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Exonerated 5 Fighting to Stop Cops From Lying, Using Innocent People’s DNA and Other Things You Probably Thought Were Already Illegal

Innocent until proven guilty is one of the foundational tenets of American jurisprudence. Even when a person is arrested and jailed for a crime, they are afforded the same presumption of innocence as Ivanka Trump, Jesus Christ, the white people in lotion commercials or any other unblemished, blue-eyed blonde American. Of course, if you’re black, […]

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Exonerated Five Fighting to Stop Cops From Lying, Using Innocent People’s DNA and Other Things You Probably Thought Were Already Illegal

Innocent until proven guilty is one of the foundational tenets of American jurisprudence. Even when a person is arrested and jailed for a crime, they are afforded the same presumption of innocence as Ivanka Trump, Jesus Christ, the white people in lotion commercials or any other unblemished, blue-eyed blonde American. Of course, if you’re black, […]

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Police Interrogation Firm Sues Ava DuVernay and Netflix, Claiming Defamation for When They See Us

John E. Reid and Associates, the firm behind the controversial police interrogation method the Reid Technique, has filed a federal lawsuit against When They See Us writer and director Ava DuVernay and network Netflix for defamation, according to Variety. The firm was founded by John E. Reid, a former Chicago police officer. When They See […]

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Syracuse University Honors the Exonerated Five’s Kevin Richardson With Scholarship in His Name

Screenshot: Inside Edition I’m not crying, you’re crying. Before being unjustly engulfed in the criminal justice system, the Exonerated Five’s Kevin Richardson was a 14-year-old trumpet player with aspirations to one day attend the esteemed Syracuse University. Sadly, that dream never became a reality for Richardson, but it may for others now that the school […]

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Full Circle: The Exonerated Five’s Korey Wise Moves Into Luxury Condo Overlooking Central Park

Korey Wise, left, and Jharrel Jerome, who portrays Wise, attend Netflix’s FYSEE event for “When They See Us” at Netflix FYSEE at Raleigh Studios on June 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: David Livingston (Getty Images) For 30 years, New York City’s Central Park has served as the origin of unspeakable anguish for Korey […]

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The Glow Up Goes to NOLA, Day 4: Maybe My Mascara Should Run for President

Michelle Obama speaks onstage during the 2019 ESSENCE Festival at Louisiana Superdome on July 06, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Photo: Bennett Raglin (Getty Images for ESSENCE) No, Michelle Obama is not running for president, y’all. But we all know that if she did have the inclination, she’d have the coveted black female vote on lock. […]

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Melania Trump and the Hypocrisy of White American Motherhood

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) Over the last few years, much of the conversation around Melania Trump has hinged on her foreignness—both in the literal sense, and in the ways she breaks from White House traditions: She’s a former lingerie model, the first first lady in more than two centuries to be born outside of […]

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Beto O’Rourke Says Donald Trump Owes The Exonerated Five an Apology

Eyes on 2020An in-depth look at the candidates vying for the highest office in the land in 2020.   “This is the most divisive, the most xenophobic, the most racist, the most nativist, the most Islamophobic president we have ever had.” — Beto O’Rourke The Exonerated Five are in the spotlight following the release of Ava […]

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Trump Won’t Apologize to the Exonerated Five, Claims They Admitted Their Guilt and That There Are ‘People on Both Sides’

Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) President Donald Trump believes what he wants to believe. Not only can he not be swayed, but he doesn’t even want to hear anything that isn’t remotely close to what he believes. As it stands, Trump doesn’t believe DNA evidence, pollsters, his own CIA or the FBI director. If God […]

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Trump Still Thinks The Central Park Five Are Guilty, DNA And A Netflix Miniseries Be Damned

Trump, asked by @AprilDRyan if he would apologize for his remarks on the Central Park Five, does not apologize and adds: “You have people on both sides of that. They admitted their guilt.”Via Fox pic.twitter.com/sXXFGtnEMU — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 18, 2019 While May ended with the premiere of Ali Wong’s Netflix comedy, Always Be […]

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Manhattan District Attorney Refuses to Reopen Cases Handled by Central Park Five Prosecutor Linda Fairstein

