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Facing 25 Years In Prison: Former USA Gymnastics Doctor Pleads Guilty To Molestation Charges

Former sports doctor Larry Nassar pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison. At least 125 women filed claims of abuse against Nassar while he worked for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. ABC NEWS Reports: “Larry Nassar, 54, admitted to abusing seven girls, mostly under the guise of treatment at …

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Zendaya To Star In Film About First Black Graduate Of Vassar Who Passed As White

21-year old Zendaya is set to star in and produce the film “A White Lie.” In the film Zendaya will portray Anita Hemmings, a light-skinned descendant of slaves who passed as white to access educational opportunities she would otherwise not have access to. Hemmings attended Vassar College four decades before the school was integrated. The psychological thriller will be written by …

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Over 200K Gallons of Oil Spill In South Dakota

  AMHERST, S.D. — It has been estimated that 210,000 gallons of oil leaked in northeastern South Dakota Thursday. “Crews shut down the pipeline Thursday morning and activated emergency response procedures after a drop in pressure was detected resulting from the leak south of a pump station in Marshall County, TransCanada said in a statement. The cause was being investigated.” (MSN) …

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Virginia Elects First Transgender Legislature

History has been made as Democrat Danica Roem became the first transgender person to be elected to Virginia’s state legislature today. She defeated a 13-term member of Virginia’s House of Delegates. Roem is a former newspaper reporter who defeated three other Democrats in the primary. Once she is sworn in in January, she will be the first openly transgender legislator …

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The Guardian: My Travels In White America

“Any reckoning with how the US got to this point, politically, demands some interrogation of how white America got to this place economically and culturally; that takes into account both their relative privilege and their huge pockets of pain.” Yesterday the Guardian published a brilliant, thought-provoking article written by Gary Younge, who is editor-at-large for the Guardian. The article focused on those …

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If Beale Street Could Talk: Barry Jenkins Set To Release James Baldwin Film Adaptation

  If Beale Street Could Talk, is Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to his Oscar Best Picture winner film Moonlight, which he adapted from James Baldwin’s novel of the same name. Jenkins’ wrote the script for If Beale Street Could Talk during the same time he wrote Moonlight. “Since then, Jenkins has been working with the Baldwin Estate. Baldwin’s sister, Gloria Karefa-Smart, says, “We are delighted to …

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Homeland Security Ends Protected Immigration Status of 2,500 Nicaraguans

Today the Department of Homeland Security ended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaraguans. 57,000 Hondurans who currently receive similar protective statuses, have not yet been issued information on whether their protections will be renewed. The Department of Homeland Security has been given more time to determine their status. TPS protections have been issued for both groups since 1998, following …

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Oakland Singer Kehlani Receives $50,000 From Backstage Capital For Tech Startup

  Singer/songwriter Kehlani has recently set her sights upon the tech industry. In an Instagram post Monday afternoon the Oakland native thanked Backstage Capital for their $50,000 investment into her stealth startup, Flora. Full details about the singer’s startup are not yet available but she founded Flora with two others already within the tech and engineering world, Alaxic Smith and Reid Williams. …

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