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July 5, 2015

To Whom Does the Fourth of July Belong?

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White supremacy asks us, on the Fourth, to consider ourselves one American people. But this too is an injustice, because it asks many to forget the ways in which the promise of America never applied to them and still remains largely incomplete. Perpetuating the myth of American independence, while it doesn't fully apply to all, cannibalizes the very hope of full emancipation and real equality.

Just Like Old Times

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Black Women-Owned Businesses Skyrocket By 322 Percent Since 1997

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The Haircut That Got A 5-Year-Old Sent Home From School

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Black Women Share Their 'Degrading' Encounters With Police

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No Links Found Among Fires At Black Churches In The South

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George Takei Apologizes For Calling Clarence Thomas A 'Clown In Blackface'

SAE Fraternity Hires Woman To Lead Diversity Efforts

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I Live With My Ex-Wife And Her New Wife -- And Our Kids Are Better For It

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Google Apologizes For Tagging Photos Of Black People As ‘Gorillas'

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This Year's Essence Festival Is Taking A Bold Approach To Declare Black Lives Matter

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Political Activists Throw Blood Back In Christopher Columbus' Face

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Black Woman's 'Lynching' Arrest Sparks Debate Over California Law

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Ferguson Prosecutor Accused Of Misconduct Is Still Doing Her Thing

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Who In God's Name Could Be Burning Black Churches?

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Thousands Of Black Students Attend Schools Honoring Racist Leaders

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Africa Twitter Campaign Shatters Stereotypes, Lets People Tell Their Own Stories

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Rihanna's '#BBHMM' Video Is Brilliant, Terrifying, Complicated

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These Are The Last Remaining Followers Of African American Spiritual Leader Father Divine

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This Is Why Americans Have No Idea What Really Happens In Prisons

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Prosecutor Offers Deal To Charged Cleveland Police Supervisors

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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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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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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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Lil Wayne Drops New Album, 'FWA,' On Tidal

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Pop Culture Highs And Lows Of 2015 Thus Far

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Veteran NFL Star Turns Self In To Face Strip Club Assault Charge

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4 Fabulous Ways To Wear A Headwrap

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Here's A Video Of Riley Curry Swimming In Floaties Just Because

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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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Jurnee Smollet Rumored to Star as Florence Ballard in Singer's Biopic "Blondie"

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From indieWire:

The last time this project and its cast were discussed here was back in November of last year at the old site; when Tambay reported Faith Evans would portray singer Florence Ballard in her big screen biopic. At the time, Taraji P. Henson was also rumored to have been offered the role of Diana Ross. Well now, it looks like both Evans and Henson are out of the picture.

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The New Spider-Man: Half-black, All Hero

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From USA Today:

Revealed in Marvel Comics' Ultimate Fallout Issue 4, out Wednesday, the new Spider-Man in the Ultimate universe is a half-black, half-Hispanic teen named Miles Morales. He takes over the gig held by Peter Parker, who was killed in Ultimate Spider-Man Issue 160 in June.

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Black Surfer Documentary 'Whitewash' Narrated by Ben Harper, Black Thought Gets Release Date

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From indieWire:

Narrated by Ben Harper and Tariq "Black Thought" of The Roots, the 75-minuted documentary film 'Whitewash' will be available on DVD and VOD on October 4, 2011.

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Fantasia Confirms Pregnancy, Says She's Not Hiding It Anymore

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From Clutch:

After much speculation, rumor and Internet innuendo, Fantasia recently announced that she was pregnant with her second child.

The announcement came as the former American Idol singer was performing at the opening of the Riverview Apartments in Jacksonville, FL (Why she was there? I have no idea).

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'Red Tails' Trailer And Release Date

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From the Huffington Post:

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas conceived of a film about brave fighter pilots. No, not "Star Wars," but the true-life tale of the barrier-shattering World War II squadron, The Tuskegee Airmen.

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Who Killed the R&B Group?

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From the Root:

At Washington, D.C.'s DAR Constitution Hall, the crowd -- a mix of distinguished salt-and-pepper goatees and shellacked updos -- awaits Charlie Wilson, former front man for the Gap Band. But first En Vogue, the once ubiquitous, platinum-selling R&B group from the '90s, is opening the show.

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Obama Has Ideas For Malia's First Car, Including A 'Boy Ejector'

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While the President isn't too worried about aging himself ("Michelle still thinks I'm cute," he reassured NPR), he does have concerns about his daughters growing up too fast.

According to CNN, on Friday in a speech to members of the auto industry, Obama quipped:

"It's only a matter of time until Malia gets her learner's permit. So I'm hoping to see one of those models that gets a top speed of 15 miles an hour. The ejector seat any time boys are in the car. So, hopefully you guys have some of those in the pipeline."

Continue reading Obama Has Ideas For Malia's First Car, Including A 'Boy Ejector'

Watch Trailer for 'Boys of Summer'

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From indieWire:

Tribeca and ESPN Films documentary Boys of Summer, directed by Keith Aumont, stars Vernon Isabella and the Curaçao All-Star Team. The documentary film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2010 NY International Latino Film Festival last summer.

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T-Pain Takes on Auto-Tune Maker in New Lawsuit

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From Billboard:

Ah, auto-tune, the popular vocal effect used by producers to correct a singer's pitch. It's impossible to turn on modern hip-hop radio these days without hearing it. Now T-Pain, the R&B singer and producer widely credited with popularizing auto-tune, is suing Antares Technologies, the company that first developed it.

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