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03.23.15 Prachi Gupta

On Sunday, Starbucks scrapped the first phase of its controversial #RaceTogether initiative, in which baristas were encouraged to start conversations about race with customers. Predictably, the effort drew immediate backlash online. What wasn’t so clear was how the conversations actually went down in real life. So days before Starbucks ended its marketing ploy, ANIMAL attempted […]

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03.17.15 Liam Mathews

Tyeesha Mobley, a mother of two who lives in the Morrisiana neighborhood of the Bronx, has filed a lawsuit against the city, the NYPD and the Administration for Children’s Services, DNAinfo reports. The suit claims that she was wrongfully arrested by a racist officer and had her children taken away after she called the police […]

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03.06.15 Bucky Turco

In January, the founder of French clothing label A.P.C. did something very dumb while showcasing his latest collection. When a group of models came out wearing camel coats and Timberlands, Jean Touitou held up a sign that read: “Last Ni##@$ IN PARIS.” As you can imagine, this didn’t go over well. Neither did his his […]

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03.05.15 Raven Rakia

It just got a little bit harder for the NYPD to stop-and-frisk you for no reason. Well, at least on paper. Earlier this week, a memo was sent out to all officers stating new rules regarding stop-and-frisk policies, effective immediately, DNAinfo reported. Officers can no longer stop people based solely on “furtive movements,” or because […]

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02.25.15 Prachi Gupta

A new study reiterates what activists, critics of our judicial system, and other researchers have been saying for years: there is a stark racial bias against black people — particularly black men — in America’s capital punishment system. While existing research supports this claim, new research by UNC professor Frank Baumgartner, PhD student Amanda Grigg […]

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02.19.15 Prachi Gupta

There is perhaps nothing that can redeem the Oscars for shutting out people of color from this year’s awards, but if the committee has registered any of the criticism, then maybe its members will abide the request of Harlem gospel singer Roslyn Davis. DNAinfo reports that Davis has launched a Change.org petition requesting that Ledisi […]

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02.06.15 Bucky Turco

At an NYPD trial on Thursday, a Brooklyn man says he was stopped-and-frisked and briefly cuffed for returning items at a Manhattan store on November 2012 (and no, it wasn’t Barney’s). His crime: shopping while black. After the encounter, part of which was captured on video by a passerby, Jermaine Johnakin filed a complaint against […]

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12.19.14 Rhett Jones

It seems that NYPD officers have really let this sink in: It doesn’t matter what they do, if they’re doing it to a black person. Take this particular plainclothes officer for instance: When his colleagues seem to be struggling to arrest a suspect — presumably a child — he jumps to the rescue and gives the kid a few […]

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12.17.14 Prachi Gupta

On December 8, as protests for Eric Garner waged on in New York and elsewhere in the nation, a group of Ferguson activists came to New York and educated the media about racism. Rolling Stone followed Millennial Activists United co-creator Ashley Yates; rapper T-Dubb-O; and Tory Russell, who co-founded Hands Up United with and hip-hop […]

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11.24.14 Prachi Gupta

Remember Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor who supported and expanded the controversial stop-and-frisk policy during his tenure? Well, he was invited to participate in a panel about the heightened racial tensions in Ferguson after that white cop killed an unarmed black teenager, and predictably, his comments on race angered a lot of people. […]

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