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The Edge of 17: For Ahkeem Is a Coming-of-Age Story in the Age of Ferguson

Fun fact: I was expelled from preschool at age 4 during a brief stint when my mother and I had moved to Dallas. From the little I recall, I was one of very few black students at my private day school. My expulsion came after I defended myself against another little girl—not black—who’d been harassing me for days.…

Exclusive: Lezley McSpadden on Why She’s Considering a Run for Ferguson, Mo., City Council Exclusive: Lezley McSpadden on Why She’s Considering a Run for Ferguson, Mo., City Council

On April 23, something unexpected happened to me. I woke up that morning to fly to Boston for a screening and panel discussion about my new documentary, Stranger Fruit, at Harvard’s prestigious Institute of Politics.

Michael Brown’s Mother, Lezley McSpadden, Says She Will Run for Ferguson, Mo., City Council: Report Michael Brown’s Mother, Lezley McSpadden, Says She Will Run for Ferguson, Mo., City Council: Report

In the years following the death of her son Michael Brown at the hands of Ferguson, Mo., police, Lezley McSpadden has completed her high school diploma, written a book, campaigned for social justice and joined Hillary Clinton on her 2016 bid for the presidency.

Missing Teen Told Neighbor His Adoptive Parents Were Withholding Food in Week Leading Up to Deadly Car Crash Missing Teen Told Neighbor His Adoptive Parents Were Withholding Food in Week Leading Up to Deadly Car Crash

Authorities are still trying to piece together what happened when an SUV packed with a family of eight drove off a California cliff last weekend. The bodies of two women and their three adopted children were found in the car, which was discovered Monday. Their three other adopted children are missing and presumed dead.

Teen Seen in Viral Photo Hugging Cop in Ferguson, Mo., Protests Reported Missing After Family Members Die in Horrific Car Crash  Teen Seen in Viral Photo Hugging Cop in Ferguson, Mo., Protests Reported Missing After Family Members Die in Horrific Car Crash 

Search and rescue teams are looking for 15-year-old Devonte Hart as well as his siblings, 16-year-old Hannah and 12-year-old Sierra, after the SUV their family was traveling in went off a cliff in Northern California on Monday.

South Carolina Lawmakers Want to Ban Baggy Pants Because What Other Political Issue Could Possibly Be More Pressing? South Carolina Lawmakers Want to Ban Baggy Pants Because What Other Political Issue Could Possibly Be More Pressing?

While the rest of the country clamors for gun control, South Carolina lawmakers have chosen to home in on the real issues, like banning baggy pants.

Former Ferguson, Mo., City Spokesman Found With Meth: Report Former Ferguson, Mo., City Spokesman Found With Meth: Report

Police charged a former city spokesman with possession of methamphetamine on Tuesday after a traffic stop.

I’m Kind of Starting to Mess With Don Lemon I’m Kind of Starting to Mess With Don Lemon

For the better part of most of the time I’ve known he’s existed, Don Lemon has been a fuckboy. Or at least that’s how he’s presented. From telling black folks to stop littering and stop using the n-word as part of a sort of five-point plan for getting niggas together to even being lazy in his discussion about Black…

Why Has the Justice Department Redacted a Great Majority of Its Documents Related to Ferguson, Mo.?  Why Has the Justice Department Redacted a Great Majority of Its Documents Related to Ferguson, Mo.? 

There are 400 pages of documents that have been identified by the U.S. Department of Justice as being related to an investigation conducted by its Office of Community Oriented Policing Services after the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown by then-Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson, and a great majority of the…

Ferguson, Mo., State Senator Survives Calling for Trump’s Assassination Ferguson, Mo., State Senator Survives Calling for Trump’s Assassination

I have said it before and I will say it again: Black women are Donald Trump’s kryptonite. There is not one group of people that seems to trigger the Trump administration more than black women, who are loud, proud and willing to call out his sheer incompetence, venality and existential danger to everything anyone hopes…

Exclusive Preview: Copwatch Explores What Happened to the People Who Filmed Famous Cop Killings Exclusive Preview: Copwatch Explores What Happened to the People Who Filmed Famous Cop Killings

Spoiler alert: If you happen to film a police officer killing a black person, the cops might not like it. That’s one of the not-so-surprising revelations from a new documentary set to premiere this month.

