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Zendaya Is Leading By Example With Her Message On Anti-Bullying

May 11, 2016 - Zendaya is proving herself to be the perfect role model, yet again.

From consistently using her voice to empower others to speaking out against society’s routine racist and sexist ways, Zendaya is a positive force to be reckoned with. 

The 19-year-old actress-singer-activist revealed to People magazine what’s behind her motivation to continuously use her platform to stand up for those who are often marginalized, bullied and unfairly judged. Read more  at huffingtonpost.com.

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'Dear White People' TV Series Based on Movie a Go at Netflix

May 11, 2016 - Breakout screenwriter-director Justin Simien is bringing Dear White People to the small screen.

Netflix has handed out a straight-to-series order for a comedy based on his 2014 crowdfunded movie, The Hollywood Reporterhas learned.

The 10-episode, 30-minute project hails from Lionsgate Television and will, like the film, follow a diverse group of students of color as they navigate a predominantly white Ivy League college where racial tensions are often swept under the rug. The series is a send-up of "post-racial" America that also weaves a universal story about forging one's own unique path. Read more at hollywoodreporter.com.

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Jay Z Working on Album to Tell 'His Side of Things' in Beyonce Marriage

May 11, 2016 - An insider reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly that the rap icon, 46, is recording songs that will reveal his version of events surrounding the rough patch in his eight-year marriage to Beyoncé. “Jay is working on an album telling his side of things," explains a source close to the couple. 

On April 23, Queen Bey, 34, shocked fans with the HBO video special and album Lemonade, addressing long-­standing rumors about her husband’s fidelity with lyrics like “This is your final warning / You know I give you life / If you try this s‑‑t again / You gon’ lose your wife.” During the 60-­minute art film, the Houston native lays bare a deeply personal journey of betrayal and reconciliation, culminating with a final image of her and her husband. Read more at usmagazine.com.

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Ferguson’s New Police Chief: ‘I’ve Been Training For Ferguson My Entire Life’

May 10, 2016 - Miami police veteran Delrish Moss was sworn in Monday as Ferguson’s first black permanent police chief in a ceremony witnessed by dozens of residents and law enforcement officers.

Moss, who held the rank of major in Miami, takes over a department wracked by the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer. The Justice Department later accused Ferguson police of racial bias and of ticketing residents in order to generate revenue for the city, prompting the resignation of the previous chief, Tom Jackson. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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‘Grim Sleeper’ serial killer convicted for murdering black women for over two decades

May 10, 2016 - A former Los Angeles trash collector was convicted Thursday of 10 counts of murder in the “Grim Sleeper” serial killings that targeted poor, young black women over two decades.

Lonnie Franklin Jr. showed no emotion as the verdicts were read and family members who had wondered if they would ever see justice quietly wept and dabbed their eyes with tissues in the gallery.

“We got him,” exclaimed Porter Alexander Jr., whose daughter Alicia, 18, was shot and choked. Her body was found under a mattress in an alley in September 1988. “It took a long time. By the grace of God it happened. It’s such a relief.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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Donald Trump Calls Hillary Clinton “Nasty, Mean Enabler” Of Husband’s Cheating

May 10, 2016 - Donald Trump is drawing fire after calling Hillary Clinton a “nasty, mean enabler” of her husband’s affairs, according to NBC News.

The comment came Friday during a rally in Eugene, Oregon and represented Trump’s harshest attack of his Democratic rival since becoming the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee, notes the report.

It also marked the first time in recent months that Trump has “been so direct in referencing Bill Clinton’s affairs,” writes NBC:

“She’s been the total enabler. She would go after these women and destroy their lives,” Trump said. “She was an unbelievably nasty, mean enabler, and what she did to a lot of those women is disgraceful.” Read more at newsone.com.

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Obama to Make Another Historic Presidential Visit, This Time to Hiroshima

May 10, 2016 - President Barack Obama will be visiting Hiroshima later this month while in Japan for the G-7 summit, the White House confirmed Tuesday.

According to the White House, the president will be making the trip with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "to highlight his continued commitment to pursuing the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons." Read more at theroot.com.

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Career, Husband and Baby, Too: Janet Jackson Can ‘Have It All’ at 49, but Can You?

May 10, 2016 - “I promise, I’ll be worth the wait,” a then-20-year-old Janet Jackson cooed to ’80s heartthrob Taimak as they nuzzled on a city rooftop, contemplating the next move in their fictional black-and-white video romance.

The year was 1986. “Let’s Wait Awhile” was the fifth hit single from Jackson’s breakthrough solo album, Control, which would confirm her as the female phenom of her famous family and catapult her to musical superstardom on her own terms. Long before Destiny’s Child extolled the virtues of being an independent woman, and nearly two full decades before Mimi would emancipate herself, Jackson convinced an 11-year-old me—along with legions of other soon-to-be women—that it was all right to take my time because ultimately, I should be in “control” of my destiny. Read more at theroot.com.

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Nate Moore, the Secret Weapon Behind Marvel’s on-Screen Blackness

May 10, 2016 - Nate Moore has achieved a “marvel” feat of his own: going from reading comics as a kid to landing as executive producer alongside Marvel mastermind Stan Lee himself for the iconic brand’s latest global smash, Captain America: Civil War.

To say that this is worlds away from what he knew growing up with a single mother, two sisters, an older brother and a love for the movies in Clovis, Calif., a midsize town over three hours from Los Angeles, would be far from cliché. An internship at Columbia Pictures led to Moore’s first industry job as an assistant, as well as his first brush with Marvel, working on Spider-Man. A little over six years ago, he officially joined the universe and has helped spread the Marvel magic to a new generation on the big screen. Read more at theroot.com.

