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October 21, 2014

Labor Secretary: Lack Of Paid Parental Leave In U.S. Is Embarrassing

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Boko Haram Clashes Rage On Despite Ceasefire Reports

Boko Haram
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Obama Has Perfect Reaction To Woman's Jealous Boyfriend

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Shonda Rhimes Shuts Down Tweeter Who's Upset With Gay Sex Scenes

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Skip Bayless Made Outrageous Claim About Kobe Bryant

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NYPD Still Arresting Large Number Of Minorities For Minor Marijuana Offenses

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Wyoming Attorney General Says Gay Marriages Can Begin On Tuesday

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Urgency of Now: Why We Must Vote

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Cam'ron Is Selling The 'Fashionable' Ebola Masks You Never Asked For

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Man On Death Row Because In Texas, Being Black Means You're Dangerous?

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Michael Rapaport Squashes Beef With Spike Lee

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Can Rand Paul Get 30 Percent Of The Black Vote In 2016?

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How Becoming The First African NBA General Manager Inspires Masai Ujiri To Give Back

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Reggae Legend John Holt Dies

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Nigeria Is Officially Ebola-Free After Containing Virus

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Why Are Black Women Dying of Breast Cancer, Even Though More White Women Are Diagnosed?

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40 Contemporary African Artists Take On Dante's 'Divine Comedy'

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For Battered NFL Wives, A Message From The Cops And The League

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Congressional Hearing On Ebola Was 'Shameful,' Janet Napolitano Says

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Russian Tennis Czar Insults Williams Sisters

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pens Scathing Dissent On Texas Voter ID Law

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Liberian Leader Warns Ebola Risks Causing A 'Lost Generation'

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Obama Moves Into Campaign Mode

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Joanne Borgella Dies At 32

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Why Vonderrit Myers Matters

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NIH Official: Budget Cuts Can't Be Blamed For Lack Of Ebola Vaccine

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Michael Dunn Sentenced To Life In Prison

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I Am a Liberian. I Am Not a Virus.

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Darren Wilson Says He Feared For His Life: Report

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Supreme Court Allows Texas Voter ID Law

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Stacey Dash: Minorities Feel 'Worthless,' 'Uneducated' Under Obama

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Greatest Magazine Cover Of 2014?

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Cliven Bundy Challenges Eric Holder In Video Endorsing Black Congressional Candidate

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Nigerian Girls' Hometown Cautiously Hopeful For Their Release

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Kobe Bryant Calls ESPN 'A Bunch Of Idiots'

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Stop And Frisk Linked To Trauma And Anxiety In Young Men

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From Civil War In Sudan To The Silver Screen

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Still No Charges 3 Months After Eric Garner's Chokehold Death

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Facebook Fight Allegedly Led To 3-Year-Old's Fatal Shooting

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GOP Congressman Gets Boost From Racially Charged Ad

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Ebola Panic Reaches College Campuses

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Do 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Benefit Black Defendants?

Todd Rutherford South Carolina
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These 5 Scary Obamacare Predictions Were Dead Wrong

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Walmart Yanks Ammo From Shelves Of Stores Near Ferguson

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The Ebola Outbreak In Senegal Is Officially Over

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Wyatt Cenac Describes His 'Physical Altercation' With An 'SNL' Cast Member

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Kerry Washington Talks 'Awkward' 'Scandal' Sex Scenes

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For The Love Of God, People, Do Not Dress Up As Ray Rice For Halloween

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Macy Gray: 'I Was A Massive A**hole'

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Afroman: 'After Marijuana Is Legalized, I'm Not A Criminal'

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16 Times Floyd Mayweather Jr. Bragged About Having More Money Than You

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North West Heads To A Pumpkin Patch In Leather Pants

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Tyra Banks Proves You Can Be A Feminist And A Runway Model

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Beyonce Dons A Floral Romper For Night Out With Adele

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Jada Pinkett Smith Brought A Man On A Leash To Her 'Gotham' Audition

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'SNL' Nails Important Point About Aid Programs In Africa In Hilarious Sketch

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Drake Shoots Hoops, Becomes Jimmy From 'Degrassi' Again

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LeBron James Returns To Akron

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Here Are The Most Progressive 2 Minutes Of TV This Season

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Jordin Sparks Wants You To See Her Without Makeup

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How One Artist Is Single-Handedly Changing The Way We See Death Row

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Chris Rock's New Movie Gets A Really Funny Trailer

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Sheryl Lee Ralph Breaks Down Her 24th Annual 'DIVAS Simply Singing!'

