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February 1, 2015

Reproductive Justice Matters

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"I thought you worked on abortions so how can you also believe Black Lives Matter?" That was the question I was asked when, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I posted remarks, via social media, on the importance of honoring this anniversary.

The Three Slayings of Michael Brown

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What Black History Month Should Be

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Michigan Congressman Calls For Police Reforms After Cop Who Killed 7-Year-Old Walks

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Honoring The Incredible History Doug Williams Made 27 Years Ago

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Tamir Rice's Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over Fatal Police Shooting

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NYC To Pay Family Nearly $4 Million For Police Killing

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McDonald's Will Soon Accept Hugs As Payment

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Loretta Lynch Is Qualified, But Will The Skeptics Derail Her?

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Jordan Davis' Parents Open Up About Coping With Their Son's Death

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DeMarcus Cousins Waited Exactly 5 Years To Send Out This Perfectly Timed Tweet

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Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman Are Black Heroes

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NYPD Unveils Anti-Terrorism Unit To Deal With Protesters

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$50 Million Lawsuit Planned In Shooting Of Akai Gurley

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Town Rallies Behind Doctor, 88, Who May Lose License For Treating Poor Patients From His Car

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What Happens When Transnational Adoptees Learn About Race

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#BlackLivesMatter Should Contend With Community Violence, Too

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Officer Who Arrested 69-Year-Old Man With Golf Club Reassigned To Desk Duty

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Soon, Not Even 1 Percent Of Fortune 500 Companies Will Have Black CEOs

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Two Years Later, Chicago Recalls Hadiya Pendleton's Promise

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African-American NASCAR Driver Raced Like 'A Great Artist'

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The Club Nobody Wants to Join: Mothers With Sons in Prison

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Ex-Cab Driver Lands On FBI's Most Wanted List Of Terrorists

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Historic Black LGBTQ Intergenerational Discussion on Selma

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The Black Panthers and the Rise of Revolutionary Culture

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George Zimmerman Assault Case Dropped After Ex-Girlfriend Recants Story

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'Black Lives Matter' Protesters Interrupt Capitol Hill Lunch

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Former KKK Leader David Duke Says He May Run Against Steve Scalise

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Larry Wilmore On Bill Cosby: 'He Was Never A Hero Of Mine'

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GOP Holds and Will Continue to Hold Lynch Hostage to Holder

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The Tech Diversity Story That's Not Being Told

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Former Detroit Leader Fears For His Son's Life At The Hands Of Police

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Fantasia's Highly Publicized Adultery, Suicide Scandal Plays Out on VH1 Show

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As previously reported, 'American Idol' winner Fantasia Barrino was hospitalized on Aug. 10 because of an overdose of aspirin and a sleep aid.

After the near-fatal incident, the 26-year-old singer admitted during an episode of VH1's 'Behind the Music' that the overdose was intentional.

Throughout the blogosphere, people wondered whether the attempt, as well as her alleged sex tap scandal with Antwaun Cook, was all just a publicity stunt to promote her new album, 'Back to Me.' Further speculation will no doubt be raised when the tragedy plays itself out on season two of her VH1 show, 'Fantasia for Real.'

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The much-talked-about show documents Barrino from her initial 911 call to the North Carolina hospital bed where the 'The Color Purple' musical star recovered until Aug. 12.

"My love life is very touchy," she admitted during a trailer for the reality show. "I've been in a lot of different situations that haven't been good for me. I have not fulfilled my destiny. It's not time for me to go anywhere. And I can still fight, still keep going. I'm better now."

See for yourself how the eight-time Grammy Award nominee balances promoting her new J Records album and managing her personal life when season two of 'Fantasia for Real' premieres Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PST.



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Black Music Notes June 2

6/2/10: Ryan Leslie
Singer-songwriter Ryan Leslie is set to make a special appearance at New York's Bowery Ballroom on June 22 and 23. Leslie, who recently wrapped up his international tour with Ne-Yo, will also give fans a preview of select songs from his third solo project 'Les Is More.' Doors open at 7 pm.

Black Music Notes June 2

6/2/10: Dr. Dre
Hip Hop's favorite music physician, Dr. Dre will be honored with the ASCAP Founders Award at this year's Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The 23rd annual event, which is set to take place June 25 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, will honor Dre for his musical legacy and influence. "Dre is one of the most important voices in modern music," said ASCAP president Paul Williams. "He created a unique, recognizable sound that dominated rap music in the early '90s...and continues to inspire artists and producers across all genres with his musical techniques."