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Governor Rick Scott Recognizes Nat Glover with Great Floridian Award

May 10, 2016 - Former Jacksonville Sheriff Nat Glover was recognized Tuesday during the Florida Cabinet meeting by Governor Rick Scott for his “dedication to higher education and the community of Jacksonville.”  Read more at floridapolitics.com.

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Oprah Winfrey to star in HBO’s ‘Henrietta Lacks’ movie

May 11, 2016 - Oprah Winfrey is expanding her participation in HBO’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” to an on-screen role.

The cable channel said Monday that Winfrey will star in the TV movie that she’s been shepherding as an executive producer. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Column: Moving forward in the wake of tragedy

May 6, 2016 - In the predawn hours of March 31, Dominique Battle, Ashaunti Butler and Laniya Miller — ages 15 and 16 — drowned as the stolen car they were driving sank in a pond at the Royal Palm cemetery in St. Petersburg. It was a tragic loss of life, and my prayers are with their families. While I condemn the theft of the car, I reject the notion that these girls somehow deserved that horrible fate, as some have suggested.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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President Obama’s Commencement Address to Howard University (Full Transcript)

May 8, 2016 - “Be confident in your blackness,” the president said to the graduating class. “I’ve had lunch with the Queen of England and hosted Kendrick Lamar in the Oval Office. There’s no straitjacket, there’s no constraints, there’s no litmus test for authenticity.”  Read more at theroot.com.

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Black Women At West Point In Hot Water Over Raised Fists In Photo

May 9, 2016 - The United States Military Academy at West Point is looking into whether 16 black female cadets violated rules against political expression by taking a photo in uniform with their fists in the air, an academy official told the Army Times.

The photo features the women, all of whom are on the verge of completing their final year, posing in front of the campus’ oldest barracks building in dress uniforms. Photos like this are apparently common at West Point as an homage to old-fashioned military portraits. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Obama Urges Howard Graduates To ‘Be Confident In Your Blackness’

May 9, 2016 - President Barack Obama urged Howard University’s class of 2016 on Saturday to “be confident in [their] blackness” and continue past generations’ work to improve the lives of African Americans in the U.S.

After opening his address on the progress African Americans have made, Obama spent a good portion of his speech discussing the importance of being black and the challenges facing graduates of Howard, one the country’s historically black universities. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Michelle Obama Goes On A Hugging Spree At The Invictus Games

May 9, 2016 - Michelle Obama and Prince Harry put their “differences” aside in Orlando Sunday to kick off the Invictus Games, a five-day sporting event for wounded servicemen and women that Harry launched in the U.K. in 2014. 

It was a joyous occasion, complete with an appearance from world’s most lovable narrator, Morgan Freeman. So, what happens when you put Michelle Obama in a happy, inspiring, and touching situation? Hugging. A lot of hugging. 

Yes, the first lady has a penchant for embrace. Just ask her daughters, any child she has ever met, and even the seemingly un-huggable Queen Elizabeth II.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Nia Long responds to J. Cole’s shout-out: ‘He’s really not too young’

May 9, 2016 - Nia Long got love for hip-hop. Hip-hop definitely has love for Nia Long.

The actress discussed the connection she has with the culture with Larry King recently. Basically, she says her and hip-hop music “grew up together.”

“So I grew up at a time where Puffy Combs was running nightclubs in New York City, and Boyz in the Hood was out, and Heavy D–my beloved brother who I miss madly – you had Biggie Smalls, you had Tupac, and there was Boyz in the Hood,” Long says. “So this was an era where we were all growing up in this business, and kind of changed the game a little bit, and gave urban music, Black music and Black films a space to actually do our thing. And I think that the rappers just kind of…were feeling Nia Long a little bit. I don’t know. I don’t know. I think it’s just part of the acknowledgement.” Read more at thegrio.com

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Man Claiming To Be Prince’s Son Requests DNA Test

May 10, 2016 - Carlin Q. Williams, a man from Kansas City, has come forward with claims that he’s the son of late music icon Prince. 

Williams filed a paternity claim in Carver County, Minnesota, CBS News reports, and he alleges that he’s the performer’s “sole surviving legal heir.” Williams, the first person to come forward with such a claim, is also requesting a DNA test to prove he’s the “Purple Rain” singer’s biological son. 

According to CBS, Williams’ mother, Marsha Henson, says she had unprotected sex with Prince in July of 1976 at a Kansas City hotel. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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West Point ‘investigating’ photo of 16 black female cadets raising fists

May 6, 2016 - A group of 16 black female cadets is being investigated by West Point officials after a picture circulated of the group of them raising their fists.

According to the Army Times, there are claims the photo was done in direct support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“We can confirm that the cadets in this photo are members of the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2016,” said West Point’s director of public affairs Lt. Col. Christopher Kasker in an emailed statement to the Army Times. “Academy officials are conducting an inquiry into the matter.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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Sesame Street' No STD Worries For Bert & Ernie

May 5, 2016 - An STD testing product company called Matley is under fire after the Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie were featured in one of its ads.

The pair of famous friends, who have long been rumored to be lovers and have been the subject of several social media memes to that effect, are featured in the ad and are seen looking through papers in the Facebook post, which is captioned, “See Ernie, you’ve got nothing to worry about, everything is positive!” Read more at thegrio.com.

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