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September 4, 2015

Baltimore Freddie Gray Case Needs Justice and Peace

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Much of Baltimore will be waiting for the outcome while holding their collective breath---not wanting a repeat of the April riots. And yet, legal decisions cannot rest on what might happen in the City of Baltimore.

Veteran, 3-Year-Old Girl From Iconic Katrina Image To Finally Reunite

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The Influential Black Panther You've Never Heard Of

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Virginia Cop Indicted In Murder Of Unarmed Black Teen

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Yes, One Book Can Change Your Life, Even In Prison

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You May Not Know These Black Millennials, But They're Helping Detroit Make Its Comeback

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Baltimore Officers To Be Tried Separately Over Freddie Gray Death

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Teen Who Texted Mom 'I'm Scared' Found Dead

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Why Isn't Serena Williams More Celebrated?

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KKK Cop Fired After Nazi Salute Photo Surfaces

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Roland Martin: Bill O’Reilly Should 'Shut The Hell Up' About #BlackLivesMatter

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Olympia Cop Who Shot Unarmed Black Men Was Justified, Court Finds

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Captivating Portraits From West Africa Reveal 100 Years Of Life Across The Atlantic

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Slave Trade Video Game Edited After Backlash

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College Football Player Used Drugs Before Texas Police Shooting: Autopsy

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'Provocative' Police Tactics Inflamed Ferguson Protests, Experts Find

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Photographer Wants To Open Your Eyes To The Brutal Realities Of The American Prison Complex

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The Beautiful Lesson Lenny Kravitz Learned From His Grandfather

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Women Speak Out About Their Ignored Rape Allegations At HBCUs

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A White Southerner Runs The Only Museum Solely Memorializing Slavery

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The Surprising Fact About Women Of The Black Panther Party

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Why We Need More Diverse Faces On Every Magazine Staff

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Prosecution Scores Two Big Wins In Freddie Gray Case

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Hospital Patient's Shooting Has Medical Community Up In Arms

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Donald Trump Would Love To Run Against Kanye West For President

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'Fear The Walking Dead' Showrunner Defends Black-Only Deaths

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Convicted Rapper's Freedom In Hands Of Combative Louisiana Lawyer

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Amandla Stenberg’s New Project Is A Tribute To All Badass Black Women

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What Terrified Maya Angelou In The Wake Of 9/11

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Calling Idris Elba 'Too Street' Is Racist, Just Not For The Reason You Think

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16 Captivating Photos Of Black Women Reclaiming Their Bodies

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Racial Slur Burned Into Florida Man's Front Lawn

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How NYC Is Addressing Sexual Assault In Communities Of Color

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'James Bond' Author Apologizes For Idris Elba 'Too Street' Comment

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These '100 Black Men' Are Changing Their Community For The Better

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This Amazing 10-Year-Old Wants To Help Make Girls More Confident

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Fox News Suggests Black Lives Matter Is A 'Murder' Movement, 'Hate Group'

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19 Times Zendaya's Hair And Makeup Left Us Speechless

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These Stunning Silk Scarves Are Helping Save The Earth

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Beyoncé Doesn't Have To Talk If She Doesn't Want To

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The One Thing Patti LaBelle Refuses To Do On 'Empire'

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N.Y.U. Removes Bill Cosby's Name From Film Workshop

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Man Charged In Connection To 1994 Theft Of O.J. Simpson's Heisman Trophy

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The 'Musically Schizophrenic' Genius Of Gary Clark Jr.

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Taylor Swift's 'Wildest Dreams' Video Has a Major Race Problem

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Teyana Taylor And Iman Shumpert Are Expecting Their First Child Together

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'Welcome To Death Row' Movie Set To Start Production As N.W.A.'s Aftermath Story

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs To Speak At Women In Technology Luncheon

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Rapper Kevin Gates Accused Of Kicking Woman During Show

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Donald Trump's Response To Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Op-Ed Is As Childish As You'd Expect

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Andy Roddick On The Ugly Truth Behind How We Treat Serena Williams

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Janet Jackson's New Album Drops In October And Features A Missy Elliott Collaboration

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    Odetta Holmes
    "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement" was a singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter and activist.
    December 31 1930 - December 2 2008.

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    Bernie Mac
    Comedian, Actor
    Oct. 5, 1957 - Aug. 9, 2008.

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    Isaac Hayes
    Singer, songwriter, record producer, composer and actor.
    August 20, 1942 - August 10, 2008

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    Miriam Makeba, "Mama Africa"
    South African folk singer and anti-apartheid activist.
    March 4, 1932 - November 10, 2008.

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    Jennifer Hudson's 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donerson, brother, Jason, and 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, were killed in 2008.

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    Shakir Stewart
    The Island Def Jam executive who became head of the legendary rap label following Jay-Z's departure, killed himself on Nov. 1. He was 34 years old.

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    George Carlin
    Stand-up comedian, actor and author.
    May 12, 1937 - June 22, 2008

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    Madelyn Dunham
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    October 26, 1922 - Nov 3, 2008.

