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Stanley Nelson Delivers a Fascinating New Documentary About HBCUs

Nelson, director of "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution," is back with an intriguing history of HBCUs, "Tell Them We Are Rising." Here, a day after its Sundance debut, he talks about the triumphs and controversies of these still-essential institutions.

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Louisiana Environmentalists Release Report on the Petrochemical Industry

It comes one week after a significant fire at a Baton Rouge Exxon refinery.

Crystal Williams rallying days after Alton Sterling's murder in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at a candlelight vigil held in honor of the LGBTQ victims and victims of gun violence in her community on July 10, 2016.

Life Inside a Baton Rouge Flood Victim Shelter

Crystal Williams is a chef, but since the storm, she has become an advocate for people at the River Center—even pretending to be an evacuee to get inside.

A Virgin Mary statue is seen in front of a flooded home on August 18, 2016, in St Amant, Louisiana.

Three Evacuations in 36 Hours, Fleeing From Disaster in Flood-Plagued Baton Rouge

With less than an hour's notice, a mother of five fled her home, only to face a shelter or a costly hotel to house her family.

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6 Die in Louisiana Flooding as Rains Continue

The extreme weather in the southern state has resulted in President Obama declaring it a federal disaster. 

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Federal Judge Seals Alton Sterling's Autopsy Report

The parish coroner William "Beau" Clark says this is the first time a judge has sealed a report from his office.

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STUDY: Police Body Cameras in Danger of Being Used as 'Instruments of Injustice'

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights examined body-worn camera policies in 50 municipalities. It was not impressed.

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Arresting Development

How law enforcement uses mass arrests, high bail, conditional plea deals and serious felony charges to suppress local organizing.

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14 Must-Read Reactions to Baton Rouge Police Shooting

Shaun King: “Blaming the #BlackLivesMatter Movement for violence would be like blaming libraries for illiteracy rates or fire departments for fires.”

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Previously Unpublished Video Shows Baton Rouge Police Faceoff From Protester's POV

At one point during the 20-minute Facebook Live video shared with Colorlines, you can hear protestors yelling, "White people to the front! Allies to the front!"

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72 Hellish Hours of Protest, Riot Police and Mass Arrests

From Baton Rouge to St. Paul to Los Angeles, hundreds hit the streets this weekend to protest the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. There were hundreds of arrests, and, in several faceoffs, demonstrators were knocked to the ground by police and stepped on.

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Feds Will Lead #AltonSterling Investigation, Officers Are Named

Also, in a press conference, Baton Rouge law enforcement confirmed the existence of body-camera footage.

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UPDATED: Bystander Video Captures Baton Rouge Police Fatally Shooting Black CD Salesman #AltonSterling at Point Blank Range

A family mourns and residents protest the July 5 police killing of the 37-year-old father outside of a convenience store.