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January 29, 2015

McDonald's CEO Don Thompson Steps Down

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Court Clears Civil Rights Protesters Of Crimes 54 Years Later

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Details Emerge About CBS Sports Analyst's Prostitution Arrest

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Texas Sending Man to Death Chamber on Thursday Based on 'Of Mice and Men'

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Loretta Lynch Says She Doesn't Support Marijuana Legalization

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GOP Senator Says DOJ Challenge To His Voting Law Is A Waste Of Resources

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NFL Actually Considering Fining Marshawn Lynch Because Of This Cap

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Open Letter to Young Black Hollywood: Ending Segregation

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'Key & Peele' Give Us A Fresh Batch Of Ridiculous Football Player Names

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What Tahj Blow's Police Encounter Reveals About Student Activism in the #Blacklivesmatter Movement

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Obama's Pick For Attorney General Faces Heated Confirmation Debate

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J. Cole Lays Out His Generous Plan For Single Mothers

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Black Americans Are Four Times More Likely to Be Victims of Homicide

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Marissa Alexander Released

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'Black Lives Matter' Protesters Interrupt Capitol Hill Lunch

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Former UNC Athlete Says He's Suing School To Protect Athletes' Education

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Grandma Busts A Move To 'DLow Shuffle,' Teaches The Kids A Thing Or Two

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Nzingha Stewart Talks Latest Film 'With This Ring'

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Navigating Between a Parallel and a Real Universe

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A Closer Look At Survivors Of Boko Haram Attacks Across Northern Nigeria

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All Women Of Color Interviewed In STEM Study Experienced Gender Bias

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Was Wrong, And He's Not Afraid To Admit It

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A Clear Timeline Of The Tamir Rice Shooting

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One View From the Black Middle Class

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Steve Scalise To Meet With Civil Rights Leader

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Badass Woman Celebrates Her 40th By Marrying Herself

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A Blizzard Couldn't Stop These People From Helping Those In Need

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This Man Could Die Tonight Despite Being Labelled Intellectually Disabled

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DC Plans to Invest $20M in Minority Male Students

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These States Are Actually Considering Ways To Make Voting More Convenient

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Mom Goes On Strike To Protest 'Out Of Control' Teen Daughters

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Here's How Much Less Women Make In Each State

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'Django Unchained' Actress Pleads Not Guilty To Lewd Conduct

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Yale Responds To Officer Holding Student At Gunpoint, Says It's Not Ferguson

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Marshawn Lynch's Finally Talks To The Media In Hilarious Skittles Ad

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This Is What New York Looks Like Without All The People Thanks To Snowstorm Juno

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All Jokes Aside, 'The Bachelor' Has A Diversity Issue

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The Powerful Message That Helped Condoleezza Rice Thrive Amid Racism In The '60s

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90-Year-Old Kenyan Woman Goes To School, Learns To Read And Write Alongside Great-Great-Grandkids

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Black Lives Matter, So Do Our Voices

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3 Black Adoptees Speak Out About Life With White Parents

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A Former Knick Just Said Some Stuff Every New Yorker Can Relate To

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5 Kerry Washington Quotes That Prove She 'Handles It'

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David Oyelowo Defends Benedict Cumberbatch After 'Colored' Comment

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In Praise Of Women With Braids

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Watch Ava DuVernay's Perfect Response To Her 'Selma' Oscar Snub

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Ludacris Wins Full Custody Of Daughter

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How Wearing The Wrong Jewelry Can Get You Locked Up

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Gabrielle Union Says 'The World Isn't Going To End' If We See More Diversity In Women On TV

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The Most Showstopping Super Bowl Halftime Outfits Of All-Time

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Sly Stone Wins Lawsuit

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Jill Scott On Why She Only Dates For Six Months

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Mickey Guyton And The Trailblazing Black Women Of Country Music

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WATCH: 'This Is How We Do It'...At Buffalo Wild Wings?

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Benedict Cumberbatch Apologizes For Race Comments

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This Could Be The Next Shonda Rhimes Show

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Diana Ross Returns To Las Vegas With Mini-Residency

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Watch A Sneak Peek Of The New 'How To Get Away With Murder'

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11 Habits Of Insanely Fashionable People

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Big Sean Reveals New Album Title

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Kid Cudi Dishes On Making Out With A Dude

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Chrissy Teigen & John Legend Get Super Steamy For GQ

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Tracey Edmonds Opens Up On Staying Ahead As A Black Producer

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Former Backup Singer Declared As James Brown's Wife

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Ava DuVernay's Passion Project

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Jon Stewart Was NOT Expecting This

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Kim And Kanye Get Matchy-Matchy In All-Black Balmain

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Viola Davis' Natural Hair Is Her Crowning Glory

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Muppets-Biz Markie Mashup Is Just What You Need

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Rihanna Just Dropped A New Song With Kanye & Paul McCartney

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Kanye Finally Explains Why He Doesn't Smile

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How Sherri Shepherd Responds To Critics Who Said 'You Can't'

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Black Music Notes June 2

6/2/10: Ryan Leslie
Singer-songwriter Ryan Leslie is set to make a special appearance at New York's Bowery Ballroom on June 22 and 23. Leslie, who recently wrapped up his international tour with Ne-Yo, will also give fans a preview of select songs from his third solo project 'Les Is More.' Doors open at 7 pm.

