Nevada GOP Moves To Limit Early Voting On Sundays, Weeknight Evenings

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A Nevada state Senate committee has introduced legislation that would eliminate early voting on Sundays and restrict counties’ abilities to set their own voting hours, in the latest move to reshape how elections are held in the state. Senate Bill 433 was introduced on Monday by the Nevada Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections. Under the terms of the ...

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Does Ballet Have a Color?

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Panel after panel convenes to ask why there are not more dancers of color in ballet. My heart sinks every time. Where is Dance Theatre of Harlem in this conversation? It is so odd to feel like an outsider on an issue that touched my life so profoundly and was at least a part of what Arthur Mitchell set out ...

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Cookie Lyon of Fox’s ‘Empire’ Sheds Rare Light on Black Women’s Incarceration and Reentry

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Lee Daniels’s blockbuster Empire, an over-the-top soap opera featuring a prominent African American family in the rap world, has tackled a variety of subjects that most mainstream black shows fear to tread — such as homophobia and psychiatric illness. Yet Cookie Lyon, the mother and ex-wife of the record label’s founder, sheds a rare light on black female incarceration and ...

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Airport Pat-Downs Of Black Women’s Hairstyles Deemed Discriminatory

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SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 26 (Reuters) – Two black women who said their hairstyles made them targets for airport security pat-downs said on Thursday the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had agreed to stop singling out women for screening based solely on their “sisterlocks.” Malaika Singleton, a neuroscientist based in Sacramento, said she was on her way to London last year for ...

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Black Clergy Call for Prayer for Black Lives

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Three months ago, an article I wrote titled “An Open Letter from Black Clergy: A Call for Racial Justice, Healing and Reconciliation,” was posted to HuffPost Religion. The letter was signed by Black clergy representing a wide diversity of denominations and perspectives. We stood together calling on faith leaders of all races to commit to the work of not only ...

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Police Settle Suit Over Use Of Tear Gas During Missouri Protests

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March 26 (Reuters) – Three Missouri police agencies have agreed to restrict the use of tear gas as part of a settlement of a lawsuit alleging that officers used heavy-handed tactics to quell protests in Ferguson after a white officer fatally shot an unarmed black teen. The settlement requires police to warn demonstrators and give them reasonable time to disperse ...

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Colorado Lawmakers Use Slideshow With N-Word When Pushing Bill For Native American Mascot Ban

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Two Colorado representatives upset fellow lawmakers this week when they presented a slideshow filled with racist images and slurs at a House Education Committee meeting. Democratic Reps. Joe Salazar and Jovan Melton presented the images in an effort to convince others to vote for a bill that restricts the use of Native American mascots in schools, according to The Denver ...

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Fleece Force: How Police And Courts Around Ferguson Bully Residents And Collect Millions

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PASADENA HILLS, Mo. — “Lacee Scott?” the judge called. The 23-year-old rose from a hard black plastic chair, walked past the fireplace and stood before the table at the front of the living room. From the outside, the house is barely distinguishable from others on the street — brick, three bedrooms, built in 1948. Over the entrance, however, there is ...

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It’s Great Mo’ne Davis Had It in Her to Forgive That Guy. But Still, F**k That Guy.

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Around this time last week, news first began to circulate that Mo’ne Davis helpedunveil a new sneaker line — with 15 percent of the proceeds going towards impoverished girls. A day or so later, more great news about the 13-year-old appeared: From Variety: The Mo’ne Davis story is coming to Disney Channel. The 13-year-old who made history last summer as ...

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Reaching the Finish Line

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On March 25, 1965, more than 20,000 marchers of every race, color, religion and creed poured into the city of Montgomery to celebrate a journey birthed from violence and vitriol but ended in peace and progress. Given the widespread popularity of the film Selma, and the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” many are familiar with the vicious resistance peaceful marchers ...

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