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November 28, 2014

Response to Ferguson: Systemic Problems Require Systemic Solutions

Ferguson ASSOCIATED PRESS

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.

Michael Brown's Legacy Continues To Evolve

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Pregnant Ferguson Woman Loses Eye When Cops Shoot Bean Bag

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Family Of Chicago Woman Slain By Police Share What They'd Tell Mike Brown's Family

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Ferguson Protesters Target Black Friday Sales

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The Light in the Darkness

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Black Men Don't Need a Guardian Angel. We Need Our Guardian Slave.

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What HuffPost Staffers Are Grateful For This Year

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Amid Ferguson Cleanup, Locals Look For Their Community To Rise Above The Damage

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Police Gunned Down A 12-Year-Old And Somehow Local News Decided To Run This Story

Tamir Rice
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Michael Brown's Mom: Darren Wilson's 'Demon' Account Adds 'Insult After Injury'

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WATCH: Ferguson Police Arrest And Drag A Protestor Away

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Ferguson Protesters In Boston Stop Outside Jail, Chant 'Black Lives Matter'

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Cops Release Video Of 12-Year-Old Killed By Police

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Former Model And Restaurateur Goes Missing

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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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Car Plows Through Michael Brown Rally (GRAPHIC)

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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

Tamir Rice
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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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Boy Shot Dead By Cleveland Police Did Not Point Replica Gun At Officer

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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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Niece Of Man Killed By Detroit Cop: 'When I See A Police Officer, I Literally Cringe'

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Ben Carson: Race Relations Are Worse Under Obama

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How Do We Hold On to Hope in Times of Injustice?

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Guard Reinforcements Contain Damage In Ferguson

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BlackVoices.com has learned that Grammy Award-winning rap act Salt-N-Pepa are embarking on a 20-city Legends of Hip-Hop Tour to commemorate the 25th anniversary of their first album release, 1986's 'Hot, Cool, & Vicious.'

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Phylicia Rashad
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Actress, singer/songwriter, and all around media powerhouse, Raven-Symone, who played Olivia, the adorable four-year-old stepdaughter to Denise Huxtable on the groundbreaking sitcom has been seen out and about with a noticeably slimmer frame.

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This holiday season, BlackVoices.com decided to spread the holiday cheer by surprising twelve (12) of our avid readers with gifts courtesy of the season. Check out who the lucky winners are!

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There is only one 'King of Pop' and his name is Michael Joseph Jackson.

The Gary, Indiana native was the consummate entertainer, with a music catalog that spans nearly half a century.

A childhood musical prodigy, he entered the public's heart as the pint-sized lead singer of the family band, the Jackson 5. From humble beginnings and a highly talented musical family, as well, Jackson went on to attain some of the highest honors in music and solidify himself as one of the greatest entertainers the world has ever seen.

Sadly, he passed away June 25, 2009 and although his physical presence is no longer with us; his musical legacy lives on.

Aug. 29 would've marked the King of Pop's 52nd birthday. Blackvoices.com celebrates the life and times of the man, the myth, the legend. Join us.

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Whitney Houston, the six-time Grammy Award-winning chanteuse who burst on the scene in 1985 with her self-titled debut, and within a quarter of a century became one of the best-selling vocalists of all time, is celebrating her 47th birthday.

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The two divorced in 2007, and Houston returned focus to her music career. The world eagerly anticipated her comeback with the 2009 release of 'I Look to You.' Despite mixed reviews of the album, legions of Houston fans continue to root for the pop diva.

In celebration of Houston's birthday, BlackVoices.com takes a look at the woman, the myth, the legend -- through the years.

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Haitian-born Grammy Award winner Wyclef Jean, who once sang about what he would do if he were president, may actually have a chance to make his musings a reality.

This week, Jean appeared on CNN's 'Larry King Live' to announce that he would be putting in his bid for president of Haiti and address what has been on most people's minds as of late: Jean's financial management skills. One person who was vocal about Jean's desire to run Haiti was Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn.

Speaking of Jean's impact on the ground level in Haiti since the earthquake, Penn stated, "He has been virtually silent for those of us in Haiti; he has been a non-presence."

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Yesterday, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and activist Angelique Kidjo performed hr rendition of the 1970 Curtis Mayfield classic 'Move On Up' at the kick-off celebration for the 2010 FIFA World Cup at Orlando Stadium in Soweto/Johannesburg, South Africa. The performance was broadcast in the United States by ABC, ESPN, and Vevo.

2010 marks the first year that the tournament will be held on the African continent.

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Grammy Award-winning artist and philanthropist Wyclef Jean can now add another distinguished honor to his long list of achievements: The Haitian-born Jean was awarded an honorary doctorate on May 23 from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.



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