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March 27, 2015

Deadline's Dangerous Take on Hollywood Diversity

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It feels like Hollywood is finally starting to get what so many of us knew all along; audiences want to see diversity. Yet somehow, at this exciting moment of progress for the industry, Deadline Hollywood found it appropriate to publish what can only be described as a call for regression.

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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Here's Yet Another Sober Reminder We're Not Living In A Post-Racial Society

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Broadway Star Audra McDonald Slams Indiana Governor Over Anti-Gay Bill

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Naturi Naughton On Her 'Frustrating' Experiences From Being A Black Woman In Hollywood

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Rapper Killer Mike Deplores Prosecution Of McKinley Phipps: 'We Must Stand With Artists Like Mac'

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White Man In St. Louis Tells Former Cardinal To ‘Go Back To Ferguson'

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Family Of Anthony Hill, Unarmed Man Killed By Police, Launches Own Investigation

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

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Students Of Color Are Denied School Sports, Protestors Say

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Black America Is Just 72 Percent Equal To White America. In Some Areas, The Inequality Is Worse Than That.

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USC Responds To Taraji P. Henson's Claims Of Her Son Being Racially Profiled

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Ferguson Police Shooting Suspect Didn't Fire Gun: Attorney

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Watch Obama Geek Out About 'The Wire' And Criminal Justice Reform With David Simon

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How These Former Inmates Are Fighting For Prison Reform

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Video Shows Cops Brutally Beating Unarmed Black Man In Michigan

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Serena Williams Remakes Beyonce Video, Continues To Win At Life

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Chelsea Handler Says Bill Cosby Tried To 'Cosby' Her

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Hundreds Attend Funeral Of Unarmed Man Shot By Police

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Oklahoma Civil Rights Pioneer Nancy Davis Dies At 88

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Deadline Piece On TV Diversity Slammed As 'Ignorant'

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Ex-Oklahoma Frat Brother Levi Pettit Promises To Be Leader Against Racism

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Ex-DA Apologizes To Exonerated Man He Put On Death Row

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Prosecutor Used Hip-Hop As A Weapon To Convict Mac Phipps

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Charges For Pot In Colorado Have Plummeted, But Racial Disparities Still Persist

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Fox Is Suing 'Empire Distribution' To Protect Its Rights To 'Empire'

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Jay Z Paternity Case Nears Shock Settlement

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Kanye West Is The Centerpiece Of Kelly Rowland's Vision Board

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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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