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February 28, 2015

From Selma to Ferguson: Keep Hope Alive!

The demands for justice in Ferguson, coupled with the recent speeches by New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton and FBI Director James Comey, are indeed reasons to keep hope alive!

Here's What Happened When Detroit Youth Got Real With Police

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Someone Should Have Warned Kid Rock Not To Mess With Queen Bey

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Protests Erupt Over UNC Board's Decision To Shutter Poverty Center

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The Reason I Do NOT Think This Is Blackface

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KKK Was Terrorizing America Decades Before Islamic State Appeared

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Black Lives Matter to Labor

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10 Must-See Black Landmarks At Your Fingertips

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Three Years After Trayvon Martin Killing, Two Women's Lives Intersect

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Bill Cosby Says His Career Is 'Far From Finished'

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Life in Prison for Selling $20 Of Weed

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America's Unfair Rules Of The Road

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When Whites Get A Free Pass

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How To Create A Sustainable Black Future

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Derrick Rose Releases Inspirational Commercial Days After Injury News

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After Years Of Taking Questions, Obama Turns The Tables On One Teen

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As Selma Anniversary Nears, Here Are The Lawmakers Actually Trying To Strengthen Voting Rights

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50 Cent Shares His New Thoughts On Fox's 'Empire'

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Nevada GOP Pushes New Gun Law Reminiscent Of 'Stand Your Ground'

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Everything We Know About The Alleged Dez Bryant Video

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Texas Sports Anchor Delivers Stirring Anti-Racism Speech

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San Francisco Police Officer Hits, Kicks Homeless Man Who Slept On Bus (VIDEO)

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Tennessee Lawmaker Denies Controversial Comments Were Racially Charged

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'Stand Your Ground' Laws Are Still On The Books In 22 States

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Warren Moon: Marshawn Lynch ‘Isn't A Dumb Kid' When It Comes To The Media, Won't Retire'

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U.S. Criminal Deportations and the Future of Black Immigrants

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Marissa Alexander, The One Who Lived

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How My Dad Became A Black Queer Feminist

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STUDY: Diverse Casts Deliver Higher Ratings

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3 Sentenced For Racist Attack That Killed Black Man

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Science Shows What's Happening Inside The Brains Of Blind Musicians Like Stevie Wonder

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Raven-Symone To Play Gay Character On 'Black-ish'

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Bella Thorne Opens Up About That Controversial Zendaya Hair Comment

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'How To Get Away With Murder' Recap: Nothing Good Ever Happens In A Basement

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HBO Is Determined To Tackle Its Diversity Problem

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5 Big Reveals From 'How To Get Away With Murder' Season 1 Finale

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Moschino Pays Homage To The Looney Tunes' Hip Hop Days

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Naomi Campbell Will Have You Feeling Déjà Vu (And Not In A Good Way)

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The Unsettling Racial Satire America Needs Right Now

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Halle Berry Always Has 'A Hard Time Getting Roles'

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Kanye West: 'Exclusivity Is The New N-Word'

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Ice-T Reveals He's Actually The Voice Of 'Dora The Explorer'

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Oh No! Lupita's Oscar Dress Was Stolen

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7 Times When Cookie Spoke The Truth On 'Empire'

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No Respect For Hip-Hop's O.G.s: Why Many Legendary MCs Still Need To Hustle

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'Empire' Co-Creator Is 'Gutted' By The Bill Cosby Allegations

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Here's The Timberwolves' 'Welcome Home' Video For Kevin Garnett

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Apparently This Is How Kim Kisses Kanye

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Will Smith Continues His Nostalgia Streak With 'Summertime'

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Beyoncé's Workout Video Is BEYond Motivational

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Everything You Need To Know About That Beyoncé College Class

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Mic Check: Here's Why Hip Hop Hasn't Grown up Yet

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Kelly Osbourne Threatens To Quit Fashion Police' Over Zendaya Controversy

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Kanye West Just Debuted Another New Track

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LeBron James Wants College Coaches To Stop Recruiting His 10-Year-Old Son

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Damon Wayans Comedy Tour Sidelined

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Bobby Brown Cancels Australian Tour To Spend Time With Bobbi Kristina

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How 'Empire' Co-Creator Drew On His Firsthand Experience With Homophobia

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Shonda Rhimes Was Not A Fan Of Lady Gaga's Oscars Performance

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Watch LeBron James Diss McDonald's, Then Remember They Pay Him

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Getting off her record label has been a long time coming for Jill Scott, but it looks like now she can finally see the light – literally.

