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Gun violence aimed at black males triggers concern

gunviolence 600WASHINGTON – Several new studies confirm what most people have suspected all along: No group is harmed more by gun violence than young black males.

"While 13 percent of Americans are black, in 2010, 65 percent of gun murder victims between the ages of 15 and 24 were black," revealed a report by the Center for American Progress (CAP). "Forty-two percent of the total gun deaths of individuals in this age group were of black males."

This trend has continued, the report noted, even as crime rates decline.

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The beef between ‘12 Years’ writer and director

12yearsbeef 600A bitter feud brewing between "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen and writer John Ridley came to frosty head during the Oscars Sunday. Ridley won for best adapted screenplay, and in accepting his award, he bypassed the director to hug director David O. Russell. Ridley did not mention McQueen in his acceptance speech, and McQueen's empty applause at Ridley's win would have barely disturbed the most anxious golfer.

Later that evening, when "12 Years a Slave" took home the award for best picture, McQueen returned the shun, making no mention of Ridley during his acceptance speech.

How did the relationship between writer and director of one of the greatest period pieces in history turn so cold? According to rumors, the two have been at odds for quite some time over screenplay credit, and the feud has bubbled to the threshold of public rudeness and caused producer Brad Pitt to play Switzerland, but even he has proved an unsuccessful peacemaker.

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Brrr! Weather punches Memphis

icewindshield 600Here's the National Weather Service's technical explanation of what's happening with the local weather:

"Mid level deformation zone associated with mid level shortwave will rotate across the Mid South through mid afternoon."

Translation: A weather event packing snow, ice, sleet, freezing temperatures and a bone-chilling wind chill has Greater Memphis on lockdown.


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Lupita Nyong’o takes Oscar for ‘12 Years a Slave’

lupita 600(The Root) – The "It Girl" is really "It." Lupita Nyong'o won an Oscar Sunday night for best supporting actress for her role as Patsey in "12 Years a Slave," which also won the Academy Award for best picture of the year.

After hugging director Steve McQueen, her co-star Chiwetel Ejiofor (Solomon Northup) and (oddly) Liza Minelli, the stunning star took the stage to give an emotional and heartfelt acceptance speech.

"It doesn't escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else's, so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance and for Solomon—thank you for telling her story and your own.

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