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Nashville lawyer lead counsel in cemetery lawsuit

 (AP) — A Nashville lawyer has been appointed lead attorney in a class action lawsuit against a Memphis cemetery accused of mishandling bodies.

Kathryn Barnett, managing partner of the Nashville office of Morgan & Morgan, is working with other law firms in handling the lawsuit against Galilee Memorial Gardens. A trial for the lawsuit has been set for October 2015.

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Dutch court won’t rule whether ‘Black Pete’ racist

Black Pete

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Netherlands' highest administrative court refused Wednesday to wade into the increasingly acrimonious national debate around "Black Pete," the sidekick to the Dutch equivalent of Santa Claus.

Opponents call Pete, who is often played by white people wearing black-face makeup and a frizzy Afro wig, a racist caricature. Most Dutch people insist he is a harmless fantasy figure.

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White House now turning to girls of color


WASHINGTON — The White House is planning to focus on improving the lives of girls and women of color, after months of complaints that they were left out of the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative for young men.

White House aides planned Wednesday to release a report on the work it has done to help minority women and girls. They also plan to meet with advocates Wednesday and create a Working Group on Challenges and Opportunities for Women and Girls of Color, an offshoot of White House Council on Women and Girls, which is chaired by White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.

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HBCU president makes controversial remarks on rape to female students


A video posted to YouTube of a speech by Lincoln University President Robert R. Jennings has incited controversy over what some people believe are insensitive comments about rape.

During the speech, Jennings speaks of recent incidents on the college’s campus where women made false rape accusations against male companions who had spurned them after their sexual encounters.

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The question black conservatives always avoid


Like everyone else, I am processing the November election results.  I will write more about that later, but there was a radio exchange that I heard the night prior to the election that really got me thinking.

On my way home from Baltimore, where I had been doing some electoral work, I found myself listening to a radio program that was addressing the upcoming election.  The focus of the program was the Maryland governor’s race, which pitted African American, Democrat Lt. Gov.  Anthony Brown against Larry Hogan, a White Republican who eventually won  the race.

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