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in 1976, a single strand of hair tied Ledura Watkins to the robbery and murder of a woman in Detroit. An FBI lab technician gave the evidence during his murder trial and at the age of 21, Watkins was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Now after 40 years in a Michigan…

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After dropping the highly criticized video for “Humble,” Kung Fu Kenny has roared back with his fourth studio album, DAMN, and the video for “DNA.” The video starts off with Don Cheadle and Kendrick Lamar facing off in a gory dungeon-like basement. After pressing a button on the intricate machine located on the table, Cheadle…

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In They Still Live, Denver-based artists Thomas “Detour” Evans and Tya Alisa Anthony present a series combining DNA, African relics and African Americans in Denver. For the project, Evans and Anthony had each model conduct DNA testing provided by Ancestry.com. Based on the results,  models were then photographed with pieces from the Paul Hamilton collection of African art…

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For thousands of years we as a society have struggled to find new ways of marginalizing people into the most arbitrary little boxes in order to justify our pretentious preconception that we are somehow better than our peers. We have used our religions, philosophies, and most notably our skin color as mere pretext in our…

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Michael Phillips

Almost 14 years ago, Michael Phillips of Dallas, Texas, was accused of a crime he did not commit. Now, thanks to the testing of a DNA rape kit, he has been cleared of all charges. In 1990, Phillips was accused of raping a 16-year-old girl at a hotel where he lived and worked. The victim…

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Associates of singer Brandon Howard have claimed that the singer is the son of late pop superstar Michael Jackson. And according to a recent DNA test, it looks like friends of the 31-year old may be telling the truth. It was reported by TMZ that a DNA test would be performed to determine whether or not Howard, who goes by the stage name of B. Howard, is actually MJ’s kid with R&B singer Miki Howard.

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