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July 1, 2015

Why I Burned and Buried The Confederate Flag -- And America Should, Too

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My protest started by recoloring the Confederate flag black, red and green -- the colors of black nationalism. This was my way of arresting my own anxiety and fear of black erasure, both personal and collective.

It's Not Black Folks' Burden To Forgive Racist Killers

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Kendrick Lamar's 7- Minute Video For 'Alright' Is A Must-Watch

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Celebrating Missy Elliott's 44th Birthday With 14 Of Her Flyest Videos

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94 Times Black Churches Have Been Violently Attacked

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Baltimore To Put Cameras In Police Vans, Review Riot Gear

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5-Year-Old Girl Wows Audience With Her Adorable Rendition Of 'Frozen' Song

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Fire At Black Church In South Carolina Is Latest In String Of Blazes

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Unretouched Portraits Illustrate 19 Bare, Bold And Beautiful Women

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An Open Letter to Black Women About Mental Health

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Teen Gives Valedictorian Speech At School Where Dad Is Custodian, Thanks Him For Sacrifices

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US Police On Track To Kill 1,100 People This Year

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Misty Copeland On Stepping Out From Behind The Other Swans

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MLK Statue Will Soon Stand Outside Of Georgia's Statehouse

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R&B Singer Kem On His Battle Overcoming Addiction

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Women Are Revealing The Everyday Sexism Of #BeingFemaleInNigeria

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Gary Younge: Summer Is Here And Somewhere In America, A Black Man Is About To Be Killed

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Report: Intimidating Police Tactics In Ferguson Incited More Unrest

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Misty Copeland Becomes First Black Female Principal In American Ballet Theatre History

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Obama's Overtime Reforms, Explained

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Two Sisters Tell ‘Heart Felt' Tale Of Taking Down Bad Cholesterol

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Kid President Has An Important Message For Parents Planning Family Vacations

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Nina Simone's Daughter Says New Documentary About Her Mother Gets It Right

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Redefining The ‘Traditional' American Family In 7 Stunning Images

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Discover The LGBTQ Archive That's Helping To Make Black Queer Lives Matter

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Cops Coach Chicago Youth Baseball League To Foster Peace In Crime-Ridden Neighborhood

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21 Signs You Might Be The 'Real Racist'

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CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Confederate Flag Parade Ends With A Hilarious Bang

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The Quality Of Health Care You Receive Likely Depends On Your Skin Color

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Washington University Made An Effort To Increase Diversity, And It Worked

12 Moments From The BET Awards That Made Us Do A Double Take

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Ava DuVernay: Activist Bree Newsome Is A 'Black Superhero'

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Death Row Exonoree Released Last Year Dies Of Lung Cancer

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John Lewis, Civil Rights Veteran, Asks Black Clergy To 'Fix' Voting Rights Act

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At Least 5 Black Churches Have Been Destroyed By Fire In The Past Week

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Supreme Court Will Re-Hear Texas Affirmative Action Case

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NAACP Leader Compares Woman Who Removed Confederate Flag To Rosa Parks

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4 Reasons Why Putting A Woman On The $10 Bill Isn't As Great As It Seems

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Beyonce Celebrates Pride In Awesome Remake Of Her '7/11' Video

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DeSean Jackson Feels Eagles 'Persecuted' Him Because Of His Background

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Prince Dropped A New Surprise Song, 'HARDROCKLOVER,' And It's Really Sexy

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Laurence Fishburne Set For 'Roots' Remake

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Beyoncé Poses In Cutout Swimsuit While On Vacation With Blue Ivy And Jay Z

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Anthony Mackie To Play MLK In HBO's 'All The Way'

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Misty Copeland's First Ballet Teacher Will Give You Many Feels Today

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Here Comes The Dunk. There Goes The Backboard And Rim.

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8 Things Women Have Successfully Fought For Since NOW Was Founded

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Kanye West vs. Freddie Mercury On 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Is No Contest

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N.W.A. Reunites For First Live Performance In 26 Years

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BET Awards Viewership Dips From 2014 Show

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Marlon Wayans Wants To Make 'White Chicks 2'

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Lee Daniels Inks News Deal With Fox

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NeNe Leakes Quits 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta'

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'Dope' Star Tony Revolori Is Your New Favorite Latino Nerd

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14-Year-Old Mo'ne Davis Is Taking Over the Sports World

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13 Women On The Politics Of Paying On The First Date

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Definitive Proof Haters Should Not Mess With Zendaya (Again)

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Kanye West Covered 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' And Nothing Else Really Matters

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Kobe Bryant Forgives Rape Tweet By Lakers Draft Pick

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Rapper DMX Arrested In NYC Over Unpaid Child Support

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2015 Class Of Oscar Voters Adds Diversity

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Dyana Williams: Who Is She And Why Is She 'The Godmother Of Black Music Month'?

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Two NBA Draftees Learn The Hard Way That Their Tweets Are Public

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Warren Sapp Charged With 3 Counts Of Domestic Abuse

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Lupe Fiasco Explains Why The Concept Of White Supremacy Is False

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Taye Diggs Is A Glittering, Gorgeous Hedwig In First-Look Photo

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Michael Jackson, King Of Pop, Wanted To Be An Actor

This Program Is Empowering Young Latinas To Follow Their Dreams

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Nick Gordon Sued For Allegedly Abusing & Stealing From Bobbi Kristina Brown

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Nas Shares Passionate Instagram Post About Racial Inequality

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Bobbi Kristina Brown Now In Hospice Care

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Wendy Williams Not Afraid to Ask Aretha Franklin Tough Questions in Queen of Soul's First Post-Op TV Interview

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Leave it to Wendy Williams to get her wish.

