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Chicago Woman Faces Mandatory 6 Years in Prison for Kicking Sheriff’s Deputy’s Shin

A West Side Chicago woman is facing a mandatory six years in prison for kicking a sheriff's deputy in the shin, the Chicago Tribune reports

Ohio BLM Activist MarShawn McCarrel II Commits Suicide Outside Statehouse: Report

Around 3 p.m. Monday, a cryptic message was left on the Facebook page of Ohio Black Lives Matter activist MarShawn M. McCarrel II: "My demons won today. I'm sorry."

Black Girls in Durham, NC, School Denied Right to Honor African Heritage

It started as a collective expression of pride. A group of young women at the School for Creative Studies in Durham, N.C., decided to wear head wraps—also called geles—to align with and honor their culture at the start of Black History Month.

Instead, they say, administrators warned that they were in violation of the dress code and threatened them with suspension. They were given the choice to wear the geles only in a way that allowed their hair to show or to remove them altogether. According to the policy, “hats, caps, hoods, sweat bands and bandannas or other head wear worn inside [the] school building” are impermissible, but it details nothing about garments worn in accordance with cultural tradition.

“It says to me symbolically that our girls—and our boys, as well—have to alter not only their attire but their whole selves in order to seem less disruptive or offensive,” said Dosali Reed-Bandele. Her daughter Nandi, an 11th-grader at the school, was among those admonished. “This is utterly ridiculous, and I am tired of those messages bombarding our babies day in and day out.”

That the enforcement is falling heavy on this particular segment of students is part of the cycle of inequitable standards, a tradition in and of itself. The young women also say they were told that they were not being inclusive of other students at the school. Because, of course, being expressly proud of being black compromises the ability of others to be expressly proud of their variety of nonblack.

The bright spot: In the same glorious way that black women have always pushed back against the limitations and obstacles pressing in on them, those young women being told how to wear their blackness helped organize a mass demonstration Monday afternoon to rally community support. Clusters of protesters showed up wearing their own geles, calling for administrators to acknowledge the students’ right to honor their heritage. Particularly at a school focused on creative studies, that form of expression seems elementary, since cultural pride lies so close to the root of identity and self-perception.

Students and parents are encouraging supporters to stand in solidarity by posting pictures of themselves in their own geles with the hashtag #ItsBiggerThanaHeadwrap. They also invite fellow advocates to send letters of support for the girls and their right to wear head wraps and to demand an apology for being threatened with suspension.

We can’t continue to absorb messages—both subtle and overt—that attempt to keep black girls boxed in.

Outrage After Video Showing Pa. Teen With Cerebral Palsy Being Attacked by Student

The mother of Penn Hills, Pa., teen Isaiah Wooding said she cried when she saw video of students at Penn Hills High School bullying and kicking her 16-year-old, who has cerebral palsy.

NC Students Plan Demonstration After Girls Told to Take Off African Head Wraps 

A handful of students at Durham, N.C.'s School for Creative Studies had planned to kick off Black History Month with a bang by wearing colorful head wraps reminiscent of those worn by many women across the African continent. 

WPGC

Beyoncé Name Checks Red Lobster, Sales Skyrocket

(Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen) The lyrics from Bey's new single "Formation" included a racy shout out to the brand.

February 10: Sunni at GW University

sunni 150 Stop by George Washington University to meet our very own Sunni!

February 12: WPGC Night at Disney On Ice

WPGC's Joe Clair. Joe Clair will be hosting WPGC Night at "Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove." Bring the whole family to enjoy the show!

February 15: Mike Epps ‘Don’t Take It Personal’

Mike Epps (credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images) Mike Epps and our very own Joe Clair will be at D.A.R. Constitution Hall, don't miss it!

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Blake Griffin -- Suspended 4 Games, No Pay ... For Toronto Fight

Blake Griffin will be suspended 4 games -- without pay -- for punching the Clippers equipment assistant manager during a violent altercation in Toronto last month. 

Taryn Manning Accuser No-Shows for Court ... Case Dismissed

Taryn Manning's latest legal showdown with her ex-friend and makeup artist came to an abrupt ending in an L.A. courtroom. Taryn's accuser, Holly Hartman, did not show up for Tuesday's hearing where she was attempting to get a restraining…

Abominable Snowman -- Spotted on Ski Vacay in Spain (PHOTO & VIDEO)

Move over Bigfoot and Chupacabra -- the Yeti's getting a little shine while skiing in the mountains of Spain ... allegedly. The footage, which recently surfaced, shows a Yeti, aka abominable snowman, running through on a ski slope in the Pyrenees --…

Falcons Owner Arthur Blank -- I Have Cancer ... I'm Fighting Like Hell

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has just revealed he's been diagnosed with prostate cancer -- but says he's battling like hell ... and vows to defeat it.  73-year-old Blank says he was diagnosed in December -- and has since visited with…

Judge to Maurice Clarett -- You're On Thin Ice

Ex-college football superstar Maurice Clarett just struck a sweet plea deal in his drunk driving case -- but if he screws up even a little bit in the next 2 years, he'll do 57 days in jail.  As we previously reported, the former Ohio State…

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