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April 1, 2015

'Rapping While Black'

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Dear Apologetic Racists: Cry Me A River

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When a child actress is called a vile name by an long-running satire site, a beautiful young singer is labeled a stoner for wearing dreadlocks and a phenomenal 13-year old-female athlete is called a slut, they deserve more than a canned, robotic mea culpa.

Trevor Noah's Tweets Were Offensive -- But Let's Not Write Him Off Just Yet

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Raven-Symoné: 'I Am From Every Continent In Africa Except For One'

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Michigan Cop In Violent Arrest Video Previously Accused Of Excessive Force

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Wrongfully Convicted Man Who Spent 30 Years On Death Row Is Denied Restitution

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HuffPost What's Working Honor Roll: A Daily Roundup Of Solutions-Based Stories

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Is Fibre Optic Cable Key To Africa's Economic Growth?

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The Role Of Parents In Improving School Diversity

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Here's What You Need To Know About Trevor Noah, New 'Daily Show' Host

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The Liberal Fight Over Banning 'Birth Of A Nation'

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Here's The Truth About Interracial Dating... Mostly

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Democrats and Republicans In Congress Actually Found Something To Agree On

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

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Michelle Obama Declares 'Black Girls Rock!'

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All Hail The Pinkett-Smith Family!

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WaPo's Jonathan Capehart Urges Forgiveness For Expelled Oklahoma Student

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We Need Real Talk About Black Girls And Women

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Man Killed By Police On L.A.'s Skid Row Had Studied Physics, Wanted to Be Actor

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Gorgeous Black-And-White Portraits Explore The Meaning Of Multiracial Identities

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A Boston Cop Shooting And Our Post-Truth Era

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Hundreds Attend Funeral Of Unarmed Man Shot By Police

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Nigeria Is Holding Elections While Thousands Are Still Displaced By Violence

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Powerful Short Film Challenges Beauty Ideals That Govern Skin Color

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Troubled Waters: Why Africa's Largest Lake Is In Grave Danger

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Roger Moore: Comments About Idris Elba Were Taken Out Of Context

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Ferguson Mayor Thinks DOJ Report Put Too Much Focus On Race

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Kenyans Sweep Races At World Cross Country Championships

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Taraji P. Henson Apologizes For Racial Profiling Allegation

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'Empire' Star Explains Why She Never Felt Like A 'Light-Skinned Black Woman'

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Melissa Forde And Her Bestie Rihanna Make Strong Cases For The Bucket Hat

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Should Twitter Lay Off Trevor Noah?

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Rewatch Snoop Dogg Teaching Martha Stewart To Make 'Special' Brownies

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Trevor Noah Faces Backlash Over Past Tweets

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Nathalie Emmanuel Sizzles In GQ

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Jamie Foxx Slammed For 'Transphobic' Jokes

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Rihanna Channels Lil' Kim At iHeartRadio Music Awards

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It's A Destiny's Child Reunion!

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Rihanna's 'Home' Beats Out 'Get Hard' At The Box Office

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Orange Carpet Style From The 2015 Kids' Choice Awards

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Larry Wilmore Knows The Real Reason Men Call Women 'Sluts'

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Does Ballet Have a Color?

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Kevin Durant Is Done For The Season

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Ludacris Did Not Like The Paul Walker Jokes At Justin Bieber's Roast

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Unlocking The Truth's Journey From Viral Craze To Label Hostages

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Kendrick Lamar Has The First No. 1 Album With 'Pimp' In The Title

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Whatever Happened To Meshell Ndegeocello?

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Watch Mariah Carey Casually Sing Along To Her Greatest Hits

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Cookie Heads To 'SNL'

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20 Questions With Best Selling Author/Spiritual Guru Iyanla Vanzant

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If you turned on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' a few weeks back and saw Oprah having a heated sit-down with Iyanla Vanzant, you might have thought she was just another crazy black female.
In fact, she's an attorney, motivational speaker, life coach, former talk-show host and has over eight million books in print.

Since her talked about fallout and recent reconciliation with one of America's media darlings, Vanzant has come to terms with some of her darkest moments and truly is in a peaceful place. So much so, she penned a book to help inspire others to get through the tough times and see the other side of the rainbow. 'Peace From Broken Pieces,' the NAACP Image Award winner's newest memoir and inspirational tome is already a New York Times Best Seller.

Iyanla Vanzant filled BlackVoices.com in on how it feels to share her story, why she really went broke and why she has nothing bad to say about Oprah Winfrey.

Here's 20 Questions with Iyanla Vanzant.

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Toccara: Sexy, Single and Ready to Find Her Perfect Man

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Former 'America's Next Top Model' contestant Toccara Jones never ceases to entertain.

The plus-size beauty shed pounds on VH1's 'Celebrity Fit Club,' appeared as a spokesperson for Ashley Stewart, interviewed a who's who of entertainers as a correspondent for the now-defunct BET show 'The Black Carpet' and even nailed more pages in the much-buzzed-about all-black issue of Vogue Italia magazine than her mentor Tyra Banks (14, to be exact).


These days, she's not opposed to striking a pose, but Toccara is on the hunt for a man and ready to let America in on the action.

