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July 2, 2015

An Open Letter to Black Women About Mental Health

I was raised to be a strong, black woman who could handle her own emotions -- not ask someone to help me sort them out. How dare I need treatment for feeling worthless and for being bullied when I come from a lineage of ancestors who used strength and endurance as a way to survive?

Black Woman's 'Lynching' Arrest Sparks Debate Over California Law

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This Year's Essence Festival Is Taking A Bold Approach To Declare Black Lives Matter

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Thousands Of Black Students Attend Schools Honoring Racist Leaders

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Rihanna's '#BBHMM' Video Is Brilliant, Terrifying, Complicated

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These Are The Last Remaining Followers Of African American Spiritual Leader Father Divine

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This Is Why Americans Have No Idea What Really Happens In Prisons

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Prosecutor Offers Deal To Charged Cleveland Police Supervisors

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It's Not Black Folks' Burden To Forgive Racist Killers

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Kendrick Lamar's 7- Minute Video For 'Alright' Is A Must-Watch

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Celebrating Missy Elliott's 44th Birthday With 14 Of Her Flyest Videos

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94 Times Black Churches Have Been Violently Attacked

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Baltimore To Put Cameras In Police Vans, Review Riot Gear

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5-Year-Old Girl Wows Audience With Her Adorable Rendition Of 'Frozen' Song

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Fire At Black Church In South Carolina Is Latest In String Of Blazes

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Unretouched Portraits Illustrate 19 Bare, Bold And Beautiful Women

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Teen Gives Valedictorian Speech At School Where Dad Is Custodian, Thanks Him For Sacrifices

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Women Are Revealing The Everyday Sexism Of #BeingFemaleInNigeria

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US Police On Track To Kill 1,100 People This Year

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Misty Copeland On Stepping Out From Behind The Other Swans

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MLK Statue Will Soon Stand Outside Of Georgia's Statehouse

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R&B Singer Kem On His Battle Overcoming Addiction

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Gary Younge: Summer Is Here And Somewhere In America, A Black Man Is About To Be Killed

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Report: Intimidating Police Tactics In Ferguson Incited More Unrest

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Misty Copeland Becomes First Black Female Principal In American Ballet Theatre History

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Obama's Overtime Reforms, Explained

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Two Sisters Tell ‘Heart Felt' Tale Of Taking Down Bad Cholesterol

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Kid President Has An Important Message For Parents Planning Family Vacations

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Nina Simone's Daughter Says New Documentary About Her Mother Gets It Right

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Redefining The ‘Traditional' American Family In 7 Stunning Images

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Discover The LGBTQ Archive That's Helping To Make Black Queer Lives Matter

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Cops Coach Chicago Youth Baseball League To Foster Peace In Crime-Ridden Neighborhood

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21 Signs You Might Be The 'Real Racist'

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CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Confederate Flag Parade Ends With A Hilarious Bang

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The Quality Of Health Care You Receive Likely Depends On Your Skin Color

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Washington University Made An Effort To Increase Diversity, And It Worked

12 Moments From The BET Awards That Made Us Do A Double Take

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Ava DuVernay: Activist Bree Newsome Is A 'Black Superhero'

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Death Row Exonoree Released Last Year Dies Of Lung Cancer

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John Lewis, Civil Rights Veteran, Asks Black Clergy To 'Fix' Voting Rights Act

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Here's A Video Of Riley Curry Swimming In Floaties Just Because

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Beyonce Celebrates Pride In Awesome Remake Of Her '7/11' Video

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DeSean Jackson Feels Eagles 'Persecuted' Him Because Of His Background

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Prince Dropped A New Surprise Song, 'HARDROCKLOVER,' And It's Really Sexy

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Laurence Fishburne Set For 'Roots' Remake

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Beyoncé Poses In Cutout Swimsuit While On Vacation With Blue Ivy And Jay Z

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Anthony Mackie To Play MLK In HBO's 'All The Way'

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Misty Copeland's First Ballet Teacher Will Give You Many Feels Today

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Here Comes The Dunk. There Goes The Backboard And Rim.

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8 Things Women Have Successfully Fought For Since NOW Was Founded

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Kanye West vs. Freddie Mercury On 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Is No Contest

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N.W.A. Reunites For First Live Performance In 26 Years

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BET Awards Viewership Dips From 2014 Show

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Marlon Wayans Wants To Make 'White Chicks 2'

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Lee Daniels Inks News Deal With Fox

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NeNe Leakes Quits 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta'

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'Dope' Star Tony Revolori Is Your New Favorite Latino Nerd

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14-Year-Old Mo'ne Davis Is Taking Over the Sports World

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13 Women On The Politics Of Paying On The First Date

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Definitive Proof Haters Should Not Mess With Zendaya (Again)

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Kanye West Covered 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' And Nothing Else Really Matters

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Kobe Bryant Forgives Rape Tweet By Lakers Draft Pick

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Rapper DMX Arrested In NYC Over Unpaid Child Support

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2015 Class Of Oscar Voters Adds Diversity

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Dyana Williams: Who Is She And Why Is She 'The Godmother Of Black Music Month'?

