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March 6, 2015

The Problem Is Way Bigger Than Ferguson

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Remembering the African-American/Jewish Coalition of Support for the March From Selma to Montgomery

Few leaders were more important to and decisive in mobilizing public opinion in support of the march than leaders from the American Jewish community. Ironically, it was this historic coalition that came to mind when I listened to and read the 24/7 media commentary around Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent speech to Congress.

The Beautiful Moment Selma Marchers Shared In Jail With MLK

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Mo'Nique Maintains She Was Offered That 'Empire' Role

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Reverend Compares Michigan City's Drinking Water Issues To The Holocaust

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Common On Being Black In America: 'I Look At It As A Gift'

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Ben Carson Makes Serious Missteps On Sexual Orientation

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Silence In Ferguson After Scathing DOJ Report

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Are Ferguson's Police Dogs Racist?

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This Drunk White Guy In A Pickup Explains All You Need To Know About Race And Policing

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Internet Trolls Made Cruel Memes About This Ill Toddler, Now Her Family Is Speaking Out

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DOJ Issues Damning Report On Ferguson Police, Courts

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'Empire' Casting Director Reveals The Real Reason For The Show's Success

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Why It's Important to Venerate Deshawnda Bradley's Life and Remember Her for Who She Was

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World Bank Admits It Ignored Its Own Rules Designed To Protect The Poor

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The Comparisons Between Ferguson And Selma Are Too Similar To Ignore

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NYPD Can't Just Stop And Frisk People For The Hell Of It Anymore, Says Memo

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Yes, Black America Fears The Police. Here's Why.

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11 Stereotypes Detroiters Are Tired Of Hearing

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20 Photos Of Adorable Little Black Girls That Will Set Your Ovaries On Fire

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15 Most Outrageous Examples Of Police Misconduct In The DOJ Report On Ferguson

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DOJ Report Vindicates Ferguson Protesters As Police Department Faces Uncertain Future

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Why Teen Women Of Color Are More Likely To Become Pregnant

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Eric Holder: Ferguson Police Created A 'Toxic' Environment

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Giant X-Ray Screen Erases Gender, Age, Race To Prove 'We Are All Human'

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Marissa Alexander, The One Who Lived

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Darren Wilson Will Not Face Civil Rights Charges In Michael Brown's Death

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St. Louis Alderman On Ferguson Police Chief: 'He Needs To Go'

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Damian Lillard To Make Mom Proud And Graduate College

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Marissa Alexander Speaks Out

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Tamir Rice's Mom: No Apology Yet For Killing My Son

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Lionel Richie: 'I Don't Think It's Ok For A Black Man To Use The N-Word'

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Debunking The Myth That Black Men Are Immune To Harm (VIDEO)

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Oprah Explains Why She's In Search Of 'Happier' Plays

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These Celebs Prove Natural Hair Is Beautiful

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Anthony Davis 'Guarantees' Kentucky's National Title

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WATCH: Terrence Howard Blames Oprah For His Awkward Oscar Fumble

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Mahalia Jackson Biopic To Be Filmed In Chicago

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Everyone Is Saying That Will Smith Is Over

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Netflix Pays Nearly $12,000,000 To Stream African War Film When It Hits Theaters

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One Quote Sums Up Why John Legend Is The Voice For Justice Music Desperately Needs

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Chris Brown Is Reportedly A Father

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Tyler Perry is up and ready to roll on a sunny California day as he knocks out a battery of media chores for his latest movie, 'Madea's Big Happy Family,' at Beverly Hills' posh Four Seasons hotel.

A crack team of handlers -- consisting of image makers and secret-service-like security detail -- are at his beck and call as journalists and media personalities are ushered in and out of his interview chamber.

At first glance, he seems to be in good spirits. He should be. His money making alter-ego Mabel "Madea" Simmons is in rare form in his latest flick, a critic-proof comedy romp that will surely continue his winning streak at box office dominance.