TV One announced a few months ago that she'd be replacing Omarosa on the second season of 'Donald Trump Presents the Ultimate Merger' -- something she's beyond excited about.

"Right now, I am in La La Land because I'm fantasizing and think everyone is going to be 6'3. I feel like I am doing a dating show and I want to broaden my horizons so I told them, [I'm open to] any nationality, but I do like height," she gushed to BlackVoices.com in the midst of hosting an event in Atlanta recently.

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All Hail the Queen: BlackVoices Celebrates Aretha Franklin on Her 69th Birthday

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March 25, 2011 marks the one and only Aretha Franklin's 69th birthday. The Queen of Soul is undisputedly one of the most recognizable soul singers of all time. And for good reason, too. There is no one like her.

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20 Questions With Hip Hop Mogul and Producer Mona Scott

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For years, Mona Scott-Young has been behind the scenes effortlessly crafting the careers of Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott and 50 Cent, to name a few.

While filming a reality television show documenting the life of Harlem rapper and her client Jim Jones, Scott got a unique perspective about the complex relationship between his longtime girlfriend and mother.

Through her Momami Entertainment company, she teamed with VH1 for 'Love and Hip Hop,' the natural transition from 'Basketball Wives' and 'Football Wives,' which uncovers the lives of the women behind some of the most famous rap stars out.

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BlackVoices.com got the scoop from Mrs. Scott-Young on if these women should throw in the towel with their relationships, the future of hip hop music and why her show is different from the rest.

Here's 20 Questions With Mona Scott-Young

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20 Questions With Singer/Songwriter Marsha Ambrosius

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It's been quite a journey to the Billboard charts for former Floetry singer Marsha Ambrosius. She's gone from having Michael Jackson cover her 'Butterflies' song and guesting on tracks for The Game, Fabulous and Jamie Foxx, to name a few, to parting ways with Aftermath and giving fans little hope that they'd ever hear her long-delayed solo debut.

But signing with J Records in 2009 proved just the right move for the six-time Grammy-nominated British singer/songwriter. Her debut, 'Late Nights & Early Mornings,' debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B Album chart and #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart.

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BlackVoices.com talked to Marsha about her current critical acclaim, any possibility for a Floetry reunion and her thoughts on the passing of Teena Marie and her old friend Michael Jackson.

Here's 20 Questions with Marsha Ambrosius.

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LisaRaye to Return With Second Dose of Reality in April

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If actress LisaRaye McCoy knows anything, she certainly knows how to keep it really real. And having a reality TV show is a natural fit for the former first lady of Turks and Caicos. For that reason, TV One decided to bring back her top-rated series, 'LisaRaye: The Real McCoy,' for a second season.

The cable network and the actress announced that she was filming nine new episodes at their New York Upfront presentation in January.

Now we have a date.

"We've come a long way since we first started taping season one of this show," said McCoy, who is better known just as LisaRaye. "I am very excited to be back with TV One for season two, and to share with viewers the many exciting developments and blessings in my life over the past year."
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VIDEO: Men of McCafe Casting Call Wows Charlotte's CIAA Tournament

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For the past several months, McDonald's has been on a search for African-American men who are creating change and positively impacting their communities around the country.

Last weekend, the annual Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Basketball Tournament took place in Charlotte, N.C., and McDonald's and a few of their celebrity brand ambassadors were on hand to culminate their latest Men of McCafé Search, to identify five community service-driven men.

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The food service giant previously kicked off the search at the Atlanta Football Classic, where historically black college and university (HBCU) rivals Florida A&M University and Tennessee State University battled it out at the Georgia Dome.

The lucky contest winners will win an all-expense paid trip to the 2011 Essence Music Festival.

BlackVoices.com was on location to catch all of the action.

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Insider's Advantage: A Look at Disney's Dream Cruise Ship

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Disney's cruise ship, Disney Dream, is the cruise line's newest ship and most innovative to date. Not only does it boast 14 towering decks and accommodates 4,000 passengers, it even features a cruise-industry first; the AquaDuck, which is the first-ever water coaster at sea.

The family friendly cruise line has taken a great deal of initiatives by creating unique dining experiences, teen-only lounges, a myriad of lounges for adult entertainment and, of course, plenty of opportunity to meet and greet Disney characters, like Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
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BlackVoices.com was on the scene to get a sneak peak at all the fun the new ship has to offer.

Check out our Insider's Advantage video, which will give you an exclusive glimpse of the inner workings of this magical adventure.

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Kevin Frazier Makes History With Move to 'The Insider'

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For years, Kevin Frazier has lent his reporting to two of television's biggest entertainment shows, 'Entertainment Tonight' and "The Insider.'

Today, CBS announced that the former ESPN 'SportsCenter' host has been named the new co-anchor of 'The Insider.' He will work alongside 'The Insider' anchor Lara Spencer.
Frazier will be the first African-American male to host a daily entertainment news show on a major television network - an opportunity he doesn't take lightly.

"I'm really exciting," he told BlackVoices.com today.

"It's an amazing opportunity and there has not been an African-American male hosting a show like this before. It's a female-dominated genre and so that's why you haven't seen African-American males in this genre. It's a little historic and it's a great responsibility more than a great opportunity."

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