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    Levi Stubbs
    Oct. 17: The iconic lead singer, second from left, who gave voice to Four Tops classics like "Reach Out I'll Be There" and "Baby I Need Your Loving" died at 72 from complications of cancer and a stroke. Abdul Fakir, far left, is now the sole living member of the original quartet.

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    Dee Dee Warwick
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Dash and Roy tied the knot in Mexico in 2005 and have two daughters.

As for Dash making a return to his former 'Big Pimpin' lifestyle, which included the hip-hop entrepreneur popping bottles of Cristal champagne topless in every Jay-Z video, he may want to reconsider his business plan.

Currently the 37-year-old owes $2 million in state taxes, faces foreclosure on his two New York City condos and is also being sued by law firms and landlords for not paying his bills, according to reports. He also reportedly had his Chevrolet Tahoe SUV seized last year for failure to pay the $714.99 monthly car note.

"He's broke, he got nothing left," a source told the newspaper.

For now, the marketing savvy mogul is keeping his head above water by producing Harlem rapper Jim Jones' off-Broadway play titled 'Hip-Hop Monologues.' While promoting the show in New York Magazine, Dash mentioned that he has big plans for his comeback. "When I come back, I'm gonna change the economy as well," he said.

Celebrity Money Problems

    Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield may have been risen to the top in the boxing ring, but recent financial troubles have been brought him to his knees. His $10 million estate in Atlanta is under foreclosure, he owes another $550,000 to a Utah landscaping company who is suing, and if that isn't enough, one of his baby mommas is taking him back to court for missed child support payments, ranging from around $3,000 a month for one child. In 2003, courts came to the conclusion that Evander was making around $604,000 a month when stipulations for child support was being made.

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    This month, Ed McMahon, best known as the late Johnny Carson's sidekick and spokesman for Publishers Clearinghouse, appeared on Larry King Live explaining how he fell more than $600,000 behind in payments on his $4.8 million in mortgage. The comedy giant says he's hoping to avoid foreclosure on his multi-million dollar Beverly-Hills home, but that may be an uphill battle since medical problems have kept him from working.

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    The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, found herself singing the blues when her claims 700,000 mansion in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan slipped into foreclosure. Her attorney claims it was all a mistake that occurred over $445 in 2005 taxes and late fees. Turns out the state may have been on to a delinquency trend because she now owes a total of $19,192 in back taxes on the property through 2007.

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    The Death Row Music label made legends out of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur but it's now up for sale. Why? Back in 2006, Founder Marion 'Suge' Knight filed for bankruptcy in the face of he a $107 Million judgement. In the court papers he filed in the case, he estimated his assets to be $50,000 or less with debts totaling more than $100 million.

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    He may be best known for his hit "Can't Touch This" but Rapper/Singer M.C. Hammer was hit by a money crisis. The man who had no problem bringing hip-hop music mainstream ran into problems when he hired his close friends, making him responsible for a $500,000-a-month payroll. He also had a $30 million mansion combined with extravagant cars and even exotic animals. All of these things put the hammer down on Stanley Burrell's loot. He eventually lost it all, including some of the "friends" he tried to give a leg up.

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    Pint size child actor Gary Coleman whose famous for the line "what you talking about Willis?" is frequently found talking about his financial woes. It has been reported that chilhood star Gary Coleman was paid $1,500 per episode the first season of Different Stroke; that later went up to $20,000 , then $40,000, and as high as $70,000. He also made almost $18 million from his tv and movies work during the period Diff'rent Strokes was on the air (1978-1986). But, when Coleman reached adulthood he found that bad investments and lavish spending on the part of his parents, left him nearly penniless. Now, Gary Coleman has been selling various items on the Ebay including his autographed pants and a Saturn-model car.

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    Rumors of the King of Pop's finances going bust have been swirling for years. Recently, his famed Neverland Ranch was even threatened by foreclosure but he received a last minute reprieve a given by Colony Capital, a private equity group, to whom he now owes $23 million. In 2006, he was forced to use his Beatles catalog as well as copyrights to his own songs, as collateral for roughly $270 million in bank loans. So, what happened to all the money the man who has been making music since 1975 made, lavish spending sprees, exotic animals and unusual purchases like a hyperbaric chamber are said to be to blame. He may have danced in a solution to his money problems. He may be slated to headline a show on the Vegas strip.

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    "Iron" Mike Tyson isn't as strong financial as one would think after earning a reportedly earning some 300 million dollars in the boxing ring. Still, he KO'd his own financial future by declaring bankruptcy in 2003. He was also forced to sell the Connecticut mansion he shared with ex-wife Robin Givens, which was later purchased by Rapper 50 Cent. Tyson blamed his lavish spending and promoter Don King for his empty pockets.

    Critics once said she had one of the clearest voices in music, but diva Whitney Houston his a sour note in 2006 when she came close to losing her $6 million, 10-acre New Jersey estate. The songstress reportedly owed thousands of dollars in back taxes. Then, in 2007, dozens of Houston's belongings were auctioned off bras, bustiers, and other props from her past tours, along with ah $400,000 see-through grand piano and her ex-husband Bobby Brown's grammy awards. The reason for the auction, she allegedly owed the storage company $200,000 in back rent.

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