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Trayvon Martin and the risks of being young and black in America

Trayvon Martin and the risks of being young and black in America

Protestors make a call for justice in the case of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Credit: werthmedia/Flickr (cc by-nc-nd) Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in New York’s Union Square Wednesday, to remember the life protest the death of the unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin who was killed three weeks ago by an overzealous neighborhood watchman. Martin’s [...]

Should Romney “Etch A Sketch” his campaign?

Should Romney “Etch A Sketch” his campaign?

Etch-a-sketch art by DonkeyHotey based on a photo by Matthew Reichbach. Credit: DonkeyHotey/Flickr/Creative Commons Mitt Romney’s political rivals predictably jumped at the chance to criticize him after his senior advisor Eric Fehrnstrom compared the Romney campaign to an “Etch A Sketch” children’s toy on CNN this week. While speaking on the network’s “Starting Point” about [...]

NFL makes example New Orleans Saints, but…

NFL makes example New Orleans Saints, but…

Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints watches play from the sidelines the NFC Divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images Members of New Orleans Saints coaching and management staff have been fined and suspended and the [...]

No charges, no arrest, and delayed media coverage: what explains mainstream response to the shooting of Trayvon Martin?

No charges, no arrest, and delayed media coverage: what explains mainstream response to the shooting of Trayvon Martin?

Tallahassee criminal defense attorney Mutyaqee Akbar (L) hands a letter to Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) in regards to the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was killed by a neighborhood watch person, at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida. The Justice Department and the FBI opened an investigation into the death of the [...]

Online dating services to screen sex offenders – what should individuals do to protect themselves?

Online dating services to screen sex offenders – what should individuals do to protect themselves?

A user signs up for eHarmony’s online dating srevice. Credit: VideoVillain/Flickr (Creative Commons-licensed) California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris announced a joint agreement yesterday with eHarmony, Match.com and Spark Networks, operators of websites such as JDate and ChristianMingle, that the online dating companies will screen subscribers against national sex offender registries and create a quick reporting [...]

A racially divided economy and the quest to buy black

A racially divided economy and the quest to buy black

“Our Black Year: One Family’s Quest to Buy Black in America’s Racially Divided Economy” by Maggie Anderson. Credit: PublicAffairs/The Perseus Books Group John and Maggie Anderson, an upper middle class African American couple, felt uneasy about the fate of those who were less fortunate. They knew with black wealth amounting to only a tenth of [...]

Are employers crossing a line asking for social networking passwords in job interviews?

Are employers crossing a line asking for social networking passwords in job interviews?

Do you want your employer looking over your shoulder to your Facebook page? Credit: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images Interviewers are starting to delve a little deeper into who you are by asking for your social networking passwords. While it is common practice for employers to search for applicants’ public profiles, the claim of this new practice [...]

Update on Mexico quakes

Update on Mexico quakes

A man walks over the debris fell from a building in Mexico City damaged during a strong quake that hit Mexico on March 20, 2012. Credit: YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images A 7.4 magnitude earthquake rocked central-southern Mexico just a few minutes after noon local time today. The quake, centered 11 miles underground near the city of [...]

Sanjay Gupta operates in a new level

Sanjay Gupta operates in a new level

Monday Mornings: A Novel Credit: By Sanjay Gupta, MD “Monday Mornings” is Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s first novel. The title refers to the Monday morning meeting that surgeons attend where they justify the life and death decisions they have made during recent operations. Dr. Gupta, best known as CNN’s chief medical correspondent and a practicing neurosurgeon [...]

Misappropriation or chic? Navajo Nation fights back against Urban Outfitters

Misappropriation or chic? Navajo Nation fights back against Urban Outfitters

Hipster chic, or stealing? The appropriation of different cultures in American fashion is nothing new, from African prints to Mandarin Chinese collared dresses. Native American styles such as moccasins, beaded shirts, turquoise jewelry and fringe have also been appropriated since the 1960s and ‘70s, with Navajo tribal culture inspiring recent collections for mass market chains [...]