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Missed It: The 10 Most Underreported Black Stories of 2015

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The daily news cycle is full of repetitive stories whose narrative we memorize over the course of days, and that is compounded by social media. But there are those stories that are either too obscure or not given enough attention to make it across everyone’s radar. That is doubly true when it comes to news about the global Black diaspora. So here are 10 items — among the many — that may have slipped past you, but were still worth knowing about in 2015.

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Written by Madison J. Gray

May 12, 2017 at 2:25 pm

Yesterday Was Columbus Day, But I Forgot on Purpose

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About a block away from our New York office, the annual Columbus Day parade went by Monday afternoon, with all the pageantry, music and celebration that have come to be expected from the event. Children waved at marchers, politicians waved back and the entire Big Apple enjoyed a day where parking restrictions were relaxed.

But nobody here in our JPC newsroom celebrated. In fact, nobody here even mentioned the day. It was almost as if we forgot it.

And if we did, well, so? What was there really to cheer about?

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Written by Madison J. Gray

May 12, 2017 at 2:20 pm

End of the Amen Corner: It Will Take More Than Prayer to End Mass Shootings

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The front page of the New York Daily News said it all: “God Isn’t Fixing This.”

The fact that prayers from politicians is not a solution should be obvious by now. Prayers didn’t fix it after Sandy Hook. Nor did they didn’t fix it after Columbine High School. Or Aurora, Colorado. Or Charleston, South Carolina.

And they certainly haven’t fixed it on the South Side of Chicago. Or in Detroit. Or Cleveland. Or Baltimore. And now we can add San Bernardino, California, to that lengthy list.

The coming days and weeks will reveal the story, but so far not much is known. According to reports, two suspects—identified as Syed Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27—went on a gun rampage at a social services facility, killing 14 and wounding 21 others. They were killed four hours later in shootout with police on a residential street about two miles away. No motive has been established yet, but authorities are speculating anything from a disgruntled worker situation to terrorism.

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Written by Madison J. Gray

May 12, 2017 at 2:17 pm

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Bail Equals Inequality: The Kalief Browder Case & Why Freedom Costs Money

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For the three years Kalief Browder sat in New York’s Rikers Island, he probably wondered what the difference would have been if his family could have posted the $3,000 bail that would have gotten him out of the jail and back on the street to await trial.

Instead he languished there, just a couple football fields away from LaGuardia Airport, experiencing the pre-trial punishment that inmates endure — for being accused of stealing a backpack. The then 16-year-old insisted he was innocent, that there was no reason for him to be locked up.

Ultimately he did get out, he tried to assume a normal life. Work, family, friends. But the malnourishment, the fights with other inmates, the beatings by guards (which were caught on video), the nightmarish conditions he lived in were etched in his mind.

Last weekend, the demons still inside got to be too much. He had tried to commit suicide before, but was unsuccessful. This time, his internal struggles led him to tie an air conditioner cord around his neck and hang himself.

He was only 22.

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Written by Madison J. Gray

August 6, 2015 at 4:16 am

Posted in NewsOne.com

Grand jury indictments announced in Freddie Gray case

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State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced grand jury indictments against the police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray Thursday.

“These past two weeks, my team has been presenting evidence to a grand jury that just today returned indictments against all six officers,” she said, indicating that charges are often revised based upon evidence discovered. However they were largely similar to the ones Mosby announced earlier in May.

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Written by Madison J. Gray

August 6, 2015 at 4:14 am

Posted in CBSNews.com

Arkansas House passes its own “religious freedom” bill

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The Arkansas House of Representatives passed a “religious freedom” bill similar to the controversial measure in Indiana. The bill now heads to Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s desk for signing into law.

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Written by Madison J. Gray

August 6, 2015 at 4:12 am

Posted in CBSNews.com

In Baltimore, The Revolution Was Not Televised, But It Was Effective

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We may think the revolution was in fact televised, but the cameras seemed more interested in rioting, vandalism, the burning of cars and buildings and a well-meaning mom doing what mothers do: smacking her kid upside the head.

With the news that all six officers involved in the case have been given multiple charges from negligence to second-degree murder, the focus has now been placed on where it always should have been: on the death of Freddie Gray and the cops at whose hands he died.

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Written by Madison J. Gray

August 6, 2015 at 4:09 am

Posted in NewsOne.com