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WATCH: The Kominas Lampoons TSA, Border Profiling Questions in New 'Freedom' Music Video

"Do you prefer spicy food to non-spicy food?"

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Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Respond to Plan to Close Rikers Island

“It’s not close Rikers while we allow law makers to make policy that continues to criminalize Brown and Black people.”

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New Audio Documentary Series Explores Link Between War on Drugs, Police Violence

Audible’s “100:1 The Crack Legacy” delves into the politics and polices that disproportionately impact Black people in America.

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Ai Weiwei Will Build Fences Around New York City to Protest Xenophobia

"We are witnessing a rise in nationalism, an increase in the closure of borders, and an exclusionary attitude towards migrants and refugees, the victims of war and the casualties of globalization."

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Jeff Sessions: No More DOJ Funding for Sanctuary Cities

The attorney general says his agency will withhold funding from cities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration agents.

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Mother of Ramarley Graham on Resignation of Her Son's Killer: 'New York City Should Be Appalled'

The NYPD officer who killed Constance Malcolm’s son resigned to avoid punishment. Malcom says she is not done fighting. Watch her press conference.

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New Fellowship Offers Grants for Previously Incarcerated Artists

"We firmly believe that formerly incarcerated individuals not only have a right to fully return to society, but can offer innovative solutions to one of the most pressing issues of our time."

Officer Who Killed Laquan McDonald Indicted on 16 Additional Charges

“In a moment of leniency, [a jury] may decide to convict him of aggravated battery instead.”

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Jay Z and Harvey Weinstein to Bring Trayvon Martin's Story to Film and TV

The duo behind "TIME: The Kalief Browder Story" acquired the rights to two books about Martin, including his parents' recent memoir. They plan to turn them into a narrative film and docuseries.

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Records Show NYPD Deployed Video Surveillance Teams to Hundreds of Black Lives Matter, Occupy Actions

The Verge reports that NYPD camera crews monitored protests against police violence and economic inequality from 2011 to 2013 and again in 2016.

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Deadly Police Violence and Unsolved Murder Ignite Racial Turmoil in 'Shots Fired'

Fox's new limited series stars Sanaa Lathan and Stephan James investigating the death of a White student at the hands of a Black sheriff's deputy in a small North Carolina town.

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SCOTUS Hears Case on the Use of Force in Law Enforcement

County of Los Angeles v. Mendez asks: Should officers be held liable when they cause a situation that leads to the use of force?

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Leaked: Disciplinary Record for Cop Who Killed Eric Garner

ThinkProgress obtained Daniel Pantaleo’s record from an anonymous source at the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board.

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John Ridley's L.A. Riots Doc, 'Let it Fall,' Coming to Theaters Ahead of TV Premiere

The "12 Years a Slave" writer's documentary about the rising racial tension that led to the 1992 unrest is the first ABC News production to earn a theatrical release.

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ICYMI: NFL Teams Aren't Happy With Colin Kaepernick's Activism

An anonymous general manager told Bleacher Report that Kaepernick's activism against police violence might cost the free-agent his career.

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Upcoming Doc, 'Burn, Motherf***er, Burn!' Explores Origins and Legacy of L.A. Riots

"Fresh Dressed" director Sacha Jenkins' latest documentary premieres on Showtime April 21, 25 years after racial tensions exploded into days of unrest that shook Los Angeles. 

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These Researchers Are Studying How Videos of Police Violence Impact Black Millennials

South by Southwest dispatch: Wake Forest University researchers presented their in-progress research about how 18-to-24-year-old African Americans handle the emotional toll of seeing police violence online.

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WATCH: Jussie Smollett Attacks Oppressive Political Climate in New Music Video

The "Empire" star directed the video for his song, which pleads for love and justice in the face of police violence, xenophobia and attacks on reproductive justice.

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READ: South Asian Americans Must Unite to Fight Trump Policies

In a new op-ed in The Washington Post, rapper Raj "Lushlife" Haldar reflects on some Hindu Americans' embrace of Trump's political agenda, discrimination against South Asian Americans and the need for cross-religious Desi organizing to fight new anti-immigrant policies and violence.

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Dontre Hamilton's Family Fights for Justice in 'The Blood is at the Doorstep'

The new documentary follows the Hamilton family's demands for accountability after a White Milwaukee police officer killed Dontre in 2014. Family members joined director Erik Ljung for a Q&A after the film's second South by Southwest screening.