This photo from May 2018 shows Cyntoia Brown at her clemency hearing at the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville, Tenn. On Jan. 7, 2019, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam granted executive clemency to Brown, serving a life sentence for a murder that happened after she was forced into sex work.
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Cyntoia Brown has been granted clemency for killing a man when she was a teenager and forced into the sex trade. The case showed why the justice system must stop punishing women for defending themselves.
Players from all over the world, including Australia’s star forward Thon Maker - originally from South Sudan - play in the National Basketball Association in the United States.
Star basketball players are suffering the fallout from a race scare campaign by politicians from the Liberal party over crimes committed by a small number of young people who came to Australia from South Sudan
An alt-right protestor promoting the idea of ‘white genocide’ at a rally in Washington on the anniversary of the deadly Charlottesville protest.
The belief in so-called 'white genocide', once an extreme-right view of neo-Nazis, is starting to gain ground in Australia and influence the rhetoric of politicians.
After 28 years on screen, the controversial character of Apu is set to be written out of The Simpsons.
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Writing Apu out of The Simpsons is a simplistic solution to the issue of diversity in media. Instead, we need to support programming created by people of colour.
People of colour, Indigenous people, Muslims and Jews are regularly lectured to on racism by people who have never experienced it.
Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp.
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Beneath the surface, this traditionally conservative state is closely divided.
First lady Melania Trump looks out over Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, during a safari guided by Nelly Palmeris, right.
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When you are the first lady of the United States, your fashion choices are scrutinized. Why did Melania Trump choose to wear a pith helmet, a classic symbol of colonialism?
Babies born 10 miles apart could represent a life expectancy difference of almost 33 years.
A person in the US can expect to live an average of 78.8 years. But that number can change by decades depending on the community they come from.
The demands of college sports often take precedence over education.
Research shows student-athletes spend triple the amount of time on sports as on academics, raising questions about whether they actually benefit from a college education, a sociology professor argues.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27.
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One striking feature of Brett Kavanaugh's testimony was the number of times he interrupted. Data shows that hearing interruptions are becoming more common, particularly when the nominee is female.
Barbershop Talks creates a place for Black men and boys to meet and discuss ideas about masculinity.
Barbershop Talks use the idea of the "barbershop around the corner" as a place to meet and discuss ideas and create a safe space for Black men and boys to talk openly about masculinity.
Serena Williams looks at her box during the women’s final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan on Sept. 8, 2018, in New York.
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Serena Williams challenged decades of stereotypes when she revealed her anger after she disagreed with a U.S. Open umpire. A racist caricature and calls to boycott her playing by umpires followed.
Do we have any reason to believe that each new generation of white people will be more open-minded and tolerant than previous ones?
Over the course of two years, a sociologist studied a group of affluent, white kids to see how they made sense of sensitive racial issues like privilege, unequal opportunity and police violence.
Research has shown African-Americans get fewer job callbacks than whites.
A new study suggests perceptions of how strongly people of color identify with their race can have a big impact on their job prospects and how much money they earn.
Robert Plant, the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, performs in Hamburg, Germany in 1973.
How can a band so slavishly derivative – and sometimes downright plagiaristic – be also considered radically innovative and influential?
NFL player Colin Kaepernick, centre, started a protest against police violence by kneeling during the US National Anthem in 2016.
JOHN G MABANGLO
Nike has provoked a conservative backlash by using NFL player Colin Kaepernick in its latest campaign. But the move should be applauded.
Nervous about how southern television viewers would react, NBC executives closely monitored the filming of the kiss between Nichelle Nichols and William Shatner.
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The career arc of Nichelle Nichols – the first black woman to have a continuing co-starring role on TV – shows how diverse casting can have as much of an impact off the screen as it does on it.
Andrew Gillum with wife R. Jai Gillum addresses supporters after winning the Democrat primary for governor.
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The mayor of Tallahassee underspent three rivals to win the state's Democratic primary. But what awaits in the general election?
Democratic Alliance leader, Mmusi Maimane is struggling to grow the party further.
South Africa's official opposition, the Democratic Alliance needs to face its racial dilemmas.
For black and biracial Americans, the pressures to adapt to a dominant white culture – and surrender their unique sense of self – can be suffocating.
And without white privilege, they wouldn't feel compelled to follow a white script.