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September 4, 2015

Baltimore Freddie Gray Case Needs Justice and Peace

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Much of Baltimore will be waiting for the outcome while holding their collective breath---not wanting a repeat of the April riots. And yet, legal decisions cannot rest on what might happen in the City of Baltimore.

Veteran, 3-Year-Old Girl From Iconic Katrina Image To Finally Reunite

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The Influential Black Panther You've Never Heard Of

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Virginia Cop Indicted In Murder Of Unarmed Black Teen

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Yes, One Book Can Change Your Life, Even In Prison

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You May Not Know These Black Millennials, But They're Helping Detroit Make Its Comeback

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Baltimore Officers To Be Tried Separately Over Freddie Gray Death

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Teen Who Texted Mom 'I'm Scared' Found Dead

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Why Isn't Serena Williams More Celebrated?

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KKK Cop Fired After Nazi Salute Photo Surfaces

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Roland Martin: Bill O’Reilly Should 'Shut The Hell Up' About #BlackLivesMatter

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Olympia Cop Who Shot Unarmed Black Men Was Justified, Court Finds

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Captivating Portraits From West Africa Reveal 100 Years Of Life Across The Atlantic

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Slave Trade Video Game Edited After Backlash

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College Football Player Used Drugs Before Texas Police Shooting: Autopsy

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'Provocative' Police Tactics Inflamed Ferguson Protests, Experts Find

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Photographer Wants To Open Your Eyes To The Brutal Realities Of The American Prison Complex

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The Beautiful Lesson Lenny Kravitz Learned From His Grandfather

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Women Speak Out About Their Ignored Rape Allegations At HBCUs

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A White Southerner Runs The Only Museum Solely Memorializing Slavery

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The Surprising Fact About Women Of The Black Panther Party

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Why We Need More Diverse Faces On Every Magazine Staff

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Prosecution Scores Two Big Wins In Freddie Gray Case

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Hospital Patient's Shooting Has Medical Community Up In Arms

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Donald Trump Would Love To Run Against Kanye West For President

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'Fear The Walking Dead' Showrunner Defends Black-Only Deaths

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Convicted Rapper's Freedom In Hands Of Combative Louisiana Lawyer

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Amandla Stenberg’s New Project Is A Tribute To All Badass Black Women

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What Terrified Maya Angelou In The Wake Of 9/11

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Calling Idris Elba 'Too Street' Is Racist, Just Not For The Reason You Think

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Cop Houses Homeless Mom And Baby In Hotel Room Using Own Money

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16 Captivating Photos Of Black Women Reclaiming Their Bodies

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Racial Slur Burned Into Florida Man's Front Lawn

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How NYC Is Addressing Sexual Assault In Communities Of Color

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'James Bond' Author Apologizes For Idris Elba 'Too Street' Comment

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These '100 Black Men' Are Changing Their Community For The Better

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This Amazing 10-Year-Old Wants To Help Make Girls More Confident

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Fox News Suggests Black Lives Matter Is A 'Murder' Movement, 'Hate Group'

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The Carol's Daughter 'Born And Made' Campaign Is Just What We Needed

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19 Times Zendaya's Hair And Makeup Left Us Speechless

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These Stunning Silk Scarves Are Helping Save The Earth

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Beyoncé Doesn't Have To Talk If She Doesn't Want To

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'Empire' Releases Pitbull & Ne-Yo Songs From Season 2

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The One Thing Patti LaBelle Refuses To Do On 'Empire'

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N.Y.U. Removes Bill Cosby's Name From Film Workshop

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Man Charged In Connection To 1994 Theft Of O.J. Simpson's Heisman Trophy

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The 'Musically Schizophrenic' Genius Of Gary Clark Jr.

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Taylor Swift's 'Wildest Dreams' Video Has a Major Race Problem

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Teyana Taylor And Iman Shumpert Are Expecting Their First Child Together

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'Welcome To Death Row' Movie Set To Start Production As N.W.A.'s Aftermath Story

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs To Speak At Women In Technology Luncheon

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Rapper Kevin Gates Accused Of Kicking Woman During Show

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Donald Trump's Response To Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Op-Ed Is As Childish As You'd Expect

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Andy Roddick On The Ugly Truth Behind How We Treat Serena Williams

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Janet Jackson's New Album Drops In October And Features A Missy Elliott Collaboration

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Jimmy Kimmel Proves Some Americans Still Think Barack Obama Is Muslim

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Misty Copeland's Success Story Is a Model for Black Women in Every Career

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Kanye West Does A 'Yummy Yummy' Wiggles Dance In New Mashup Video

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Rihanna Offers Sneak Peek At New, Sultry Dior Photos

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Ohio State Quarterback Cardale Jones Hospitalized For Headache

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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.

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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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