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May 4, 2015

From Justice for Freddie Gray to Undoing Racism

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We should not have to take to the streets every time a Black person is killed by police. Demanding accountability for individual injustices is very important. But we also need to use our voices and our power to change the systemic, structural inequality that will continue to result in police violence and abuse against Black people.

Ben Carson Officially Announces Run For President In 2016

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Day Of Prayer For Baltimore After Freddie Gray's Death

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Google Is Embedding Engineers At HBCU Campuses To Fix Tech's Diversity Problem

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Experts: Convictions Unlikely In Baltimore Police Trial

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Police Wanted Us To Believe Freddie Gray Killed Himself. We've Heard Stories Like This Before

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WATCH: Rival Gangs Work Together To Restore The Peace In Baltimore

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Who Is This Objectively Badass Attorney Running The Freddie Gray Investigation?

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Martin O'Malley Says Baltimore Is Where He Would Announce Presidential Run

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#BlackLivesMatter Co-Founder Explains And Defends #BlackSpring

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Michigan Assistant Prosecutor Resigns After Calling For Baltimore Protesters To Be Shot

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Baltimore Gang Members Open Up To Larry Wilmore Over A Slice Of Pie

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May Day Rallies Address Police Brutality, Race In Cities Nationwide

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A Look At The Civil Rights Struggles Of Today

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Israelis, Many Of Ethiopian Descent, Stage Mass Protest In Tel Aviv Demanding Equality For All

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Man Who Filmed Freddie Gray Arrest Detained By Baltimore Police, Along With Ferguson Video Activists

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Police Kill Woman In Gunfight Inside Atlanta Cop Car

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'Stand By Me' Singer Ben E. King Dead 76

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Black Mothers Wonder If Their Lost Babies Are Still Alive

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Duke Student Writes Open Letter About Why They Left A Noose On Campus

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Protesters Plan May Day March For Freddie Gray

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The Big Problem With The Term 'Mass Incarceration'

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Don't Fall For These Horrible Hoax Photos Of Supposed 'Baltimore Loot Crew'

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Stacey Dash Defends Her Ill-Informed Wage Gap Comments

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Police Van Passenger Denies Freddie Gray Hurt Himself

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Residents Say Racism Accusations Don't Tell Full Story Of Cops Who Quit After Town Elected Its First Black Mayor

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Police Van Carrying Freddie Gray Made Previously Undisclosed Second Stop

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'Voluntourism' Can't Solve Big Problems. That's Where 'Experteers' Come In

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Morgan Freeman: I'm A Bigot -- And So Are You

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The Chilling Connection Between Racist Google Searches And Black Mortality Rates

Maryland's Former Lt. Gov.: Don't 'Nitpick' Obama For Saying 'Thug'

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Report: Stephen Curry Wins The 2014-2015 NBA MVP

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Kanye West Just Changed The Title Of His Next Album

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The 11 Most Important Statistics To Remember During Tonight's Fight

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Floyd Mayweather Beats Manny Pacquiao

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Laverne Cox Taught The 'OITNB' Cast A Lot About Trans Issues

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Steve Harvey On Bruce Jenner: 'I Can't Wrap My Mind Around It At All'

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B.B. King Hospitalized, Daughter Claims Elder Abuse

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Floyd Mayweather's Domestic Abuse Doesn't Make Manny Pacquiao A Hero

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Tracy Chapman Singing 'Stand By Me' Will Break Your Heart

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Definitive Proof That Floyd Mayweather Is A Dick

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These Photos Prove Birthmarks Are Beautiful

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Carmelo Anthony Spotted Amid Baltimore Protests

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Queen Latifah Opens Up On Nude Scene In HBO's 'Bessie'

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Chanel Debuts Latest Campaign Starring Pharrell Williams And Cara Delevingne

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Say Hello To Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant's New Coach

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Jesse Williams: 'There Is Nothing 'Black' About Rioting'

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This Is How Far 'The Force Awakens' Stars Are Going To Keep The Movie A Secret

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Wendell Pierce Set To Play The Role Of Clarence Thomas In Upcoming Flick

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Cissy Houston 'Will Fight To The Grave' For Bobbi Kristina's Estate

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See The Avengers As '90s Pop Stars

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'Bessie' Director On The Surprisingly Open Sexuality Of 1920s Black Artists

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Rihanna's First Puma Ad Is As Badass As We Expected

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HBO Aims To Honor Bessie Smith's Legacy With Music Tour

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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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