announced on June 12 that he would be stepping down after 14 years to return to teaching history.

Andre Iguodala Wants Dub Nation to Calm Down About His Free Agency

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Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Golden State Warriors player Andre Iguodala took to the airwaves of a Bay Area radio station Tuesday morning to calm down fans who are worried about his impending free agency that begins July 1.

Kamala Harris’ Black Music Month Playlist Broken Down By Song

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Kamala Harris, the junior Democratic U.S. Senator from California, released a Spotify playlist in honor of Black Music Month on Tuesday, featuring 50 of her favorite tracks from black artists in the fields of rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, hip-hop, rap, soul, pop, reggae and funk, allowing us a peek into her personality and what gets her moving.

White Liberal Tears and Racism in Seattle After Teachers Wear ‘Black Lives Matter’ T-Shirts

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CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 25: A young boy eats a donut as he walks with demonstrators down a street outside of Bank of America Stadium before an NFL football game between the Charlotte Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings September 25, 2016 in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Last October, teachers in the Seattle Public Schools district planned a Black Lives Matter in the Seattle Public Schools event that consisted of wearing t-shirts with the slogan printed on them, despite the fact that a similar effort at Seattle’s John Muir Elementary in September was met with criticism, hate mail and threats of violence.

Kevin Durant to Opt-Out of Player Option, Re-Sign With Golden State

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Kevin Durant (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Kevin Durant is reportedly planning to opt-out of his player option with the Golden State Warriors for the 2017-2018 season and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but he will still sign and stay on with the team that he won his first ever NBA championship with.

Supreme Court Ruling on Trademarks Means Redskins Will Likely Keep Their Offensive Name

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Members of the Asian-American rock band “The Slants” (Anthony Pidgeon/Getty Images)

The United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that the government cannot refuse to register a trademark because some may find the trademarked words offensive, saying that the disparagement clause of the copyright law is not an anti-discrimination clause, but rather a “happy-talk” clause.

Warner Bros Developing a Film Based on Mike Brown’s Shooting

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Mike Brown via Twitter

Michael Brown was just 18 years old when he was gunned down in Ferguson, Mo., by white police officer Darren Wilson in August 2014. His death became a focal point in the Movement for Black lives, and now Hollywood studio Warner Bros. has a project in development to tell his story on the big screen.

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‘Father’s Day Bail Out’ Will Reunite Incarcerated Black Fathers With Their Families

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Typical Prison Cell Bars (iStock)

Color of Change and the Movement for Black Lives are joining local grassroots organizers to reunite incarcerated Black fathers with their families and highlight the inhumanity inherent in the cash bail system by bailing out Black fathers who would otherwise spend their Father’s Day in jail because they cannot afford bail.

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Law Enforcement Agencies in Texas Must Report Shootings or Face Fines

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Starting in September, any Texas law enforcement agency that does not report a police shooting to the state attorney general within the allowed 30-day period could be fined $1,000 per day, and if they commit that same infraction twice within a five year period, that penalty goes up to $10,000 followed by $1,000 per day until the report is filed.

Read “Texas Governor Signs Bill Enforcing the Reporting of Police Shootings Into Law

Woman Dragged Half-Naked Down Airplane Aisle By Emergency Workers

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A woman who experienced medical distress shortly after entering an airplane bathroom was reportedly dragged partially clothed down the aisle of the crowded commercial airline, much to the horror of other passengers, so that EMTs could render medical aid to her outside the plane.

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