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October 5, 2015

Why I March! #JusticeOrElse

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We have little time to argue over the man or one individual, when our people are dying every day, at the hands of our system or at the hands of each other.

Despite Cancelled Afropunk, All Not Lost With Volunteer Work

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A Wife's Biggest Question For Her Gay Husband

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What Went Down When 4 Black Women Were Denied At A Nightclub

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Ben Carson Is The Smartest Guy In The Room. And The Weirdest.

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23 Black Actors Who Voiced Your Favorite Cartoon Characters

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Here Is What We Know About John King, The Next U.S. Secretary Of Education

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Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Reflects On The Origins Of The Movement

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Help Support Reporting In Ferguson For The Next Year

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Trevor Noah: America Should Elect Trump As Its 'First African President'

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9 Times Barack Obama And Arne Duncan Were White House BFFs

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Tech Leaders Come Together To Solve Industry's Diversity Problem

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21 Undeniably Talented Girl Groups We'll Never Forget

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Black Women Booted From Napa Valley Wine Train File Lawsuit

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The St. Louis County Police Is Obsessed With Its SWAT Team

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Dad-To-Be Weeps 'Tears Of Joy' After Learning His Wife Is Pregnant

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Hear Will Smith's First New Song In A Decade

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Artist Paul Rucker Is Taking Back The Racist Symbols Of America's Past

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Elizabeth Warren Set The Bar On Race For 2016 Presidential Candidates

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Black Americans Would Be Hit Hardest By A Government Shutdown

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Three More Women Have Stepped Forward To Accuse Cosby Of Sexual Assault

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How A Public Art Fest Made A Real Change In A Detroit Neighborhood

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FBI Director Says He Can't Force Police To Provide Shooting Data

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Here's How The Latest Cover Of Philadelphia Magazine Should Have Looked

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Classic '90s Cartoons Get Remixed With This Hilarious Hashtag

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Why It Isn't Possible For Black Americans To Appropriate African Culture

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11 Carefree Kids Show The Beauty And Joy Of Black Hair

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NYPD Says It Will Track Use Of Force, Actually Start Disciplining Cops

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'The Daily Show' Attempts To Find Out If All Cops Are Racist

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Ben Carson Jokes About Police Brutality

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

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Police Arrest Mom Of Man In Wheelchair Who Was Fatally Shot

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21 Incredibly Talented Kids We Want To Be Like When We Grow Up

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The Negro Leagues Aren't Dead

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Michelle Obama Dropped Some Wisdom Every Young Girl Should Hear

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Sheriff Indicted After Investigation Into Fatal Shooting Of Unarmed Black Man

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Queen Latifah Won't Take Misogyny In Rap Lying Down

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A Murder Unleashes Chaos In The Central African Republic

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Shonda Rhimes On The Motivation Behind Her Weight Loss Journey

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Brown University Is Latest School To Revoke Bill Cosby's Honorary Degree

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Education Secretary: Want To Save On Prisons? Spend More On Schools.

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And Now 'Lethal Weapon' May Be Getting A TV Series

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Denzel Washington On The Important Life Lesson He'll Never Forget

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5 Beauty Subscription Boxes Made Especially For Women Of Color

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OK, America, Here's A How-To Video On How To Not Murder Someone

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The Festival Of Praise Fall Tour 2015 Is Coming To A City Near You

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Mom's Viral Breastfeeding Selfie Sends A Strong Message

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Janet Jackson Postpones Las Vegas Tour Date To Rest Vocal Cords

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Tamar Braxton Brings More Than Good Vocals To New Album, 'Calling All Lovers'

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Anthony Anderson Hooked Amber Rose Up With A Role On 'Black-ish'

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'Empire' Drama: Taraji P. Henson And Terrence Howard Clash On Set

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LeBron James Speaks Out After Local Child’s Accidental Drive-By Death

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Snoop Dogg Goes Off On Steelers Player Like Only Snoop Dogg Can


Soap Star's Pattern Of Forming Unhealthy Bonds Began In Preschool

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How Olivia Pope's Closet Sometimes Gets In Kerry Washington's Way

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Watch Don Lemon Ask Donald Trump If He's Homophobic And Racist

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Satin Pillowcases Are The Beauty Trick You Should Try Right Now

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Queen Latifah Discusses Helping Her Mother Battle A Major Health Issue

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Nicki Minaj Comedy Gets ABC Family Series Commitment

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'Soul Food' Sequel In The Works At Fox

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LL Cool J's Son Arrested After Restaurant Fight

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Man Convicted Of Murdering Adrian Peterson's Son

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Strange Advice From Bill Cosby Takes On New Meaning For Kenan Thompson


Quincy Jones To Be Feted At All-Star Jazz Salute

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Beyoncé, Jay Z, Prince Among Acts Slated For Huge Charity Concert

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Bride's Dad Stops Wedding So Stepdad Can Walk Down The Aisle Too

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Black Music Notes June 1

    6/1/09: Minnie Riperton
    A very fitting homage will be paid to late, great songbird Minnie Riperton when a new batch of the acclaimed TV One docu-series 'Unsung' hits the small screen this month. Best known for her signature ballad 'Lovin' You,' the Chicago-born singer/songwriter's career and life were cut short after a three-year battle with breast cancer in the late 1970s. After Riperton's cancer diagnosis, she went public instead of retreating, serving as a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. . She was only 31 years old when she died at the prime of her career. 'Unsung' premieres June 7 at 8 PM ET, repeating at 11 PM, as well as Thursday, June 11 at 10 PM and Friday, June 12 at noon and midnight.

