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Jaden Smith wears skirt in new Louis Vuitton women’s wear ad campaign

Jan. 4, 2015 - Jaden Smith is ringing in 2016 with an epic women’s wear ad campaign.

Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere just unveiled some shots from the Spring/Summer 2016 women’s wear campaign, and the images feature Smith rocking the shortest skirt we’ve seen him wear. Read ore at thegrio.com.

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Natalie Cole, Legendary Jazz Singer Who Carried Father’s Legacy, Has Died

January 1, 2016 - Natalie Cole, the Grammy-winning daughter of Nat "King" Cole" who carried on her late father's musical legacy and, through technology, shared a duet with him on "Unforgettable," has died. She was 65.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Here Are The Complete And Creepy Accusations Against Bill Cosby

December 30, 2015 - A criminal complaint filed against Bill Cosby on Tuesday includes a detailed and explicit account of his history with Andrea Constand, the woman accusing him of sexual assault. 

The disturbing allegations are contained in an 18-page affidavit filed by police in suburban Philadelphia. Constand described taking pills Cosby gave her at his home in 2004, and told police that she soon she slipped into a drug-induced delirium during which Cosby fondled her and forcibly placed her hand on his penis.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Bill Cosby tweets for the first time since August, thanks ‘friends and fans’ for support

January 1, 2016 - In just five words, Bill Cosby offered his first words since being charged with sexually assaulting a woman at his home back in 2004.

“Friends and fans, Thank You,” the embattled comedian tweeted Thursday night.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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President Obama To Announce New Executive Action On Guns To Expand Background Checks

January 1, 2016 - In his continued effort to curb gun violence and strengthen gun laws, President Obama is set to announce an executive action on gun sales at the top of the new year, CNN reports.

While the president and his administration have not yet fleshed out the action, changes include expanding the “background check requirement to additional sellers,” the report notes. Those close to the proposal, however, warn “unforeseen circumstances could delay an announcement.”  Read more at newsone.com.

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Quentin Tarantino sued for allegedly stealing plot of ‘Django Unchained’

Dec. 31, 2015 - Quentin Tarantino is being accused of copyright infringement for his movie Django Unchained.

According to Variety, the director, along with the Weinstein Company and Columbia Pictures, is named in the lawsuit filed by by Oscar Colvin Jr. and his son Torrrance J. Colvin. The Colvins say that the Django Unchained film infringes on the copyright of their screenplay, Freedom, claiming that the plots of both projects show extensive similarities. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Hospital celebrates ‘one of the world’s smallest babies ever born’

Dec. 31, 2015 - When little E’Layah Faith Pegues was born, she weighed only 10 ounces and was 10 inches long.

This past Tuesday would have been E’Layah’s original due date, but she was born three and a half months too early at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.

At the time, she was the smallest premature baby to survive at the hospital, and she was also “one of the world’s smallest babies ever born,” according to E’Layah’s doctor. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Chicago Officer Who Shot Laquan McDonald Pleads Not Guilty

Dec. 31, 2015 - A white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald pleaded not guilty Tuesday in a Chicago court.

Jason Van Dyke faces six counts of first-degree murder and one of official misconduct in the 17-year-old's death.

He appeared in front of Judge Vincent Gaughan in Cook County Criminal Court and was dressed in a dark suit and blue striped tie. The next hearing is set for Jan. 29. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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How A Prosecutor Managed To Blame A 12-Year-Old For Getting Killed By A Cop

Dec. 31, 2015 - Although a grand jury declined to indict the two Cleveland police officers involved in the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty wasn’t exactly acting like a someone who had suffered a major legal failure.

At a press conference on Monday, McGinty made no secret of the fact that he agreed with the decision, admitting that he had recommended to the grand jury that it not indict officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Federal Lawsuit Accuses Mich. Police of Badly Beating, Wrongfully Arresting Unarmed Black Teen

Dec. 31, 2015 - A federal lawsuit filed last week accuses a Grand Rapids, Mich., police officer of using "unreasonable and excessive force" while having "no lawful authority" to arrest a black teen in June 2014 during an incident that left the young man severely injured, the New York Daily News reports. 

The officer, identified as Sean McCamman, punched the unarmed teen in his head and bludgeoned him with the bulb end of a flashlight following a chase related to reports of a black male with a gun, according to the lawsuit. The young man, identified only as D.B. in the lawsuit, was 15 at the time and was later cleared of resisting and obstructing charges. He was also acquitted by jury of a gun charge. Read more at theroot.coms.

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Why white people see black boys like Tamir Rice as older, bigger and guiltier than they really are

Dec. 31, 2015 - On Monday, a grand jury in Cleveland declined to bring criminal chargesagainst the two police officers involved  in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice last November. Cuyahoga County District Attorney Tim McGinty has already drawn sharp criticism from Rice's family and on social media for his handling of the case. Read more at washingtonpost.com.