Black Music Notes June 2

5/28/10: Kanye West
Despite shying away from the media since his 2009 MTV Video Music Award tirade, Kanye West is slowing making his way back into the spotlight. Last weekend in Manhattan, West made a special appearance at club CV and it turned into a mini album listening party of his forthcoming opus. "Kanye leaned over and said, 'Play track three,'" DJ Scram Jones told MTV News. "They all went nuts, Kid Cudi was dancing on the table, and then we cut it off at about a minute-and-a-half ... By the end of the process, we played four records."

Black Music Notes June 2

5/28/10: Robert Cray
Five-time Grammy Award-winner Robert Cray is set to release his new live album entitled 'Cookin' In Mobile' on July 27. The 13-song project , which features a bonus DVD with behind the scenes footage, was recorded earlier this year at the Saenger Theater in Mobile, AL. Longtime Cray fans can expect to hear classic hits such as 'Right Next Door' and 'Smoking Gun,' in addition to recent hits such as 'I Can't Fail' and 'That's What Keeps Me Rockin'.'

Black Music Notes June 2

5/28/10: Lil Kim
While many people are making comparisons between Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim, the Queen Bee has reportedly inked a new deal with a fellow Brooklyn mogul. According to various reports, Kim is the latest signee of Jay-Z's record label, Roc Nation. Although details regarding the deal have yet to surface or confirmed, a rep for Kim and Jay's camp was unavailable for comment at press time.

Black Music Notes June 2

5/28/10: Miles Davis
Miles Davis' landmark album 'Bitches Brew' drew critical acclaim throughout the music world during the early 1970s. In honor of the timeless classic, Columbia/Legacy will reissue the album as a super-deluxe Collector's Edition on Aug. 31. The all new collector's edition will find four bonus tracks from alternate versions of 'Spanish Key' and 'John McLaughlin.'

Black Music Notes June 2

5/20/10: Lionel Richie
As Memorial Day steadily approaches, Lionel Richie and PBS are set to celebrate the holiday with the annual broadcast of the National Memorial Day concert. The May 30 event, which takes place on the West Lawn of the US Capital, will feature an array of performers including Richie, Yolanda Adams, and others paying homage to our fallen U.S. troops. This year's concert will also recognize the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

Black Music Notes June 2

5/20/10: Kelly Rowland
Following her departure from longtime manager, Matthew Knowles last year, Kelly Rowland has inked a deal with Universal Motown Records. For label president, Sylvia Rhone, signing the former Destiny's Child member was inspirational. "I think Kelly is an immensely talented, gracious, and beautiful woman, and I am thrilled about the opportunity to work with her on what's turning out to be an amazing album," she explained. "For an artist whose career began as a member of a landmark group like Destiny's Child, Kelly has truly come into her own and I am deeply inspired by her incredible energy." Rowland's as-yet-untitled album features collaborations from Stargate, Salaam Remi, Ne-Yo, Rico Love, and Esther Dean. No release date was set at press time.

Black Music Notes June 2

5/20/10: Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne has proven once again that he is "music" with his recent contraband jail incident. In fact, the Grammy Award-winning MC called his personal DJ, Scoob Doo to give him the details on what exactly happened, which surfaced online via YouTube. "Ain't too much, I got in a little trouble and whatnot, you feel me," Wayne explained about being caught with headphones and a MP3 charger. "Yeah, they tried to bang me with that. ... But I can't live without my music, Scoob. You know how it is, man. I needed my music. It's all good. I had to take my little slip up. I ain't trippin'. Players f--- up."

Black Music Notes June 2

5/14/10: Eminem/ Jay-Z
Following collaborating on the popular music video game DJ Hero, hip hop heavyweights Eminem and Jay-Z are teaming up once again for yet another business venture. According to published reports, the rap kingpins will be apart of a two part Live Nation produced concert event to be held at each of their hometown's baseball stadiums. "These shows are like a dream come true," Hov said. "I've always hoped that hip-hop could play any stadium like other genres of music. How perfect is it that Eminem and I get to play our hometowns and show how far the live rap experience has come?" Eminem will headline a concert Sept. 2 at Comerica Park in Detroit, while Jay-Z will perform at Yankee Stadium Sept. 13.

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