The daytime talk show host of 'The Wendy Williams Show' who nailed the first televised phone interview with Aretha Franklin after her surgery was able to convince the Queen of Soul to also give her the first on-camera TV interview.

For the intimate conversation, which will air March 2 on 'The Wendy Williams Show,' the New York Times best-selling author and newly announced 'Dancing With the Stars' competitor traveled to Detroit to have high tea at the Townsend Hotel with Franklin.

The 'Respect' singer was frank about her dramatic weight loss, the recent Grammy Awards tribute, her career and love life.

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Sugar Ray Leonard, Wendy Williams & Romeo on Board for 'Dancing With the Stars'

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The cast for the 12th season of ABC's hit competition series 'Dancing With the Stars' was just announced, and there are several notable personalities ready to learn some complicated dances in front of millions of television viewers.

Daytime talk show host and former syndicated radio jock Wendy Williams, actor/rapper Romeo and former world champion boxer Sugar Ray Leonard are all onboard for the new season.

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Terrell Owens Returns for Third Season of 'The T.O. Show'

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Terrell Owens is definitely in a place of transition in his personal and professional lives, and VH1 cameras are along for the ride again - to capture the NFL wide receiver in his attempt to reinvent himself and bounce back.

The cable network announced that the flamboyant football player will return in a few months for a third season of 'The T.O. Show.'

The second season of the baller's hit VH1 reality show, 'The T.O. Show,' ended with the 37-year-old Alabama native proposing to his longtime girlfriend, Kari. Meanwhile, his business partner and publicist, Monique, quit.

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20 Questions With Actress Tatyana Ali

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Tatyana Ali might have made a name for herself as Ashley Banks on the 1990s hit sitcom 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,' but these days, she's showing more of her own personality on the Martin Lawrence-produced TV One comedy 'Love That Girl!'

Ali is nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series at the 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards - which takes place on March 4 - a clear nod that her latest career step is making the critics take notice.

BlackVoices.com sat down with the 32-year-old Brooklyn-born triple threat to chat about television today, why she hasn't given up on the idea of recording another album and why she can't get enough of Bravo's 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta.'

Here's 20 Questions with Tatyana Ali.

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20 Questions With 'For Colored Girls' Star Anika Noni Rose

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Several notable movie critics and mainstream news publications were quick to point out the lack of diversity with film nominees this awards season. One person not biting her tongue is 'For Colored Girls' star Anika Noni Rose.

We sat down with the Tony Award-winning thespian to talk about who she felt deserved to be recognized, how much fun she's been having with her stint on 'The Good Wife,' and why the Bloomfield, Connecticut native just has to get in the studio with Cee Lo Green sometime soon.

Here's 20 Questions with Anika Noni Rose.

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No More Pork For Aretha Franklin; Queen Of Soul Discusses Weight Loss Regimen

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This past Sunday, Aretha Franklin turned up on the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards – her first television appearance since undergoing surgery for an undisclosed ailment in December.

Following a star-studded Grammy Awards tribute and the show's opening number by Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Martina McBride and Florence Welch, the Queen of Soul appeared noticeably slimmer in a video clip, where she thanked fans for their cards, flowers and prayers.
And, if the 68 year-old vocal powerhouse has her choice, she will keep shedding more pounds in the near future.

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"I want to not only maintain the weight I am at now, but better it, by one dress size," the 'Respect' singer told the Associated Press this week.

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20 Questions With R&B Singer/Songwriter Eric Benét

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R&B crooner Eric Benét had his share of collaborative hits, including 'Georgy Porgy' with Faith Evans and 'Spend My Life With You' featuring Tamia, but the crux of his notoriety came from his highly publicized marriage to Halle Berry, where Benét's infidelity ultimately ended things.

That's all in his past now.

The Grammy Award nominee is newly engaged, and his daughter, India, is following in his footsteps by pursuing her own singing career. Fresh off touring with Fantasia and Kandi Burruss, Benét has been promoting his latest offering, 'Lost in Time.'

The 44-year-old singer sat down with BlackVoices.com to chat about how he proposed to the new lady in his life and how he's grown since his controversial breakup.

Here's 20 Questions With Eric Benét.

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20 Questions With Grammy Award Winning, Alternative Hip Hop/Soul Crooner Cee Lo Green

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He's rapped about 'Soul Food' in his Goodie Mob days, sang us 'Crazy' as the frontman for Gnarls Barkley and most recently had a pop anthem with 'F**k You,' the 2010 Grammy Award-nominated hit that gives the middle finger to gold diggers everywhere.

In just a few days, the beloved chameleon entertainer known as Cee Lo Green will do the unexpected in an out-of-the-box Grammy performance.

But first, the self-proclaimed 'Lady Killer' filled BlackVoices.com in on Atlanta's music scene, why he's not into men wearing high heels and just how great he's feeling while on the cusp of another major career moment.

Here's 20 Questions with Cee Lo Green.

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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon: Expecting a Boy and a Girl

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In December, Nick Cannon shared with the world that he and wife Mariah Carey are expecting twins. Now, comes news that the couple is expecting a boy and a girl.

The 'We Belong Together' singer told Life & Style magazine, "Even before we announced it was twins, I was trying to keep everything gender-neutral because I didn't want to impose an identity on them too soon."

Continue reading Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon: Expecting a Boy and a Girl

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