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A Georgia cop is under investigation for telling a nervous white woman she won't be shot because police only kill black people.

Cobb County police Lt. Gregg Abbott is on paid administrative leave while the investigation into his "inappropriate racial comments" is ongoing. Abbott was initially assigned to desk duty.

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Blac Youngsta

Memphis rapper Blac Youngsta says he was racially profiled by Atlanta police and a local bank after he withdrew $200,000 of his own money from his bank account.

Youngsta, whose real name is Sam Benson, tells 11 Alive News that the incident unfolded on Friday at the Wells Fargo Bank on Peachtree Street.

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Juror #8 in Michael Dunn murder trial

One of the 2 black female jurors on the Michael Dunn jury has spoken out on whether racism was a factor in the jury deliberations.

Dunn, 47, was convicted on 4 of 5 counts against him in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis following an argument over loud rap music.

Juror #8 said race was not a factor in convicting Dunn on 3 counts of 2nd degree attempted murder and 1 count of throwing a missile.

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Police Take White Teen Away From Black Legal Guardians

The mother of a white teen who was taken away from her black legal guardians by Houston police officers is questioning the actions of the police.

13-year-old Landry Thompson, from Oklahoma, was in the care of her two legal guardians, who are black, when she was snatched by police after the trio arrived in Houston for dance training.

Dance instructor Emmanuel Hurd, his boyfriend, Josiah Kelly, and Landry were tired after a long day at the dance studio. The trio stopped at a gas station to get directions back to their hotel. After dozing off in the car, they awoke to find the car surrounded by police.

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Jay Z releases a statement

Barney's has canceled the big holiday event that Jay Z hoped would cement his brand in the high end retailing world. The 45-year-old rap mogul had hoped to be center stage at the well-heeled Barney's-sponsored holiday bash to launch his Barney's Collection on Nov. 20.

But according to WWD.com, Barney's canceled the holiday party which was to be held at a private, off-site location.

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Renisha McBride funeral

Renisha McBride's killer waited until her body was cold before calling 911 to report the shooting, according to The Detroit News.

Seeking help after wrecking her car, 19-year-old McBride knocked on the door of a home in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn Heights last Sunday. Instead of assisting her, the homeowner (identified by McBride supporters as Ted Wafer) opened the door and shot McBride in the face with a single shotgun blast.

McBride is black. Ted Wafer is white.

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Renisha McBride funeral

Renisha McBride's autopsy reveals she was killed by a single shotgun blast to the face. The coroner ruled McBride's death a homicide, but her killer, Ted Wafer, has not been charged.

McBride, 19, was shot when she knocked on a door in Dearborn Heights, Mich., seeking help after wrecking her car in the early morning hours of Nov. 2. The homeowner, Wafer, says his shotgun discharged accidentally after he mistook McBride for a burglar at 2:30 a.m.

The coroner is awaiting toxicology results to determine if McBride was under the influence when she was shot.

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Jay Z

Bosses at high end retailer Barneys released a statement apologizing to rapper Jay Z following media reports of racial profiling incidents involving black consumers at the New York location.

2 young black shoppers filed separate complaints accusing Barneys of racially profiling them after they made purchases of a $2,500 Celine handbag and a $350 Ferragamo belt.

But instead of apologizing to the shoppers who were racially profiled, Barneys apologized to Jay Z for inconveniencing him.

"We deeply regret that these recent events have distracted from the great work of the Shawn Carter Foundation, and we offer our sincere apologies to Mister Carter," said Barneys CEO Mark Lee.

And you scoffed when I said Jay Z was behaving like HE was the victim?

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Jay Z releases a statement

Barneys NY has recently come under fire for 2 alleged incidents of racial profiling involving black consumers.

In response to the avalanche of negative press surrounding his business affiliation with Barneys, Jay Z's publicist released a statement on Saturday making him out to be the victim.

"I move and speak based on facts and not emotion. I haven't made any comments because I am waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys," Z was quoted as saying.

"Why am I being demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a newspaper for not speaking immediately?"

