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Sebastien De La Cruz’s national anthem and America’s moral rejection of racism

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Fifty years after the assassination of civil rights icon Medgar Evers, racism is not dead. But a handful of incidents we’ve seen this month has proved that the vast majority of Americans no longer accept it.

Essence Festival ready to ‘party’ and give back to community

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For nearly two decades, the party known as Essence Fest has brought some of the best musicians of the African-American community to New Orleans for a huge celebration, but it’s always been known as a “party with purpose”– hosting speakers and panel discussions on a wide range of topics. And the purpose side of the party will be amplified this year as MSNBC joins Essence magazine as a sponsor of the annual festival.

Why the civil rights struggle is like the LGBT struggle

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In the latest installment of Reply Al, Rev. Sharpton responded to a viewer asking why many in the African-American community deny the similarities between their struggle for civil rights and the LGBT equality movement.

Were the DOMA and Prop 8 rulings hollow victories?

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Host Melissa Harris-Perry and her Saturday panel discussed the Supreme Court's rulings on Proposition 8 and DOMA, opening up the question once again of whether they were hollow victories that need to be measured with caution.

Gravely ill Angola 3 inmate hoping for compassionate release

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"The state of Louisiana in the past 6 years has spent $6 million in lawyer fees to keep a 71-year-old man in solitary confinement," Herman Wallace attorney Nick Trenticosta said.

Complexity of black women’s lives lacking in mainstream media

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Host Melissa Harris-Perry and a Saturday panel that included a reality star and a creator of a popular web series discussed the representation of black women in popular media, which can either often characterized as lacking or misguided.

Make government smarter: Obama announces new management agenda

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This video is unavailable in the format required for your device/os. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the White House Monday afte...

‘Phantom Planter’ should have gotten permission

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Henry Docter, a 52-year-old green thumbed good Samaritan is catching heat for planting 1,000 morning glories, cardinal flowers and cypress vines at a Metro Station in the nation's capitol.

Spitzer: ‘Five years later, I think I can ask for forgiveness’

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Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned from office in disgrace five years ago, hopes voters will give him a second chance as New York City's comptroller.

Cleveland kidnapping victims break their silence

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Watch the video and read the full news article on Politics Nation with Al Sharpton

Why we should legalize prostitution

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Eliot Spitzer 'violated the law and that wasn't right….. but we should have an adult conversation about the laws he violated,' says Michael Smerconish.

Meet Ron Chane, ‘pothole patchman’ and Foot Soldier

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A Mississippi businessman and artist who took it upon himself to "citizen fix" potholes in his city is the "MHP" Foot Soldier of the week.

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