Washington official fears ‘another Ferguson’ after cop shooting video goes viral

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Lauren "Elle Sea" Croom:

They could have struck a bystander…this is just crazy

Originally posted on Fusion:

The police shooting of a Mexican national in Pasco, Washington, has drawn local protests and international outrage—and has raised fears of what one official said could be “another Ferguson.”

Dan Blasdel, the coroner of Franklin County, said the controversy surrounding the shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, a 35-year-old native of Michoacán, Mexico, was enough to warrant a coroner’s inquest, which is when a “jury is presented evidence of the shooting and decides whether the officers were justified in their use of deadly force,” according to the Seattle Times.

That rarely used inquest would then make a recommendation to the county prosecutor.

He added: “We don’t want another Ferguson here in Pasco,” referring to the St. Louis suburb where the officer-related death of teenager Michael Brown sparked weeks of protests and international scrutiny on the small municipality.

Zambrano-Montes’s run-in with police on February 10 occurred after he was throwing rocks at…

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Kendrick was sitting at the GRAMMYs like…


“Ok, soooo the awards are mine? It’s official? Let me drop this single on um right quick”
Poetry at it’s rawest, Kendrick pulled my heart out with this one.

Ancient Skull Adds New Insight to Story of Human Evolution


Could this support recent genetic evidence that modern Homo sapiens and their Neanderthal cousins interbred, perhaps in the Middle East and most likely between 65,000 and 47,000 years ago?

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Invisible Women


Lauren "Elle Sea" Croom:

I’m just going to re-blog this right here…

Originally posted on SUM City:

One of the biggest stories to captivate entertainment headlines this year has been the emergence of Lupita Nyong’o. Her Oscar winning performance as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave catapulted her to the forefront of the public eye. Once there, she has developed almost a second career as the Queen of the Red Carpet, appearing at film festivals looking flawless in stunning gowns that designers are falling over themselves to dress her in. This summer she landed the cover of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful issue. Her Oscar acceptance speech about what defines beauty sparked a wave of affirmation from women around the world who fight daily to be seen as attractive and desirable within themselves when bombarded constantly with a narrow standard of beauty. Lupita is the most recent black female star to explode into pop culture but obviously she isn’t the only one. From Michele Obama to Olivia…

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Wells Fargo Explores Definitions of What it Means to be African-American


Although I may not always agree with Wells Fargo’s Business Practices, this #MyUntold Project is really worth checking out.

This story-telling initiative offers a glimpse of what it means to be African-American today.  View the stories & share your own using #MyUntold.

Poor Families Pay Double The State And Local Tax Rate As The Rich: Study


Middle- and low-income Americans are facing far higher state and local taxes than the wealthy, according to a new report assessing tax data from all 50 states. In all, the analysis by the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) finds that the poorest 20 percent of households pay on average more than twice the effective state and local tax rate (10.9 percent) as the richest 1 percent of taxpayers (5.4 percent).

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