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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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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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