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What to watch for during President Obama’s last State of the Union

Today we begin to mark the end of President Barack Obama’s administration with his final State of the Union address to the nation.

At 9 p.m. EST, the president will call us together again, but with more freedom with what he can say than in times past. Here are a few things we’re thinking about leading up to tonight:

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ICYMI: Charles Blow Shuts It Down for Tamir Rice at CNN

“If they had taken one moment to look and survey the scene, they would have seen that none of the kids were running away because none of them felt that they were in any danger,” Blow said on CNN Tonight. “Before you shoot somebody, you need to take a breath to say, ‘Let me assess the situation, let me not jump out with my hand on the trigger and shoot somebody at point-blank.’”

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA - DECEMBER 31:  Killer Mike of Run the Jewels performs during the Snowglobe Music Festival at Lake Tahoe Community College on December 31, 2015 in South Lake Tahoe, California.

ICYMI: Killer Mike Spit Some Truth on ‘The Late Show’

Stephen Colbert invited Killer Mike from Run The Jewels on his show on Wednesday, January 6 to talk about racial justice, family, and feeling the “Bern.” Killer Mike is a socially active leader in the African-American community who uses his music as a conscious platform to discuss issues like police brutality and the war on drugs.

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This 3-minute video sums up institutional racism in the United States

A lot of folks struggle with the idea that systemic racism actually exists. This video from Brave New Films details why this confusion is completely unfounded.

Black folks still struggle to get employment even with the same qualifications as Whites. Black folks are still preyed upon by private businesses and loan officers. And, sadly, Black people are still targeted for petty crimes like marijuana possession at much higher rates than Whites?

This film simply asks: If this isn’t racism, what is?

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Steph Curry joins other NBA stars in gun safety campaign

Some of our favorite sports stars are redirecting their passion on-the-court to major off-the-court issues.

Through a partnership between Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun safety advocacy group, and the NBA, basketball stars like Steph Curry, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony, are working on an ad-campaign to bring awareness to gun violence and the stories of gun violence survivors.