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October 1, 2014

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Reporter Spots Missing Boy While Covering Child's Disappearance

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Florida Officer On Leave After Using Stun Gun On Woman

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Prison Chief Outraged At Jailed Cop Killer's Invitation To Speak At College's Commencement

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Politico's Absolutely Insane Obama Assassination Article

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New York City Should Lead on Banning Credit Discrimination

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Cop Allegedly Shot Unarmed Man Parked In His Own Driveway

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Here's What Happens If The Supreme Court Rejects Gay Marriage Cases

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States With More Abortion Laws Have Less Support For Women And Children's Health

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The Week That Was: Sherri Shepherd Bares All, and Chris Brown Officially Chewed Out

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Sherri Shepherd let it all hang out, literally, this week – live on national television. The bubbly co-host of ABC's long-running talk show 'The View' unveiled a new svelte bathing suit-clad figure on the Aug. 6 episode of the Barbara Walters-produced chat fest.

Alongside her fitness trainer Don Scott, nutritionist Dr. Ro, endocrinologist Dr. Daniel Donovan and wardrobe stylist Fran Taylor, the Chicago-born funnywoman revealed an overall weight loss of 10 inches (five inches off of her waist). According to her spokeswoman, Simone Smalls, Shepherd started the self-imposed challenge on May 27.

The recently divorced single mom joked that she's thinking about going to Hawaii with Regis Philbin to celebrate her newfound slenderness. She deserves a break after enduring a very public battle with carbohydrates – and a Brazilian-style bikini wax. More than 300 bathing suit fittings later – and va va va voom. Look at her. She looks good, and she didn't have to get gastric bypass surgery (nor lie about it). Chris Brown officially lost his endorsement deal for Doublemint gum. This week, makers of the product – Wrigley – announced that it ended its commercial deal with the Jive Records recording artist after he pleaded guilty to charges of assaulting his estranged girlfriend, pop star Rihanna.

In a splashy deal engineered by brand architect Steve Stoute, the 20-year-old heartthrob had been a spokesman for Doublemint gum, with his hit song 'Forever' serving as a major part of a massive advertising campaign. But that's all over now. After he "attacked" Rihanna in Los Angeles back in February, things haven't been the same. On Aug. 5, Brown appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom for a sentencing hearing, which was delayed.
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Wendy Williams knows how to turn on the waterworks for the camera. Daytime television's newest sensation (and black radio's former top-rated shock jock) nearly cried herself a river during Thursday's live telecast of her FOX talk show when she was announced as an inductee of the National Radio Hall of Fame.

The nominees were announced in June and voting closed Aug. 1. Williams, who has enjoyed a successful 20-plus years on radio (before quitting New York City's WBLS-FM on July 31), received a call from Hall of Fame Chairman Bruce DuMont and seemed surprised by the distinguished broadcasting honor.

Her studio audience gave her a standing ovation while she sobbed: "I'm just Wendy from the radio... a girl from Jersey that had a dream. ... I always thought you were only nominated when you were dead or irrelevant. The idea of making it in now, I feel like destiny fulfilled." Other winners include Neal Boortz, Dr. Demento, Ed Walker and Westwood One Founder and Chairman Norman Pattiz. See video here.
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Tony Award nominee Obba Babatundé will take on the legacy of Mr. Entertainer. Though we've seen him on Broadway in legendary musicals such as 'Dreamgirls' (the original production), 'Timbuktu' and 'Chicago,' the Queens, N.Y., native will play Sammy Davis Jr. in the world premiere of a new musical, aptly titled 'Sammy,' at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre.

'Sammy' will follow the late entertainment legend's days as a child working in vaudeville through his glory days as a member of the Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. The show, featuring a book, music and lyrics by Academy Award winner Leslie Bricusse, will begin previews on Sept. 19 and run through Nov. 8. Directed by Keith Glover, it opens Oct. 2.

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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