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August 20, 2014

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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

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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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Shared Vision, Varying Styles

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Missouri Congressmen Meeting With Defense Secretary Hagel To Talk Police Militarization

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Report: White House Doesn't Rule Out Obama Trip To Ferguson

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The Horrific Risk Of Gun Violence For Black Kids In America

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Jackee Harry Back On Road In 'Me & Mrs. Jones' Stageplay

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In a day and age where there's an overwhelming amount of mainstream attention to celebrity cheating, there's a new play that's also highlighting the tabloid phenomenon.

And Jackee Harry is headlining the bill.

The lovable, funnywoman , who sassed things up on the 1980s hit sitcom '227,' joins the all-star cast in JD Lawrence's new fall play 'Me & Mrs. Jones.'

The new show is the highly-anticipated follow-up to his hit play 'The Clean Up Woman,' which Harry also starred in.

'America's Next Top Model' winner and former 'Young and the Restless' actress Eva Marcille joins former BLACKstreet crooner Dave Hollister, 'Soul Food' actor Darrin Dewitt Henson, Tammy Turner of BET's 'Sunday Best' fame and comedian Red Grant are also in the cast.

The playwright said 'Me & Mrs. Jones,' which chronicles the relationships of three different women, "speaks to every person that's in love, been in love or dreaming of the day that they find that special someone to love."

Since becoming the first African American woman to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, the North Carolina native, born Jacqueline Yvonne Harry, has maintained a presence on television for the past 30 years.

Harry is best known for her role as Sandra Clark on '227' and later wowed a new generation of television viewers as 'Lisa Landry' on the 1990s teen comedy 'Sister, Sister.' Most recently, she was a recurring character named Vanessa on the CW sitcom 'Everybody Hates Chris.'

She shed nearly forty pounds on the second season of VH1's 'Celebrity Fit Club,' but for most of the past decade, the 'Women of Brewster Place' star has spent much of the past few years entertaining her fans on the road.

Harry has appeared on Broadway and nationally in 'The Boys From Syracuse,' 'Damn Yankees' and 'A Christmas Carol,' and brought down the house nightly at theaters across the country as Jasmine Jones in Lawrence's sold-out 'Clean Up Woman,' which is arguably one of the highest grossing gospel stage plays of all time.

This time around, her character is having a hard time getting her 47 year-old, wannabe rapper ex-boyfriend to pay child support for their child.

'Me & Mrs. Jones' will open on the weekend of Sept.27 at the Palace Theatre in New Haven, CT before making stops in Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati and Boston. Official tour dates are listed below.

Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com.

JD Lawrence presents 'Me & Mrs. Jones' Tour Dates

9/27 – 9/29 New Haven, CT Palace Theatre
10/1 – 10/2 Boston, MA Wang Theater
10/6 Youngstown, OH Stambaugh Theatre
`10/7 – 10/8 Columbus, OH Palace Theatre
10/9 Cincinnati, OH Aronoff Center
10/10 Dayton, OH Schuster Center
10/19 Toledo, OH Stranahan Theatre
10/20 South Bend, IN Morris Performing Arts Center
10/21 Rockford, IL Coronado Performing Arts Center
10/22 – 10/24 Chicago, IL Arie Crown Theatre
11/12 – 11/13 Columbia, SC Township Auditorium
11/14 Augusta, GA Bell Auditorium
11/16 – 11/21 Baltimore, MD Morgan State


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Black Emmy Award Winners

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has presented the 'Primetime Emmy Awards' since 1949, yet fewer than 50 African American actors and actresses have received top honors. Even Bill Cosby, whose 'Cosby Show' was the number one program for five consecutive seasons, never won an Emmy. Overall, there have been 36 notable African American winners – and seven repeat winners -- in main categories. We take a look at a few through the years.

