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Block party attempts world record breaking Soul Train line

As part of a celebration of family and community, people of all ages and races came together on June 30 to break the world record for the longest Soul Train line recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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Chicago PD accused of using street justice

Police fatally shoot another unarmed Black teenager

Chicago Police Department body camera videos released recently have revealed several important details surrounding the fatal shooting of Paul O’Neal, an unarmed 18-year-old African American male.

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Black Lives Matter seeks diverse support

The latest deaths of Black people at the hands of police led Jaime Sunwoo to undertake something she had always struggled with: a conversation with her parents about race.

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Gear up for a great back-to-school

Whether it’s the first backpack they don to scamper off to kindergarten or a new laptop to help make the most of freshman lecture courses, grabbing all the right gear is essential for a smooth start to the new school year. Arm your students with the right educational tools, dorm room essentials and the necessary nourishment and you’ll be ready when the back-to-school bells start ringing.

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How much do Black children’s lives matter?

Four little girls were changing into choir robes and chatting in a church restroom, preparing for the Youth Sunday services at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, Sept. 15, 1963. At 10:22 a.m., a bomb previously hidden under the church steps with its timer deliberately set to go off during Sunday morning services exploded.

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Beat the heat, stay hydrated this summer

It’s summertime, which means it’s time to get out and enjoy the sunshine. But be warned – with the sun comes the heat. Whether you’re enjoying the park with your family or exercising outdoors, it’s important to stay hydrated, especially during the hot summer months.

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After dueling conventions, knowledge Trumps ignorance

At the Democratic National Convention last week, Hillary Clinton and her supporters were too kind by simply saying: Love Trumps Hate. It’s a matter that extends far beyond the concept of love. It would have been more accurate to have said: Knowledge Trumps Ignorance.

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‘At the bottom of politics … lies economics’

Booker T. Washington spoke those words in his best effort to show us what is really happening in this country.

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A message to the president: Invest in America

As the major-party conventions conclude and the general election season begins in earnest, the National Urban League has a message for the next president, whoever he or she might be: Invest in America.

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Trump: The clear and present danger in the U.S.

The greatest threat to the United States right now is not terrorism, foreign or domestic. It’s not the economy or the disappearance of jobs in the coal-mining regions or the manufacturing sector. Nor is it the coming rise of the seas to lap at America’s coastal cities.

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Strokes and your health

A stroke is serious, just like a heart attack. Yet, many don’t know as much about it.

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Bridges Safehouse: A saving grace for families in need

For Charlene Mendoza, mother of three children, Bridges Safehouse in Cedar Hill has been her family’s saving grace.

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Harlem burgeons as an art gallery district

The opening of the Clara Francis Gallery, July 27, in a renovated Harlem storefront was an exciting moment for Haile King Rubie. It was the first solo show for the 26-year-old painter, whose expressive works are all the more remarkable because he was born with Down syndrome. It was also another small step in the development of Harlem as an art gallery district.

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One in four North Texas children identified as chronically hungry

One in four North Texas children live in food-insecure households, meaning that they do not know when their next meal will come from – especially during the summer, according to the North Texas Food Bank.

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Full-day pre-K set to launch

But underserved communities may be left out, increase education gap

The Dallas Independent School District recently approved a full-day, tuition-based pre-kindergarten pilot program for select elementary schools for the 2016-2017 school year. Registration is only open to students who will be 4 years old by Sept. 1.

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AMA apology: Black health matters, too

Eight years ago, the American Medical Association issued an apology for its long history of excluding Black physicians from obtaining membership, listing Black doctors as “colored” in its directory and neglecting to speak against federal funding of segregated hospitals.

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Black therapist: Police shot me with my hands up

A Black therapist who was trying to calm an autistic man in the middle of the street said he was shot by police even though he had his hands in the air and repeatedly told them that no one was armed.

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Black men: Beyond rapping, athletics

Young & Successful Black Men: We Are More Than Rappers and Athletes brought activist and author Gregory Smith, entrepreneur Devin Guinn, and educator Taylor Toynes to the Paul Laurence Dunbar Lancaster-Kiest Branch Library on July 16 for a panel discussion on success. During the event Warren Thornton, founder of the Knowledge Saturdays education program, moderated.

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WNBA fines teams, players for displays of social activism

Social activism is coming at a cost for some WNBA players.

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SCLC program to end crimes against Blacks

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the venerated civil rights organization co-founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is launching a two-prong Neighborhood Patrol Initiative aimed at ending “Black-on-Black and Blue-on-Black crime,” President Charles Steele Jr. announced at the group’s annual convention that concluded Sunday.

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