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Get your armor on for Trump’s Confederate States of America

Nov. 14, 2016 - If you are shocked about Donald Trump winning the 2016 presidential election, don’t be.

Because it is more shocking that you did not see it coming. And very often folks who swim around in data sets and read the New York Times are out of touch with the American Midwest and South. They, too, also didn’t see it coming.

Such literate folk seem to forget one important axiom: The majority of Americans are a very emotional people. We are reactive. We are impulse consumers. We don’t read. We don’t study. And we like very short sentences. This is why someone can lose all the presidential debates, insult millions of Americans, encourage violence at his rallies, joke about sexual assault and still win the U.S. presidential election. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Kanye West talks running for president in 2020

Nov. 14, 2016 - This weekend, Kanye West spoke with BBC’s radio’s Annie Mac about his plans to run for United States president in 2020.

“When I talk about the idea of being president, I’m not saying I have any political views,” he said. “I don’t have views on politics, I just have a view on humanity, on people, on the the truth. If there is anything that I can do with my time to somehow make a difference while I’m still alive, I’m all for it. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Hillary Clinton’s popular vote lead keeps growing

Nov. 14, 2016 - Votes are still being counted in the 2016 election as absentee ballots come in, and Hillary Clinton‘s share of the popular vote is still widening.

The current official results show Clinton with half a percentage point of a lead over Donald Trump, and as the ballots come in, it is clear that the lead will only widen, especially with 4 million votes yet to be counted in California alone. Read more at thegrio.com.

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High school water fountains found with ‘colored’, ‘whites only’ signs

Nov. 14, 2016 - Florida school officials are investigating after someone taped racist signs above water fountains in a high school, labeling the fountains “colored” and “whites only.”

A picture of the fountains at First Coast High School in Jacksonville, Florida, began to circulate on social media, and Duval County school superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti said that the incident was under investigation. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Trump’s student debt proposal is actually pretty liberal

Nov. 14, 2016 - On October, during a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio, Donald Trump laid out one of the most liberal student debt plans since the federal student aid program began, and now that he has been elected, it remains to be seen whether or not he will follow through with his promises.

“We would cap repayment for an affordable portion of the borrower’s income, 12.5 percent, we’d cap it. That gives you a lot to play with and a lot to do,” Trump said at the rally. “And if borrowers work hard and make their full payments for 15 years, we’ll let them get on with their lives. They just go ahead and they get on with their lives.”Read more at thegrio.com.

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Justice Department to charge officer in death of Eric Garner

October 26, 2016 - Following a shakeup in the federal case for the death of Eric Garner, the Justice Department is reportedly actively seeking to charge Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who put Garner in the fatal chokehold.

On Tuesday, a source in law enforcement said that, with the ouster of New York-based FBI agents and prosecutors, who were replaced with Washington-based counterparts, an indictment was highly likely. “It’s going to happen sooner than later,” the source said. “Washington wants to indict him.”  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Jay Z makes offer to buy Prince’s unreleased music

October 26, 2016 - Jay Z wants to get the rights to stream Prince’s unreleased music, and he’s willing to pay the high price tag to get it.

According to TMZ, Jay Z flew Prince’s sister, Tyka, and her husband, Maurice Phillips, out to New York City to meet with him, offering them around $40 million to the rights to the music.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Tyler Perry: Madea Can Talk About Anything, Including Police Brutality

October 24, 2016 - Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” not only topped last weekend’s box office, it also reaffirmed the Hollywood mogul’s influence on American viewers.

During an episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast, the Hollywood mogul opened up on an array of topics, including his decision to use Madea’s character as a tool to promote progressive messages to underserved audiences.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Colin Powell Slams Trump, Endorses Clinton

October 26, 2016 - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell might as well switch his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat. After endorsing President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, Powell announced on Tuesday at a New York luncheon that he will vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, CNN reports.  Read more at newsone.com.

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'Not Wanted': Black Applicants Rejected for Trump Housing Speak Out

October 25, 2016 - In 1973, New York City school teacher Annette Gandy Fortt was looking for a decent place to live. A listing for an apartment in a building owned by Donald Trump's father, Fred, caught her eye — but she says the super told her there were no units available.

