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Vincent Chin died 25 Years Ago

by The News on June 18 2007, 11:12PM

From Angry Asian Man: On June 19, 1982, a Chinese American draftsman named Vincent Chin was killed in Detroit by two white autoworkers, Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz. Chin was out at a strip club celebrating his bachelor party, where…

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Is Rap Music all Popped Out?

by The News on June 18 2007, 10:53PM

A USAToday article last Thursday asked this very question citing massive drops in pop rap album sales across the board. The only rapper now selling more than 7 million is Eminem, the famed white rapper. So what does this say…

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A Brazilian BET?

by The News on June 18 2007, 12:30PM

“Stung by racism, Brazilian entertainer launches TV, network”, McClatchy newspaper reported. But the man is struggling to keep his more progressive and Brazilian version of BET alive: A look of raw hurt filled Jose de Paula Neto’s eyes as he…

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Shackling Kid Rascals

by The News on June 18 2007, 10:53AM

(credit) Imagine being a 13-year-old getting into trouble. Maybe throwing eggs at cars or just flat-out stealing them. Then imagine getting arrested, thrown around by cops, and locked up. Now awaiting your sentencing, how do you see yourself walking…

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Latin America takes on race;

by The News on June 18 2007, 8:17AM

Latin American governments move against long-entrenched racism. Global (racism) re-visited. Until recently, Latin American leaders treated racism as if it were someone else’s problem. South American presidents in 2000 even issued a statement condemning its resurgence in “other parts of…

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Senate sets new immigration deadline; Secret Asian man scores

by The News on June 15 2007, 7:22AM

Provocative Secret Asian Man comic gets national syndication. Senate Leaders Agree to Revive Immigration Bill. What will more time help? In a joint statement, Mr. Reid and Mr. McConnell said: “We met this evening with several of the senators…

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Louisiana Town Says NO to Saggy Pants

by The News on June 14 2007, 6:56AM

(credit) Many of you’ve heard already, but Black and Latino men will face six months in jail and $500 fine for wearing baggy jeans in Delcambre, Louisiana. The AP reported this week. DELCAMBRE, La. — It soon will be…

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Healthcare costs questioned; Immgt. bill refocused

by The News on June 14 2007, 5:41AM

In Health Care, Cost Isn’t Proof of High Quality. Interesting info, good lead into “Sicko” In a Pennsylvania government survey of the state’s 60 hospitals that perform heart bypass surgery, the best-paid hospital received nearly $100,000, on average, for the…

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“Inside the Income Gap”, New York Times

by The News on June 13 2007, 11:46AM

Elana Levin shouts out some good reading for this week over at the DMI blog. She writes: In case you missed it yesterday’s New York Times Magazine was about economic inequality. One of the things I liked about the…

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VT Shooting gets Congressional Focus, Bill Passed

by The News on June 13 2007, 11:20AM

Wendi Muse at Does Race Matter looks at Congress and its handing of some gun control policy in the wake of the VT shooting. She writes: In reaction to the Virginia Tech tragedy, Congress has decided to do a little…

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Top 100 Lists Leave off Darker Black Women?

by The News on June 13 2007, 10:25AM

(Singer Rihanna) What Do Straight Man Mag Maxim and Lesbian Website AfterEllen Have in Common?, asked Too Sense. They each have only one black woman in the top ten of their top 100 hottest women lists. Both women are…

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Dozens held in raids; Blogs spin pop culture & immigration

by The News on June 13 2007, 8:42AM

More than 165 arrested in immigration raid. What state terror looks like. More than 165 workers at the Fresh Del Monte Produce plant were detained to be processed for possible deportation, officials said, and three people were indicted on immigration,…

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Too Sense Calls out Bush’s Affirmative Action

by The News on June 12 2007, 8:40AM

Based on a Washington Post article, “Immigration Judges Often Picked Based On GOP,” Too Sense argues why Bush is breaking the law and practicing his own brand of renegade affirmative action. Too Sense reported: While conservatives often oppose Affirmative Action…

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Bono gets bi-partisan support; Gonzales walks

by The News on June 12 2007, 7:24AM

With Attn. General Alberto Gonzales facing no Congressional backlash for his unethical and “pinhead” leadership, John Stewart reminds us while this man must go. Bono’s Poverty-Fighting Plan Promoted by Two Ex-Senators. Life after RED The antipoverty drive, called the…

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Bush throws immigration fit; Loving day near

by The News on June 11 2007, 7:21AM

Obama Seeks Powell’s Advice on Policy Issues. What is really going on? Mr. Powell also said he believed the United States’ military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, had become “a major problem” in the way America was perceived around the…

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Gary Sheffield’s frank or racist talk?

by The News on June 8 2007, 3:11PM

(Gary Sheffield) King Kaufman over at Salon.com wrote an interesting piece (Thx to Ben for the tip) about Gary Sheffield, a Black athlete who had some controversial things to say about why so many Latinos are coming into baseball…

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This week: Immigration bill stalls; G8 Summit calls

by The News on June 8 2007, 2:29PM

This week seems to have been unproductive for national and global policy makers involved with president Bush and his policies. In the Senate, the “comprehensive” immigration bill being debated has faced calls to limit discussion and also derailment by Republicans…

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Bono’s African Bonanza

by The News on June 7 2007, 9:53AM

Most of you know. Bono’s latest save-Africa campaign involves less music, concert-going, and (RED). Instead, the music legend decided to take on a media empire by becoming guest-editor of Vanity Fair and dedicating its July issue to Africa. Its…

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India juggles affirmative action; New Orleans crawls to finish

by The News on June 7 2007, 8:15AM

The Race to the Bottom of India’s Ladder. A different look at affirmative action. The fight over who should and shouldn’t qualify for affirmative action positions has been fueled by the promises — often subsequently broken — made by politicians…

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More “Sicko”

by The News on June 6 2007, 11:39AM

Michael Moore is brilliant in this interview with Oprah. It’s about his latest documentary about America’s health care policies that maximize insurance companies’ profits while minimizing care to patients. You gotta see this—it’ll be what everyone’s talking about when the…

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