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6/2/10: Dr. Dre
Hip Hop's favorite music physician, Dr. Dre will be honored with the ASCAP Founders Award at this year's Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The 23rd annual event, which is set to take place June 25 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, will honor Dre for his musical legacy and influence. "Dre is one of the most important voices in modern music," said ASCAP president Paul Williams. "He created a unique, recognizable sound that dominated rap music in the early '90s...and continues to inspire artists and producers across all genres with his musical techniques."

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5/28/10: Kanye West
Despite shying away from the media since his 2009 MTV Video Music Award tirade, Kanye West is slowing making his way back into the spotlight. Last weekend in Manhattan, West made a special appearance at club CV and it turned into a mini album listening party of his forthcoming opus. "Kanye leaned over and said, 'Play track three,'" DJ Scram Jones told MTV News. "They all went nuts, Kid Cudi was dancing on the table, and then we cut it off at about a minute-and-a-half ... By the end of the process, we played four records."

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5/28/10: Robert Cray
Five-time Grammy Award-winner Robert Cray is set to release his new live album entitled 'Cookin' In Mobile' on July 27. The 13-song project , which features a bonus DVD with behind the scenes footage, was recorded earlier this year at the Saenger Theater in Mobile, AL. Longtime Cray fans can expect to hear classic hits such as 'Right Next Door' and 'Smoking Gun,' in addition to recent hits such as 'I Can't Fail' and 'That's What Keeps Me Rockin'.'

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5/28/10: Lil Kim
While many people are making comparisons between Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim, the Queen Bee has reportedly inked a new deal with a fellow Brooklyn mogul. According to various reports, Kim is the latest signee of Jay-Z's record label, Roc Nation. Although details regarding the deal have yet to surface or confirmed, a rep for Kim and Jay's camp was unavailable for comment at press time.

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5/28/10: Miles Davis
Miles Davis' landmark album 'Bitches Brew' drew critical acclaim throughout the music world during the early 1970s. In honor of the timeless classic, Columbia/Legacy will reissue the album as a super-deluxe Collector's Edition on Aug. 31. The all new collector's edition will find four bonus tracks from alternate versions of 'Spanish Key' and 'John McLaughlin.'

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5/20/10: Lionel Richie
As Memorial Day steadily approaches, Lionel Richie and PBS are set to celebrate the holiday with the annual broadcast of the National Memorial Day concert. The May 30 event, which takes place on the West Lawn of the US Capital, will feature an array of performers including Richie, Yolanda Adams, and others paying homage to our fallen U.S. troops. This year's concert will also recognize the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

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5/20/10: Kelly Rowland
Following her departure from longtime manager, Matthew Knowles last year, Kelly Rowland has inked a deal with Universal Motown Records. For label president, Sylvia Rhone, signing the former Destiny's Child member was inspirational. "I think Kelly is an immensely talented, gracious, and beautiful woman, and I am thrilled about the opportunity to work with her on what's turning out to be an amazing album," she explained. "For an artist whose career began as a member of a landmark group like Destiny's Child, Kelly has truly come into her own and I am deeply inspired by her incredible energy." Rowland's as-yet-untitled album features collaborations from Stargate, Salaam Remi, Ne-Yo, Rico Love, and Esther Dean. No release date was set at press time.

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5/20/10: Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne has proven once again that he is "music" with his recent contraband jail incident. In fact, the Grammy Award-winning MC called his personal DJ, Scoob Doo to give him the details on what exactly happened, which surfaced online via YouTube. "Ain't too much, I got in a little trouble and whatnot, you feel me," Wayne explained about being caught with headphones and a MP3 charger. "Yeah, they tried to bang me with that. ... But I can't live without my music, Scoob. You know how it is, man. I needed my music. It's all good. I had to take my little slip up. I ain't trippin'. Players f--- up."

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5/14/10: Eminem/ Jay-Z
Following collaborating on the popular music video game DJ Hero, hip hop heavyweights Eminem and Jay-Z are teaming up once again for yet another business venture. According to published reports, the rap kingpins will be apart of a two part Live Nation produced concert event to be held at each of their hometown's baseball stadiums. "These shows are like a dream come true," Hov said. "I've always hoped that hip-hop could play any stadium like other genres of music. How perfect is it that Eminem and I get to play our hometowns and show how far the live rap experience has come?" Eminem will headline a concert Sept. 2 at Comerica Park in Detroit, while Jay-Z will perform at Yankee Stadium Sept. 13.

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