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A demonstrator holds a sign at a community demonstration in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 23, 2021.

Andrew Brown Jr.'s family will be shown portion of body cam footage, judge rules

On Wednesday, a North Carolina judge denied the release of the footage of Andrew Brown Jr.'s shooting to the media. Brown was sitting behind the wheel of his car at his Elizabeth City home when local officers opened fire on him the morning of April 21. The footage will be released to Brown's son, Khalil Ferebee, the attorney representing the victim and other family within one degree of kinship in the next 10 days.

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Camille Parker, who is from Durham, is carving a space for Black women country artists and fans. Photo courtesy of UNC Media Hub. 

Meet Camille Parker, a beacon for Black women in country music

Raised in Durham, Camille Parker is Bull City bred. It was there that she was introduced to Linda Martell, the Pointer Sisters, Charlie Pride, and notably, Rissi Palmer. Now, over a decade later, Parker is a part of Palmer's "Color Me Country Class of 2021" and released her first single called "The Flame" in March 2021.  Despite challenges facing Black women trying to enter country music, Parker has burst on the scene and been embraced by Black women in the industry, such as Grammy-nominated Mickey Guyton.

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N.C. General Assembly's three anti-trans bills follow a recent nationwide trend

In the past month, the N.C. General Assembly has introduced three bills seeking to discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals, especially those who are transgender and gender-nonconforming, in sports, health care and gender-affirming care.  Though new to the North Carolina legislature, many of these bills draw parallels, or even originate directly from, bills passed in other states. A major concern among activists is that many of these bills, both in North Carolina and across the country, seem to increasingly target transgender youth.

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Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz applauds during Hubert Davis's introductory press conference on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

UNC launches initiative to help North Carolina counties post-pandemic — all 100 of them

Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz launched the initiative Carolina Across 100 at a meeting of the Board of Trustees on March 25. Carolina Across 100 aims to extend the University’s resources to help communities deal with the anticipated challenges post-COVID-19. The ncIMPACT Initiative at the School of Government will coordinate Carolina Across 100, Dean Mike Smith said.

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DTH Photo Illustration: Some N.C. senators recently announced the introduction of a Hate Crimes Prevention Act that would require states and local authorities to publish data on hate crimes.

Lawmakers file new bills to increase scope and scale of punishments for hate crimes

The mirrored bills would expand the definition of a hate crime and increase the scope and scale of punishments for hate crimes.  The introduced Hate Crimes Prevention Acts would also require law enforcement training on how to identify and respond to a hate crime.  Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue said that this act would have impacted his department’s investigation of the 2015 murders of three Muslim students,  Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. 

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