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Navy Discharges Black Woman Who Refused to Cut Natural Hair

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After months of discussion about how styling and protocol relating to black women's hair in the armed forces, Think Progress reports that the Navy discharged Jessica Sims, a sailor for 12 years, for "failing to obey an order to cut off her natural hairstyle."
 
Sims, "who wears her hair in tightly twisted locks pulled back in a bun," claims that her record was unblemished and that she had no complaints about her natural hair until she was given orders to teach at a Navy Illinois boot camp.

Can We Talk About How Black Women Are Treated as Threats, Too?

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Like The Root’s Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele, who recently penned the essay “Michael Brown’s Death Reopened My Eyes to My Privileges as a Black Woman,” I understand that, as a woman, I behave differently in public spaces than the black men I know and love. Actually, as an activist who has been involved in various rallies against police violence and “cop watches” in my community, I even have a habit of “mouthing off” to police officers when I know they are behaving in ways that are inappropriate and sometimes illegal.
 
But as I witness the national response to Michael Brown’s slaying, and how the citizens of Ferguson, Mo., are being terrorized by a militarized police force, I am forced to take a long, hard look at my behaviors and how dangerous they are. The truth is that, although cases of state and racialized violence against black women may happen less frequently than with black men, black women are still constantly perceived as threats by law enforcement and others, and must begin behaving with that awareness.

Trouble in Paradise

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Nationwide — TV entertainer Nick Cannon has confirmed that the rumors are true; He and his wife pop star singer Mariah Carey are separated, and are living in different homes. The two had been rumored to always be arguing in both private and public.
 
Cannon recently told The Insider, “There is trouble in paradise…we have been living in separate houses for a few months.” But he denied that infidelity was the reason why they split up.
He added, “My main focus is my kids” referring to the couple’s 3-year old twins, son Moroccan and daughter Monroe.

Do We Perpetuate Black Stereotypes?

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Many African Americans feel like there has been an unofficial war declared on Blacks, especially young Black males. Just in the past month alone, there have been the police murders of Eric Garner (Staten Island, N.Y.), Ezell Ford (Los Angeles, and Michael Brown (Ferguson, Mo.). Each of these victims were all unarmed, young, Black and male.
 
In each instance, there were credible witnesses or video recordings that recounted events very differently from the official police version. Based on what we know so far, I think all the policemen involved in these unjustified deaths should be convicted of murder and sent to jail.

ACT Scores in Tenn. rise, but most students still far from college-ready

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Tennessee’s ACT scores improved more last year than they have for a decade, the state department of education announced Tuesday.
 
Tennessee’s composite ACT score for public school students rose from 19.0 to 19.3, on a scale of 36. To be considered college-ready, students must score a 21.