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When and Where to Watch Senate Confirmation Hearings for Trump's Cabinet Picks

A flurry of Senate confirmation hearings for Trump's cabinet nominees are happening this week. Here's when and where to watch.

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Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Ordered to Treat Mumia Abu-Jamal's Hepatitis C

Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther serving a life sentence for the death of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2015.

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UPDATE: NAACP Members Arrested for Occupying Senator Jeff Sessions' Office

The Alabama senator is Trump’s nominee for attorney general. He was previously denied a federal judgeship due to his racist speech.

The 16 Black Panthers Still Behind Bars

Black Panther alumni celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Party in 2016. In this informal census we present the names of those who are still in prison, who were recently released and who died while incarcerated.

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Killed by Police in 2016

A commemoration of the more than 450 civilians of color who were killed by police in 2016

The Kids Who Rocked the Racial Justice Movement in 2016

From demanding clean water to protesting police violence, these children prove that you’re never too young to stand up for your people.

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Year-End Goodness: The Best 2016 Movies, Music, Hashtags and More

Brilliant art, media and pop culture gave us something to celebrate in 2016. Here are Team Colorlines' favorites, from music videos to podcasts.

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Family of Man Killed by D.C. Police Files $50 Million Lawsuit

The civil suit alleges that Officer Brian Trainer unlawfully killed Terrence Sterling.

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WATCH: First Harrowing Trailer for Kalief Browder Docuseries

The Jay Z-produced series will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next month before airing on Spike in March.

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BREAKING: Dylann Roof Found Guilty of Charleston Church Massacre

The jurors, who found Roof guilty of all 33 charges against him, will decide on his punishment next month.

U.S. President Barack Obama walks out of the White House before boarding Marine One and departing to Louisiana August 23, 2016, in Washington, DC. Obama will survey historic flooding that has damaged more almost 70,000 homes and killed at least 13 people.

Faith Leaders Press President Obama to Pardon Immigrants, Nonviolent Offenders

PICO National Network: “Responding in this moment means raising our voices in support of vulnerable families and pushing President Obama to use his powers to protect those who will be most impacted when he leaves office.”

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READ: Killer Mike on How to Bring More Black People Into Medical Marijuana Boom

State-level marijuana legality reforms often don't help African Americans who are frozen out of dispensary ownership. The rapper partners with scholar Erik Nielson for a new Rolling Stone essay that breaks down how to fix the disparity.

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VICE Launches Apprenticeship Program for Formerly Incarcerated People

The media company developed the program in partnership with the Center for Employment Opportunities.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt arrives at Trump Tower on December 7, 2016, in New York City. The president-elect announced today that Pruitt would head the EPA.

3 Things People of Color Need to Know About Trump's EPA Pick

Scott Pruitt is anti immigration, antiObamacare and anti criminal justice reform—and he doesn't believe in the idea of human-made climate change.

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Sheriff Defends Delayed Arrest of Joe McKnight's Confessed Killer, Quotes Epithet-Laden Online Comments

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand found it appropriate to quote racist and homophobic slurs from an online commenter while rebuking criticism that he initially let Ronald Gasser free because he's White. 

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Jay Z's Docuseries on Kalief Browder to Premiere at Sundance

Stanley Nelson's new documentary on HBCUs will also show at the festival in January.

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READ: The Undefeated on White Fear of the Black Man

Ronald Gasser was just charged with manslaughter for killing ex-NFL running back Joe McKnight. But writer Martenzie Johnson has a pretty good idea how the case will play out.

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How Today's SCOTUS Hearing Will Impact Detained Undocumented Immigrants

Supreme Court justices' decision in Jennings v. Rodriguez will determine if the government must provide immigrants facing deportation with bond hearings after six months of detention. 

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Dylann Roof Allowed to Defend Himself in Federal Trial for Charleston Massacre

Despite reservations, the presiding judge permitted Roof to be his own attorney three days after he was ruled mentally competent to stand trial for the killing of nine Black civilians in 2015.

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Why It Matters That Trump Tapped Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

The GOP previously rejected Sessions for a federal judgeship because it felt he was too racist to take the bench.