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December 18, 2014

'We, As A Nation, Have Failed'

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Obama Talks About His Own Experience With Racial Profiling

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14-Year-Old Wrongly Convicted Of Murder Exonerated 70 Years Later

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The Passing of Natural Hair Pioneer Titi Branch

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America's Oldest Black College Could Face Financial Collapse

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UPenn Fraternity Suspended For Using Beyonce Blow Up Doll In Photo

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Obama Applauds LeBron James For Wearing 'I Can't Breathe' T-Shirt

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How Giving Cameras To Formerly Homeless Detroiters Also Gave Them A Voice

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Key Witness In Michael Brown Case May Not Have Actually Seen Him Die, Report Says

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49ers Player 'Terminated' Amid Sexual Assault Investigation

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U.S. Wealth Gap Hits Record High

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Protester: We Can't Be Silent When Women Are Shot By Police

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NFL Player Emotionally Explains Why He Won't Apologize For Protest

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Group Slams Bill Cosby For Comment About 'Black Media' Coverage Of Rape Allegations

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Race In Film: 'Criminality From People Of Color Is Viewed As Inherent'

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John Crawford III's Family Sues

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9 Absurd Justifications For Police Killings Of Unarmed Black Males

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How School Suspensions Disproportionately Target Black Girls

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Bill Cosby's Daughter Addresses Sexual Assault Allegations

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When White People See Themselves With Black Skin, Something Interesting Happens

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Teen Boy Fatally Shot While Defending Twin Brother During Robbery

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Cleveland Police Union Refuses To Back Down From Criticism Of NFL Player For Tamir Rice Shirt

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Artist Collective Takes Responsibility For UC Berkeley Lynching Effigies

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Student Allegedly Pulled Over For Playing 'F--k The Police'

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Protesters Chain Themselves To Oakland Police Headquarters

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This Is What It Looks Like When New York City Erupts With Cries For Justice

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Bill Cosby Says He Expects 'Black Media' To Remain 'Neutral'

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Police Nationwide Alter Tactics, Bolster Arsenal After Protests, Killings

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Black Churches Pray In Protest Of Police Brutality

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'It Doesn't Matter Where You're At -- People Have Guns Everywhere'

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Shakeup In Haiti

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NBA Veteran Graduates From College, Nine Pro Seasons Later

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Pamela Wright's Son Was Shot Dead A Month After Newtown. This Is Her Story.

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The Ezell Ford Autopsy Report Casts Another Glare on the Autopsy Debate

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Michel Du Cille's Stories Live On

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Mississippi Women Plead Guilty To Hate Crimes

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In Wake Of Troubling VA Report, Group Promises Nearly 2,000 Homes For Homeless Vets

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After Honoring Eric Garner, LeBron's Voice Could Have Been Louder

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Police Arrest Suspect In Shooting Death Of Auburn Player

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Thousands March On NYPD Headquarters To Protest Police Killings

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These Powerful Signs Illustrate The True Diversity Of The #BlackLivesMatter Movement

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Interfaith Efforts Work For Reconciliation In The Central African Republic

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What Happened When Two Students, One Black and One White, Participated in a Peaceful Protest

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Do You Think Bill Cosby's Rape Allegations Are a Conspiracy?

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FBI Investigating Hanging Death Of Black Teen

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'My Name Is Michael Sam, And I Am Unbroken'

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Michel Du Cille, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer, Dies At 58

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John Crawford's Family To Join March In Washington

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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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In 'The Porn Star Guide to Great Sex' (St. Martin's Press, $24.99), porn star veteran Mr. Marcus pens a guide that will set the house on fire. Yes, the whole house, honey! He does not just recommend tricks in bedroom; the Guide comes complete with illustrations and gives tips on how men and women can be better lovers and mates.

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In 'The Cheating Curve' (Dafina/Kensington, $15), Paula T. Renfroe spins a captivating yarn about marriage, infidelity and friendship. Can a friendship survive when a woman, whose husband's infidelity nearly tore her apart, learns that her best friend is cheating on her husband?

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In 'Visible Lives: Three Stories in Tribute to E. Lynn Harris' (Kensington, $15), Terrance Dean, James Early Hardy and Stanley Bennett Clay join forces to write moving tributes to the celebrated best-selling novelist with hot tales of sex and the search for love by gay black men.

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In 'Black is the New White' (Gallery, $15), Paul Mooney, the talented comic presents a sobering memoir about growing up in the Deep South and moving to Hollywood and New York City to write for some of television's most successful shows, including 'Chappelle's Show,' 'In Living Color,' 'Saturday Night Live,' 'Good Times,' and 'Sanford and Son.' But his formidable talent for making jokes about race propelled him to the forefront of the comedy scene as if he were a comedian himself.

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In 'Butterfly Rising' (Create Space, $15), Tanya Wright, who portrays the recurring role of Deputy Kenya Jones on HBO's hit drama 'True Blood,' writes her debut novel, which tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two women, a grief-stricken young singer and the town's seductress. The two end up taking a road trip that transforms their lives forever in this heartwarming story.

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In 'Luke Cage Marvel Noir' (Marvel Comics, $14.99), artist and illustrator Shawn Martinbrough brings dark comic book character Luke Cage to life with his colorful and striking drawings in this absorbing tale about a "bad, bad man.'' Even if you're not a big fan of comics, you will be hooked on this story. In the fourth of the series, Cage returns to Harlem after 10 years behind bars, hoping to find his old flame, but he gets drawn into a complex web of murder and darkness.

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In 'Foxy: My Life in Three Acts' (Springboard Press/Hachette Book Group, $24.99), by Pam Grier with Andrea Cagan, the iconic actress, who immortalized roles such as Foxy Brown, Coffy and Friday Foster, reveals the darker side of what appeared to be a glamorous life in this heartrending memoir about love, survival and restoration.

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In 'My Father's House' (St. Martin's Press, $24.99), posthumously released by E. Lynn Harris, the author weaves a powerful story of love, desire, deception, murder and absolution around the life of Bentley L. Dean III, who takes a gamble on losing his family inheritance when he reveals his homosexuality.

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In 'Till You Hear From Me' by Pearl Cleage (One World/Ballantine Books, $25), the award-winning author highlights her unique storytelling ability by capturing the heartbeat of America with the tale of Ida B. Wells Dunbar, a 35-year-old presidential campaign worker who wins a job at the White House. The story underscores the difficulties of parlaying hard work into fair game in the shifting world of politics. It also intersects with a post-Obama America and the civil rights movement.

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