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August 2, 2015

I Just Want to Be Held and Spun Around: On Black Life, Death, Love and Exhaustion

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Fearing for your life every time you walk outside, every time you get behind the wheel, every time you see a police officer, every time you breathe, is exhausting. Living in a world in which your blackness and woman-ness makes you less than human -- a hypersexual, angry or subservient caricature, the constant target of catcalling, rape and assault -- is exhausting.

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11/03/10: Jay-Z
As Jay-Z plans to release his debut memoir, 'Decoded' on Nov. 16, the hip-hop mogul will also drop a collection of his most notable hits on Nov. 22. In addition, 'Jay-Z: The Hits Collection, Vol. One' will also issue a very special deluxe version of the project, which will feature five rarities including 'Young Gifted and Black,' 'Pump It Up (Freestyle),' 'My President Is Black (Remix),' 'Go Hard Remix' and 'This Life Forever.'

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In the midst of this week's election Columbia Records has announced the release of Wyclef Jean's forthcoming EP titled, 'If I Were President: My Haitian Experience.' The six song opus features Jean's provocative single 'Election Time,' which was released following his attempt to run president of Haiti. "Every great album to me is inspired by real events," says the ex-Fugees member. "If I Were President: My Haitian Experience is about relating to the culture of Haiti which translate to the world." 'If I Were President: My Haitian Experience' will be available via digital retailers on Dec. 7.

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As the release of his highly-anticipated album 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,' is scheduled to hit stores on Nov. 22, it has been announced that Kanye West is among the list of celebrities expected to perform at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The 84th annual event, which takes place on Nov. 25, will also feature performances from the likes of India.Arie, Gladys Knight, and Jessica Simpson.

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10/29/10: Miki Howard
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10/26/10: Sean Garrett/Nicki Minaj
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10/22/10: Rihanna
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10/22/10: Missy Elliott
In recent years Missy Elliott has been laying low since her 2008 single 'Ching-A-Ling.' However, the colorful MC recently revealed plans on releasing a new club track titled, 'Blow Your Whistle.' Prior to its release Elliott intends to come up with the song's video concept. "I gotta figure out this video thing and then we gon' drop it," she said to 'MTV News.' "It's gotta be a whole thing, it's a puzzle for me. It's not just the record, it's about the video too...I'm taking my foot off this time. I don't know. Something crazy though." There's no word on whether 'Blow Your Whistle' will be featured on Missy's forthcoming as-yet-untitled album.

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