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Two NBA Draftees Learn The Hard Way That Their Tweets Are Public

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Warren Sapp Charged With 3 Counts Of Domestic Abuse

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Lupe Fiasco Explains Why The Concept Of White Supremacy Is False

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Bobbi Kristina Brown Now In Hospice Care

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Black Music Notes Nov. 3

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.'

Black Music Notes Nov. 3

11/03/10: Wyclef Jean
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.

Black Music Notes Nov. 3

11/03/10: El Debarge
Following his surprise performance at this year's BET Awards, El Debarge is set to release his new album 'Second Chance' on Nov. 30. The 'I Like It' singer is determined to tell fans that "everybody deserves a second chance" in spite of facing challenging obstacles. "I wrote 'Second Chance' to commemorate all the struggles I went through," he said. "And I feel it speaks to struggles in the souls and the hearts of people who are going through what I went through and who want a second chance. 'Second Chance' features the tracks 'How Can You Love Me So Much, Girl,' 'Serenading You' and production by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. El Debarge's 'Second Chance' features guest appearances by Faith Evans, 50 Cent, and Fabolous among others.

Black Music Notes Nov. 3

11/2/10: Kanye West
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.

Black Music Notes Nov. 3

10/29/10: Miki Howard
The vocal powerhouse once known and loved on the R&B charts gets the 'Unsung' treatment when the much-celebrated TV One series spotlights her ups and downs on Nov. 1. One of the great songstresses of the late 1980s and '90s, Miki Howard is a torch singer of the highest degree. Born and raised in a musical family, she went on to garner Grammy nominations, make smoking duets with her lover -- the late Gerald LeVert, and appeared in Spike Lee's critically acclaimed 'Malcolm X.' But after paving a great road to success, the Chicago native's career plummeted, as her personal life mirrored the emotional dramas of her songs -- hot romances and bad relationships, and subsequent struggles to make ends meet as a single mom with three kids. On the episode, she talks candidly about her crack addiction and her domestic abuse.

Black Music Notes Nov. 3

10/28/10: Tye Tribbett
A week following the release of his latest album, 'Fresh,' gospel singer-songwriter Tye Tribbett lands on top of the Billboard Gospel charts. Tribbett's recent feat marks his third consecutive #1 album following 'Victory Live!' and 'Stand Out!' The opus also sets apart from his previous efforts beginning with the album's title. "Fresh means restored, new creature and it's been my announcement that nothing is the same," he says, "my thinking, my business, my patterns, everything is new and I'm so humbled by the fans response and God's favor in giving me a number one album."

Black Music Notes Nov. 3

10/26/10: Marvin Sapp/Kirk Franklin/Fred Hammond
Gospel music's premier label, Verity Gospel Music Group, are leading the forthcoming Stellar Awards with 25 nominations. Male vocalists Byron Cage, Fred Hammond, J Moss and Marvin Sapp are up all for various categories including 'Artist of the Year,' 'Song of the Year,' and 'CD of the Year' among others. In addition, Donald Lawrence will receive the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Awards and Kirk Franklin will receive the Thomas Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award. The 26th Annual Stellar Awards will take place at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville on Jan. 15.

Black Music Notes Nov. 3

10/26/10: Sean Garrett/Nicki Minaj
Despite producing Nicki Minaj's debut single, 'Massive Attack,' last year, producer Sean Garrett doesn't feel responsible the lack of success that the track received. According to Garrett the 'Massive' track was out of his control following its release. "I was only able to do as much as I was allowed to do," the hitmaker recently revealed to Billboard. "Sometimes you have to step back and get off the wheel. I didn't have control of the entire creative process...I wish her the best and am happy she's doing what she's doing... Hopefully [the album] turns out as she hopes it to be."

Black Music Notes Nov. 3

10/22/10: Rihanna
With the release of her fifth studio album, 'Loud,' set to hit stores on Nov. 16, Rihanna has hired a new management team. The singer announced on Wednesday that she has signed with Jay-Z's Roc Nation as her parent management company, stating that she's "so excited" to take the next step in her career. Rihanna joins the management firm's roster of artists which include, Melanie Fiona, Wale, and Mark Ronson.

Black Music Notes Nov. 3

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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