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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - February 26, 2014

Talking History: Black Senators Celebrate Their Legacy

By Brakkton Booker

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Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., speaks during the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action in Oct. 2013.

Five current and former black senators appeared together Tuesday at an unprecedented event celebrating the legacy and contributions of the nine African-Americans to serve in the U.S. Senate.


WILL - Illinois Public Media News - February 07, 2014

U Of I Forum Held Following Personal Attacks Against Chancellor

By Sean Powers, with production assistance by Amanda Tugade

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University of Illinois students Kimberly Arquines and Jennifer Sun attend a forum on digital hate and civil discourse on Feb. 6, 2014 on the U of I’s Urbana campus. Arquines was one of the students who posted personal attacks on Twitter last mo

The University of Illinois hosted a forum on digital hate and civil discourse on Thursday night, following a recent barrage of racist and sexist tweets targeting the chancellor on the Urbana campus. 






NPR - Illinois Public Media News - January 08, 2014

‘Saturday Night Live’ Takes A Very Important First Step

By Linda Holmes

Saturday Night Live ignores so many perennial complaints — that it's stale, that it has a spotty history with women, that sketches are too long — that it was kind of surprising to hear in mid-December that it was holding not-very-secret "secret auditions" to find a black woman to join the cast. Cast members Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah had both been talking about it in different ways, but to have longtime SNL boss Lorne Michaels suddenly go for a midseason hire?




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