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New Study: Innocent Blacks Seven Times More Likely to be Wrongfully Convicted of Murder Than Innocent Whites
March 4, 2021
The nonprofit legal organization committed to exonerating wrongly convicted individuals also noted that Black people are more likely to be wrongly convicted of murder when the victim is White. Among Black people exonerated of murder convictions, approximately 31 percent were wrongly convicted of killing White people. However, only 15 percent of homicides by Black people involve White victims, the National Registry of Exonerations reported. ... read more »
Elizabeth Keckley, Thirty Years a Slave, Four Years in the White House
March 4, 2021
“He came to the bed, lifted the cover from the face of his child, gazed at it long and earnestly, murmuring, ‘My poor boy, he was too good for this earth. God has called him home. I know that he is much better off in heaven, but then we loved him so. It is hard, hard to have him die.’” ... read more »
Living Legend: Kamala Harris makes history as America’s First Black & Female Vice President
November 26, 2020
Madam Vice-President Kamala Harris is a living legend, her election marked a new day during a colossal shift in social awareness. As the first Black and South Asian woman to be listed on a major political ballot and the first woman to hold a seat as vice president, she has created a new wave of thought and possibility. It will continue to grow for women, as an increase in young girls will strive to be on that level of power. Delivering her candidacy on the day Martin Luther King Jr. declared a universal dream, more diversity will be a new normal as the whole world is changing into that vision.  ... read more »
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California Judge Tosses Sexual Assault Suit against Russell Simmons
November 26, 2020
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Epstein granted Simmons a motion to dismiss that lawsuit after the anonymous alleged victim failed to respond to a court order regarding the statute of limitations. The judge said he found that the woman's claims were legally time-barred since she alleged the incident happened in 1988 and only filed her suit in March 2018. ... read more »
The Pernicious Power of Patriarchy
February 27, 2020
If we women were honest, we would say that we have all cosigned patriarchy in the interest of keeping it moving. We have deflected the sexist comments that come our way, even as we cringe from them. We smile at men that we abhor because they may have decision making power in their hands. We dress up or dress down depending on the occasion and the way we have to play the game. We know the system is slanted against us, we know we still have to play, and we decide when we choose to blow the whistle, a whistle we could blow every single day. ... read more »
Jarrett Adams: Falsely Accused Man Re-enters Society as an Attorney
February 20, 2020
On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, thirteen years after being exonerated, Adams was admitted to the Wisconsin State Bar. Adams was joined by Keith Findley, a co-founder of the Wisconsin Innocence Project at a ceremony celebrating his bar admission at the Wisconsin State Capitol. ... read more »
$12.5M claim filed against Phoenix for body-cavity search
June 27, 2019
The claim says Erica Reynolds was pulled over Dec. 26 in a drug-trafficking investigation. ... read more »
Professor seeks Assembly seat after making sex assault claim
January 2, 2019
A college professor who has accused the lieutenant governor of Virginia of sexual assault announced Tuesday she is running for an open California Assembly seat being sought by a dozen mostly Democratic candidates. ... read more »
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Former DA’s Bombshell Affidavit Could Clear Bill Cosby 
October 25, 2018
When O’Neill ruled that Castor couldn’t testify on behalf of Cosby because the judge claimed the former DA was “not credible,” Castor said he viewed that as an attempt to hurt him publicly and it was a measure of political and professional payback.  ... read more »
LAUSD Reaches $22 Million Settlement with Molested Students
August 31, 2018
Nine sexual molestation victims of a former youth services coach employed by Los Angeles Unified for a program that took place after classes at Cahuenga Elementary and seven more similar victims of a former football coach at Franklin High School settled their claims for a collective $22 million, their lawyers announced today. ... read more »
#MeToo Founder Tarana Burke Leads Survivors’ March and Rally in Hollywood
November 16, 2017
Black women and other women of color represent at rally about sexual abuse and harassment. ... read more »
Cosby Hires Michael Jackson’s Former Lawyer
August 23, 2017
Bill Cosby has hired former Michael Jackson attorney Tom Mesereau to lead his defense team going into the November retrial of the comedian’s sexual assault case. ... read more »
LAPD Officer Charged With  Sexually Assaulting Teen
July 27, 2017
A Los Angeles police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced. ... read more »
Ex-NFL star Sharper sentenced to 20 years in drugging rapes
November 30, 2016
Darren Sharper was sentenced Tuesday a 20-year prison term, ending a tour of shame and punishment in the courthouse where he first admitted drugging and raping women in four states. ... read more »
School Officials Say They Didn’t Know of Abuse of Black Teen
June 14, 2016
Idaho school officials deny they knew about months of racial taunts and physical abuse against a black teenager who prosecutors say was sexually assaulted by three white football players in a locker room. ... read more »
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