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August 20, 2014

NYPD's Notorious Former Top Cop Thinks Ferguson Is Out Of Hand

Ray Kelly
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Grand Jury Convened In Eric Garner Death

Eric Garner
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ferguson Mayor: 'There's Not A Racial Divide In Ferguson'

Ferguson
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KKK Leader Calls KKK Fundraiser For Darren Wilson 'A Scam'

Kkk
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Renisha McBride's Family Sues For $10 Million

Renisha Mcbride
Thurswell Law

Bar Association Calls On Prosecutor To Recuse Himself From Ferguson Investigation

Bob Mcculloch Ferguson
ASSOCIATED PRESS

University Of Alabama Sorority Kicks Out Member For Sending Racist Snapchat

Racist Snapchat
via Twitter

Missouri State Senator: Ferguson Police Manhandled Pregnant Woman

Missouri State Sen Maria Chappellenadal
The Reid Report/MSNBC

Cop Under Investigation After Racist Michael Brown FB Posts

Michael Brown Fb
KCTV

Eric Holder: To Begin Healing, We Must See An End To 'Acts Of Violence' In Ferguson

Eric Holder
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Man Shot After Reporting Cross Burning In Yard

Craig Wilson
WLBT TV

Veteran Cop: 'If You Don't Want To Get Shot,' Shut Up -- Even If We're Violating Your Rights

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Michael Brown's Family: What Else Do They Need To Arrest Killer Of Our Son?

Brown
NBC

So What If Michael Brown Had Marijuana In His System When He Was Killed

Michael Brown
Facebook / Big'Mike Jr Brown

Jay Nixon Calls Off Ferguson Curfew

Jay Nixon
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Martin Luther King Jr. With His Hands Up Demands An End To Violence

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New Video Shows Aftermath Of Michael Brown Shooting

Brown
CNN

Woman Who Filmed Video: 'God Bless His Soul, The Police Shot This Boy Outside My Apartment'

Thousands March To Protest LAPD Slaying Of Unarmed 25-Year-Old

Ezell Ford Protest
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Michael Brown's Mom: Do You Know How Hard It Was For Me To Get Him To Graduate?

Lesley Mcspadden
Scott Olson via Getty Images

Black Americans Much More Likely To See Race As Factor In Michael Brown Shooting: Poll

Michael Brown
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Sean 'Diddy' Comb's Calls Out The President On Ferguson

Diddy Obama
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FLASHBACK: 16-Year-Old Kobe Takes Over High School Game

Kobe High School
The Inquirer

Gospel Singer Calls Out Support For Ferguson, Denounces 'Preachers Of L.A.'

Donnie Mcclurkin
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Justin Timberlake Calls Madonna His 'Ninja,' Outrage Ensues

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Apparently, White Cops Are Easily Threatened

Ferguson Police Training Ucb
YouTube

Teens Create App To Document Police Brutality

Five O App
YouTube

Will Smith And DJ Jazzy Jeff Awesomely Reunite In Vegas

Will Smith
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Smokey Robinson Talks New Deuts Album

Smokey Robinson
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#MyBlackLifeMattersBecause Spreads Powerful Message That Race Shouldn't Affect One's Value

Michael Brown Child
Scott Olson via Getty Images

John Legend: 'Black And Brown People Are Just Treated Differently In This Country'

John Legend
Robb Cohen/Invision/AP

Only Beyonce Could Make Go-Karting Look This Fierce

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Beyonce.com

Keke Palmer Reveals Plans To Join Ferguson Protest

Keke Palmer
Courtesy of Keke Palmer

Brittney Griner Proposes To Her Girlfriend... And We're All Emotional Over These Beautiful Photos

Brittney Griner
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Meet The Gentlemen Who Helped Make Broadway History

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Watch Ferguson Shooting Take Over Twitter In Mesmerizing Graphic

Ferguson Twitter
Twitter

Blacks on T.V. Is it Getting Better or Worse?

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By Kelli Martin for Clutch Magazine: Back in the day, you could turn to just about any major TV network and see predominantly- or all-Black casts on primetime shows. Now, those casts have . . . well, just about faded to black. Game over.

Turn on the small screen today. Rather than casts of brown, you'll peep mostly-white ensembles, with chocolate sprinkles-but in unprecedented numbers.

When it comes to scripted TV shows, is it better to be in the mix or be the whole enchilada?

In the 90s, all-Black casts, predominantly-Black ensembles, and casts with Black main characters were everywhere on network TV's primetime dramas and comedies: Good Times, The Jeffersons, The Cosby Show, A Different World, Martin, Eve, Living Single, Everybody Hates Chris, Girlfriends. And though I'd like to forget Malcolm and Eddie and Homeboys in Outer Space, they represented too.

Nielsen recently reported that African-Americans have the highest TV-watching rate in comparison to other ethnicities. That average is 7 hours 12 minutes each day-above the national average of 5 hours 11 minutes.

With so much tube time, you'd think mostly-Black casts would abound, right? Not so. When it comes to the major networks AMC, CBS, NBC, FOX and THE CW, here's the not-so-good news: there are far fewer brown faces on each show. The good news: we abound, alright, on many more shows overall. From Grey's Anatomy to Gossip Girl, from SVU to CSI, from Desperate Housewives to Parenthood and many more, African-Americans are sprinkled throughout current ensemble casts in unprecedented numbers.

Read more here.

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