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A young black man is lucky to be alive after he was badly injured in a hit and run attack.

The 19-year-old man, who works at Southmead Hospital in the UK, was on his way back from work on July 22 when a car being driven along Monks Park Avenue ran him over in what friends and eyewitnesses say was a racially motivated attack.

Friends also claim that the occupants of the car screamed “fu**ing ni**er” as they ran him into a wall, breaking his bones.

 

Police have now confirmed that it was a deliberate act and was racially motivated.

Detectives have stepped up their investigation into what happened and are now treating the incident as a racially aggravated assault.

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XEAT TV (pronounced heat tv) is now offering free video submissions for the entire month of August.

Yes indeed, the melanated influenced TV network is offering free premium services to all interested artists worldwide. This package deal includes broadcasting XEAT live TV channel, publishing on IPTV (Roku, Amazon TV), social media posts (Instagram, Facebook, etc.), and website.

 

This is a once in a while opportunity for clients to promote themselves directly to all of the networks subscribers and to the public without spending a dime. There is no time to waste, reach out today.

 

50 new artists (mostly from Ghana and Sierra Leone) have already taken advantage of this service and the first few posts have been shared on Instagram.

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In what has been described as a surprise ruling, a high court in Jamaica has defended a school’s right to deny access to a child whose dreadlocks were deemed a contravention of school rules.

The Kensington Primary School in Portimore had said a then five-year-old could not attend the school with her hairstyle. So the parents of the ward, Sherine and Dale Virgo, took the matter to court.


 The case was taken before the court after the Virgo family were asked to cut their daughter’s dreadlocks “for ‘hygiene’ reasons,” in 2018. But after the ruling, mother Sherine says she is not going to cut her daughter’s dreadlocks.

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Ramon Olorunwa Abbas - known to his 2.5 million Instagram followers as Ray Hushpuppi - and another cyber-heist suspect Olalekan Jacob Ponle (aka Mr Woodberry) were arrested in Dubai, where they lived, in June. They then appeared in a Chicago court on 3 July.

The United Arab Emirates has no extradition treaty with the United States but Dubai police said they had been extradited to the US.

A spokesman for the US Department of Justice told the BBC that Hushpuppi was expelled from Dubai and was not extradited. He did not answer how he ended up in US custody.

What does Hushpuppi's lawyer say?

Mr Abbas' lawyer Gal Pissetzky told the BBC that his client, who posts on Instagram about his extravagant lifestyle, was not a criminal and had made his money legitimately.

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A letter signed by 54 African countries asks the rights body for a debate on police brutality against Black people.

 

African countries called on Friday on the United Nations Human Rights Council to urgently debate racism and police brutality amid the unrest in the United States and beyond over George Floyd's death.

In a letter written on behalf of 54 African countries, Burkina Faso's ambassador to the UN in Geneva asked the UN's top rights body for an "urgent debate" on "racially inspired human rights violations, police brutality against people of African descent and the violence against the peaceful protests that call for these injustices to stop". 

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