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Engage: Duke study says racial makeup of juries affects trial outcomes
A study in the Quarterly Journal of Economics showed how conviction rates varied based on races of jury members.
April 18th, 2012
12:02 PM ET

Engage: Duke study says racial makeup of juries affects trial outcomes

Engage with news and opinions from around the web about under-reported stories from undercovered communities.

With no blacks in the jury pool, blacks convicted 81% of the time, whites convicted 66% of the time - Colorlines

Presidential campaigns focus on Latino voters with organizers, websites, ads - The Washington Post

'The Bachelor' could face discrimination lawsuit - EW.com

'The Education of Auma Obama' documentary explores how family shapes identity - The Root

Studies: Poor, urban 'food desert' neighborhoods might have enough access to fruits, veggies - The New York Times

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Engage: The late Manning Marable wins Pulitzer for Malcolm X biography
Manning Marable with a depiction of Malcolm X.
April 17th, 2012
11:08 AM ET

Engage: The late Manning Marable wins Pulitzer for Malcolm X biography

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Marable's 'Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention' wins history Pulitzer - NewsOne

Florida Supreme Court to consider whether undocumented immigrant can join Florida Bar - South Florida Sun Sentinel

Opinions: Are gay rights still controversial? - The New York Times Room for Debate

Black male teens' perspectives: 'I don't think it's about a hoodie. I think it's about race' - Tampa Bay Times

California tribe seeks short-term river closure to protect from harassment during ceremony - Native News Network

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Engage: Symbolism behind first black 'Mad Men' character
Actress Teyonah Parris plays Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce's first African-American employee.
April 16th, 2012
12:01 PM ET

Engage: Symbolism behind first black 'Mad Men' character

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Teyonah Parris on 'Mad Men' character: 'I realize a lot of responsibility comes with this role' - Los Angeles Times Show Tracker See also: Opinion: Old 'Mad Men' prejudices linger - Detroit Free Press

University of California San Diego to overhaul racial harassment policies - San Diego Union-Tribune

Programs try to halt homelessness among veterans - NPR

Opinion: Why is bilingual education in decline? - Huffington Post Latino Voices

First out lesbian ordained by Presbyterian Church - The Advocate

After years of education, children of U.S. immigrants returning to home countries - The New York Times

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On Thanksgiving, millions at risk of hunger
Saprina Gressman helps her daughter Kiara, 4, chop tomatoes in a cooking class in New York.
November 24th, 2011
06:00 AM ET

On Thanksgiving, millions at risk of hunger

New York (CNN) - Students gathered as the chef sliced tomatoes with a plastic knife in a Brooklyn public school cafeteria. Their eyes followed as she held up a slender green cylinder before the crowd of parents and kids in plastic aprons and hairnets.

"What's that?" kids shouted.

"It's a scallion. But don't eat it now," warned Leigh Armstrong, a culinary student and volunteer chef. "It doesn't taste like celery."

Armstrong was helping at Cooking Matters, a free, six-week class that teaches parents and kids how to shop for and prepare healthy, inexpensive meals. The program launched 20 years ago through the nonprofit Share our Strength, and it now serves more than 11,000 families across the country.

Most participants use or have used food stamps, free or reduced-price school lunches or food pantries to cover their nutritional needs, and almost all are still looking for ways to stretch a few ingredients into meals. The number of families that struggle to get enough food has increased in recent years.

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November 10th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Red Chair interview: Edward James Olmos

Ask Edward James Olmos who he is, and he will say that he's a storyteller.

An actor, director, activist, yes. But the story of how he became those things starts when he was 5 or 6 years old, back when he fell in love with baseball. He couldn't throw. He couldn't hit. He didn't even really understand what a baseball was.  But it was the thing he most wanted to understand.

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October 28th, 2011
06:50 PM ET

'The Mountaintop': MLK's last day, as seen on Broadway

"The Mountaintop," a Broadway play by Katori Hall,  considers the last day of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life - April 3,1968. But Hall had never set foot inside his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where King was killed until she stepped in with CNN's Soledad O'Brien. The hotel room where King stayed was maintained as a shrine to the civil rights leader.

Hall's reaction: "It's too small to contain his dreams."

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