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Forget cookies. These “Radical Brownies” earn badges in social activism. – MSNBC Originals March 28, 2015

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Colors March 21, 2015

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Originally posted on Shel Silverstein Poems:

My skin is kind of sort of brownish

Pinkish yellowish white.

My eyes are greyish blueish green,

But I’m told they look orange in the night.

My hair is reddish blondish brown,

But it’s silver when it’s wet.

And all the colors I am inside

Have not been invented yet.

~Shel Silverstein

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Michelle Obama gets down to ‘Uptown Funk’ on Elllen, slays March 13, 2015

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Originally posted on theGrio:

Michelle Obama’s showed us she has moves before.

But she took it to another level on an upcoming appearance on Ellen.

The first lady joined the talk show host in a truly funkdafied version of Bruno Mars’ hit “Uptown Funk,” and the results were spectacular.

Watch Michelle Obama get down to Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’ below:

The first lady discussed the White House’s upcoming Easter Egg Roll, as well as her #GimmeFive campaign. The hashtag encourages people to show five ways they are living a healthy lifestyle.

Apparently, dancing to “Uptown Funk” is one of the first lady’s ‘five.’ Her full appearance airs on March 16.

Watch a longer interview clip of Michelle Obama below:

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Secret Service agents under investigation for car wreck after night of drinking March 12, 2015

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Originally posted on theGrio:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is investigating two senior Secret Service agents accused of crashing a car into a White House security barrier, an agency spokesman says.

Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback said Wednesday that recently appointed Director Joseph Clancy has been briefed on the March 4 incident. Clancy has asked the Homeland Security Department’s Inspector General’s Office to investigate. Hoback did not provide additional details.

The crash investigation is the latest embarrassment for the agency tasked with protecting the president.

In the last six months, several top agency officials, including former Director Julian Pierson, have been forced out amid revelations of multiple, serious presidential security breaches. In September, a Texas man armed with a knife was able to climb a White House fence and run deep into the executive mansion before being apprehended.

The agency said the two agents accused of crashing the car have been reassigned…

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‘Midnight Rider’ Director Randall Miller’s Prison Sentence Marks Historic First March 9, 2015

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Originally posted on Deadline:

The involuntary manslaughter guilty plea made today by Midnight Rider director Randall Miller in the on-set death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones is a historic first. Miller, who this morning was taken out of the court and booked for criminal trespass and involuntary manslaughter in the jail that sits adjacent to the Wayne County courthouse, will be the first filmmaker to go to prison for a film-related death.

In fact, in the 100 years between the death of Jones and the first production-related death — in 1914, when 16-year-old actress Grace McHugh drowned and cameraman Owen Carter died trying to rescue her while filming a scene for the movie Across The Border – more than 80 people have died in 52 fatal accidents while filming in the U.S. Two cases resulted in indictments, but none of those were convicted. The Midnight Rider case has changed that.

Miller’s lawyer Ed Garland believes his…

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U.S. Postal Service unveils Dr. Maya Angelou Forever stamp March 4, 2015

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Originally posted on theGrio:

The U.S. Postal Service just unveiled the Maya Angelou Forever Stamp image. Along with the preview image comes the announcement that the First-Day-of-Issue stamp dedication ceremony, which will be free and open to the public, with limited seating, will take place April 7 at 11:00 a.m. in Washington, D.C., at the Warner Theater.

The imagery on the stamp comes from Atlanta-based artist Ross Rossin’s 2013 48” x 48” oil-on-canvas portrait of Angelou. Rossin says of his work, “I was compelled by the challenge to portray her forgiving smile and her aura of unconditional love and understanding that comes across when having a conversation with her.”


The stamp also contains this quote from Angelou: “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” The stamp pane also carries a quote, this time from Angelou’s book “Letter to My Daughter,” which reads, “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s…

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The image that destroys the black ‘welfare queen’ myth February 24, 2015

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Originally posted on theGrio:

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, it might be worth a thousand food stamps.

In the town of Brushton, New York, 30 people were arrested for food stamp fraud. Can you guess how many people were black? None, as the picture below shows. All of those arrested were white. Thankfully, the myth of black folks as welfare cheats who game the system — a carefully crafted GOP invention to appeal to racists — has been exposed for what it is.

The 30 people arrested in Upstate NY on food stamp fraud (WCAX) The 30 people arrested in Upstate NY on food stamp fraud (WCAX)

And with the 2016 presidential campaign upon us, here is an issue Republicans will be unable to exploit, or shouldn’t be able to exploit for political gain. Not that they won’t try.

From the late 1960s, white segregationist Democrats — resentful of black power and the gains African-Americans made during the…

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Truth February 23, 2015

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Police officer resigns after arrest of college professor goes viral February 21, 2015

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The Arizona State University police officer whose arrest of a professor went viral and drew national criticism has resigned following an independent investigation into his conduct.

Earlier this week, Ferrin announced his resignation in a “scathing” letter.

“The lack of support, cooperation, and downright bias, coupled with an agenda to ruin my career, has become unbearable and I will not subject my family to this any longer,” he said in the letter sent to ASU.

In January, the university had sent Officer Stewart Ferrin a letter notifying him of its intent to terminate him. Though Ferrin appealed the decision, he eventually resigned, citing the stress of the media attention.

ASU issued this statement Monday:

This review was never about a single incident or a single issue. Law enforcement officers in any jurisdiction are given the tremendous responsibility of helping to keep the community safe. They also are expected to exercise good…

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a few thoughts on surrender. February 18, 2015

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Originally posted on can i get a witness:

i just bought a magazine i would never buy.
it’s cover claimed to “anti-age” me.
in bright bold print it screamed at me how these few steps promised to actually “slow down the process”.

i bit.
i bought.
i don’t give a shit about anything else in this home improvement mag.
i’ll glance at the “new products” and toss it.

i’m a sucker for any new claim that i can “anti-age”.
any new product, skin procedure, friendly piece of advice.
anything that soothes me in my most self critical moments.

those promises speak to my outsides.
youth being the holy grail and all…
i drink the kool-aid.
my insides, are joyous and grateful for the years i wear.
what i know, where i’ve been.
what’s been given and what’s been taken away.
i just wish the look of wisdom didn’t get saggy!

it’s on my mind more lately.

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