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Woman Who Spoke At The White House This Month Nearly Spent Christmas Homeless

Dec. 31, 2015 - A woman who captivated an audience at the White House earlier this month with her story of spending years in and out of jails in St. Louis County due to unpaid debts nearly had to spend Christmas in a homeless shelter with her daughter.

Qiana Williams, a 37-year-old longtime resident of St. Louis County, traveled to Washington, D.C., in early December to speak at a White House event calling attention to excessive fines and fees and their often devastating impact on middle- and low-income citizens. She talked about how the broken network of municipal courts in St. Louis County had effectively derailed her life, turning a series of traffic tickets into an obstacle that has closed her off from much of society. She urged federal government officials to be more aggressive in combating the systemic constitutional violations that exist “on such a mass scale” in St. Louis County municipal courts. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Here's What We Want White America To Know About Race

Dec. 31, 2015 - 2015 was a year not unlike many others when it comes to race in America.

In a lot of ways, it felt as though the worlds of white and black America couldn't be further apart. Racial injustices, insults and aggressions from white people were as routine as the many times black folks banded together to speak out against them.

In the video above, the HuffPost Black Voices team is completely transparent about the things we want to set straight when it comes to race. While we certainly can't list everything, we are honest about a few of the things we think, feel and want white America to know for 2016 -- and every year following. Read more at huffingtonpost.com

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Legal Action Against Bill Cosby Is Still Important, Even With His Career in Shambles

Dec. 31, 2015 - In a neat and unexpected twist of justice, one of the first women who publicly accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault may be the first to see legal retribution. On Wednesday morning, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, prosecutor Kevin Steele charged Cosby with a first-degree felony—aggravated indecent assault—for his alleged drugging and sexual assault of Andrea Constand in 2004. Read more at slate.com.

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Cam Newton and girlfriend welcome baby boy

Dec. 31, 2015 - Congratulations to NFL star Cam Newton and girlfriend Kia, who officially became parents last week!

On Wednesday, the Carolina Panthers quarterback took to Twitter to make the announcement, saying, “My longtime girlfriend and I were extremely blessed to have a son last week. Our family is excited and thank you all for the well wishes!”

Newton explained that he had been mum about expecting because he didn’t want the team to get distracted. “I’ve been quiet about this because I didn’t want to create a distraction for my team and appreciate the privacy in this joyous time,” he said on Twitter. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Pinellas prepares for Great Tornado Dril

With El Niño threatening the Tampa Bay region with severe weather this winter and spring, Pinellas County is partnering with other central Florida counties and the National Weather Service to prepare with the regional Great Tornado Drill.

Everyone is urged to participate. Businesses, organizations, families and individuals are asked to first identify a shelter and their source of emergency alerts, such as messages received on a mobile phone, weather radio or other notification service. The alerts should be loud enough to wake a person up if a tornado were to hit in the middle of the night.   Read more at Pinellas County News.

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La Lucha Plays the 80's

Awarded Creative Loafing’s “Best of the Bay Jazz Ensemble” in 2013, 2014 & 2015, La Lucha is a Tampa Bay based trio that consists of three best friends from three different parts of the world; Colombia, Mexico & United States. Its members areAlejandro Arenas, bass; John O’Leary, piano; and Mark Feinman, drums. Their repertoire is a diverse mixture of Latin inspired rhythms with Jazz standards, twisted arrangements of pop songs and original compositions. Read more here.

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Rep. Darryl Rouson co-counsel in Barbara Dawson case

Dec. 29, 2015 - Petersburg state Rep. Darryl Rouson is serving as co-counsel for the family of Barbara Dawson, a 57-year-old woman who died after being kicked out of a Blountstown hospital Monday morning. Rouson told the Tallahassee Democrat this afternoon he received word of Dawson’s death from her father, St. Petersburg-native Roosevelt Scott, on Monday. Read more at suntimes.com.

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15 Self-Affirmations to Keep You Focused and Motivated Throughout the New Year

Dec. 29, 2015 - Most of us start the New Year feeling unstoppable, fearless, and ready to take on the world. Then, suddenly, something happens. Your positive attitude becomes a thing of the past, and you fall victim to insecurity, lack of confidence, and self-destructing behaviors — which ultimately stops you from becoming your best self. Read more at blackenterprse.com.

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Hoax Alert! No, Zuckerberg Isn't Giving Millions to Facebook Users

Dec. 29, 2015 - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg probably isn't giving you any money.

A post has been circulating with the message that Zuckerberg is looking to give away millions of dollars to ordinary Facebook users. The rumor stems from the announcement that Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, would be giving what is currently $45 billion worth of stock to their LLC, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, in honor of their new daughter.

The post claims that Zuckberberg is handing out $4.5 million to 1,000 users who copy and paste the message, and then share it after tagging five to 10 friends. Read more at nbcnews.com.

 

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