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‘Regular black’ vs. ‘ethnic black’: Why the divide?

black 600I first heard someone at a black student union party refer to herself – and to me, by extension – as a "regular black." The music had made a quick turn from the latest rap song to a Caribbean dancehall mix.

"Oh, I'm regular black; I don't dance to this music."

Well, this "regular black" continued dancing, but I was intrigued by the term.

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Kansas shooter identified as former KKK leader

valleypark 600A 73-year-old man accused of killing three people outside of Jewish sites near Kansas City is a former Ku Klux Klan leader with a history of anti-Semitism and racism, NBC News reports, citing law enforcement officials.

The man, Frazier Glenn Cross of Aurora, Mo., allegedly shot a 14-year-old Eagle Scout and his grandfather in a parking lot at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City campus in Overland Park, Kan., the news site says. He then proceeded several blocks away to shoot a woman at a retirement community, the report says.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization that tracks hate groups, says Cross is also known as Glenn Miller or Frazier Glenn Miller, and is the former Grand Dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which he founded in the 1980s.

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Nnamdi Asomugha spends retirement giving teens a college boost

nnamdi 600It's still the offseason for retired NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

The 32-year-old former All-Pro announced his retirement in December after 11 seasons in the NFL, but he doesn't miss the game yet.

He's been focusing his energies on his foundation and providing new experiences and college visits for at-risk high school students from low-income communities.

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Bush says education achievement gap is ‘scandalous’

busheducation 600AUSTIN, Texas – Former President George W. Bush said the education achievement gap – up to four years at some grade-levels – is a "nation scandal" that deserves immediate action.

Bush, former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama addressed a three-day summit here last week celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library at the University of Texas.

Speaking at the closing session Thursday, Bush said: "According to the most recent testing, the average reading score for a white student at age 13 is about the same as an African-American at age 17 – that's a four-year, four-grade achievement gap. In an economy where higher skills are ever more necessary, that is scandalous. In a nation dedicated to equal opportunity, that is scandalous. Among the political heirs of King and Johnson and Dirksen and Humphrey, this should be a national scandal, demanding action."

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This week’s DVD releases

muhammadali 600Top Ten DVD List for April 15, 2014

"Double Indemnity – 70th Anniversary Limited Edition"
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00I3C1T34/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

"The Trials of Muhammad Ali"
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00IACUO56/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

"Touch of Evil"
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00I3C1T1Q/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

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