Bring That Week Back: School Threatened to Expel Teen for Puffy Hair

A French magazine editor wears Blackface, plus more.

School Threatened to Expel Teen for ?Puffy? Hair - Oprah is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom; a French magazine editor sparks outrage for wearing blackface to dress up as singer Solange; plus more news. ? Natelege WhaleyVanessa Van Dyke, a student at Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, Florida, was told by her school that she had to cut her big, large and puffy hair ? or straighten it ? if she didn?t want to be expelled. But her mother fought back against the ridiculous rules saying that her daughter?s African-American hair ?naturally grows out.? The school?s administrators now say they are not requiring her to cut it but want her to style it differently.    (Photo: Courtesy WKMG Orlando)

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School Threatened to Expel Teen for “Puffy” Hair - Oprah is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom; a French magazine editor sparks outrage for wearing blackface to dress up as singer Solange; plus more news. — Natelege WhaleyVanessa Van Dyke, a student at Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, Florida, was told by her school that she had to cut her big, large and puffy hair — or straighten it — if she didn’t want to be expelled. But her mother fought back against the ridiculous rules saying that her daughter’s African-American hair “naturally grows out.” The school’s administrators now say they are not requiring her to cut it but want her to style it differently.    (Photo: Courtesy WKMG Orlando)

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Oprah Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom - Oprah Winfrey and former President Bill Clinton were among the 16 honorees awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama at a White House ceremony last Wednesday. It also marked 50 years since John F. Kennedy established the ceremony. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Editor Apologizes for Blackface Photo - After an offensive Halloween, blackface incidents are still popping up. An editor at French Elle dressed up as Solange, painting her face with brown makeup and wearing a black afro wig for an event, then posted the photo to Instagram. After uproar over the photo, she apologized and said she “didn’t realize the seriousness” of her action. “I deeply regret and would like to present all my apologies,” she tweeted. (Photo: Jeanne Deroo via Instagram)

Black Judge Says UCLA Cops Used Excessive Force During Arrest - Judge David S. Cunningham III of the Los Angeles Superior Court has filed a complaint against two University of California, Los Angeles, police officers for shoving him against his car, handcuffing him and locking him in their police vehicle. He was detained for resisting arrest. Cunningham?s lawyer believes race could be a factor in the case. (Photo: KTLA News 5)

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Black Judge Says UCLA Cops Used Excessive Force During Arrest - Judge David S. Cunningham III of the Los Angeles Superior Court has filed a complaint against two University of California, Los Angeles, police officers for shoving him against his car, handcuffing him and locking him in their police vehicle. He was detained for resisting arrest. Cunningham’s lawyer believes race could be a factor in the case. (Photo: KTLA News 5)

Students Find Slave Grave in New York - The federal government has confirmed the findings of a slave grave by some young and curious anthropologists in the Bronx this past May. A group of fourth- and fifth-graders found a burial ground for Indian and African slaves with the help of their teacher using survey maps, newspapers and city records as sources. (Photo: The City of New York)

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Students Find Slave Grave in New York - The federal government has confirmed the findings of a slave grave by some young and curious anthropologists in the Bronx this past May. A group of fourth- and fifth-graders found a burial ground for Indian and African slaves with the help of their teacher using survey maps, newspapers and city records as sources. (Photo: The City of New York)

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L.A. Jury Awards $1.1 Million to Black Firefighter - A Los Angeles court has awarded firefighter Jabari Jumaane $1.1 million in a racial discrimination case against the Los Angeles City Fire Department. Jumaane said he underwent serious discipline and suspensions after his supervisor made false claims about his behavior on performance evaluations. Jumaane spent 27 years with the department. (Photo: Jabari Jumaane via Facebook)

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L.A. Jury Awards $1.1 Million to Black Firefighter - A Los Angeles court has awarded firefighter Jabari Jumaane $1.1 million in a racial discrimination case against the Los Angeles City Fire Department. Jumaane said he underwent serious discipline and suspensions after his supervisor made false claims about his behavior on performance evaluations. Jumaane spent 27 years with the department. (Photo: Jabari Jumaane via Facebook)

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Two Delaware County Prison Guards File Suits - Two Delaware prison guards have filed lawsuits against the George W. Hill Correctional Facility for its cruel mistreatment toward African-American inmates and workers. Silver Black and Angelina Blocker claim white guards spray Black inmates with pepper stray for hours and let dogs urinate on their beds. They also say Black guards have been looked over for promotions. (Photo: Doug Berry/Getty Images)

Students Rally Against Hate Crime at San Jose State - Three white students at San Jose State University thought it would be funny to tie a metal bicycle lock around the neck of their Black roommate and nickname him “three-fifths” in reference to slavery in November. They also locked him inside his room and hung a Confederate flag in his window. The attackers face misdemeanor hate-crime and battery charges. (Photo: AP Photo/San Jose Mercury News, Karl Mondon)

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University President Says He “Failed” Black Students in Hate Crimes Case - San Jose State University President Mohammad Qayoumi says he failed to “intervene earlier to stop the abuse” against a Black student. Three white students have been charged with misdemeanor hate crime and battery for tying a metal bicycle lock around the neck of their Black roommate. They also locked him inside his room and hung a Confederate flag in his window. The NAACP of San Jose is calling for higher charges against the attackers. (Photo: AP Photo/San Jose Mercury News, Karl Mondon)

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Who Gets Slammed Online? - Forty-six percent of teens and young adults believe African-Americans get the bulk of discriminatory remarks and images, according to a new survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV. But 64 percent believe that racial insults against Blacks are less likely to be considered intentionally hurtful. Also, 67 percent of young people believe racial attacks against Latinos are made mostly in a joking way. (Photo: AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

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Who Gets Slammed Online? - Forty-six percent of teens and young adults believe African-Americans get the bulk of discriminatory remarks and images, according to a new survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV. But 64 percent believe that racial insults against Blacks are less likely to be considered intentionally hurtful. Also, 67 percent of young people believe racial attacks against Latinos are made mostly in a joking way. (Photo: AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)