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November 28, 2014

Response to Ferguson: Systemic Problems Require Systemic Solutions

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Decades of segregation and inequality in Ferguson, as well as most American metropolitan areas, have fostered a racial inequality exacerbated by the criminalization of not just poverty, but the criminalization of black and brown bodies. Too many whites are too willing to believe that a black body poses a threat.

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WATCH: Ferguson Police Arrest And Drag A Protestor Away

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12 Things White People Can Actually Do After the Ferguson Decision

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What Your Black Friend Might Think but Not Say About Ferguson

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My Son After Ferguson: ‘I Feel Like I'm Wearing the Losing Team's Jersey'

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Why Do Black Men Die With Their Hands Up?

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Authorities To Release Video Of 12-Year-Old Boy Shot By Police Officer

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Attorney: Ferguson Prosecutor Had ‘No Interest' In Indicting Darren Wilson

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'Police Don't Care - He's Black,' Says Grandma Of Man Shot During Ferguson Protests

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Darren Wilson: There's 'No Way' Michael Brown Put His Hands Up

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If You Think Looters And Arsonists Are The Only Ones Protesting Ferguson, Think Again

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Self-defense Claim Remains Big Hurdle For Feds In Brown Killing

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Ferguson: What's Going On

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What It Will Really Take to Heal in Ferguson

Ferguson Grand Jury Evidence Reveals Mistakes, Holes In Investigation

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New Edition's 1983 top-ten single, 'Is This the End,' told a melodic tale of heartbreak and separation, similar to the group's much publicized breakup in the 1980s. Luckily, the group have since matured and put their differences behind them with a pair of reunion shows within the last few weeks.

For Bobby Brown, reuniting on stage with his long-time friends is a humbling experience. A drastic contrast in attitude coming from the former bad boy of R&B, who was initially kicked out of the group in 1986 for his image.

The 'My Prerogative' singer opened up exclusively for New York magazine on New Edition's first show at this year's annual Essence Music Festival. "I was just happy that they was able to keep up with me. Me, myself, being Bobby Brown? You know, I was just hoping that somebody in the group was gonna have feet like mine," he said before group member Ricky Bell joked, "That's why he's getting kicked out the group again. Everyone, enjoy Bobby's performance tonight, because it'll be his last."

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Great news for music fans across the globe, D'Angelo's long-awaited follow-up to 2000's 'Voodoo,' 'James River,' may finally see the light of day before next January. And despite previous reports of the crooner setting a 2010 release date in the past, this time around appears to be pretty certain.

Earlier this week long time D'Angelo collaborator and Roots member, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson confirmed via Twitter that the Grammy Award-winner is back in the studio crafting tracks. "Most people use midnight as a time to sleep. Others are working on their 11 year follow-up. This of course being hour number one," he wrote during a July 12 studio session with the singer.

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It's that time of the year again, when barbecues blaze and fireworks dazzle. And, of course, you have to have the right music to groove to. We gathered some of our favorite summer songs - past and present – to create a special Fourth of July playlist for y'all. Enjoy!

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After facing a hailstorm of criticism stemming from anti-gay remarks made on June 3 during a comedy show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Tracy Morgan has decided to try to redeem himself by returning to the city.

The '30 Rock' star made his way back to Nashville on Tuesday to apologize to anyone who took offense to his homophobic tirade, claiming that he would "pull out a knife and stab" his son to death if he admitted to being gay.

"I apologize to ... the people that were at the show," he professed. "I want to apologize to my friends and my family and my fans and everyone in every community who were offended with this. ... I don't have a hateful bone in my body."

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As if Katt Williams' track record with the law could get any worse, the comedian turned actor has landed himself in hot water once again. Over the weekend the 39-year-old funnyman was reportedly arrested following a run-in with a tractor driver.

According to TMZ, law enforcement officials stated that a man, who was doing landscaping on the Palmdale, California home where Williams was staying, suffered facial injuries stemming from an attack in which three women approached his tractor and began throwing rocks at him on Saturday afternoon.

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"I'm not talking about the history of black people, of African Americans. I'm talking about at this point right now... I don't know of organizations and groups like Focus on the Family and such anti-gay organizations who are putting up so much money – millions and millions of dollars – into stopping me from, you know, being black or telling me I can't exercise my blackness. There's no equality. There's no equality for the LGBT community."


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Rule of thumb. If you're ever lucky enough to run into Patti LaBelle at the airport, make sure you give her enough space or be prepared to face her 'New Attitude.' The latter appears to have been the fate of a 23-year-old West Point cadet, who is reportedly now suing LaBelle following an alleged assault by her body guards in March.

ABC News reports that Richard King was standing next to LaBelle's luggage in the passenger pickup area outside George HW Bush intercontinental airport in Houston when LaBelle ordered her bodyguards to confront him.

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If you haven't heard by now, the debut of VH1's newest hour-long scripted series, 'Single Ladies' has already made history following its May 30 premiere. With the help of the season three premiere of 'Basketball Wives,' the romantic comedy series landed the network its highest rated night since October 2009. Drawing in over 2.8 million total viewers.

Executive produced by Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit Entertainment, the comedic drama follows three best friends (played by Charity Shea, Stacey Dash and LisaRaye McCoy) with three different relationship philosophies living in Atlanta.

For LisaRaye, who recently wrapped up the second season of her TV One Reality show 'LisaRaye: The Real McCoy,' being a single lady is nothing new. The 44-year-old actress has been hard at work resurrecting her career following her divorce from the former premier of Turks & Caicos, Michael Misick, in addition to raising her 21-year-old daughter, Kai.

We talked to LisaRaye prior to the show's premiere on preparing for her latest role, the possibility of shooting a third season of her top-rated TV One reality series, and the launch of her forthcoming line of women's jeans, among other things.

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"I feel the sexiest when I'm by myself, walking around nude. I have this new obsession with nudity, it's really weird. It may sound weird, but I just really love embracing the body."



Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ciara opens on her obsession with nudity. (Us Weekly)

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Following the birth of their first child, Daniel Hiram Gibson, Jr., on March 2, Keyshia Cole and Cleveland Cavaliers player, Daniel Gibson have tied the knot.

Continue reading Keyshia Cole & Daniel 'Boobie' Gibson Tie the Knot