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Iggy Finally Gets An Apology From Snoop Dogg

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Fly Rudeboys Remind Us What Cool Looks Like

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Nick Cannon Responds To Amber Rose Relationship Rumors

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Let Kerry Washington Be Your Guide To 'No Makeup' Makeup

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The Best Worst Answer Ever On 'Family Feud'

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'Real Housewives Of Atlanta' Star Confirms Pending Divorce To Husband

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Afroman Updates 'Because I Got High' For Legalization

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Pharrell Channels Michael Jackson On 'Dear Girl' Tour

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Erykah Badu Made This Much Singing On NYC Sidewalk

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Harlem Globetrotters Ride The Subway; Passengers Have A Ball

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Major Decision Made In Teddy Pendergrass Estate Battle

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Quvenzhané Wallis Has Her Fingers Crossed For Another Oscar Nod

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Notable/Quotable: Bill O'Reilly

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By Karu F. Daniels, BlackVoices.com



"This is from a person who makes a living peddling the 'n' word and violent lyrics to children and young adults. He is a real champ. The good news is that only a few media outlets have given him any attention and his new album is a bomb, a disaster, a catastrophe and he desperately wants attention... I hope I'm not a racist for pointing that out."

-- FOX News talk show host Bill O'Reilly commenting on Nas' recent protest of the conservative news network. ('The O'Reilly Factor)


Black Music Notes June 26

    6/26/08: Jill Scott
    Jill Scott's latest album 'The Real Thing' is coming to a television screen near you. And it's going to be a sight for your eyes and a pleasure to your ears. On June 29, TV One will premiere an original music concert special featuring the neo-soul high priestess in all of her glory. Titled 'Jill Scott: The Real Thing Tour (Live in Philly),' the one-hour special features the two-time Grammy Award winning wunderkind performing a mix of her classic hits such as 'A Long Walk' and 'The Way,' juxtaposed with material from her newer projects, including the inspirational anthem 'Golden' and the tell-it-like-it-is, take-no-prisoners 'Hate On Me.' The special (Scott's very first) was filmed in March 2008 at the Liacouris Center in Philadelphia. Encore airings of the show are scheduled to air on July 3, July 5, and July 11.

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    6/26/08: D'Angelo
    Despite going through legal woes over the past few years, neo-soul originator D'Angelo is back in the studio working on a new album. According to 'Billboard,' the singer is expected to release his new as-yet-untitled album next year on J Records. The company bought out his contract in 2005 from Virgin Records (who released his first two albums). Fans can expect the man legally known as Michael D'Angelo Archer to hook up with Raphael Saadiq once again, the two previously worked together on Saadiq's 2002 hit 'Be Here.' Although the album is still in its early stages, the 'Brown Sugar' crooner has plans to also land John Mayer on the opus, with a single to hit the airwaves by the end of the year. Until that time comes, fans can catch some of D'Angelo in his former glory with the recently released compilation, 'The Best So Far,' featuring hits, rarities and previously unreleased videos.

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    6/26/08: Gerald Albright
    This week, one of the most sought after saxophonists in contemporary jazz, Gerald Albright, will release his eleventh solo project titled, 'Sax for Stax.' The set features eight covers from the Stax Records catalog , in addition to three originals written by Albright. The multi-talented sax player reached out to vocalists Will Downing, Ledisi, and Philip Bailey to help recapture classic music such as Issac Hayes' top five hit 'Never Can Say Goodbye' and the Staple Singers' hit 'Respect Yourself.' "I went through two box sets with over 20 CDs to pick songs that felt good and would work well melodically for the saxophone," Albright said.

