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Two years after George Floyd's murder, Joe Biden to sign executive order on police reform
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Two years after George Floyd's murder, Joe Biden to sign executive order on police reform

The White House called the move "historic" in a press release, but the new executive order does not go as far as the major police reform Biden promised during his election campaign

T20 World Cup 2021: Indian players take the knee before clash against Pakistan
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T20 World Cup 2021: Indian players take the knee before clash against Pakistan

The Indian team was making the gesture for the first time. Players of the Pakistan team, meanwhile, too paid a tribute by holding their right hand to their heart.

Naomi Osaka docuseries review: A poignant look at an athlete still a work-in-progress
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Naomi Osaka docuseries review: A poignant look at an athlete still a work-in-progress

'Naomi Osaka', a three-part docuseries debuted on Netflix on Friday, takes a look at the challenges of a young athlete navigating her path amid rising stardom.

Firstpost Explains: What is Rule 50 of Olympic Charter and why is there a controversy over it?
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Firstpost Explains: What is Rule 50 of Olympic Charter and why is there a controversy over it?

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is strictly against any form of propaganda or political statements made during the Games and hence they will be enforcing Rule 50 of their Olympic Charter at Tokyo 2020.

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies’ Ja Morant says ‘athletes should always speak up’ for issues you believe in
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NBA: Memphis Grizzlies’ Ja Morant says ‘athletes should always speak up’ for issues you believe in

Ja Morant had an eventful initiation into the NBA. The Memphis Grizzlies star ended the pandemic-affected, fan-less season by winning the Rookie of the Year for the 2019-20 season.

New York Pride's ban on police officers marching in uniform highlights issues of identity and power
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New York Pride's ban on police officers marching in uniform highlights issues of identity and power

The role police officers should play in the annual parade has been debated for years, but it took on new heat amid a national reckoning around police brutality.

Derek Chauvin, ex-US police officer who killed George Floyd, sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison
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Derek Chauvin, ex-US police officer who killed George Floyd, sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison

Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22 and a half years in jail today for murdering African American George Floyd, a killing that sparked America's biggest demonstrations for racial justice in decades.

Video of Montreal police kneeling on Black teen's neck spurs public outrage, calls for investigation
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Video of Montreal police kneeling on Black teen's neck spurs public outrage, calls for investigation

Canada has been undergoing a national awakening about institutional racism including among police forces, that has been fueled by the Black Lives Matter movement

'It's starting to recognise the African American experience': Black community marks new Juneteenth holiday
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'It's starting to recognise the African American experience': Black community marks new Juneteenth holiday

A Juneteenth parade was held in Evanston, Illinois, a Chicago suburb that is using tax revenue from marijuana sales to offer housing grants to Black residents for past discrimination and the lingering effects of slavery.

Beyond Hollywood's big-budget In the Heights, colourism persists, and is rarely addressed
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Beyond Hollywood's big-budget In the Heights, colourism persists, and is rarely addressed

Colorism — or discrimination against darker-skinned people within their same ethnic group — lurks deep among pretty much all communities with varying levels of melanin. But it doesn’t get talked about, and that could be a setback for the racial justice efforts that intensified after the police killing of George Floyd last year.

Protests erupt in Minneapolis after Black man shot dead by US Marshals
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Protests erupt in Minneapolis after Black man shot dead by US Marshals

Police said 27 people have been arrested in the protest, with 26 accused of rioting and one facing a weapons charge

Tamela Mann, Trae Tha Truth among performers at concert in honour of George Floyd
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Tamela Mann, Trae Tha Truth among performers at concert in honour of George Floyd

The concert being held by the George Floyd Foundation is among events being held across the nation to mark the anniversary of his death.

Karun Chandhok wants more awareness against racism in sports after being denied entry into restaurant
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Karun Chandhok wants more awareness against racism in sports after being denied entry into restaurant

Chandhok said he would not dwell on the past but focus on contributing to make the sport more diverse including having more Indians on board.

Louisiana State Police officer withheld body camera video that recorded Ronald Greene’s deadly arrest
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Louisiana State Police officer withheld body camera video that recorded Ronald Greene’s deadly arrest

The case drew national attention when body camera videos showed troopers jolting the Black man with stun guns, putting him in a chokehold and dragging him by his ankle shackles

Gunshots ring out near George Floyd Square in Minneapolis on anniversary of his death
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Gunshots ring out near George Floyd Square in Minneapolis on anniversary of his death

Floyd, 46, who was Black, died on Memorial Day 2020 after then officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck, pinning him to the ground for about 9 1/2 minutes

FA Cup final: Youri Tielemans' sensational strike helps Leicester City upset Chelsea in front of 22,000 fans
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FA Cup final: Youri Tielemans' sensational strike helps Leicester City upset Chelsea in front of 22,000 fans

Five years after the Foxes stunned the Premier League's giants to become champions, Leicester have now claimed English football's other prestigious trophy, the FA Cup.

FA Cup final: Some fans at Wembley boo as Chelsea and Leicester players take a knee
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FA Cup final: Some fans at Wembley boo as Chelsea and Leicester players take a knee

The jeering was heard over some applause as more than 20,000 supporters were allowed inside Wembley Stadium after producing negative coronavirus test results.

In new book, historian Elizabeth Hinton unearths racial disturbances, rebellions that have faded from public memory
Arts & Culture

In new book, historian Elizabeth Hinton unearths racial disturbances, rebellions that have faded from public memory

America on Fire, which will be published on 18 May by Liveright, comes trailing enthusiastic endorsements from a raft of prominent scholars, including Henry Louis Gates Jr., Jill Lepore and Eric Foner. It’s a mark both of the book’s timeliness, and Hinton’s stature as a rising star in a historical profession that is increasingly seeking to understand the explosive growth of the carceral state.

Black Music Action Coalition's 'report card' to scrutinise the industry's progress toward racial parity
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Black Music Action Coalition's 'report card' to scrutinise the industry's progress toward racial parity

The Black Music Action Coalition, which was created last summer, will examine whether companies have been truly committed to making substantial changes or whether its donations and lofty statements were more a matter of crisis PR.

NBA superstar LeBron James' tweet about policeman who shot teen sparks uproar on US right-wing
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NBA superstar LeBron James' tweet about policeman who shot teen sparks uproar on US right-wing

LeBron James took down his tweet hours later, explaining his post was "being used to create more hate". Conservative pundits accused him of racism and irresponsible behaviour over the tweet which was about the shooting of 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant by a policeman.