Mad Magazine Remixes a Norman Rockwell Painting for the Age of Trump Mad Magazine Remixes a Norman Rockwell Painting for the Age of Trump

In 1958, one of America’s most renowned painters, Norman Rockwell, created The Runaway, an oil on canvas that shows a nice policeman at a soda fountain counter lovingly giving what we’re sure are great words of advice to a scruffy white kid who is an obvious runaway because of that cute little stick and handkerchief…

‘I Hope Trump Is Assassinated!’: Mo. State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal Investigated by Secret Service for Trump Facebook Post ‘I Hope Trump Is Assassinated!’: Mo. State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal Investigated by Secret Service for Trump Facebook Post

It all started late Wednesday night after a long day of absorbing the same horrible racist news that the rest of America has been enduring. Nobody feels particularly safe or secure watching the president of the United States give a free hunting license to white nationalists, but it’s particularly hard for Maria…

Whose Streets? A Ferguson, Mo., Documentary That Is Right on Time for Charlottesville, Va. Whose Streets? A Ferguson, Mo., Documentary That Is Right on Time for Charlottesville, Va.

As the idiot known as the president continues to defend the tiki-torched, “alt-right,” neo-Nazi, white supremacist orgy that went down in Charlottesville, Va., resulting in one person’s death and several injuries, social media’s blood pressure has gone way up, with millions posting outrage.

Mike Brown, Ferguson, Mo., and How the Movement to Save Black Lives Changed the Way I Do Journalism Mike Brown, Ferguson, Mo., and How the Movement to Save Black Lives Changed the Way I Do Journalism

When Mike Brown was killed in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, 2014, I was still in journalism school at Arizona State University, learning more about the effective use of social media and blogs and the impact they can have on social movements. I was not aware of how important that information was going to become for me…

How Ferguson, Mo., Changed America ... and Me How Ferguson, Mo., Changed America ... and Me

On Aug. 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo., a police officer named Darren Wilson fired at least six bullets into the head and body of an unarmed, 18-year-old named Michael Brown Jr. Four hours later, they finally removed Michael Brown’s body from the sweltering heat and took his corpse to the St. Louis County morgue.

‘This Is Ground Zero’: Ferguson, Mo., Remembers Mike Brown on 3rd Anniversary of His Killing  ‘This Is Ground Zero’: Ferguson, Mo., Remembers Mike Brown on 3rd Anniversary of His Killing 

On Tuesday night, more than two dozen people gathered near the spot where Michael Brown Jr. was gunned down three years ago, on Aug. 9, 2014, to mourn and remember the 18-year-old whose life was taken from him and to reconstruct a makeshift memorial in the spot where he died.

City of Ferguson, Mo., Settled With Michael Brown’s Family for $1,500,000 in Wrongful Death Lawsuit  City of Ferguson, Mo., Settled With Michael Brown’s Family for $1,500,000 in Wrongful Death Lawsuit 

The city of Ferguson, Mo.’s insurance company paid out $1.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old who was gunned down by Police Officer Darren Wilson in August 2014.

Family of Michael Brown Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit With the City of Ferguson, Mo. Family of Michael Brown Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit With the City of Ferguson, Mo.

A federal judge approved a secret settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Michael Brown over his 2014 shooting death at the hands of now former Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson.

Carlton Lee, Mike Brown Sr.’s Pastor, Dies From Heart Attack at 34 Carlton Lee, Mike Brown Sr.’s Pastor, Dies From Heart Attack at 34

The Rev. Carlton Lee, 34, National Action Network’s Ferguson, Mo., chapter president, died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack, sources close to the family confirmed to The Root Tuesday afternoon after NAN’s founder and president, the Rev. Al Sharpton, shared the sad news on Twitter.

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