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March 28, 2015

Cookie Lyon of Fox's 'Empire' Sheds Rare Light on Black Women's Incarceration and Reentry

Unfortunately, the damage resulting from the nearly decade long apex of black female confinement is substantial.

Ferguson Mayor Thinks DOJ Report Put Too Much Focus On Race

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How Ethiopia Is Shaking Off Its Famine-Stricken Image

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Nevada GOP Moves To Limit Early Voting On Sundays, Weeknight Evenings

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Airport Pat-Downs Of Black Women's Hairstyles Deemed Discriminatory

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The Real Reason Tyrese Didn't Reunite With Taraji P. Henson On 'Empire'

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UNC Students: Why Are We Still Honoring A KKK Leader In 2015?

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SAE Fraternity Members Learned Racist Song At National Leadership Event, University Finds

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Double Vision: Meet the Pairs of Twins Who Are Revolutionizing African Fashion (PHOTOS)

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Southern Baptists Confront Racist Past

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'Help! My Boys Were Stopped Three Times By Police For Being Outside Unsupervised'

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Colorado Lawmakers Use Slideshow With Racial Slurs When Pushing Bill For Native American Mascot Ban

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Fleece Force: How Police And Courts Around Ferguson Bully Residents And Collect Millions

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Police Settle Suit Over Use Of Tear Gas During Missouri Protests

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Here's Yet Another Sober Reminder We're Not Living In A Post-Racial Society

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Broadway Star Audra McDonald Slams Indiana Governor Over Anti-Gay Bill

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Naturi Naughton On Her 'Frustrating' Experiences From Being A Black Woman In Hollywood

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Hundreds Attend Funeral Of Unarmed Man Shot By Police

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Rapper Killer Mike Deplores Prosecution Of McKinley Phipps: 'We Must Stand With Artists Like Mac'

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White Man In St. Louis Tells Former Cardinal To ‘Go Back To Ferguson'

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Family Of Anthony Hill, Unarmed Man Killed By Police, Launches Own Investigation

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Students Of Color Are Denied School Sports, Protestors Say

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Black America Is Just 72 Percent Equal To White America. In Some Areas, The Inequality Is Worse Than That.

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USC Responds To Taraji P. Henson's Claims Of Her Son Being Racially Profiled

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Ferguson Police Shooting Suspect Didn't Fire Gun: Attorney

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Watch Obama Geek Out About 'The Wire' And Criminal Justice Reform With David Simon

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Ludacris Did Not Like The Paul Walker Jokes At Justin Bieber's Roast

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Unlocking The Truth's Journey From Viral Craze To Label Hostages

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Kendrick Lamar Has The First No. 1 Album With 'Pimp' In The Title

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Whatever Happened To Meshell Ndegeocello?

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Karrueche Tran Opens Up About Her Love Triangle With Chris Brown And Rihanna

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Watch Mariah Carey Casually Sing Along To Her Greatest Hits

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Cookie Heads To 'SNL'

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This $12.95 Million Penthouse Is The Clear Answer To Your 'Empire' Withdrawals

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Rihanna Is Releasing Some New Music On Thursday

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Fox Is Suing 'Empire Distribution' To Protect Its Rights To 'Empire'

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'Ethnic' Actors Aren't Stealing White Roles: The Racist, Clueless Backlash To TV's Greatest Season Begins

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How To Get Curly Hair With A... Sponge?

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Idris Elba Eyed For Villain Role In 'Star Trek 3'

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Kevin Hart And Will Ferrell Address 'Get Hard' Criticism

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Brandy To Slip Behind Bars In New Broadway Role

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5 Behind-The-Scenes Stories You've Never Heard About 'The Wire'

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Kelly Rowland Gets Real About The Pressures Of Raising A Black Son In America

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Vivica A. Fox Returns For 'Independence Day 2'

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The Story Of How Rihanna Got Famous Will Make You Love Her Even More

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T.I. Responds To Latest Gaye Family Lawsuit

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Broadway Actress Tonya Pinkins Is 'One Tough Broad'

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Jay Z Paternity Case Nears Shock Settlement

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Will Ferrell Says Racist Frat Song 'A Real Argument For Getting Rid' Of Fraternities Altogether

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The Debate Everyone Should Be Having About Around Kendrick Lamar's New Album

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Kanye West Is The Centerpiece Of Kelly Rowland's Vision Board

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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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From Huffington Post:

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.

Read more here.
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