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March 29, 2015

Cookie Lyon of Fox's 'Empire' Sheds Rare Light on Black Women's Incarceration and Reentry

Unfortunately, the damage resulting from the nearly decade long apex of black female confinement is substantial.

Kenyans Sweep Races At World Cross Country Championships

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I Wasn't Prepared For The Horror Story That Is Online Dating While Black

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Nigeria Votes In Election Amid Boko Haram Violence

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Powerful Short Film Challenges Beauty Ideals That Govern Skin Color

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In Liberia, Children Affected By Ebola Need Our Support

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Is It Time To Stop Reading Books By White Men?

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Strengthening the Connections Between African Americans and National Parks

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Black Man Beaten By Police In Michigan Says Drugs Were Planted

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Double Vision: Meet the Pairs of Twins Who Are Revolutionizing African Fashion (PHOTOS)

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Student Indicted For Hanging Noose Around Ole Miss Statue Honoring James Meredith

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Ferguson Mayor Thinks DOJ Report Put Too Much Focus On Race

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How Ethiopia Is Shaking Off Its Famine-Stricken Image

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Nevada GOP Moves To Limit Early Voting On Sundays, Weeknight Evenings

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Airport Pat-Downs Of Black Women's Hairstyles Deemed Discriminatory

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The Real Reason Tyrese Didn't Reunite With Taraji P. Henson On 'Empire'

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UNC Students: Why Are We Still Honoring A KKK Leader In 2015?

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SAE Fraternity Members Learned Racist Song At National Leadership Event, University Finds

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Hundreds Attend Funeral Of Unarmed Man Shot By Police

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Southern Baptists Confront Racist Past

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'Help! My Boys Were Stopped Three Times By Police For Being Outside Unsupervised'

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Colorado Lawmakers Use Slideshow With Racial Slurs When Pushing Bill For Native American Mascot Ban

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Fleece Force: How Police And Courts Around Ferguson Bully Residents And Collect Millions

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Police Settle Suit Over Use Of Tear Gas During Missouri Protests

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Larry Wilmore Knows The Real Reason Men Call Women 'Sluts'

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Does Ballet Have a Color?

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Kevin Durant Is Done For The Season

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Unlocking The Truth's Journey From Viral Craze To Label Hostages

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Black Stars on Broadway

    Black Stars Light Up The Great White Way
    On Nov. 17, Kerry Washington made her Broadway debut with David Mamet's newest play 'Race' at New York City's Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The acclaimed actress, who wowed mainstream movie audiences in the Academy Award winning 2005 Ray Charles biopic, said she is "thrilled" about this latest career move. The show also stars James Spader, David Alan Grier and Richard Thomas.

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    Black Stars Light Up The Great White Way
    Fans of the hit ABC medical drama 'Grey's Anatomy' know that Chandra Wilson has a knack for playing tough broads. This summer, the award-winning actress returns to her theater roots with a role in the legendary Broadway musical, 'Chicago.' From June 8 through July 5, the woman known to many as Dr. Miranda Bailey on the Shonda Rhimes-produced series will take on the celebrated role of reigning cellblock diva Matron "Mama" Morton at Broadway's Ambassador Theatre. The Houston native and three time Emmy Award nominated thespian's previous Broadway credits include 'Caroline, or Change,' 'Avenue Q' and 'On the Town.'

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    Black Stars Light Up the Great White Way
    Phylicia Rashad, who warmed millions of TV viewers' hearts in the 1980s as Clair Huxtable on the groundbreaking NBC sitcom 'The Cosby Show,' has taken on a role like none other. Making a triumphant return to Broadway this spring, the Tony Award-winning star of plays such as 'A Raisin in the Sun,' 'Gem of the Ocean' and 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,' exposes an emotional depth and acting range that is unparalleled. In the Pulitzer prize-winning play 'August: Osage County,' Rashad portrays Violet Weston, the pill-popping, acid-tongued, no-holds-barred central figure of a dysfunctional clan experiencing the sudden loss of its patriarch.

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    Black Stars Light Up The Great White Way
    After years of toiling on TV shows and films, acclaimed actors Ernie Hudson (of 'Oz' fame) and LaTanya Richardson Jackson (previously seen in 'The Fighting Temptations') made their Broadway debuts in the critically acclaimed revival of the August Wilson play 'Joe Turner's Come And Gone,' which opened at the Belasco Theatre on April 16, 2009. The story is set in a Pittsburgh boarding house circa 1911 and features a colorful cast of characters played by Chad L. Coleman, Roger Robinson, Aunjanue Ellis, Andre Holland, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Arliss Howard, Danai Gurira, Michael Cummings and Amari Rose Leigh.

    Black Stars Light Up The Great White Way
    Hollywood heavyweight Cedric The Entertainer joined Tony Award nominee John Leguizamo and Academy Award nominee Hayley Joel Osment in a November 2008 revival of David Mamet's classic play, 'American Buffalo,' which played a short riun at the Belasco Theatre on Broadway. Following three small-time crooks who wax philosophically about society while conspiring to steal a rare and valuable coin from a neighborhood collector, the Oscar Joyner produced production marked the funnyman's debut on The Great White Way.

    Black Stars Light Up The Great White Way
    'American Idol' Season 1 finalist Tamyra Gray blazed a new trail on Broadway when she revamped the look of lead character Mimi, a drug addicted HIV positive spitfire in the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical 'Rent.' It wasn't the first time around the track for the former Georgia pageant queen; she previously starred in the Indian inspired outing, 'Bombay Dreams.'

    Black Stars Light Up The Great White Way
    Academy Award winning film veteran Morgan Freeman made a return to The Great White Way in April 2008. The last time the 'Million Dollar Baby' actor appeared on the Broadway stage before: 1988's 'The Gospel at Colonus.' As Frank Elgin, the Memphis native took on a roll traditionally played by a white actor in the Mike Nichols-directed revival.

    Black Stars Light Up The Great White Way
    Hip-hop superstar Sean "Diddy" Combs won rave reviews as Walter Lee Younger in the 2002 revival of the classic play 'A Raisin in the Sun.'

    Black Stars Light Up The Great White Way
    Sexy 'Soul Food' star Boris Kodjoe stepped up his acting game by filling in for Terrence Howard during a break in production of the sell-out, all-black version of Tennessee Williams' play 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.' Though it was only two weeks, the former fashion model turned pin-up hunk received high marks for taking on the lead role as sexually tormented jock, Brick. He held his own alongside Tony Award winning thespians James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad and Anika Noni Rose.

    Black Stars Light Up The Great White Way
    'Law & Order' powerhouse S. Epatha Merkerson returned to her theater roots with her critically acclaimed turn in 'Come Back, Little Sheba.'

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