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Donald Trump Thinks Univision Is Suppressing His Freedom of Speech — and Is Suing for $500 Million

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The one thing everyone can agree on about Donald Trump is that he doesn’t have enough money. But in case you were planning on putting together a canned food drive for the man whose net worth is a mere $4 billion, fear not — it seems he’ll be coming into (or is trying to come into, at least) a little more pocket change in the near future to tide him over. 
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NBC Officially Dumps Donald Trump

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Though it may have been fun ten years ago to watch Donald Trump purse his lips, make a diminutive hand gesture, and nasally intone, “You’re fired,” the figurehead of the wealth gap has become a slightly harder character to toss aside with a hearty guffaw or eye-roll: his status as a presidential candidate means the inanity it’s so easy to laugh at could potentially govern us.
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John Oliver Brilliantly Lambastes the Media’s Tactless Treatment of the Transgender Community

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John Oliver excellently exposed some of the archaic attitudes that exist in the media regarding the transgender community on last night’s Last Week Tonight. “If you’re still wondering what to call a transgender person, actually it’s pretty simple, call them whatever they want to be called,” said John Oliver, pointing to fact that we’ve collectively managed to call David Evans “The Edge” and Sean Combs “Puff Daddy” (er then “P. Diddy,” then simply “Diddy” again) at their behest, so it shouldn’t be too hard to refer to someone’s gender as the one they identify with.
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Activist Bree Newsome Arrested For Removing the Confederate Flag from the South Carolina Statehouse

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Activist Bree Newsome was arrested this weekend for removing the Confederate flag in front of the South Carolina statehouse. She physically climbed the pole to remove the controversial banner in the wake of the tragic shootings that killed nine black men and women at the historic Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina — including pastor and State Senator Clementa Pinckney.
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Hannity Outdoes Himself — Compares Jay Z’s Music to the Confederate Flag

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Sean Hannity — in case you didn’t remember — is someone they let appear on a national cable news channel. This is a cold hard fact (and one that, despite the Fox News Channel being a lowly place, still surprises at times), despite the other cold, hard fact that last night, he said that if we’re banning the Confederate flag, we should also ban Jay Z, Beyoncé and Prince essentially equating a symbol fraught with America’s history of hate with some of the most important black musicians and icons. 
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If Presidential Candidates Were Black Metal Bands…

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Black metal is a bloodcurdlingly shrill subgenre of metal music, characterized by indistinguishably shrieked lyrics (as opposed to the baritone belches of death metal). The rare, trained ear that can decipher the human language beneath the deathly wails will find the contents often concern Satanist, pagan, or generally anti-Christian ideologies, blanketing the contemporary societal mores they disdain in the unquenchable flames of their violent vocalizations.
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Nina Simone in “What Happened, Miss Simone?” (Photo courtesy of Photofest/Netflix)

The Civil Rights Movement of 2015 Could Use a Voice Like Nina Simone

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“They’re shooting us down, one by one,” Nina Simone told the thoroughly middle class crowd matter-of-factly at Long Island’s Westbury Music Fair, three days after Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968. She and her band had just debuted “Why? (The King of Love Is Dead),” a worthy tribute to Simone’s great friend, written by her bass player Gene Taylor before MLK was even buried. Taylor’s response was in line with Simone’s radical and reactionary nature at the time, as captured in full swing that night on the live album ‘Nuff Said
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