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Alicia Garza, co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter, to speak at USF

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Alicia Garza, social activist and co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter, will speak at the University of South Florida at 8 p.m. today (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) as part of the student-run University Lecture Series in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom. The lecture is part of the university’s MLK Commemorative Week, celebrating the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The student organizers of the event expect Garza to engage the audience in a discussion about race relations in America and how her…

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Rio2016, Election2016, PokemonGo top global Twitter trends

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The Rio Olympics, the American presidential election and Pokemon Go were the top global trends on Twitter in 2016. The social media site says Rio2016 was the most tweeted-about topic around the world, followed by Election2016 and PokemonGo. Euro2016, Oscars, Brexit, Trump and BlackLivesMatter also made the top 10. A Spanish gamer known as elrubius originated the year’s most popular tweet: It reads “Limonada” (lemonade) and was retweeted more than 1.3 million times. One Direction’s Harry Styles had the second…

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Pinellas Park church’s “white privilege” message draws ire from closet racists

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A church in Pinellas Park is catching flack for a message on its sign calling on white people to use their “privilege” to fight injustice. The reference to white privilege has a bunch of white people in a tizzy claiming, get this, that it’s discriminatory. Yep, you read that right. Some people think a church wanting to fight institutional racism is discriminating against white people. This is probably one of the reasons Pinellas Park, despite having some quite lovely neighborhoods,…

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One Direction leads the way on Twitter’s list of 2015 tweets

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Messages of love and gratitude shared by the boy band One Direction topped Twitter’s charts this year, eclipsing President Barack Obama‘s celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriage. One Direction members accounted for half of the 10 most recirculated tweets, including the three most popular. All the One Direction tweets were either directed at bandmates or the group’s fans. None are likely to be remembered for heralding pivotal moments in history. “All the love as always. H,”…

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Today on Context Florida: #BlackLivesMatter, FAMU coup and dangerous polling

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Today on Context Florida: Julie Delegal writes that some whites’ approach to the movement presumes a zero-sum game: If one group is “awarded” national attention on any issue, the reasoning goes, then other groups by contrast, necessarily must lose something. But #BlackLivesMatter doesn’t mean that only black lives matter. It means, rather, that we can no longer pretend that institutions in our country, like our criminal justice system, are race-neutral. It means that we can’t turn a blind eye to disparate treatment…

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Today on Context Florida: The Holocaust, energy, term limits and #BlackLivesMatter

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Today on Context Florida: Danielle Wirsansky is always shocked when she encounters people who know very little about the Holocaust, which such an important part of history, not just for Jewish people, but for us all. As a time of great evil, death and genocide, I wonder how the events could be forgotten when those who are survivors or have experienced its effects are still alive today. Despite Florida’s education mandate, too many students remain ignorant. On the important topic of…

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