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Following the death of 18-year-old Antonio Martin in Berkeley, Missouri–just miles away from where Michael Brown was left slain–local leaders are asking for the community to keep the protests peaceful. Tensions still remain high in the area after the Brown incident, and Martin’s death came on the heels of the controversial verdict. The morning after Martin was killed by a local police officer, hundreds of people gathered at the gas station where he was shot and reportedly proceeded to throw rocks and bricks. That same night, a small group of protestors held a vigil at the scene and marched to Interstate 170. Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskin noted that the incident was a major loss for the community. “He will carry the weight of this for the rest of his life, certainly for the rest of his career,” Belmar said of the officer that shot Antonio. “There are no winners here.” Read more.

Driving While Black: African American Motorists Pulled Over More in Chicago

According to a new report released by the ACLU, African-American motorists in Chicago are more likely to get pulled over by the police. The research shows that out of about 100,000 traffic stops made in Chicago last year, nearly half of the people stopped were African-American. 46,172 Black motorists were stopped last year, accounting for 46 percent of all the traffic stops; yet African-Americans make up about 32 percent of the city’s population. Latino drivers were pulled over 22,542 times and whites were pulled over 27,311 times. “Black motorists are being stopped far more likely than we would expect,” said Adam Schwartz, a senior staff counsel for the ACLU of Illinois. “We think that tends to show that police have different tests when deciding who to stop and who to search.” Read more.

“Light Girls” Film to Explore Colorisim in the Black Community

After releasing the documentary “Dark Girls,” producer Bill Duke wants to show colorism from a different perspective. In January, Duke will release a documentary called “Light Girls.” There’s always been a perception that women with fairer skin have it easier in life. The film will explore the advantages and struggles of being a light-skinned woman in the black community. It will explore colorism from sociological, psychological, and historical aspects. The documentary will feature Michaela Angela Davis, Iyanla Vanzant, Kym Whitley, Soledad O’Brien, Russell Simmons, Diahann Carroll and others. “Light Girls” will air on Monday, January 19th at 9 pm ET/PT on the OWN Network. Read more.

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