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January 26, 2015

Cindra Ladd, Wife Of Prominent Hollywood Producer, Says Bill Cosby Assaulted Her In 1969

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Dedicated 'Humans Of New York' Fans Raise Money To Send Underserved Kids On Harvard Visit

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Should Black Athletes Attend the University of Michigan?

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MLK Today: Taking the Blinders Off White Privilege

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Fox News Raises Alarm Over College Course About Race

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MLK Would Be 'Mortified' By The Gay Marriage Movement, Right Wing Activist Claims

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Baltimore Ravens Release Terrence Cody Amid Animal Cruelty Allegations

Terrence Cody
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Ben Carson Wouldn't Support Obamacare 'Even If It Worked'

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New Classics Every Child Should Own

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North Carolina Man Exonerated Of 1976 Conviction

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Proof More Women And Minorities Should Take On STEM

Camille Eddy
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Police Launch Investigation After Video Appears To Show Cop Shoving Man In Wheelchair Into Street

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One Suit Dropped, One Still Pending Between MLK's Children

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New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward Targeted For Gentrification

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Diversity in the Classroom: How to Solve the Black Male Teacher Shortage

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McDonald's Has Another Fight On Its Hands

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The Harrowing Story Of One Man's Escape From The Genocide In Burundi

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Campaigners Call For State Investigation Into Fatal New Jersey Police Shooting

Jerame Reid
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Violence Against Black Transgender Women Goes Largely Ignored

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Bill O'Reilly Says Ferguson Protesters 'Should Be Ashamed'

Oreilly Protesters
Fox News

University Of Chicago President: 'Chicago's A Better Place' For The Obama Library Than Columbia

Zimmer
HuffPost Live

A Tale Of Two Movements

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The 9 Best Things That Happened When YouTube Stars Interviewed Obama

Seflie
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Showcasing Her Natural Hair Got This Meteorologist Fired

Rhonda Lee
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'Light Girls' Producer Stephanie Frederic On Healing From Colorism

Stephanie Frederic
Stephanie Frederic

This Protest Song Captures The Power Of #BlackLivesMatter Demonstrations

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'Defy Hollywood, See Selma'

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College Student Likely Died From Chewing Gum In Her Sleep

Shanice Clark
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Al Sharpton Pokes Fun At Infamous Teleprompter Flub

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MSNBC

Video Shows Man Raising His Hands As He's Gunned Down By Police

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NJ.com

New ‘Hands Up' Shooting Is Anything But Black And White

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Bill Gates Makes Bold Bet About Poverty, And Tech Plays A Big Role

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'Black Lives Matter' Protesters Interrupt Capitol Hill Lunch

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Barry Levinson Blames Hollywood's Diversity Problem On Our Education System

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Oregon Was Founded As A Racist Utopia

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How The State Of The Union Missed The Mark On Ferguson And Racial Politics

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With a Book You Are Never Alone

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Bisila Bokoko

Jay Leno On Bill Cosby Allegations: 'I Don't Know Why It's So Hard To Believe Women'

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Arkansas Bill Would Remove Robert E. Lee From MLK Day

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New Looting Footage From Ferguson Grand Jury Aftermath

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St. Louis County Police

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Ava DuVernay's Passion Project

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Jon Stewart Was NOT Expecting This

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Kim And Kanye Get Matchy-Matchy In All-Black Balmain

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This Is The Buzziest, Coolest, Dopest Film At Sundance

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Viola Davis' Natural Hair Is Her Crowning Glory

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Muppets-Biz Markie Mashup Is Just What You Need

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Kanye Finally Explains Why He Doesn't Smile

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How Sherri Shepherd Responds To Critics Who Said 'You Can't'

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#CurlPower Encourages Women To Put Down The Flat Iron

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Tia Mowry Is Our New Favorite Style Star

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Stevie Wonder Set To Produce An Underground Railroad Miniseries

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An NBA Player Paid A Touching Tribute To Stuart Scott Last Night

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Let Jennifer Aniston & David Oyelowo Show You How To Handle A Snub With Grace

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Starz Debuts 'Power' Season Two Trailer

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20 Awesome Photo Ideas For Wedding Parties Who Know How To Have Fun

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Flavor Flav Pleads Not Guilty

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Kevin Costner Hopes His New Movie Redefines How People Think About Race

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Listen To This NKOTB/TLC/Nelly Mashup Ahead Of Joint Tour

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Black Films Are Buzzing At This Year's Sundance Festival

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How The Beyoncé Backlash Could Help The GOP

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Nas Explains How Police Misconduct Exposes America's Weakness

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Vince Camuto Dies At Age 78

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Michelle Obama's State Of The Union Look Is Grey And Gorgeous

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Two Married Moms Ditched Glitzy Gigs In the Music & Fashion Industries To Launch The Crabby Shack

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Michael Franti's Proposal Video Reminds Us That Love Happens In The Little Moments

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Lil Wayne Drops New Mix Tape

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F. Gary Gray Acquires Film Rights to Frank Matthews' Debut Novel 'Respect the Jux'

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Since bursting on the scene as a music video director for the likes of TLC, Jay-Z, Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige, filmmaker F. Gary Gray has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. Just last year, the New York City native, who has helmed 'The Italian Job,' 'Set it Off' and 'Friday,' directed Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx last year in the thriller 'Law Abiding Citizen.'

Blackvoices.com has exclusively learned that Gray has acquired the television and film rights to Frank Matthews' debut 'Respect the Jux.'
"It's an unapologetic look into the dangerous minds of the modern criminal. It's gritty, seductive, and horrifying, all at the same time," Gray told us today. "Frank's gripping writing style pulls you into the depths of this shadowy underworld, providing an addictive... yet frighteningly educational read."

'Respect the Jux' follows Cat, a Jamaican born man with military expertise who organizes a band of thieves.

After a stint in prison, Matthews , who was inspired by the work of Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines, wrote and self-published the novel. It went on to sell over 20,000 copies. Major publishing house, Simon and Schuster, will re-release the book nationwide Sept. 21.

Matthews is also committed to giving back; earlier this year, the East New York, Brooklyn native created the Dream Ink Foundation, which will provide scholarships and mentorship to aspiring writers.

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