The Grammy Award-winning R&B diva is putting the finishing touches on her eagerly-anticipated album, 'The Light of the Sun,' which was due for release last year. A messy legal battle with Hidden Beach Recordings (who released her four opuses since 2000) delayed the project.

Now comes news that Scott has entered into a distribution deal with Warner Bros. Records. The unique relationship with the iconic label plans to bolster the Jill Scott brand into the next phase of her multi-dimensional career, which encompasses the film, television and literary industries.


'The Light of The Sun' now has a release slated for later this year.

"I've always looked to empower my fans through my message of love, independence and strength," Scott said in a statement released yesterday. "A lot has gone on in my life since my last album, so I'm extremely excited to share the new music with all of the people that have supported me these past ten plus years. This album is very revealing, and I can't wait for everyone to hear it."

Continue reading No More Hidden Beach For Jill Scott; Grammy Winner Enters Deal With Warner Bros. Records

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"Can I be candid? I don't like all of Tyler Perry's films. Yes, I did work with Tyler for 'Daddy's Little Girls' because it portrayed a positive image of a black father. I am happy for Tyler's success...we need Tyler Perry ... by going to support his movies, we need to show economic strength. But we are also responsible for elevating film. I'm not with buffoonish characters like Madea or Big Momma."

-- Actor Idris Elba weighinng in on Tyler Perry's success in Hollywood and bufoonish imagery. (Vibe)




Continue reading Notable/Quotable: Actor Idris Elba On Tyler Perry And Hollywood Buffoonery

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Jordin Sparks may have taken home the title of 'American Idol' during the show's sixth season, but one of her fellow finalists is unlikely following in her footsteps -- on the New York City theater scene.

In what seems to be out of nowhere, Sanjaya Malakar made his New York stage debut in the off-Broadway musical 'Freckleface Strawberry' this week. Directed by Buddy Crutchfield, the show is currently playing at New World Stages and is based on the popular children's book series written by acclaimed actress Julianne Moore.

The Seattle-are native joins 'Spring Awakening' alum Remy Zaken in the title role, alongside Julia Bray, Kimiko Glenn, Andrew Cristi, Linda Gabler and the ultra-talented Mykal Kilgore (a protégé of dynamic Broadway powerhouse Billy Porter).

Continue reading What Happened To 'American Idol' Cast-Off Sanjaya Malakar? He's Off-Broadway!

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There seems to be no stopping James Earl Jones.

The legendary actor, whose voice has been heard in the Star Wars movies (as Darth Vader), Disney's animated marvel 'The Lion King' and on CNN (in their ubiquitous bumper promos), has booked his second Broadway show – within a year.

The 80-year-old thespian is currently starring as Hoke Colburn, the chauffeur in the critically-acclaimed revival of 'Driving Miss Daisy.'

Now comes word that he will star in the role of the feisty, folksy and wily ex- U.S. President Arthur Hockstader in a revival of 'Gore Vidal's The Best Man,' which is slated to start its Broadway run in the spring of 2012.

Continue reading Another Broadway Show For James Earl Jones; Revival of Gore Vidal's 'Best Man'

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There's a reason why 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' has remained the #1 talk show for 24 consecutive seasons; she knows how to get the "gets."

Rounding out a month full of first-run exclusives, the media maven's candid chat with music legend Diana Ross will air Feb. 25.

Winfrey, who counts Ross as one of her childhood inspirations, said the show was a "full circle moment," for her -- recalling the time when Diana Ross & The Supremes became international superstars during the 1960s. "I have to keep myself from going into the ugly cry because of how much this woman, this legend, mean to me in my life and to the life of every little girl who dared to dream."

On the one-hour show, which revolves around the Motown Records legend, her children ; Rhonda Ross Kendrick, Tracee Ellis Ross, Chudney Ross, Ross Arne Naess, Evan Ross and her first grandson Raif Henok Emmanuel Kendrick make appearances.

Continue reading VIDEO: Family Affair & Classic Reunion For Diana Ross on Oprah Winfrey Show

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It was a good night to be Jay-Z.

New York's current "King of Hip Hop" won three trophies in a ceremony preceding the glitzy '53rd Annual Grammy Awards,' but didn't bother showing up to revel in what was branded as "Music's Biggest Night."

