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San Franciso 49ers Colin Kaepernick Denies Using N-Word On Field


Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers who was fined more than $11,000 last week for allegedly spewing the N-word after exchanging words with Chicago Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston during the fourth quarter of a game, denies the allegations, according to Fox Sports.

The inappropriate language fine that was levied against Kaepernick was categorized as unsportsmanlike, and the 24-year-old, whose Mother is White and Father is African-American, is reportedly upset about the penalty and will allegedly appeal it.

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Selma’s Director and Star on Bringing MLK to Life


One of the most pivotal periods in civil rights history is finally coming to the big screen. Selma, depicting Martin Luther King Jr.’s voting-rights campaign and the weeks of bloody protests in Selma, Ala., opens Christmas Day. The movie could not be timelier, with current civil rights leaders steeped in a continuing fight over voting rights.

Oprah Winfrey is one of the producers, British actor David Oyelowo stars as King and Ava DuVernay directs.The director told The Root on the red carpet at the Urbanworld Film Festival, “We made it with an elevated sense of responsibility.” The film was more than seven years in the making, with several big Hollywood directors and stars circling around it at one point or another.

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Michael Brown memorial burns down


A makeshift memorial dedicated to slain teen Michael Brown burned down in Ferguson Tuesday morning.

Cell phone footage of the fire surfaced on YouTube, and photos of the incident have been circulating on social media.

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* Mid-South Fair
4pm-12am | Landers Center
Tavis Smiley Book Signing
6pm | National Civil Rights Museum
Free Friday Flicks at Beale Street Landing
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Black Woman Researching Racial Bias In Criminal Justice Wins Prestigious ‘Genius Grant’

CHICAGO (AP) — A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year’s MacArthur Foundation “genius grants.”
The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced on Wednesday the 2014 recipients, who will each receive $625,000 to spend any way they like.