Black Emmy Award Winners

Name: Spike Lee
Known For: Pioneering filmmaker behind the classics 'She's Gotta Have It,' 'Do the Right Thin' and 'Malcolm X'
Emmy Wins: Four
Emmy Fact: While Lee – a sometimes actor -- hasn't won any Oscars for the many films he's directed, he's faired better with the documentaries. His HBO documentary 'When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts' won three Emmys for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming, Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming and Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking.

Black Emmy Award Winners

Name: Alfre Woodard
Known For: Numerous guest appearances in television series and motion pictures.
Emmy Wins: Four
Emmy Fact: A veteran on many shows, the Oklahoma native has received more Emmy nominations than any African American, winning four times, including for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her role on 'L.A Law' and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her performance in the HBO film 'Miss Evers' Boys.'

Black Emmy Award Winners

Name: Andre Braugher
Known For: Known playing Det. Frank Pembleton on 'Homicide: Life on the Street'
Emmy Wins: Two
Emmy Fact: Although the Chicago native was first recognized by fans for his work opposite Denzel Washington in 'Glory,' he quickly made his fame on the small screen. Throughout the years, Braugher was nominated six times and won twice: in 1998 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 'Homicide: Life on the Street' and in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for 'Thief.'
Emmy Extra: Braugher is a 2010 nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work on 'Men of a Certain Age.'

Black Emmy Award Winners

Name: Beah Richards
Known For: Numerous television appearances, including recurrent roles on 'The Bill Cosby Show' and 'Sanford and Son.'
Emmy Wins: Two
Emmy Fact: Before her death in 2000, the Mississippi native won two Emmys: one for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series in 1988 for her role in 'Frank's Place' and another in 2000, for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her work in 'The Practice.'

Black Emmy Award Winners

Name: Bill Cosby
Known For: Groundbreaking TV shows such as 'I Spy,' 'Fat Albert' and 'The Cosby Show'
Emmy Wins: Five
Emmy Fact: One would think that the Philadelphia-born comedian would've won a coveted Primetime Emmy for his work on the top-rated 'Cosby Show,' but he didn't. He won three awards for his work as Det. Alexander Scott in the 1960s buddy series 'I Spy.' He also won for 'The Bill Cosby Special' in 1968. In 2003, he received the Bib Hope Humanitarian Award.
Emmy Extra: Cosby has two Daytime Emmy Awards to his credit: one for the animated series 'The New Fat Albert Show' and one for 'Little Bill.'

Black Emmy Award Winners

Name: Charles S. Dutton
Known For: Starring in the television series 'Roc.'
Emmy Wins: Two
Emmy Fact: Although he starred in 'Roc,' the Maryland native won Emmys for Outstanding Guest Actor in 2002 and 2003 for his roles in 'The Practice'
and 'Without a Trace.' He was previously nominated in 1999, for his guest-starring role as Alvah Case in the HBO prison drama 'Oz.'

Black Emmy Award Winners

Name: Cicely Tyson
Known For: Unforgettable roles in the television specials 'The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman' and 'Roots.'
Emmy Wins: Three
Emmy Fact: After a career in modeling and an Oscar nomination for 'Sounder,' Tyson went on do television miniseries and became the first black actress to win two Emmys: one for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie in 1974 for 'The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.' Twenty years later, the New York native would win her third Emmy for 'Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.'
Emmy Extra: Tyson received her eighth Emmy nomination in 2009 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her performance in 'Relative Stranger.'

Black Emmy Award Winners

Name: Cleavon Little
Known For: Collaboration with Gene Wilder in the Mel Brooks comedy 'Blazing Saddles.'
Emmy Wins: One
Emmy Fact: After the success of 'Blazing Saddles,' the California native went on to do more theater work and numerous films. In 1989, Little won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for the sitcom 'Dear John.'

Black Emmy Award Winners

Name: Esther Rolle
Known For: Her portrayal of Florida Evans in two 1970s television sitcoms: 'Maude' and 'Good Times.'
Emmy Wins: One
Emmy Fact: Although she won an Emmy in 1979 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her performance in 'Summer of My German Soldier,' the Florida native will always be remembered as Florida Evans.

Black Emmy Award Winners

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