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    6/1/09: Grace Jones
    The one and only Grace Jones has been tapped to perform live at the 'We Love' festival in Ibiza on Aug. 9. For the first time ever, the 'Pull Up To The Bumper' singer will grace the Spanish island's celebrated summer concert series, as part of the Wall Of Sound recording company's 15th anniversary. Last year, festival organizers bought The Chemical Brothers back to the Ibiza after a ten-year hiatus. This year, they are ready for Amazing Grace, who recently released a new music project titled 'Hurricane' on the United Kingdom based label. "We are putting on a line-up to inspire and one that will take all lucky enough to be there on a journey they will never ever forget," Wall of Sound founder Mark Jones said.

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    5/28/09: Chaka Khan
    Fresh from a headlining gig at the 2009 St Lucia Jazz Festival, Chaka Khan is ready to take on the nation's capital. The 10-time Grammy Award winning diva will fill in for previously announce headliner Natalie Cole, who is recovering from a live saving kidney transplant surgery, at 'The 18th Annual Capital Jazz Fest' running June 5 - June 7. The 'I Feel For You' chanteuse will join a slew of noted musical acts at the lovely wooded setting of Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. According to a spokesperson for the event, the line-up includes performances by Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Lalah Hathaway, Fourplay, Norman Brown, Roy Ayers, Will Downing, Kirk Whalum, Pieces of a Dream with special guest Phil Perry, Guitars & Saxes (f/ Jeff Lorber, Euge Groove, Jeff Golub and lady saxophone newcomer Jessy J) , Regina Belle, Marion Meadows and trumpeter Joey Sommerville.

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    5/28/09: Grandmaster Flash
    Grandmaster Flash will be honored with the Living Legend award at the Urban Music Awards USA 2009, set to be held at New York City's Highline Ballroom on July 17. According to a spokesperson for the event, more than 175,000 music fans across the world have voted online for the hip hop veteran to receive the honor. "Flash is an absolute legend and he remains an inspiration to the hip hop culture all together by flying the flag from its inception to the success it has become today," said Jordan Kensington, who is the C.E.O of Invincible Group & Founder of the Urban Music Awards. Nominees for the inaugural awards show include Amy Winehouse, Rihanna, Bobby Valentino, M.I.A, Day 26, The Dream, Estelle, Kat de Luna, Akon, Kanye West, Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo and Eminem.

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    5/21/09: Jay-Z
    Despite stepping down from his Def Jam presidency in late 2007, hip hop mogul Jay-Z has finally left the label as an artist. Rumors started surfacing online that the platinum-selling lyricist, who owed the label one last album, brought himself out of his contract for $5 million. "I can honestly say, working with Doug Morris and LA Reid has been a unique and fulfilling experience and I respect them immensely," he revealed to hip hop site Rap Radar. "I've been in the family for almost my entire career. Doug and I spoke directly and had one of the most unique 'negotiations' ever...I thank him for allowing me to be a completely independent artist. Not every artist can say they own or are given the opportunity to own all of their music."

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    5/19/09: Mary J. Blige
    Mary J. Blige recently expanded her brand by signing with The William Morris Agency. According to Variety, the diversified entertainment agency, which also represents Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Kanye West, and Prince (to name a few), will assist the Queen of Hip Hop Soul in all areas of her career including the expansion of her entertainment company, Matriarch Entertainment. This fall the Queen of Hip Hop Soul will make her feature film debut in Tyler Perry's 'I Can Do Bad All by Myself,' scheduled to hit theaters September 11. She can be heard in the trailers for the Oprah Winfrey-presented drama 'Precious,' due out in November.

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    5/19/09: The Dream
    Following in the veins of fellow hip hop stars DMX and Tupac Shakur, singer-songwriter The Dream is planning on releasing his second album of 2009 entitled, 'Love King.' The R&B crooner, who recently released his certified gold album 'Love vs. Money' in March, revealed to Billboard magazine that he already has seven songs in the can and expects the album to hit stores in December. "I have to pace myself 'cause there's so much time between here and then," he said, "but the seven records I do have are timeless records. Whether they come out now or later it's not really going to matter what kind of records they are." In between recording sessions for 'Love King,' fans can now catch The Dream on tour with Keyshia Cole.

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    5/19/09: The Whispers
    After releasing classic hits such as 'In The Mood' and 'Rock Steady,'R&B stalwarts The Whispers are set to release their first gospel album on Kingdom Records. Grammy Award-winning gospel star Fred Hammond is expected to produce a bulk of the tracks. "We've been wanting to do this for ten years," explained founding member Nick Caldwell. "God has been really, really good to the Whispers. He was looking out for us even when we were ignoring Him. He allowed us to live long enough to do this inspirational CD that we want to use to inspire people to get closer to God." The as-yet-untitled anticipated album is tentatively scheduled for release later this year.

    5/19/09: Mariah Carey
    On May 23, Mariah Carey is set to perform a one-hour set at the opening of the most expensive resort in Europe, The Mardan. Carey alongside legendary British soul singer Tom Jones will reportedly be paid £1 million each to perform at the exclusive £926 million Turkey development, which features five acres of fresh water swimming pools and a sunken aquarium. Actress Sharon Stone and Paul McCartney are among the many guests invited to the 560 room hotel opening.

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    5/19/09: Will Downing
    Overcoming his bout with the muscle disorder Polymyositis, Will Downing has set the stage to release is latest musical offering, 'Classique.' The balladeer's 14th album and second Peak Records project features his signature baritone vocals over 10 smooth-sensual tracks. Vocalist Phil Perry joins the 'After Tonight' singer for Marvin Gaye penned 'Baby I'm for Real.' Other album highlights include 'Love Suggestions,' 'More Time,' 'Something Special' and Barry White's classic hit 'I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby.' 'Classique' hit stores June 16.


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