"I was black," Fortt said recently. "I was not wanted."  Read more at nbcnews.com.

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Civil Rights Groups Ready to Stand Up to Voter Intimidation

October 26, 2016 - Gabrielle Gray is a little busy these days. The 26-year-old doctoral student in political science at Howard University is coordinating the school’s 2016 Presidential General Election Voter Protection Project. It involves putting together teams of students from HBCUs around the nation to keep voters of color from being intimidated at the polls on Election Day.  Read more at theroot.com.

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Donald Trump’s Campaign Just Launched A Live Nightly News Show

October 25, 2016 - Donald Trump’s presidential campaign on Monday began airing a live nightly video news program, fanning speculation that Trump may seek to capitalize on his supporters’ zeal by launching a media network after November’s election.

“This is an effort to bring our message directly to you. You don’t have to take it through the media filter and the spin they put on it,” said Cliff Simms, the Trump adviser who co-hosted the program, which was broadcast on Facebook. “We plan to do this each and every night.”  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Toni Braxton wears heart monitor during concert after Lupus scare

October 25, 2016 - Toni Braxton has been hospitalized twice this month, but that isn’t going to stop her from performing.

The singer wore a heart monitor during her stop in Savannah, Georgia, on Saturday night for her “The Hits Tour.”  Read more at thegrio.com.

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New African-American history museum sold out through March 2017

October 25, 2016 - The new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has blown expectations for visitors out of the water, and it’s already sold out through March 2017. 

Officials initially expected 7,000 visitors per day, but since the museum opened, there have been 30,000 per day instead.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Tyler Perry’s ‘Madea’ tops box office, ‘Moonlight’ has robust debut

October 24, 2016 - Tyler Perry bested Tom Cruise at the box office this weekend.

Perry’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween” opened in the top spot with an estimated $27.6 million, edging Cruise’s “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” into second place, according to studio estimates Sunday.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Oprah on Hillary Clinton: ‘You don’t have to like her’

October 21, 2016 - Oprah Winfrey endorsed Hillary Clinton in June, but she hasn’t spoken out much on the Democratic candidate’s behalf. But in an interview set to air next Thursday, she explained to the American public that there is really only one choice.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Indiana Officials Target A Black Voter Registration Drive On A Technicality

October 22, 2016 - Earlier this month, just ahead of Indiana’s voter registration deadline, state police executed a search warrant at the office of an organization that had set out to register black voters in a state with the worst voter turnout in the country.

Officers conducted their search on the Indiana Voter Registration Project’s headquarters just a few weeks after Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson sent a letter to state election officials warning that “nefarious actors are operating” in the Hoosier state and asking them to inform authorities if they received any voter registration forms from the group.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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No, Donald Trump Did Not Win A Medal From The NAACP

October 23, 2016 - A photograph of Donald Trump, Muhammad Ali and Rosa Parks that the founder of Trump’s “diversity coalition” hailed as evidence the Republican nominee won an “NAACP medal” for “helping America’s inner cities” was actually taken at an awards ceremony organized by a business associate with an ethnic grievance. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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New Orleans Mayor Wants To Settle Katrina Shooting Cases

October 24, 2016 - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants to settle several long-standing civil rights claims against the city over notorious episodes of police violence in the days after Hurricane Katrina 11 years ago,reports The New Orleans Advocate.

The most heinous of the incidents concerns New Orleans Police Officer David Warren, who shot and killed 31-year-old Henry Glover at an Algiers strip mall after Glover went there to get clothes for his baby; it also concerns the cover-up of said shooting by another officer, who torched Glover’s body in a car.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Donald Trump Still Sure He’s ‘The Least Racist Person You’ve Ever Met’

October 21, 2016 - GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump ― the man who accused America’s first black president of lying about his birthplace and called for banning Muslims from the country ― insisted Thursday that not only is he not a racist, but he’s actually “the least racist person you’ve ever met.”  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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