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July 3, 2015

An Open Letter to Black Women About Mental Health

I was raised to be a strong, black woman who could handle her own emotions -- not ask someone to help me sort them out. How dare I need treatment for feeling worthless and for being bullied when I come from a lineage of ancestors who used strength and endurance as a way to survive?

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

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George Takei: Clarence Thomas Is A 'Clown In Blackface'

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

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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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Nina Simone's Daughter Says New Documentary About Her Mother Gets It Right

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Redefining The ‘Traditional' American Family In 7 Stunning Images

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Discover The LGBTQ Archive That's Helping To Make Black Queer Lives Matter

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Cops Coach Chicago Youth Baseball League To Foster Peace In Crime-Ridden Neighborhood

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21 Signs You Might Be The 'Real Racist'

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CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Confederate Flag Parade Ends With A Hilarious Bang

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The Quality Of Health Care You Receive Likely Depends On Your Skin Color

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Washington University Made An Effort To Increase Diversity, And It Worked

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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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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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