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Uzo Aduba (from left), Taylor Schilling, Laverne Cox, Selenis Leyva, Kate Mulgrew, casting director Jennifer Euston and Laura Prepon attend a Orange Is The New Black screening on Aug. 11, in New York City. Scott Roth/Invision/AP hide caption

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Tres hermanas- "Three Sisters", Cuajinicuilapa, Guerrero, Mexico, 1986. Tony Gleaton/Courtesy The Tony Gleaton Photographic Trust, All Rights Reserved hide caption

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Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones stands next to a illegal aliens sign he had placed in the parking lot of the Butler County Sheriff's Department, Nov. 3, 2005, in Hamilton, Ohio. David Kohl/AP hide caption

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Scenes from Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014, captured by some of the reporters I spoke to for this story. Courtesy of Trymaine Lee, Wesley Lowery, Gene Demby and Yamiche Alcindor hide caption

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Larry Wilmore is the host of The Nightly Show, a satirical news show that airs on Comedy Central. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images hide caption

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A YWCA summer camp for girls called Camp Nizhoni took place at Lincoln Hills from 1924-1945. Denver Public Library, Western History Collection hide caption

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Cynthia Hawkins is in the third generation of her family to lead a business in Watts, now known as the Hawkins House of Burgers. Courtesy Hawkins House of Burgers hide caption

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Author Walter Mosley in front of his childhood home in the LA neighborhood of Watts. He's standing with his father. Courtesy of Walter Mosley hide caption

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Sisters Francine and Fernanda Gravina have German, Italian, African and indigenous ancestry. Lourdes Garcia-Navarro/NPR hide caption

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Paige Watkins (from left), Sarah Johnson, Camille Johnson, Chris Turner and Devon Porter stand in front of Detroit's Eastern Market. They are all contributors to Black Bottom LLC, a project committed to recapturing the vibrancy of the Black Bottom community. Courtesy of Justin Milhouse hide caption

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Hamilton, which opened Thursday on Broadway, is a play based on the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Joan Marcus/Shane Marshall Brown hide caption

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Protesters arrive at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse on the first day of the trial of former Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Randall Kerrick in Charlotte. Kerrick is charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell. Chuck Burton/AP hide caption

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Demonstrators protested the death of Michael Brown on last summer in Ferguson, Mo., even as police sprayed pepper spray, shot smoke, gas and flash grenades. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Johanna Fernández, co-curator of a new exhibition about the Young Lords, points to pages of the group's newspaper on display at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Hansi Lo Wang/NPR hide caption

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