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Michael Jackson Is ‘Resurrected’ for the Billboard Music Awards

May 19, 2014 - A hologram of Michael Jackson performed during last night’s Billboard Music Awards. Welcome to the future of posthumous music. In a similar style to Tupac Shakur’s performance at Coachella in 2012, the King of Pop’s hologram definitely bore an uncanny resemblance to the singer, but it didn’t look like the Michael Jackson from five years ago. Jackson-Gram hologram performed the new hit “Slave to the Rhythm” off of Jackson’s posthumous album Xscape—which debuted last week at No. 1 in 50 countries. Read more at

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A Sex-Trafficking Survivor’s Perspective on the Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

May 19, 2014 - Iwas 18 years old when I first felt powerless. I stood, frozen, as a gun was pointed at my head. I was demeaned and called unprintable names. The victim of abuse and sex trafficking, I was repeatedly violated and tortured and then blamed for it all.

On April 15 that powerless feeling returned. That was the day it was reported that 230 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped and forced at gunpoint from the safety of their boarding school, from the safety of their families’ protection, and from the sanctity of the right to their own thoughts, dreams and bodies. Read more at

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Yes She Can: Brooklyn Eighth-Grader Publishes Two Novels On Her Own

May 19, 2014 - When 13-year-old Angela Content told her mother she was going to write a novel, her mom didn’t take it too seriously. When the teen told her mom she was going to publish the book, her mom brushed it aside as just a dream. But when Angela told her the book was being reviewed by Amazon’s publishing service CreateSpace, Marie Content realized her daughter was serious. Read more at

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Here's The Painful Truth About What It Means To Be 'Working Poor' In America

May 19, 2014 - In a nation that has long operated on the principle that an "American Dream" is available to anyone willing to try hard enough, the term "working poor" may seem to have a bright side. Sure, these individuals struggle financially, but they have jobs -- the first and most essential step toward lifting oneself out of poverty, right? If only it were that simple. Read more at

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NAACP Names 53 Year Old Cornell Brooks Its New President

May 17, 2014 - he NAACP, the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, has named Cornell William Brooks its 18th president and chief executive officer. The New Jersey-based civil rights lawyer, human rights activist and ordained minister, replaces interim leader Lorraine C. Miller, who filled the vacancy created by Benjamin Jealous' departure at the end of 2013.  Read more at

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Charlie Rangel Opens Debate With Fake Phone Call

May 15, 2014 - In lieu of an opening statement, Representative Charlie Rangel kicked off his second debate against State Senator Adriano Espaillat and the Reverend Michael Walrond by pretending to take a phone call. "Espaillat’s already spoken … No, no he didn’t say he passed any bills.In lieu of an opening statement, Representative Charlie Rangel kicked off his second debate against State Senator Adriano Espaillat and the Reverend Michael Walrond by pretending to take a phone call. "Espaillat’s already spoken … No, no he didn’t say he passed any bills.  Read more at

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Jerome Murdough's Mother Files $25 Million Lawsuit In Son's Hot Cell Death

May 16, 2014 - The mother of a mentally ill, homeless veteran who was found dead in a 100-degree New York City jail cell that overheated due to an equipment malfunction in February plans to file a $25 million wrongful death lawsuit against the city.

Alma Murdough's attorney, Derek Sells, said he will also ask the city to preserve all communications and 911 recordings regarding former Marine Jerome Murdough's death on Rikers Island. Sells scheduled a news conference for Friday afternoon. Read more at

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Congressional Black Caucus Thanks Harry Reid For Opposing Michael Boggs

May 16, 2014 - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) got a letter of thanks from the Congressional Black Caucus on Thursday for his unequivocal opposition to President Barack Obama's beleaguered judicial nominee Michael Boggs.

"Thank you for publicly expressing your opposition to the confirmation of Michael P. Boggs to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia," reads the lettersigned by Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio). "I respect and appreciate your concern for the people of Georgia and minority communities across the nation." Read moer at


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Beyonce, Jay Z And Solange Say They've 'Worked Through' Private Issues That Caused Elevator Fight

May 16, 2014 - Jay Z, Beyonce and Solange say "families have problems and we're no different" after a video leaked of Beyonce's sister attacking the rap mogul in a hotel elevator.

In an exclusive statement to The Associated Press on Thursday, the trio said they have worked through their differences and moved on since the video emerged this week showing Solange kicking Jay Z as Beyonce looked on. Read more at

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White Police Official Won't Apologize For Calling Obama N-Word

May 16, 2014 - A police commissioner in a predominantly white New Hampshire town says he won't apologize for calling President Barack Obama the N-word, and he sat with his arms crossed while angry residents at a meeting called for his resignation on Thursday.

Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland, who's 82 and white, has acknowledged in an email to his fellow police commissioners he used the racial slur in describing Obama.

