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September 1, 2015

Interview With Prince: Purple One Talks the Tidal Wave

He wore purple and gold like the Minnesota Vikings, MPLS emblazoned across his zip-down jacket. His Afro was back to its 1979 For You fullness. He was laid-back, full of conversation and, as usual, averse to being officially recorded for this exclusive EBONY.com interview.

Man Suspected Of Killing Texas Deputy Had History Of Mental Illness

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Fox News Guest Host Calls Black Lives Matter A 'Criminal Organization'

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These Rare Photos Of 19th-Century Black Citizens Are Revolutionary

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How The 'Art Hoe' Movement Is Redefining The Selfie For Black Teens

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More Black Patients Are Getting Kidney Transplants Thanks To Partial Matches

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'Coward' Murdered Texas Deputy As He Pumped Gas, Sheriff Says

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A 24-Year-Old Black Republican Has Launched A ‘Ready For Kanye’ PAC

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Black Lives Matter Disavows Democratic Party's Show Of Support

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Professors Try To Figure Out What 'Bae' And 'On Fleek' Mean

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Rebel Wilson Called Out After Joking About Police Injustice At VMAs

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Nicki Minaj Calls Out Miley Cyrus During VMAs Acceptance Speech

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Amber Rose And Blac Chyna Make Bold Statements On The VMAs Red Carpet

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Kyle Jean-Baptiste, First Black Actor To Lead In 'Les Miz,' Dies At 21

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Yale Has A College Named After A Racist, But That Might Change

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Apparently Going to the Beach Is Now a Crime in Rio. Driving With 14 DUI Tickets Is Not

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University Removes Jefferson Davis Statue

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7 Facts School Leaders Want You To Know About Kids In New Orleans

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Racial Disparities Still Rage On In New Orleans, But It Isn't All Bad News

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New Orleans Marks 10 Years Since Hurricane Katrina

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How Social Media Would Have Changed Hurricane Katrina Coverage

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Ohio Cop Pulls Over Black Man Who 'Made Direct Eye Contact' With Him

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Misty Copeland Makes Her Broadway Debut

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'Crazy' St. Louis County Municipal Court System Fights To Survive

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Ex-KKK Member Killed 3 Near Jewish Sites 'To Stop Genocide Against My People'

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Scientists Find A Way To Combat Racial Bias Among Little Kids

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Katrina Displacement Took Major Psychological Toll On Some Moms

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Lil Wayne On Hurricane Katrina Anniversary: 'It’s No Change'

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Black Man Jailed For Months Over $5 Theft Found Dead In Cell

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No Retrial For White Cop Who Killed Unarmed Black Man Jonathan Ferrell

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Martin Luther King Jr. Delivered His 'I Have A Dream' Speech 52 Years Ago Today

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George W. Bush Returns To New Orleans For Hurricane Katrina Anniversary

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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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