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October 10, 2015

Raven-Symoné Rips Black Names, But Forgot About Her Own

How dare you, Raven hyphen alternate spelling of "Simone?" Sitting there with a head full of colorful weave, the same sort of hair that was "ghetto," "tacky," "low-class" and "unacceptable" until it made it's way until the pages of mainstream fashion magazines?

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Joyner, who aired pre-taped "Best Of" shows last week while on vacation, was stunned by the sudden chain of events.

"We always say that when we come back from vacation something big has either happened or is about to happen. Well, this one topped them all," he said in a statement."After 16 years, the Tom Joyner Morning Show won't be broadcast on a local Chicago radio station, at this time."

"Our relationship with the Chicago radio listeners goes back more than 20 years and believe me it has not ended by any stretch of the imagination," he added, inviting his loyal "friends and family" to listen to the show, which streams live on his website:

"This world is changing but the doing the right thing never does, and we will continue to do what we've always done for the African American Community," the statement concluded.

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