In true form, Mr. Perry (as some young studio staffers are commanded to refer to him) is ready to throw his interviewers through a loop when out of nowhere the loud and ornery voice of Madea appears to be yelling out catch-phrases a mile a minute -- thanks to a handheld device he has that threatens to "punch the hell out of you" with the push of a button.

"I wanted to bring her with me," he joked. "So ask her anything you want."


A direct question about his "formula" seems to catch Perry a little off guard. Eleven movies released in six years and grossing nearly $500 million, combined, at the North American box office is something no other director -- black or white -- has accomplished.

"The formula?," he pondered. "I never thought much about the formula as much as I'm a workaholic. I like to work. I like to be busy. I like to keep moving and as long as I'm giving people what they want, then I'm in a good position. And i think that's what makes it work. There's a huge audience that I've built long before I ever did a movie who are waiting for the next thing, so that's pretty exciting to me."

Continue reading The Madea Factor: Tyler Perry's Winning Formula

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Tyler Perry
was on a roll yesterday.

Not long after the 41 year-old filmmaker set a jam packed press conference ablaze -- with his no-holds-barred comments about Spike Lee's criticism -- at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, he and his movie studio partner, Lionsgate,literally rolled out the red carpet for the premiere of his newest movie, 'Madea's Big Happy Family,' which arrives in theaters Friday.

"If you are expecting Shakespeare in the Park, you are in the wrong place," Perry -- who portrays the scripture-dismantling, pistol-packing title character -- announced to a near capacity audience at Hollywood's Archlight Cinemas Cinemara Dome just before screening the near two-hour flick.

'Happy Family,' which also stars Loretta Devine, Cassi Davis, Bow Wow, Isaiah Mustafa, Lauren London and David and Tamela Mann, marks Perry's 11th movie to be released in a span of six years. For that fact alone, the New Orleans native proves to be a force to be reckoned with in and aroiund Tinseltown. And while some of the old Hollywood guard continues to act like they don't want to get with the program, a nice sampling of entertainment's new regime came out to support the former homeless playwright turned movie-making maverick, and what could be his latest blockbuster.

Below are pics of who showed up to take in the sites.

Continue reading On The Scene: Madea's Latest Romp Brings Out Young, Black & 'Happy' Hollywood

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50 Cent at the Scream 4 premiere in NYCThough his Oscar nominated co-host James Franco turned out to be a no-show at last night's exclusive screening of 'Scream 4,' rap superstar 50 Cent held down the fort and represented The Weinstein Company's hit slasher franchise well at New York City's Crosby Street Hotel.

For the after-party, held at Mr. H at Mondrian Soho, hip-hop royalty such as Russell Simmons and Eve mixed and mingled with the likes of Academy Award nominee Gabourey Sidibe, rock goddess Courtney Love, hip-hop soul singer Estelle, 'Saturday Night Live's latest black scene-stealer Jay Farrow, and actresses Vanessa Ferlito and Tika Sumpter.

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He's approaching 53 but Prince is showing no signs of slowing down.

And the Minneapolis native who introduced 'Controversy' to the masses in 1981 may just about set the concert industry ablaze with his unorthodox approach to touring.

Today, tickets went on sale for his latest 'Welcome 2 America Live' tour dates, billed as '21 nite stand' in L.A. and announced just yesterday – playing at the Los Angeles Forum April 14, 21st and 22nd.

Going where no artist seems to have gone before, Prince hasn't only just surprised fans with the new spate of shows, but he also declared that roughly 85% of all tickets will be available at $25, inclusive of all service fees.

Taking a very different approach with his concerts, the Grammy and Academy Award-winning musician is announcing shows a matter of days before they happen. And his loyal fan base have come out in full force and shown their support.

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John Legend weighs in on Trump's Obama remarks

"He needs to stop saying that racist bullsh-- birther sh--. Quote me please. He should be ashamed of himself. It's awful, really."

--Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend on Donald Trump's recent comments about President Obama. (NY Mag)

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BlackVoices.com has exclusively learned that Derek Luke has signed on to star in Jada Pinkett Smith's critically acclaimed medical drama 'HawthoRNe,' which returns for its third season June 14 on TNT.

According to a network spokesperson, the 'Antwone Fisher Story' actor will play the role of Dr. Miles Bourdet, a hot, young surgeon who arrives at James River Hospital to become the protégé of Dr. Tom Wakefield (played Michael Vartan). Currently in the midst of a divorce, Miles will attract the attention of Camille Hawthorne -- daughter of Pinkett Smith's Christina Hawthorne.


Luke, who was last seen starring in NBC's short-lived medical drama 'Trauma,' has signed on for a multi-episode arc that begins with the season premiere.

Continue reading Derek Luke To Bring The Heat To Jada Pinkett Smith's HawthoRNe' This Summer

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While the overall television landscape is littered with all kinds of specialty channels, many of which seem redundant and directionless, what remains clear is that the medium is in dire need of more diversity.

Even with the much anticipated debut of Oprah's OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) at the top of the year, the lane is still fairly wide open for more niche programming.

Today, former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young and a group of businessmen and entertainment industry luminaries announced the formation of Bounce TV, with the aim of presenting the nation's first-ever, free, over-the-air broadcast television network designed exclusively for African-American audiences.


Set to launch this fall, the channel will target African-Americans primarily between the ages of 25-54 with 24-hour programming that will include movies, live sporting events, documentaries, inspirational faith-based programs, off-net series and original dramas.

Bounce TV's Founding Group and leadership team include Ambassador Young, Martin Luther King III, Andrew "Bo" Young III, television executives Ryan Glover and Jonathan Katz and filmmakers Rob Hardy and Will Packer.

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"Charlie, he'll get it together. Listen, he passed all the drug tests. If the drug tests say he's clean, he's clean. Maybe he's got some emotional issues, maybe, and maybe he's not a drug addict. Let's get him checked on that and see how's the outcome. He might be clean on that. He might be okay. And Charlie is just Charlie, and we all need to get some of that new drug Charlie Sheen is on... I love Charlie."

- Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson commenting on bad boy actor Charlie Sheen ('Access Hollywood Live')

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It looks like there's some sugar and spice coming to Steve Harvey's nightly TV show.

Miss Lawrence, an overnight sensation on Bravo's wildly popular 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' series, has been tapped to join the cast of 'The Steve Harvey Project,' which airs on BET's Centric nightly.

The feisty cross-dressing hairdresser, stylist and singer will host a segment titled 'Spilling the Tea With Miss Lawrence,' providing entertainment tidbits, celebrity gossip, red carpet commentary and fashion/beauty critiques.

"I'm so excited," Lawrence said about the opportunity, adding, "I've found the chemistry and talent between us to be really natural."

Continue reading Steve Harvey Taps 'Real Housewives' Scene-Stealer Miss Lawrence for 'Project' TV Show

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For a minute - a brief minute - it looked like Chris Brown was doing well on the comeback trail.

On the heels of a scorching hot 'Saturday Night Live' appearance, the platinum-selling R&B hottie is readying the release of his new album, 'F.A.M.E.,' via Jive Records on March 22, which has already yielded radio hits with 'No. B.S.' and 'Look at Me Now' (featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes).


And while his presence on radio and television seems to be along the lines of a winning formula, his Internet activity, on the other hand, has become quite questionable.

Last week, the zeitgeist was all abuzz about Brown mysteriously bleaching his hair blond.

This week, the world truly can see that the curtains don't match the rug.

Nude photos of the 21-year-old Grammy Award-nominated singer (or someone with a striking resemblance to him) have allegedly been leaked - to the Website worldstarhiphop.com.

Continue reading Chris Brown in the Buff: Nude Photos of Crooner Surfaces, Allegedly Leaked