Meanwhile, Eminem -- another hip hop icon, who was a supposed shoo-in to win the major award categories tonight – was there front and center. He even performed (ahem, shouted) an angst-riddled set featuring Dr. Dre, Rihanna and an unidentified chanteuse who nearly put the Bajan beauty to shame. Yet, the Detroit native legally known as Marshall Mathers only took home two trophies – after leading the pack with 10 nominations.

When it came to doling out the awards this year, that sentiment seemed to pretty much summed up the night from start to finish, though.



Surprises and shut-outs seemed to be the status quo at tonight's show; proving once again that just because you're a mainstream media darling, that doesn't necessarily mean you will win an award.

Ask Justin Bieber.

The teen dream had one hell of a week; a Superbowl commercial, his debut movie raking in $30 million at the box-office its opening weekend, and a hyped-up Grammy Awards performance with his mentor/big "brotha," Usher Raymond, and pal Jaden Smith. He walked away empty handed.

It was him and the other mainstream media darling, Drake, who were duking it out for the coveted trophy for Best New Artist. They both were plastered over covers, appeared on late night talk shows and their names were ubiquitous on Viacom-owned music-centric networks like MTV and BET. Who won? Neither; the relatively unknown classical instrumentalist/singer Esperanza Spalding.

A favorite of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, she's also recently toured with Prince -- after being hand-picked by The Artist for his BET Awards tribute last year.

Primarily known as a jazz bassist, the Portland, Oregon native has served a professor at Berklee College of Music and has recorded with M. Ward.

She, herself, seemed shocked at the big win. "Thank you to the Academy for even nominating in this category," she gushed as she approached the podium. "Thank you to the beautiful family of musicians I'm so blessed to be a part of ...I take this honor to heart so sincerely and I'll do my damndest to make a whole lot of great music for all of you. It's such a blessing and an honor. God bless."

Spalding, 26, joins a growing list of music superstars who won the honors over the years, including Bette Midler, Natalie Cole, Jody Watley, Sade, Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, Carrie Underwood, Adele, and John Legend, who introduced her for the award.

Her third album, 'Chamber Music Society,' was recorded last year and received critical acclaim in the classic music genre featuring her ethereal vocals and upright bass playing.


Below are other noteworthy scenes from the '53rd Annual Grammy Awards':

Continue reading 2011 Grammy Awards: Many Surprising Wins & Shutouts, Some Really Great Performances

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Earlier this evening, viewers of the '53rd Annual Grammy Awards' got to see a start-studded tribute to the one and only Aretha Franklin. Asides from being delighted with the powerful voices of Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Christina Aguilera, Florence Welch and Martina McBride belting out a medley of Franklin-certified hits (including 'Respect' and 'Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves'), the world got to see a videotaped thank you from the undisputable Queen of Soul.

It was the first time the world got to see Franklin up, close and personal since her Dec. 2 surgery.

From her home in the Detroit area, the 18-time Grammy Award winner said she "loved" the salute, which opened the show.

Continue reading Aretha Franklin Reveals New Look, Shares Her Thoughts On Star Studded Grammy Tribute

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The 53rd annual Grammy Awards show will be presented at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, tonight. It's branded as Music's Biggest Night. Before the internationally, broadcast telecast gets underway, a majority of awards were handed out.

Below is an early list of winners:

Continue reading 53rd Annual Grammy Awards: Early Winners List Includes Jay-Z, Cee Lo, Alicia Keys, Mavis Staples, Fantasia & The Late, Great James Moody

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For those of us who thought Aretha Franklin's big reveal would happen at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony tonight, we must think again.

Though the undisputed Queen of Soul will be showered with a vocal Valentine's tribute by the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Martina McBride and Christina Aguilera, she will not be present at the Staples Center festivities this year. Instead he taped a video to thank the Recording Academy for their honor.

Franklin, however, showed up to the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit to catch a game of basketball with her longtime friend Rev. Jesse Jackson on Friday night.

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"I'm feeling really great," Franklin, who is recovering from an undisclosed ailment – which was rumored to be pancreatic cancer, told reporters. "Loving the game, loving the game."

Continue reading Aretha Franklin Returns: After Months Of Recovery, Queen of Soul Shows Up At Detroit Pistons/Miami Heat Basketball Game