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    6/26/08: Swizz Beatz
    Just last year super-producer Swizz Beatz was hospitalized for exhaustion, and by the looks of it hasn't slowed him down a bit. The hip-hop hit-maker has been in the studio crafting hits for Jay-Z, G-Unit, Ludacris, T.I. , Alicia Keys, and surprisingly the icon himself Michael Jackson. The Bronx native (legally known as Kasseem Dean) recently revealed his plans to not only produce some music for the King of Pop, but produce his tour as well. "I'm probably gonna be producing his tour and everything," he explained to 'MTV.' "I'm designing planes for Gulf Stream and everything. They called me. I'm around different people. I'm around billionaires. I'm around people like that." This October Swizz Beatz plans to release his new studio opus entitled, 'Life After the Party.'

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    6/26/08: Erykah Badu
    This fall, Erykah Badu is planning on bringing some of her voodoo experiences on the road the neo-soul diva was recently added to the tenth annual "Voodoo Experience Festival," held October 24-26 in New Orleans. In addition to Badu, Wyclef Jean, Joss Stone, and Lupe Fiasco are among the other acts on board to join alternative rock headliners R.E.M. , Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots. Tickets are priced at $115, while a three-day VIP pass will available for a whopping $450.

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    6/26/08: Ludacris
    Trying to maintain a successful career in the music industry as well as Hollywood can be a bit strenuous for some rappers. But not Ludacris! Luda (as he is also known as) not only has his new album, 'Theater of the Mind' slated to hit stores in September, he's also in the process of filming a few movies. On Halloween, the actor/rapper will be appearing in Guy Ritchie's new film 'RocknRolla.' He also recently finished shooting 'Max Payne,' a crime thriller fronted by Mark Wahlberg. When asked which profession he likes most, he simply replied: "Music is still my number-one love. I just balance a lot of different things now." Hollywood is still calling him, though. To date, Ludacris has starred in the Academy Award winning movie 'Crash,' the John Singleton-produced 'Hustle & Flow' and 'Fred Clause,' alongside Vince Vaughan.

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    6/26/08: Ne-Yo/Keyshia Cole
    The 2008 Reggae Sumfest is guaranteed to kick off with a bang! On July 18, new-school R&B superstars Ne-Yo and Keyshia Cole are tapped to headline this year's international night at the Montego Bay festival, which takes place from July 13-19. Reggae Sumfest will also showcase the best of the best in Dancehall and Reggae music including Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, and Lady Saw, among many others.

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    6/26/08: Will.I.Am
    Crafting hit music for The Black Eyed Peas and Justin Timberlake can only inspire an artist/producer such as Will.I.Am (born William James Adams Jr.)to go beyond the music industry. Fans can expect to see the Black Eyed Peas front-man in the forthcoming X-Men movie, 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine,' playing a role opposite of Hugh Jackman. Will.I.Am recently revealed to 'MTV News' that the character he'll be playing is a teleporter by the name of John Wraith. In addition to 'X-Men,' the producer also landed a role in the 'Madagascar' sequel. "With 'Madagascar 2,' I think there has to be an angel or something or my grandma's prayers guiding that," he says. "It's pretty, pretty dope. And I'm grateful and happy about it all." 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' is expected to hit theaters in May 2009.

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    6/26/08: Mashonda
    After releasing her debut album 'January Joy' internationally, Mashonda returns with two new singles 'All or Nothing' and 'No Panties' from her forthcoming untitled album. The Harlem reared singer describes her first single 'No Panties' as being "all about giving your man whatever he desires; no limits." In addition to her new music hitting the radio airwaves, the ex Mrs. Swizz Beatz (real name: Mashonda Tifrere-Dean) is the creative director and model for an upcoming coffee table book entitled, 'Alter Ego Revealed.' Mashonda's new album is set to drop in early next year.

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    6/26/08: Lauryn Hill/Kanye West
    'Entertainment Weekly' magazine recently unveiled its 'New Classics' list in which they ranked the best in music, movies, TV shows, and books from over the past 25 years. Lauryn Hill's mega-selling solo debut 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' landed at number two slot behind Prince's timeless classic 'Purple Rain,' which held down the top spot. Other artist that made the list included Kanye West (No. 4), Jay-Z (No. 7), Outkast (No. 12), Beyonce (No. 19), Mariah Carey (No. 21), Nas (No. 28), and The Notorious B.I.G (No. 40), among many others.

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