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George Zimmerman Auctioning Off Gun He Used To Kill Trayvon Martin

One might assume that after someone goes through what they claim was a traumatic, life-changing event, they’d do their best to move past it and get on with their lives. Apparently, auctioning off the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin in 2012, is George Zimmerman’s way of trying to do that.

“What I’ve decided to do is not cower,” he said in an interview with WOFL-TV, according to CNN. “I’m a free American. I can do what I want with my possessions.”

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3 Teens Charged In Amy Joyner-Francis’ Death

Tragedy struck a Delaware high school when a student was attacked in a bathroom and later died from the injuries. It was later found that Amy Joyner-Francis actually died as a result of a pre-existing heart condition with other contributing factors, according to ABC.

The Delaware Justice Department has now charged three teens that were involved in the incident. They’re all minors, but prosecutors are reportedly requesting that they be tried as adults in state Superior Court for their actions. 

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Denzel Washington Raised $17 Million For The Smithsonian African American History and Culture Museum

Get the right group of Hollywood players in one room and you can do some pretty amazing things. Denzel Washington is one of those people who has the clout and the means to make big things happen for Black communities. And, a recent fundraising party – which led to his helping the Smithsonian African American Museum – is just a real-life example of what that philanthropic spirit in Black Hollywood looks like.

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is set up to open up later this year. But before that can happen, the appropriate funds need to be raised – $540 million, according to the Root. The government has contributed $270 million, but the rest will likely have to come from donors. Which is where Washington and his wife Pauletta come into play. 

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The Current State of Criminal Justice Reform: An Interview with Shaka Senghor

From POTUS, to the Hill, and even sheriffs, America’s legal and political powerhouses are finally confronting our overly punitive and discriminatory criminal justice system. The ever-growing list of the Department of Justice’s investigation into local policing practices has revealed a fuller realm of the effects of the 1994 crime bill. But as the wave of criminal justice reform takes the country by storm, will it reconcile racial injustice along the way? I spoke with Shaka Senghor, a formerly incarcerated man who is now an activist, author, and Director of Strategy for #Cut50, to get his perspective.

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These Black West Point Cadets’ Raised Fists Are Not All That Political

If pictures are worth 1,000 words, the same must be said for symbols. But the words that people see in them can greatly vary depending on the lens they use.

For many, the Confederate flag is looked upon as a visual ode to a time no one living today even saw, yet many idolize it with a sense of nostalgia. On the other hand, a lot of people can’t ignore the centuries of slavery and racism that raised the flag in the first place. While this juxtaposition isn’t surprising, it can often be divisive like many other symbols that touch on racial identity and history.

For example, this year’s graduating class from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point holds more than 900 cadets, according to CNN. 18 of them are black women. 16 of those same black women got together for a group photo that’s bringing out vastly different reactions from the public and military alike.

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President of Morehouse College Joins Spelman Student in Solidarity

The president of Morehouse College has spoken up about the Spelman student who had been raped. The college is pursuing an investigation regarding allegations that a women attending the neighboring Spelman College was gang-raped by four Morehouse students at a party,which the student anonymously shared on Twitter under the moniker @RapedAtSpelman.

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Black Woman Stands Up To 300 Marching Neo-Nazis With Raised Fist

Some would say there are two kinds of people in the world – those that avoid conflict and those that don’t hesitate to confront it. While there are actually some gray areas in between, it’s important to know where you stand on that spectrum. And the moments where this is revealed often come when we least expect them.

For Tess Asplund, that moment came when she was in Borlänge, Sweden when she saw a group of more than 300 neo-Nazis marching through the streets. Asplund soon found herself standing in the middle of the street in front of them with her fist raised. 

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Beyoncé Speaks Out On North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Law

Many feel that a bill making it’s way through North Carolina’s state legislature would open up members of the LGBT community to an onslaught of discrimination. To show their support for the LGBT community, many celebrities have come out and donated the money from their shows in the state to LGBT-based organizations or even cancelled appearances altogether.

While it doesn’t appear that Beyoncé will be doing either for the Raleigh, NC stop on her latest world tour, she did make a public statement to show support.

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Obama Tells Howard University Graduates To Be Confident In Their Blackness

President Barack Obama is on the last leg of his presidency much to the collective cheers and tears from people on either side of U.S. politics. So, for the last time, he’s giving a handful of commencement addresses to graduating college students as the sitting president.

One of his last stops was Howard University, where he spoke to students about their future as both individuals and Americans.