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February 27, 2015

From Selma to Ferguson: Keep Hope Alive!

The demands for justice in Ferguson, coupled with the recent speeches by New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton and FBI Director James Comey, are indeed reasons to keep hope alive!

Here's What Happened When Detroit Youth Got Real With Police

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Someone Should Have Warned Kid Rock Not To Mess With Queen Bey

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Protests Erupt Over UNC Board's Decision To Shutter Poverty Center

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The Reason I Do NOT Think This Is Blackface

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Black Lives Matter to Labor

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10 Must-See Black Landmarks At Your Fingertips

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Three Years After Trayvon Martin Killing, Two Women's Lives Intersect

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Bill Cosby Says His Career Is 'Far From Finished'

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Life in Prison for Selling $20 Of Weed

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America's Unfair Rules Of The Road

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When Whites Get A Free Pass

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How To Create A Sustainable Black Future

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After Years Of Taking Questions, Obama Turns The Tables On One Teen

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Chris Brown Goes Ballistic After 'Good Morning America' Interview With Robin Roberts

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As Chris Brown's fourth studio album, 'F.A.M.E.,' hits stores today, the singer is making headlines yet again.

This morning, during an interview on 'Good Morning America,' the R&B crooner reportedly had a meltdown following a series of questions about his 2009 domestic assault with ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

According to TMZ
, ABC sources are stating that Brown went into a frenzy, "storming into his dressing room and screaming so loud, the people in hair and makeup became alarmed and called security." ABC's security went on to add that the Jive Records artist shattered a window in his dressing room with a chair, causing some shards to fall onto 43rd Street and Broadway.

The site was also told that the singer also skipped his second scheduled performance for the network's Website before ripping his shirt off and confronting a segment producer as he was exiting the facility.

Brown is currently on probation from his felony charge.

Shortly after the alleged incident, the singer took to his Twitter to profess his frustration. "I'm so over people bringing this past s**t up! Yet we praise Charlie Sheen and other celebs for there bulls**t," he said before deleting the tweet and replacing it with a more toned-down message to his fans.

"All my fans! This album is for you and only you! I'm so tired of everyone else! Honestly! I love team breezy!"

Contrary to the 21-year-old's tirade, Robin Roberts insisted both she and her GMA colleagues spoke with Brown prior to the interview to get his approval of a few questions about the controversial incident, with the singer complying to the requests, reported TMZ. Roberts insists that she did not try to provoke Brown and that she was "pulling for the guy."

Last month, a superior court judge downgraded the restraining order, with Rihanna's consent, which banned Brown from contacting Rihanna and required him to stay 50 yards away from the pop star.

His probation is currently scheduled to end in August 2014.




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Black Music Notes Mar. 18

3/18/11: Chrisette Michele
Chrisette Michele is daring to do what many of her contemporaries wouldn't: pay homage to the late, great voices of jazz -- at the world's most legendary jazz club. From March 22 through March 24, the Grammy Award winning Def Jam singer/songwriter perform a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan a the Blue Note nightclub. Produced by Jill Newman, Michele will be backed by her own jazz trio and will plan to bring her own R&B flavor to the classic standards.

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3/18/11: Janelle Monae
Following her joint tour with Bruno Mars, eclectic R&B singer/songwriter Janelle Monae will hit the road with pop sensation Katy Perry for select dates on her "California Dreams" tour this summer. Monae will spot dates starting July 13 in Regina, SK (Canada) and ending Aug. 20 in St. Louis, MO In other Monae news, she will be featured in the 'Ladies First: the 90's and the New Millennium' section of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's first ever Women Who Rock exhibit, which will open to the public May 3.

Black Music Notes Mar. 18

3/18/11: Lupe Fiasco
Lupe Fiasco has a reason to live. The Chicago-bred MC, who revealed that he contemplated suicide due to career woes, is now #1 on the charts. With the release of his third studio opus, 'Laser,' Fiasco (nee Wasalu Muhammad Jaco) sold 204,000 copies in its first week, knocking last week's chart-topper Adele ('21') from the perch. Last year, Fiasco released the lead single 'The Show Must Go On,' which was certified gold. 'Laser' features collaborations with Trey Songz, John Legend and Skyler Gray.

