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Black Honors Student Accused of Cheating on SAT Files Lawsuit

The 330-point SAT improvement was deemed invalid by the testing company.

Kamilah Campbell

Kamilah Campbell's second set of SAT scores were deemed invalid by the national testing company that many colleges use as a requirement for entry.


Campbell, who attends Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School in Miami, and is an honor student, had initially taken the exam in March and scored a 900 without preparation or studying. Once she received her score, Campbell, with her parents, invested in a tutor and she even took online classes, as well as obtained a copy of a The Princeton Review prep book.

She diligently studied and retook the exam. This time she scored a 1230 out of 1600 points. Many people would think this would be great accomplishment. After all, isn't that what academia teaches students? Work hard and study and they should be able to obtain or surpass their goals.

But instead of being celebrated for her hard work, the Educational Testing Services (ETS) and the college board accused her of cheating and invalidated the better score. Not only did the ETS invalidate the score but Campbell missed the deadline to apply to the her first choice university, Florida State University.

The letter sent to Campbell by the ETS stated: "We are writing to you because based on a preliminary review, there appears to be substantial evidence that your scores are invalid. Our preliminary concerns are based on substantial agreement between your answers on one or more scored sections of the test and those of other test takers. The anomalies noted above raise concerns about the validity of your scores."

"I did not cheat," Campbell said fired back during a press conference on Wednesday in Miami. "I studied, and I focused to achieve my dream. I worked so hard and did everything I could do."

Campbell's tutor and teachers vouched for efforts as well. The decision wasn't overturned.

The Campbell family has hired civil rights attorney, Benjamin Crump, and plan to file a lawsuit against the organizations. His office released a media advisory said partly:

"ETS violated Kamilah's constitutional right to be considered innocent until proven guilty and denied Kamilah due process."

The full press release can be read below.

Black Student in Kansas Sues School District for Racial Discrimination

The dance team's choreographer told Camille Sturdivant that her skin was "too dark" to perform because she "clashed" with uniforms.

Camille Sturdivant and coaches Kevin Murakami and Carley Fine

Camille Sturdivant has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the Blue Valley School District for the abuse she was subjected to as a member of the high school dance team.

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Cardi B. Delivers a More Effective Speech About Trump's Shutdown on Instagram Than Politicians

"Our country is in a hellhole right now," she said. "All for a f‐‐‐ing wall."

Rapper Cardi B. told her 39 million Instagram followers on Wednesday night what she really thought about President Trump's partial government shutdown, his wall and about his absurd request to force people who aren't getting paid to go back to work.

She didn't mince words (she uses explicit language in the video).

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Five Cops Fired, Two Suspended After Man in Custody Died

"I can't breathe," Christopher Lowe said before he died. But officers still failed to call for help.

The Fort Worth Police Department has terminated five officers and suspended two for their involvement in the death of Christopher Lowe, 55, while he was in police custody last July.

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Vermont Continues to Fail Black Legislator Racially Harassed By White Nationalist

Kiah Morris resigned from her position because of the harassment, but Vermont's attorney general said he will not file charges against the perpetrators, including Max Misch.

Kiah Morris was the only Black woman in the Vermont House of Representatives, until she resigned from her position in September, after enduring years of racially motivated harassment.

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Trump's Government Shutdown Closes MLK Historic Sites

Ebenezer Baptist Church and most of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta are closed. "I feel a bit of sadness...I didn't expect to cry over this," said Bernice King.

Tuesday was Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and next Monday is our national celebration of the civil rights icon.

But school field trips, celebrations, families' visits to teach children about civil rights and the values of all people being created equally are being canceled due to President Trump's government shutdown.

Thousands of people who flock to Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. was pastor, and to his home, as well as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C., will be disappointed. They are all closed.

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Roku Pulls Racist 'Infowars' After Social Media Backlash

Alex Jones, founder of Infowars, has also been accused of sexual harassment. He allegedly grabbed a Black employee's backside saying: "Who wouldn't want a Black wife?"

Reuters

Six months after major social media channels such as YouTube and Twitter banned Alex Jones' Infowars, Roku, a streaming service, added a channel for the show's 24 million users. Apparently, there has been a channel for the show on Roku for years, according to Roku spokesman Eric Savitz.

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