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Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

Rap mogul Jay Z is under pressure to cancel his upcoming watch launch at Barneys New York after two black consumers accused the high end retailer of racial profiling. College student Travon Christian filed a lawsuit against Barneys and the NYPD after he was detained and accused of using a stolen debit card to pay for his purchase of a $300 belt.

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Trayvon Christian

A young college student discovered that racism is alive and well in high end retailing. Trayon Christian is suing Barney's Department store and the NYPD for violating his rights after the retailer accused him of credit card fraud.

Christian, 19, went to the Madison Avenue Barney's in NY to purchase a Ferragamo belt after spotting his favorite rapper, Juelz Santana, wearing the expensive accessory. Christian saved his money by working extra shifts at his part-time job. He was finally able to purchase the luxury $349 Salvatore Ferragamo belt, which he paid for with a debit card in his name.

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George Zimmerman Stopped By Cops

George Zimmerman was stopped by a Texas police officer for speeding and packing heat earlier this week, TMZ reports. Zimmerman was driving a grey pickup truck with a Florida license plate when he was pulled over for speeding in Forney, Texas on Sunday. The officer found a loaded handgun in the truck's glove compartment.

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Frank Ski and Don Lemon

Local restauranteur Frank Ski, left, tweeted his response to CNN anchor Don Lemon's oral dissertation on what's wrong with black men in America.

Lemon, 47, recently defended Bill O'Reilly's low opinions of black men, saying O'Reilly didn't "go far enough" in his depiction of black men as social outcasts.

Addressing black people directly, Lemon, who is openly gay, listed "5 Things To Improve Black America," beginning with "Pull up your pants."

In his letter to Don, titled "I'm just saying," Ski tweeted "It was extremely irresponsible for a person of your influence to point fingers and criticize without also listing the "Systemic Racisms" of America that brought us to this point."

Ski, 49, who owns Frank Ski's Restaurant and Lounge, left V-103 last year after 14 years at the helm of the station's top-rated Frank Ski Morning Show and Frank and Wanda Morning Show.

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Today's headline on Matt Drudge's news aggregate website Drudgereport.com screams "JEANTEL WARNED ZIMMERMAN COULD BE GAY RAPIST" -- a reference to trial witness Rachel Jeantel who was the last person Trayvon Martin spoke to before he was killed by George Zimmerman. Jeantel's first interview aired on CNN Monday night.

Drudge describes how Jeantel "opened up and let loose on the murder case that gripped that nation."

And because he's gay, Drudge immediately pounced on the notion that Jeantel called Zimmerman a "gay rapist."

Of course, that's not what she said, but that's the way Drudge heard it.

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Cop Arrests Sober Man Because He Looked Drunk Jesse Thornton was previously arrested 10 times for driving while black in surprise, AZ. Now he is taking action after his latest arrest.

WXYZ.com reports that Thornton, a 64-year-old retired firefighter hadn't been drinking when he was pulled over by police one recent night.

"I can tell you're driving DUI by looking in your eyes," Thornton said the cop told him.

"I take my glasses off and he says, 'You've got bloodshot eyes. I think you're DUI,'" said Thornton.

Thornton said he told the cop his eyes were red because he was swimming earlier in the evening. Thornton was ordered to take a sobriety test and sit on the curb, despite having a bad hip and knee.

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MC Hammer

MC Hammer tweet

MC Hammer took to his Twitter account last night to blast police for what he called a racial profiling incident.

Hammer, whose real name is Stanley Kirk Burrell, 50, tweeted about his encounter with an overweight officer at a mall in Dublin, California, about 348 miles north of Los Angeles.

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Joe Rickey Hundley

A man accused of slapping a crying 2-year-old baby on an Atlanta-bound Delta flight has been fired from his job, CNN.com reports.

Joe Rickey Hundley of Hayden, Idaho, was sitting across the aisle from Jessica Bennett, 33, of Minnesota, when he became belligerent toward Bennett whose 19-month-old son was crying.

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