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January 29, 2015

McDonald's CEO Don Thompson Steps Down

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Court Clears Civil Rights Protesters Of Crimes 54 Years Later

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Details Emerge About CBS Sports Analyst's Prostitution Arrest

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Texas Sending Man to Death Chamber on Thursday Based on 'Of Mice and Men'

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Loretta Lynch Says She Doesn't Support Marijuana Legalization

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GOP Senator Says DOJ Challenge To His Voting Law Is A Waste Of Resources

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NFL Actually Considering Fining Marshawn Lynch Because Of This Cap

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Open Letter to Young Black Hollywood: Ending Segregation

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'Key & Peele' Give Us A Fresh Batch Of Ridiculous Football Player Names

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What Tahj Blow's Police Encounter Reveals About Student Activism in the #Blacklivesmatter Movement

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Obama's Pick For Attorney General Faces Heated Confirmation Debate

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J. Cole Lays Out His Generous Plan For Single Mothers

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Black Americans Are Four Times More Likely to Be Victims of Homicide

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Marissa Alexander Released

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'Black Lives Matter' Protesters Interrupt Capitol Hill Lunch

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Former UNC Athlete Says He's Suing School To Protect Athletes' Education

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Grandma Busts A Move To 'DLow Shuffle,' Teaches The Kids A Thing Or Two

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Nzingha Stewart Talks Latest Film 'With This Ring'

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Navigating Between a Parallel and a Real Universe

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A Closer Look At Survivors Of Boko Haram Attacks Across Northern Nigeria

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All Women Of Color Interviewed In STEM Study Experienced Gender Bias

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Was Wrong, And He's Not Afraid To Admit It

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A Clear Timeline Of The Tamir Rice Shooting

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One View From the Black Middle Class

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Steve Scalise To Meet With Civil Rights Leader

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Badass Woman Celebrates Her 40th By Marrying Herself

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A Blizzard Couldn't Stop These People From Helping Those In Need

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This Man Could Die Tonight Despite Being Labelled Intellectually Disabled

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DC Plans to Invest $20M in Minority Male Students

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These States Are Actually Considering Ways To Make Voting More Convenient

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Here's How Much Less Women Make In Each State

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'Django Unchained' Actress Pleads Not Guilty To Lewd Conduct

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Yale Responds To Officer Holding Student At Gunpoint, Says It's Not Ferguson

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Marshawn Lynch's Finally Talks To The Media In Hilarious Skittles Ad

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Black Lives Matter, So Do Our Voices

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3 Black Adoptees Speak Out About Life With White Parents

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A Former Knick Just Said Some Stuff Every New Yorker Can Relate To

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5 Kerry Washington Quotes That Prove She 'Handles It'

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David Oyelowo Defends Benedict Cumberbatch After 'Colored' Comment

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In Praise Of Women With Braids

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Watch Ava DuVernay's Perfect Response To Her 'Selma' Oscar Snub

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Ludacris Wins Full Custody Of Daughter

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Mickey Guyton And The Trailblazing Black Women Of Country Music

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WATCH: 'This Is How We Do It'...At Buffalo Wild Wings?

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Diana Ross Returns To Las Vegas With Mini-Residency

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Notable/Quotable: Damon Dash on Jay-Z Going Corporate

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"I'm indie, and Jay went corporate. I wanted to do something [with Rocawear] more tailored, more luxury, more classic...less throwaway...In the end, Steve Stoute was making money off them. Jay stopped listening to me and started listening to him."

-- Hip hop mogul Damon Dash on Jay-Z siding with brand marketer Steve Stoute during his corporate transition. (Esquire)
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Jay-Z: Forty @ 40

Jay-Z is now officially 40 years old. For the better part of the last 15 years, the Brooklyn-bred hip hop icon has become one of the most respected men in and beyond the hip hop business. From his revered rap style to his savvy business acumen, the man known as Shawn Carter (and "Jigga," "Hov" and "Jay," among others monikers) is worthy of celebrating in a special way. Here are 40 things to know about Jay-Z.

Born on Dec. 4 1969, Shawn Corey Carter was the last of Gloria Carter's four children. Throughout his career, he has made his childhood stomping grounds -- Brooklyn's Marcy Houses Housing Projects -- one of the borough's most well-known neighborhoods.

With what many would describe as one of Hova's defining career moments, the rapper's breakout single came from the hands of 'The Nutty Professor' soundtrack. The motion picture's companion album featured Jigga's second single, 'Ain't No...' featuring then newcomer 17-year-old female MC, Foxy Brown.

New York's 'Finest' may have needed more than a 'Reasonable Doubt' to help stop Jay and Biggie's 1996 verbal assault. The Brooklyn duo traded lyrics from Marcy to Bed-Stuy on the classic track, 'Brooklyn's Finest.'

Jay-Z once told Foxy Brown no one could love her better, the MC turned around and attempted to hook up with Brown's raunchy rival Lil' Kim -- lyrically that is. Jigga and the self proclaimed Queen Bee gave fans a mouth full on the sexual charged track, 'Big Momma Thang' in 1996.

In midst of 1997's "shiny suit" era, Shawn Carter tried his luck on the Babyface and Foxy Brown assisted hit, 'Sunshine,' which was also complimented with a kaleidoscopic video.

It appeared veteran R&B powerhouse Angela Winbush loved money more than her former lover and musical partner René Moore. The singer reworked her original vocals from their classic 1980's hit 'I Love You More' on Notorious B.I.G.'s 'I Love the Dough' (featuring Jay-Z).

Back in 1998 the future music moguls and sought after rappers proclaimed that they avoided anything that didn't 'gleam clean' on the chart-topping hit 'Money Ain't A Thing.'

Jay-Z has garnered a total of five Grammy Awards to date. In 1999, he won 'Best Rap Album' for 'Vol. 2 ... Hard Knock Life.

If looks could kill, video vixen Gloria Velez left no innocent bystanders to witness her performance sequence during Jay's party anthem, 'Big Pimpin' video in 2000.



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