Code Switch Race and identity, remixed.

In Gideon's Army, Brandy Alexander defends a 17 year old on trial for armed robbery who she believes is innocent. He faces a 10 year mandatory minimum if convicted. Dawn Porter hide caption

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HBO's 'Gideon's Army' Looks At Three Defenders Of The Poor

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Field director Charles White of the NAACP speaks at a podium outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. The court ruled that a key part of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Legalese Aside, How Do We Talk About Race Nowadays?

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Paula Deen dissolved into tears during her appearance Wednesday on NBC's Today show with Matt Lauer. The celebrity chef told Lauer she was not a racist, but image experts say she'll have to work harder to convince the public. Peter Kramer/AP hide caption

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How To Prove You're Not A Racist

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Judy Reyes (from left), Roselyn Sanchez, Ana Ortiz and Dania Ramirez all star in Lifetime's new series about Latina housemaids, Devious Maids. Lifetime hide caption

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Can 'Devious Maids' Really Break Stereotypes About Latinas?

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Nicki Minaj is part owner of the coconut moscato brand MYX. MYX hide caption

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Moscato Finds A Younger, Hipper — And Browner — Audience

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Ryan P. Haygood, director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, talks outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday about the court's opinion in Shelby County v. Holder. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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President Obama spoke last month at commencement ceremonies at Morehouse College in Atlanta, which brought fresh attention — and scrutiny — to historically black colleges. Carolyn Kaster/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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Baby Veronica and her biological father, Dusten Brown, feed geese and ducks in April in Nowata, Okla. Jeremy Charles for The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Happy Ruling For Adoptive Couple, Uncertainty For Baby Girl

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At a San Jose, Calif. library, a young reader browses a shelf of books featuring a variety of main characters: ducks, hens, white kids, black kids. Libraries help drive demand for children's books with nonwhite characters, but book publishers say there aren't enough libraries to make those books best-sellers. San Jose Library/Flickr hide caption

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As Demographics Shift, Kids' Books Stay Stubbornly White

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Little Green opens in 1967 and follows Easy Rawlins' search for a young man who disappeared after visiting the Sunset Strip, seen here in 1966. HF/AP hide caption

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Ever-Changing L.A. Links Walter Mosley To His Mid-Century P.I.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks to a crowd in Detroit on June 23, 1963. ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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Deconstructing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream

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Immigrant advocates use an image of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on a mock state driver's license during a 2012 rally in Santa Fe, N.M., to protest her proposal to repeal a state law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. Russell Contreras/AP hide caption

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