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August 22, 2014

Heartbreaking Illustrations Document The Last Words Of Unarmed Black Men

Last Words
Shirin Barghi

A Mother's White Privilege

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The Most Important Commentary You'll Read About Ferguson

Gateway
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Americans Are Divided On Obama's Response To Ferguson

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Former Editor Sues People Magazine For Racial Discrimination

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Nixon Orders National Guard To 'Begin Systematically Withdrawing' From Ferguson

Jay Nixon
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CONFIRMED: Cop Who Threatened Ferguson Protesters Is Lt. Ray Albers

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Dancer Gives Back To His Community One Tap At A Time

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Alabama Teacher Reportedly Asked Students To Re-Enact Michael Brown Shooting

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9-Year-Old Fatally Shot In Chicago Yard

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Court Ends Part Of Arkansas Desegregation Lawsuit

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Cop In Ferguson To Protestors: 'I Will F**king Kill You'

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Eric Holder Arrives In Ferguson

Eric Holder
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Michael Brown Family To March In New York On Behalf Of Eric Garner

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When Cops Shoot, They're Trained To Kill. They Never Shoot To Wound.

Police Deadly Force
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Man Killed In St. Louis Officer-Involved Shooting Identified

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Michael Brown Reportedly Dreamt About His Death Before Shooting: Family

Michael Brown
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Moral Monday Movement Expands To 12 States For Week Of Protests

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Michael Brown Scholarship Fund Will Honor Late Teen's Legacy, Help Siblings Attend College

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Even Russia Is Criticizing The Police Crackdown In Ferguson

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'Herculues' Actor Calls Ferguson Protestors 'Animals,' 'Losers'

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Why Are Celebrities Dumping Ice On Their Heads But Steering Clear Of Ferguson?

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Should White People Care About Ferguson?

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Black Women Call Taylor Swift's New Video 'Really Troubling'

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Nick Cannon Confirms He And Wife Mariah Carey Are Living Apart

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Chaka Reveals Her Shocking Near-Death Experience

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Talib Kweli On Michael Brown Shooting: 'We Don't Need To Calm Down'

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How To Help Ferguson Get Food, Counseling, Education They Need

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This 1950s Photo Essay On Racism In America Is As Relevant As Ever

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T.I. On Ferguson Turmoil: 'America Has Created A Monster'

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These Are Some Of The Inspiring Things Ferguson Teachers Are Doing While School Is Postponed

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Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Video Will Constrict Your Soul

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Mariah Carey And Nick Cannon Split Rumors Swirl

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Bill Cosby's Untold Story

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Rihanna Takes Short Shorts To New Heights

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The Week That Was: Vibe Magazine to Get Fresh Blood, Ola Ray Wants Pay

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Vibe magazine seems to be rapidly rising from its proverbial ashes with new owners, who this week announced that Jermaine Hall will helm the resurrected title. A native of St. Lucia, raised in Queens, Hall is the former editor-in-chief of King magazine, and previously served stints as a music editor of The Source, and a webmaster of Vibe. He will now serve as the editor-in-chief of Vibe and its website. "I've always been very confident about anything dealing with editorial, so I'm definitely not intimidated," the Iona College graduate told the website mediaite. "I'm very excited. I love all the eras of Vibe but one of my favorite eras is Alan Light's tenure [1994-1997] - the book was at its broadest during that time. I'm looking to recapture that feel, but bring it up to date." The Quincy Jones-founded urban music magazine shuttered in June, after 16 years of publication, when its previous owners could not find new buyers or restructure the company's debt. It was bought earlier this month by InterMedia Partners, a private equity fund and now is managed by the Vibe Lifestyle Network, led by Vibe's original business leaders Robert Miller and Leonard Burnett and Uptown magazine co-founder Brett Wright. A new issue is planned for November/December.
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It's time to pay Ola Ray. Or that's what she says. The original music video girl, who starred in Michael Jackson's seminal 'Thriller' video and appeared in its best-selling 'Making Of' home video, is seeking unpaid royalties for her work from 25 years ago. Ray's attorney filed Los Angeles court documents stating she is a creditor to the singer's estate and is owed an undetermined amount of money.

The actress, whose most recent "acting" credit dates back to 1987, sued Jackson in April, claiming he had failed to pay her royalties that she was due for the past four years. That suit, and two others filed by the video's director John Landis, remains unresolved.

According to reports, one of Landis' lawsuits claimed he also hadn't been paid royalties on the "Thriller" video for several years.

When Jackson died in June, the St. Louis native – who has a Grammy Award in her possession (that she accepted on his behalf) made the media rounds. "I am freaking out, I can't believe that he is gone," she said. "He was my hero as well as my mentor. And I really respected him as an entertainer and we made history together, and he will always be the best." Now she's listed as one of the creditors of his estate.
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Now that Chris Brown has been officially sentenced and ordered to stay away from Rihanna for five years, his mother is speaking out – in the name of Jesus. "I just want to say from the bottom of my heart thank you for your continued support. I'm sorry I wasn't allowed to speak to anyone as this case was ongoing," Joyce Hawkins wrote on her son's official web site TheChrisBrownFanClub.com. "I made a promise. I would never be ashamed of him no matter where I am or who I talk to. You see this whole thing isn't about Chris, it's about God. He wants to show all of you the goodness of him through Chris. Chris will be addressing all of his fans very soon. We love you so much and so does God." During an interview last year on 'The Tyra Banks Show,' Brown revealed he witnessed his mother being physically abused by her spouse.

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LaToya Jackson will not be doing 'Dancing with the Stars' (as previously rumored in the press), but will be spread like butter on other ABC-affiliated shows. This week, the network announced that the best-selling author and former Playboy magazine cover girl will guest co-host 'The View' on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18. The woman comedian Paul Mooney once referred to as "La Dangerous" will also sit down with Barbara Walters for a one-on-one interview on the network's newsmagazine '20/20,' scheduled to air on Sept. 11. She will discuss her relationship with late brother Michael Jackson and to explain for her belief that he was murdered.

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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