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The FBI has arrested six Philadelphia Police narcotics officers as part of a corruption probe into the department. The group is accused of stealing over $500,000 in cash, drugs, and stolen property over multiple years on the force, reports NBC Philadelphia. Read more.


Is the Gaza Conflict Making Black Folks Uncomfortable?

Tragically, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is like Groundhog Day. We’ve all grown used to it. But the differentiator in this round is in a hard-to-ignore inflection point. There was a time when Israel was never seriously questioned or finger-pointed as an aggressor—not the case today. Even though Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enjoys intense public support at home for the offensive, there are some Israelis, like the 40 IDF reservists who went AWOL in a defiant and bruising public Washington Post op-ed against the war, openly doubting it. Clear disparity between the rising number of Palestinians killed versus the small number of Israeli casualties triggers global outrage and condemnations of disproportionate use of force, most notably—and, perhaps, naturally—from African Americans. Read more.


Author Zane to Pen Script for Aaliyah Feature Film Approved by Family

It seems like Aaliyah’s family is about to give the Lifetime network a run for their money when it comes to the late singer’s biopic, and Aaliyah’s family has just upped the ante. According to Sister2Sister, Barry Hankerson, Aaliyah’s uncle and former manager, has tapped erotic fiction writer Zane to pen the script for the feature film. The film is expected to hit theaters in 2015, as opposed to Lifetime’s version only being showed on the small screen. Read more.


Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law Has Been Struck Down

Uganda’s so-called “jail the gays” bill, which President Yoweri Museveni signed in February and imposed seven years in jail for “the offense of homosexuality” (gay sex) and lifetime in jail for “aggravated homosexuality,” is no more. This does not mark shifting attitudes in the country that has become notorious for its harsh treatment of its LGBT citizens. Rather, on Friday, a court invalidated it on a technicality: it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum. Read more.


Companies With Diverse Boards Take Fewer Reckless Risks

Researchers analyzed a bunch of data pertaining to more than 2,000 companies’ boards’ diversity (not just ethnic diversity, but also age, gender, areas of expertise, and other categories), as well as how they ranked with regard to some established measures of corporate risk-taking over a 13-year span. They found that the more diverse a company’s board was, the less likely it was to engage in risky behaviors, the more likely it was to issue dividends, and the larger those dividends were likely to be. Read more.

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