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Lawmakers hear the case for reparations

The debate over reparations catapulted from the campaign trail to Congress on Wednesday as lawmakers heard impassioned testimony for and against the idea of providing compensation for America’s history of slavery and racial discrimination.

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Police arrest 6 in Ortiz assassination attempt in DR

Six men have been arrested in the ambush shooting of former Boston Red Sox slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz, as he sat in a nightclub late Sunday in his native Dominican Republic, authorities said.

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Fund drive for 3 burned African-American churches tops goal

A crowdfunding drive to help rebuild three African-American churches gutted by arsons in Louisiana has surpassed its original $1.8 million goal.

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$140M Deal makes Russell Wilson highest paid in NFL

The Richmond native posted a video on social media early Tuesday saying, “Seattle, we got a deal,” shortly after agreeing to a $140 million, four-year extension with the Seahawks, his agent Mark Rodgers told The Associated Press. Wilson’s new deal runs through the 2023 season and includes a $65 million signing bonus, a no-trade clause and $107 million in guaranteed money.

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Hate crime charges filed in Louisiana church fire

The white man suspected in the burnings of three African-American churches in Louisiana will remain in jail, denied bond Monday by a judge, as state prosecutors added new charges declaring the arsons a hate crime.

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Kanye taking ‘church’ to Coachella this Easter

Since the beginning of the year, Kanye West has been hosting a mysterious variety show of celebrity performances featuring both new and old music, complete with a gospel choir, that he calls “Sunday Service.”

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Chicago makes history in mayoral race

Lori Lightfoot’s victory in the Chicago mayor’s race signaled hope among voters that the nation’s third-largest city may someday move beyond long-entrenched divides, racial and otherwise, that have left large parts of the metropolis feeling ignored by people in power.

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Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle remembered for his music, community efforts

Tributes continue to pour in for Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was fatally shot outside his clothing store in South Los Angeles on Sunday, March 31.

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Beyoncé, Jay-Z and ‘Black Panther’ win big at 50th Annual NAACP Image Awards

Queen Bey still reigns supreme. Beyoncé was named Entertainer of the Year at the 50th Annual NAACP Image Awards that highlighted works by entertainers and writers of color.

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Dismissal of charges raises more questions in Smollett case

Prosecutors still insist Jussie Smollett faked a racist, anti-gay attack on himself in the hopes that the attention would advance his acting career. The star of the hit Fox network television show “Empire” still says he was assaulted by two men late at night in downtown Chicago.

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