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May 24, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend: 4 Events In Brooklyn Black Culture Will Be Flourishing

Memorial Day weekend is in full swing and Brooklyn has you covered if you are looking to be around some beautiful black culture. If you still don't have any plans check out some of these events where the melanin will definitely be on fleek.

Brothers Johnson Founder Dead At 60

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Bishop T.D. Jakes May Be The Healer America Needs Right Now

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Missing Georgia College Student Found Safe In Another State

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A Mental-Health Epidemic In The Newsroom

#SayHerName: Black Women And Girls Matter, Too

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The Roots Aim To Expand Music Festival Following Record-Breaking Ticket Sales

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Kobe Has 'Indicated To Me That This Is It,' Says Lakers GM

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Grand Jury Indicts Six Officers In Freddie Gray Case

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Refugees Are At A Higher Risk For Mental Illness

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Google Maps No Longer Shows The White House When You Search For 'N---- House'

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Here's Why You're Able To Enjoy That Memorial Day Barbecue Instead Of Working

Arlington Memorial Day
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Wall Street Could Win Big If SCOTUS Guts Key Civil Rights Law

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Hundreds Protest Police Shooting Of 2 Unarmed Suspects In Washington

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African-Americans Who Attended Desegregated Schools Have Better Language Skills Years Later

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New Orleans Restaurant Under Fire For Racist Receipt

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This School Is Taking A 'Proactive' But Controversial Approach To Tackling Racism

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Poet Confronts Police Brutality Against Black Women

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Aja Monet

Kanye Makes Record Donation To Chicago-Based Youth Program

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Donna Brazile Urges Black Women To Become Leaders At Spelman College Graduation

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Spelman College

Officer Shoots Two Unarmed Black Men Who Allegedly Tried To Steal Beer

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This Striking Image Shows A Different Side Of America's Racist History

Tyler Shields
Tyler Shields

Police Reform Advocates Call Bratton's Remarks On Filming Officers 'Outrageous' And 'Disgraceful'

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Ray Rice's Domestic Violence Charges Have Been Dismissed

Ray Rice
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Model Sues Bill Cosby For Defamation Over Rape Claims

Janice Dickinson
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'Justice For Tony': Protesters Storm Wisconsin Capital

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Suicide Among Elementary-Aged Black Children Is On The Rise

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Cop Accused Of Falsifying Reports After Assaults

Michael Brown Is Getting A Permanent Memorial In Ferguson

Mike Brown Memorial
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New Video Of Freddie Gray's Arrest Emerges

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Forest Whitaker Tells Grads: 'Life Is An Active, Not A Passive, Journey'

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Family Of Rosa Parks Reflect On Memorabilia At Library Of Congress

Rosa Parks
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Akon Launches Academy To Provide Electricity To 600 Million In Africa

Akon
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Arkansas Family Receives Pizza With Racial Slurs Inside Box

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5 Things You Should Know About Head Start On The Program's 50th Anniversary

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Cop Didn't Ask If Mercedes 'Was Stolen': Mom's Post About Trooper Goes Viral

Trooper
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Allen Iverson On The Justice System: 'It Gets Better And Then It Gets Worse'

Iverson
Jon Strauss

No Charges For White Off-Duty Officer Who Shot, Killed Black Teen

Vonderrit Myers
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Harry Belafonte On What's Really Being Said With 'Thug'

Harry Belafonte
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Policing For Profit Nets Mississippi Cops A New Police Station And A Fresh Fleet Of Police Cruisers

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This Is What Happens When Black Women Try On 'Nude' Clothing

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It's Not Just Nail Salons, Hairstylists Face Serious Health Problems Too

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Damon Dash Responds To Jay Z's 'Stream Of Consciousness' YouTube, Spotify Diss

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Some Black Celebrities Just Can't Stop Saying Messed-Up Stuff About Racism

Stacey Dash
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Steve Harvey Gives Tips On The Minds Of Men

Steve Harvey
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Lil B Threatened To Curse James Harden, And Then Harden Lost His Powers

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Diddy: 'We Are Committing Genocide On Ourselves'

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Flavor Flav Arrested For Multiple Charges Including DUI, Possession Of Marijuana

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Marvin Gaye's Ex-Wife Shares The Story Behind The 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

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Shaquille O'Neal Kissed A Fan On The Cheek And She Absolutely Lost It

Shaquille
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Drake's New Song Featuring Beyoncé May Have Just Leaked

Beyonce
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Young, Gifted & Black: Damien Sneed, Multifaceted Music Maestro

Damien Sneed
Michael Rubenstein

Mariah Carey's Label Boss Says It's Not 'Realistic' To Expect Another Number One Hit

Mariah Carey La Reid
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Exclusive: Vivica A. Fox Talks 'Independence Day 2'

Vivica A Fox
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Whoopi Returns To 'The View' After Brother's Death

Whoopi Goldberg The View
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21 Photos That Show What Real Full Lips Look Like

