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Stress Is a Growing Way of Life in Ferguson

Friday, Aug. 8, was a big day for Kizzie and Charles Davis. It was the day they opened Ferguson Burger Bar & More on West Florissant Avenue for the first time after taking it over from the previous owner, they told The Root Monday.
But the next day, they were saddened to learn that Michael Brown was gunned down by a police officer, and within hours the streets were catching fire as angry protesters rolled out to call for justice over the shooting. The Davises’ business has closed early nearly every day since the shooting, and they worry about its future, but they are keeping faith. And while saddened by Brown’s death, they see one silver lining. There is new attention on a long-simmering issue in the black community: police brutality and the use of excessive force.

The Ice Bucket Challenge – social media nincompoopery for good

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As you scroll through your news feed in Facebook or through the tweets of those you follow you might have noticed short videos of people pouring ice water over themselves or #icebucketchallenge or both. Prank?  Latest “social media thing”?  Charity fundraiser?  A little bit of all three, but if the last one surprised you, you’re not alone.
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Missouri KKK Chapter to Raise Funds for Ferguson Cop Who Killed Michael Brown

Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who killed unarmed teen Michael Brown on Aug. 9, has enjoyed his share of supporters, and a Missouri chapter of the Ku Klux Klan is adding its voice to the mix, USA Today reports.
“All money will go to the cop who did his job against the Negro criminal,” the New Empire Knights of the KKK noted, according to the news site.

CDC Study Shatters Myth about Black Fathers

Terrence Morgan has heard the stories over and over. Black men are absent from their children’s lives. An African-American woman stands more likely to be a single mom than any other race.
Morgan, 33, who has two sons, ages 6 and 4, lives in Southeast next door to a close friend who only sees his child once a week.

‘Purple Rain at 30′

Already a rising superstar on the music scene, courtesy of the groundbreaking and innovative 1999 album, the Purple Rain movie and accompanying soundtrack of the same name catapulted the diminutive genius Priince Rogers Nelson to transcendent megastardom who possessed all-time talent within his 5-foot-2 frame.
The movie was the figurative soundtrack for the X and Y generations and told the quasi-biographical tale of a tortured musical savant who almost followed in his father’s self-destructive path before being whisked from self-immolation by his music and his woman.