Photo: Paul Hawthorne (Getty Images) Since the release of Netflix’s haunting masterpiece When They See Us, karma has been working overtime to derail the lives and careers of former prosecutor Linda Fairstein and attorney Elizabeth Lederer—two of the biggest beneficiaries of the Exonerated Five’s 1990 convictions. When Karma Has GPS: Linda Fairstein Dropped By Literary […]

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T.I., the Central Park Five, and Ebenezer Baptist Church Kick Off Summit to End Mass Incarceration

(L to R) Antron McCray, Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson and Korey Wise embrace on stage at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California’s 25th annual awards luncheon on June 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. Photo: Mario Tama (Getty Images) Anyone who thinks the black church is a bygone relic with no […]

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Oprah’s ‘When They See Us Now’ Special Shows the Scars the Series Didn’t Heal

“The world knew them as just a derogatory headline for decades … But from this day forward we call them the Exonerated Five, not the Central Park Five,” Oprah Winfrey said during her hour-long interview special Oprah Winfrey Presents: When They See Us Now. The special, currently airing on Netflix, features When They See Us […]

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When Karma Has GPS: Linda Fairstein Dropped By Literary Agency Amid Backlash for Being a Despicable Human Being

Screenshot: Makers Video (YouTube) As society’s “Fuck Linda Fairstein” campaign continues, on Tuesday came the news that Hollywood literary agency ICM Partners has decided to wash its hands of the former New York City prosecutor-turned crime novelist-turned bane of our collective existence. Deadline confirmed the news and reports that ICM Partners represented the bestselling author, […]

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Black Student Protest Leads to Prosecutor in the Central Park 5 Case Quitting Her Columbia Law School Job

Photo: iStock Another day, another example of karma coming for folks in the fallout over the wrongful prosecutions of the Central Park Five. Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Lederer has quit her part-time gig as a professor at Columbia Law School after renewed calls for her ouster by the Black Law Students Association, the New […]

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’30 Years Later and Not Much Has Changed’: Oprah’s Interview with The Exonerated Five to Air on Netflix and OWN

Oprah Interviews The Exonerated Five | When They See Us / Netflix (YouTube) Antron McCray, Korey Wise, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Yusef Salaam—once known as “The Central Park Five” are now “The Exonerated Five.” The five men, whose lives were tragically altered when they were unjustly convicted in two separate trials in connection with […]

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Backlisted: Publisher Kicks Central Park 5 Prosecutor Linda Fairstein to the Curb

Linda FairsteinPhoto: Paul Hawthorne (Getty) Sometimes life comes at you fast or — in the case of former prosecutor-turned-author Linda Fairstein — decades later, with Fairstein facing the latest comeuppance as a result of backlash since a revisting of her handling of the prosecution of five black and brown boys in New York’s infamous 1989 […]

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Blacklisted: Publisher Kicks Central Park 5 Prosecutor Linda Fairstein to the Curb

Linda FairsteinPhoto: Paul Hawthorne (Getty) Sometimes life comes at you fast or — in the case of former prosecutor-turned-author Linda Fairstein — decades later, with Fairstein facing the latest comeuppance as a result of backlash since a revisting of her handling of the prosecution of five black and brown boys in New York’s infamous 1989 […]

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Central Park Five Prosecutor Linda Fairstein Dismisses Accuracy of When They See Us: ‘It’s a Basket of Lies’

Photo: Paul Hawthorne (Getty Images) Former prosecutor Linda Fairstein is experiencing karma having a bad week. Since the release of Netflix’s haunting masterpiece When They See Us, the world has been provided with explicit details of the abhorrent lengths that Fairstein went to to ruin the lives of five innocent black and brown teenagers. Advertisement As […]

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Five Black Men React to Netflix’s When They See Us, Ava DuVernay’s Series About the Central Park Five

On May 31, Netflix released the Ava DuVernay-helmed miniseries, When They See Us, which delves into the case of the Central Park Five, the five black and brown boys who were convicted in 1990 in both the media and the courtroom for a crime they didn’t commit. In 2002, they were exonerated after the actual […]

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