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Jamie Foxx's Impressions Just Took Over 'The Tonight Show'

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Azealia Banks Slams 'Bogus' BET Awards, And Nicki Minaj

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Kanye West Says He Was 'Over-Censored' At Billboard Awards

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See '90s TV Stars Then & Now

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21 Books From The Last 5 Years That Every Woman Should Read

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Baseball Great Darryl Strawberry Opens Up About His Big Regret

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UNCF Announces New Michael Jackson And Ray Charles Scholarships

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Kelly Price Accuses L.A. Pharmacy Of Racism

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33 Messy Braid Hairstyles That Prove Perfection Is Overrated

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Maya Rudolph Ends Commencement Speech With Beyonce-Inspired National Anthem

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Nicki Minaj And Beyoncé Have An Awesome Summer Party In 'Feeling Myself' Video

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Jaden Smith Goes To Prom As A Superhero

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Remembering B.B. King: 7 Of Our Favorite Live Performances

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Jay Z Blasts YouTube, Spotify, Google And Apple In Freestyle At Tidal Show

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Gay College Basketball Player Says He Encountered 'Blatant Homophobia'

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'Empire' Cast Reunites For Performance At Billboard Music Awards

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20 Years Later, 'Boyz N the Hood' Still Powerful

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From the Los Angeles Times:

Twenty years ago this month, a small, hip-hop infused coming-of-age drama set in South-Central Los Angeles called 'Boyz N the Hood' was causing extreme reactions from two very different audiences.

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Lauryn Hill Welcomes Son After Brief Scare

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From MSNBC:

Lauryn Hill welcomed a bouncing baby boy on Saturday, but it wasn't all smooth for the singer or her new tot inside the delivery room.

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Oprah's Magazine Now Struggling. Does She Still Have The Magic?

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From indieWire:

It's no secret that Oprah's new joint venture television network with Discovery, now called the OWN network, has been struggling from day one. Not long ago, she let everyone know that plans were in the works to do some revamping. However, now comes word that her publication, O Magazine, is also struggling with ad sales.

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Audra McDonald Sings for First Gay Wedding in New York

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As gay couples in New York file into churches and courthouses to legally marry and later celebrate their nuptials, New York City's theater world has found its own unique ways to observe and celebrate the historic occasion.

Over the weekend Tony award winning actress and singer Audra McDonald of A Raisin in the Sun and Ragtime fame (and less so the Grey's Anatomy spinoff Private Practice), sung at one of the first ceremonies in the state, one officiated by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

"So honored and excited," McDonald tweeted.

Even gay puppets got in on the action.

According to Broadway.com, Avenue Q puppet characters Rod and Ricky got married at city hall before Sunday's show.

"To have this finally happen for us – especially so soon after Will and Kate – is unbelievable to me," Rod said in a statement, according to the website. "I realize there are a lot of broken hearts out there now that Ricky and I are off the market – step back, all you chorus boys! – but I've known since Day One that Ricky is the husband for me. He's the furry fellow I want to spend my life with both on and off the stage."

Later tonight other gays in the Broadway community plan on gathering at the St. James Theater tonight following an evening performance of Hair to wed.

"It's not just a summer of love," Rory O'Malley, star of The Book of Mormon and a co-founder of the gay rights group Broadway Impact, said at a press conference announcing the event. "It's a summer of equality."

Eurepica. Challenge, Belarus Free Theatre, Almeida Theatre, Review

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From the Telegraph:

Maybe this shouldn't come as a surprise – but the most gripping contribution to Eurepica. Challenge, a showcase of a dozen one-act dramas mapping the state of play in Europe today, comes courtesy of a founder member of the company presenting it (for too short a season) at the Almeida: Nikolai Khalezin of Belarus Free Theatre.

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Amber Riley: I Could Be The Next To Leave 'Glee'

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From the Huffington Post:

Say it ain't so, Mercedes! Last week, 'Glee' showrunner Ryan Murphy dropped a bombshell when he announced that Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer would not be returning for the hit show's fourth season. Now, Amber Riley says her character might also graduate after this season.

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Amy Winehouse Supports Goddaughter in Last Public Appearance

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From People:

Just three days before she was found dead in her apartment on Saturday, Amy Winehouse appeared happy and healthy as she danced alongside her goddaughter, singer Dionne Bromfield, at a London venue.

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Rohan Marley Leaves Lauryn Hill (And Unborn Child) For Brazilian Model

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From Idolator:

Lauryn Hill warned us that some guys are only about "that thing" in her song "Doo Wop," and now her boyfriend has proved it.

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Winehouse Was More Than 'Rehab' Caricature

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From the Associated Press:

Amy Winehouse
hadn't released an album in four years, hadn't had a hit in just as long, and when she performed on stage, the headlines she usually drew were for atrocious performances. She was an addict who, like so many performers before her, let her talents fall prey to a drugged-up lifestyle.

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