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Five Must-Watch Films at the BlackStar Film Festival

Dubbed “Black Sundance,” the fifth annual festival starts today. Whether you’re heading to Philadelphia or just want to know what hot movies you should expect to see in theaters, here are five films you don’t want to miss.

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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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#DNCInPhilly Finale: An Anti-Uber Protest, a Rooftop Mural and Other Notable Actions from This Week

The Democratic National Convention provided activists from a wide range of causes with a huge, national platform. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the notable actions that we couldn’t cover in real time.

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ICYMI: William Barber, Khizr Khan Deliver Rousing DNC Speeches

The Christian theologian and the father of a killed Muslim-American solider uplifted their respective communities’ concerns during well-received speeches last night in Philadelphia.

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#TruthToPower: Be Inspired by This Confrontational Art From Banksy, Shepard Fairey

Check out images from a pop-up exhibit mounted during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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Activists Protest Police Violence, State Oppression During #DemsInPhilly Action

Organized by several community advocacy groups, the action tackled a mix of issues that impact local communities of color.

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Melissa Harris-Perry, Panelists Explore Economic and Racial Justice During DNC

Rosie Perez, Jelani Cobb and Gerry Hudson joined Harris-Perry for a panel hosted by Rock the Vote’s Truth to Power program.

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Take a Video Tour of the Real Philly

A new video from AJ+ explores the issues that impact the people who will be left in Philadelphia after the Democratic National Convention comes to a close.

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#DemsInPhilly: Bernie Sanders' Supporters Explain Why They're Standing by Their Man

Between the Vermont senator’s equality-espousing platform and the party’s apparent bias against him, these supporters say they have good reason to stick by a candidate who has already endorsed his opponent.

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Philly Doc Lists Therapists Who Offer Discounted 'Healing for Activists'

Dr. Damon Constantinides: “We want to encourage people to choose a therapist that feels safe for them.”

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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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Activists in 3 Cities Block ICE Office Entrances, Roads to Protest Deportations

Representing a coalition of immigration reform and anti-deportation groups across the country, the activists took to the streets in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s split United States v. Texas decision.

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READ: It Took This Writer Just 7 Minutes to Buy the Rifle Used in the Pulse Shooting

Helen Ubiñas on Philly.com: “It likely will take more time than that during the forthcoming round of vigils to respectfully read the names of the more than 100 people who were killed or injured.”

Today Marks 31 Years Since Philadelphia Police Bombed Its Own Residents

The Black liberation-communalist MOVE group had two major faceoffs with the city of Philadelphia. The second time had shocking, deadly results. 

Philly and Los Angeles' First Black Police Head Dead at 72

Willie Williams joined the LAPD in the aftermath of the Rodney King beating and 1992 riots. 

Hillary Clinton Says She's Against Private Detention Centers

“We should end raids and roundups, and when I am president we are going to get comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship,” Clinton said during a Philadelphia town hall. 

MacArthur Foundation Awards $25 Million in Grants for Justice System Reform

Twenty jurisdictions will receive funding to reduce racial and ethnic disparities and shrink jail populations across the nation.

Ex-Philadelphia Cops Acquitted In 2013 Beating

Sean McKnight and Kevin Robinson faced charges for aggravated assault and falsely prosecuting Najee Rivera.

Watch Bill Clinton Reveal How He Really Feels About the Black Lives Matter Movement

The former president says activists are defending murderers.

Philadelphia Apologizes to Jackie Robinson For Racist Treatment

Nearly 70 years after Robinson faced racist taunts from Philadelphia Phillies players and team management, the city says it’s sorry.