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JENA, LA - AUGUST 7:  Marci and Chris Johnson, an interracial couple August 7, 2007 in Jena, Louisiana. They are the parents
JENA, LA - AUGUST 7: Marci and Chris Johnson, an interracial couple August 7, 2007 in Jena, Louisiana. They are the parents of a 19 month old son and complain of repeated incidents of prejudice in their interactions with the town since getting together. Marci and Chris were married recently. Over the last year there has been an undercurrent of racial tension in the town which has led to outbreaks of violence between white and black students. The tension escelated after an incident under a tree favoured by white students. When a black student attempted to sit under the tree the next day 3 nooses were found hanging from the branches. In the latest outbreak of violence 6 black students attacked a white student who denies provoking them. The 6 black students are now known as the Jena 6 and are currently awaiting trial for attempted murder in a hotly disputed case. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

A few deeply interesting stats brought to us by the Pew Research Center

  • The nation's birth rate dropped 8 percent in 2010, the most recent year for which data is available. That decrease is due largely to immigrant women opting to have fewer children.
  • That same year, the share of new marriages between couples with different racial or ethnic backgrounds climbed to 15.1 percent
  • Half of parents with teens who access the Internet say they have used some sort of monitoring or site-blocking software in an effort to try to stay on top of their kid's virtual lives.
  • Nearly one third -- 32 percent -- of ALL Americans have benefited from two or more entitlement programs in their lifetime.

Illinois joined a small gorup of sates yesterday that will issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.

For African Americans genrational downward mobility remains a very distinct possibility. The issue gets little attention but shapes lives and families.

Another take on online dating: it deepens inequalities and exposes the kind of biases that make many of us squirm http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/01/one-possible-troubling-outcome-of-online-dating-more-social-inequality/266798/. And, a deeper dive on just what happens when we try to meet online.

Gay, Cuban-American poet to deliver innagural poem. He joins the ranks of celebrated poets such as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou, who also delivered inauguration day poems.

Having a rough day at the office, or difficult time trying to make ends meet? Check out this as-told-to account of a Latina single mother and farm worker's life.

In Brazil, where prostitution is legal, a sex worker's organization is helping prostitues get "business-ready" for the World Cup, offering English-language classes so that the workers might better communicate with their customers.

Ten things you won't learn about slavery in "Django Unchained," brought to us by Colorlines. This list is for the thinkers among us. Number 1 - Slavery laid the foundation for the modern international economic system. Certainly worth reading.

If you wonder why you need to know or even consider those 10 things, the economy can't really be repaired without addressing lingering institutionalized white supremacy, according to Colorlines.

While most mentions of the Latino population's surging size and influence focus on the group's relative youth -- median age 27 -- a new study found Latinos are also experiencing the fastest rate of growth in glaucoma diagnoses, an eye disease usually associated with old age that can cause blindness.

Finally, a (VIDEO) moment on the n-word, language and representing reality in art with Junot Diaz. If you don't know the words "phenotype" or "dogma" folks, break out your dictionary and watch.

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