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3/18/11: Jermaine Jackson
Jermaine Jackson may be following the footsteps of his famous siblings who released best-selling books – LaToya, Janet and late brother Michael. Simon & Schuster's Touchstone imprint announced that it will release 'You Are Not Alone Michael: Through a Brother's Eye' this fall. Promising to be a "faithful and loving portrait" of The King of Pop, there will be no subject "off-limits" from Jermaine.

Black Music Notes Mar. 18

3/15/11: Michael Jackson/Freddie Mercury
The late, great 'King of Pop' did some recording sessions with Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the early 1980s – and there are plans to release the never-heard recordings. "We are now working on some never-before-released songs that Freddie made with Michael in the early 80s," Queen drummer Roger Taylor said during a recent interview in a German magazine. "I am not allowed to say too much about it, but they sound incredible!" Jackson collaborated with the 'Another One Bites The Dust' singer on the songs 'State of Shock' and 'There Must Be More To Life Than This,' but other versions of the song (Mick Jagger on the former) were released commercially.

Black Music Notes Mar. 18

3/7/11: Beyonce
Beyonce has teamed up with First Lady Michelle Obama and the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation to help fight childhood obesity. The music superstarhas reportedly recorded a new version of one of her songs to help support the Let's Move! Flash Workout campaign. Participating school districts will get an instructional video with Beyonce showing kids how to exercise with a new dance routine. "I am excited to be part of this effort that addresses a public health crisis," Beyonce said. At exactly 1:42 PM EST on May 3rd, select middle school students across the country will all partake in the video routine together.

Black Music Notes Mar. 18

3/1/11: Diddy
Hip Hop heavyweight Sean "Diddy" Combs will be honored with a 2011 Robie Award during the annual Jackie Robinson Foundation Annual Awards Dinner at New York City's Waldorf Astoria on March 7.The dinner pays tribute to those who embody the humanitarian ideals of the late baseball legend Jackie Robinson and who have helped raise money for the Foundation, which was established in 1973 as an education and development program providing scholarships, graduate school grants and extensive mentoring to academically distinguished minority students.

Black Music Notes Mar. 18

3/1/11: Lillias White
Tony Award winning diva Lillias White is set to hold court at New York's legendary jazz club, The Blue Note, on March 7. A vocal dynamo, who won raves last year in the hit Broadway musical, 'Fela!', will bring her brew of jazz standards, pop classics and the gut bucket blues to the intimate venue for one night only. The Crown Heights, Brooklyn native -- who also starred in Broadway productions of 'Dreamgirls,' 'The Life' and 'Chicago' -- said this performance is dedicated with love to all of the unforgettable friends and family who passed on: Mark Selva, Wally Gator, James Stovall and Hanif Shabazz.

Black Music Notes Mar. 18

3/1/11: Chester Gregory
Theater dynamo Chester Gregory may be heading back to The Great White Way -- with his star turn in the upcoming Broadway musical of 'Sister Act,' but he's still keeping his own music thing going. According to his rep, the Chicago native is currently in the studio working on his sophomore release. He currently released 'If U Only ... The Mixtape,' a fusion of songs that have inspired him to want to make music as he goes through the process of recording his upcoming sophomore album. It's available for free on his website:
ChesterGregory.com

Black Music Notes Mar. 18

2/25/11: Jennifer Holliday/Rev. Raphael G. Warnock
Jennifer Holliday is on the comeback trail – in the gospel industry. The Grammy and Tony Award winning vocal powerhouse – who released her debut gospel opus, 'On & On,' back in 1995 -- has joined forces with Rev. Raphael G. Warnock (of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church) for an inspirational project titled 'Goodness and Mercy.' To be released later this spring via Euphonic Records, the music will consist of songs that the duo wrote together. The first single, 'God Is Faithful,' is currently available as a digital download at digital retails outlets.

Black Music Notes Mar. 18

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