Town resident Jane O'Toole, who moved to Wolfeboro four months ago, said she overheard Copeland say the slur at a restaurant in March and wrote to the town manager about it. Copeland, in an email to her, acknowledged using the slur in referring to the president and said he will not apologize. Read more at

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Nina Simone Biopic Director, Cynthia Mort, Files Lawsuit Against Film's Production Company

May 16, 2014 - The highly-anticipated Nina Simone biopic, “Nina,” is set to make its debut during a screening at this year’s annual Cannes Film Festival on Thursday, but a new lawsuit filed by the film’s director, Cynthia Mort, is the latest source of controversy for the film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mort filed a motion in Los Angeles Superior Court against the film’s production company, Ealing Studios Enterprises Limited, alleging a breach of the terms outlined in her contract as director, which reportedly affected the filmmaker’s decision-making on the project. Read more at

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Kara Walker’s new exhibit explores the politics of the black female body

May 16, 2014 - The experience of Kara Walker’s latest work, A Subtlety orThe Marvelous Sugar Baby, staged in an abandoned Domino Sugar refinery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, begins well before you enter its dilapidated, molasses-encrusted battlements.

Walking from Bedford Avenue amid a glossy stream of high-rise apartments, stylish cafes and restaurants, you quickly realize that its location in a community that has recently undergone its own dramatic ‘refinement’ is anything but coincidence. Read more at

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Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in Nigerian ‘Nollywood’ film

May 16, 2014 - Nigeria’s booming film industry has taken a step in the right direction with the forthcoming U.S. release of Half of a Yellow Sun.

The blockbuster movie stars Oscar nomineeChiwetel Ejiofor, alongside Hollywood star Thandie Newton, as well as other reputable actors. Read more at

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N.H. Police Commissioner Refuses To Apologize For Calling Obama The N-Word

May 16, 2014 - Mariah Carey is back! And she wants everyone to know it, based on the title of her new album: “Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse.” And on Friday, fans found her on TODAY — lighting up the plaza with performances, then sitting down to chat about herself and “Me.” Read more at

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Dean Baquet becomes first black executive editor of the New York Times

May 15, 2014 - The New York Times on Wednesday announced that executive editor Jill Abramson is being replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet after two and a half years on the job.

The company didn’t give a reason for the change. Abramson and Baquet had both been in their current positions since September 2011.

Baquet, 57, who would be the first African-American to hold the newspaper’s highest editorial position, received a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1988. Read more at

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Writer details how gay black men are leading the way in sports

May 15, 2014 - Vince Pryor has written a very moving and compelling piece for Outsports about black gay men breaking barriers in the sports world.

Pryor, a former standout linebacker for TCU in the early 90s, came out to his teammates before the team’s bowl game against Texas Tech his senior season. He went out and set the school sack recordin TCU’s 24-17 victory. Read more at

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North Carolina nonprofit buys dozens of homes in struggling St. Petersburg neighborhoods

May 14, 2014 - A North Carolina nonprofit spent $1.6 million to buy 68 homes in Midtown and Childs Park, fueling officials' hopes of a turnaround in some of the city's poor neighborhoods.

Builders of Hope, based in Raleigh, N.C., bought the homes earlier this month from Fort Lauderdale's Dalland Properties, which had scooped up many homes in 2012 with intentions on flipping or renting.  Read more at

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Big Tim's Bar-B-Que in St. Petersburg closes

May 13, 2014 - It looks like the end for the fabled 22-ingredient sauce. Big Tim's Bar-B-Que in St. Petersburg has closed. Timothy "Big Tim" Walters opened his first location in 1968 on 34th Street S, following up with two more restaurants on 34th, another in Tampa and another across from Tropicana Field. All but the one at 530 34th St. S closed prior to Walters' death in 2009. His family carried on after his death, selling the pulled pork sandwiches and molasses-touched barbecue sauce for which he'd become famous in Pinellas County. There is no word yet on what will become of the restaurant space.

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Versatile teen is top volunteer at Central City YMCA

May 15, 2014 - Joshua Felder had just turned 17 when he got a call: He was the Central City YMCA's volunteer of the year. Last summer, Joshua spent more than 300 hours volunteering at a children's summer program. He encouraged and entertained kids and taught them some new skills. At a dinner in March, he was recognized as one of just two teens to ever get the award, said the Tampa YMCA's communications director, Lalita Llerena. Tampa Bay Times reporter Elisabeth Parker caught up with Joshua at his Y to hear about his past community service and his plans for more.  Read more at

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Ex-Lt. Gov. Carroll says working for Scott was 'bad' for minorities

May 13, 2014 - Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll continues to make noise about her rocky tenure as Gov. Rick Scott's No. 2, including new references to Scott having had "issues with HCA and Medicaid fraud." 

Carroll was on a Cocoa Beach radio station Monday where she cited "wrongdoing" by Scott's chief of staff, Adam Hollingsworth, and a "good ol' boy system" where it was difficult for minorities to work. She appeared on WMEL's "Seeta and Friends" program, hosted by a fellow native of Trinidad, Seeta Begui.Carroll was on a Cocoa Beach radio station Monday where she cited "wrongdoing" by Scott's chief of staff, Adam Hollingsworth, and a "good ol' boy system" where it was difficult for minorities to work. She appeared on WMEL's "Seeta and Friends" program, hosted by a fellow native of Trinidad, Seeta Begui.  Read more at

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