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In voting rights win, bill to cut Georgia early voting is dead

Apr. 7, 2015 - A Republican bid to cut early voting in Georgia – which was slashed once already not long ago – failed last week after voting rights activists mobilized against it.

A measure that would have cut the maximum number of early voting days that counties could offer from 21 days to 12 passed a House committee in February, and its prospects for passage in Georgia’s GOP-controlled legislature looked good. It would have left only one weekend of early voting, and just four hours on Sunday. Read more at

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Black Women at Work: How We Shape Our Identities On the Job

Apr. 7, 2015 - In our November issue, we revealed part one of an exclusive study with research consultants Added Value Cheskin. In it we found that Black women are increasingly concerned with how they're perceived by their peers and superiors on the job. Now, in part two, we discover that the tactics we've been using to appear a certain way to our colleagues may actually be holding us back. Read on to find out how to get out of your own way.

If you've ever straightened your natural hair before an important meeting or code-switched on a conference call, you're not alone. But a groundbreaking ESSENCE study about Black women's experiences in White-dominated workplaces shows that altering key aspects of our identities in order to blend in is not only psychologically damaging, but it could also be keeping us from scoring the promotions we deserve. Read more at

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It's A New Era For Afro-Cubans

Apr. 7, 2015 - Yesenia Fernández Selier, an Afro-Cuban dancer and Ph.D. student, cheered when President Barack Obama announced the political thaw between the United States and Cuba last December. It was a huge shift— the U.S. and Cuban governments had been adversaries for more than 50 years.

Now, both countries have vowed to normalize relations. Among the changes: An American embassy will be reestablished in Cuba; political prisoners in both countries have been released; American citizens are allowed to travel to Cuba for humanitarian work and public performances without special approval; and some imports and exports will be allowed between the countries (though the trade embargo is still not completely lifted). Read more at

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Top Jewish group urges Comedy Central to drop Trevor Noah as Stewart’s replacement

Apr. 8, 2015 - The American Jewish Congress began circulating a letter on Tuesday that called for signatures on a petition to block Trevor Noah from replacing comedian Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show.

The AJC cited as their reasons several old jokes that they called “sexist” and “anti-Semitic” and described the series of tweeted jokes as “crude humor.”

“How can one of the world’s most admired Jewish comedians leave his legacy to a sexist anti-Semite?” asked AJC President Jack Rosen in the letter. Read more at

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MLK’s Radicalism Speaks to Contemporary Protests

April 4 2015 - The 47th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination should inspire us all to reimagine this political revolutionary’s final act as a statesman and civil rights leader. Read more at


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Scandal Recap: Family Matters

April 4 2015 - This week’s Scandal episode introduced us to some new faces, brought back a familiar one and raised a number of questions. Read more at



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Oprah Goes Glam For O Magazine's 15th Anniversary Cover Shoot

April 4 2015 - They are sewing up my dress so you don't see my bra-ssiere," said Oprah, holding still so tailor Nile Cmylo could stitch the back of her elegant Xscape gown. "And Lord knows I have to wear a bra-ssiere. Bra is not a bad word, people!" Foundation laid, Oprah channeled her inner Elizabeth Taylor to vamp it up old Hollywood–style...until a new problem breezed in. "The wind machine is making my eyes tear," she said, before urging the crew to pick up the pace: "Let's shoot this thing!" Read more at 

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Michelle Obama And Jimmy Fallon Just Took Their Mom Dance Moves To The Next Level

April 4 2015 - Michelle Obama and Jimmy Fallon really know to bust a move. In honor of the fifth anniversary of FLOTUS' Let's Move campaign, Obama teamed up with Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show" on Thursday for the "Evolution Of Mom Dancing Part 2." (Let's just say they've really stepped it up since the original "Mom Dancing" performance in 2013.) Read more at 

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Porsha Williams: I Was Bullied as a Child

April 4 2015 - Porsha Williams is one tough cookie—a sassy Southerner who can throw shade with the bset of them. But the Real Housewives of Atlanta star didn't always didn't always have it easy. And in a new interview, she recalls being bullied by her schoolmates in Atlanta. Read more at 

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Kenya Moore Sounds Off on the 'RHOBH' Reunion

April 4 2015 - On last night's epic Part 1 of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hillsreunion, Brandi Glanville's character was seriously questioned by most of her cast mates throughout the hour-long show. Read more at


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Al-Shabab Gunmen Attack Garissa University In Kenya, Killing Dozens

April 3 2015 - GARISSA, Kenya (AP) -- Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through a university in northeastern Kenya at dawn Thursday, killing 147 people in the group's deadliest attack in the East African country. Four militants were slain by security forces to end the siege just after dusk. Read more at

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California College Students Seek To Dispel Racial Tensions On Their Campuses

April 3 2015 - University students in California are taking a stand for equality on their college campuses.Student body government leaders at University of Southern California recently proposed the designation of a black culture house for students of color. The idea came from African-American students, who comprise less than 5 percent of the school's population, and their expressed feelings of discomfort on campus. Read more at


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New York City Explosion Site Searched For Missing Persons

April 3 2015 - NEW YORK (AP) — Searching with hands and dogs through scoops of rubble from three apartment buildings leveled in an apparent gas explosion, emergency workers painstakingly looked for signs of two missing people Saturday, though authorities acknowledged the chances were slim. Read more at

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Student Admits To Hanging Noose From Tree At Duke

April 3 2015 - DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- An undergraduate student at Duke University has admitted to hanging a noose in a tree and is no longer on campus, university officials said Thursday. Read more at

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In Defeat, Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan Has His Finest Hour

April 3 2015 - Goodluck Jonathan's quick concession statement after losing the Nigerian presidential election of March 29 to challenger Muhammadu Buhari could mark a watershed moment for the country and the entire African continent. Read more at


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Watch This Documentary To Understand The Institutionalized Racism In Ferguson

April 3 2015 - As the U.S. Department of Justice report on St. Louis County reveals, institutionalized racism has deep roots in Ferguson, Missouri -- and its history begins long before the protests of August 2014. Read more at 

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Double Vision: Meet the Pairs of Twins Who Are Revolutionizing African Fashion (PHOTOS)

April 3 2015 - You may not know their names yet, but it won't be long until you do, because these young people are talented and creative. They are twins, of African descent, bloggers for the most part, and they are part of a group of "elite influencers" who are blazing a trail in fashion. Read more at

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To Pimp a Butterfly: Redefining Freedom and the American Dream

April 3 2015 - James Baldwin, one of the most prolific writers and intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance, suggested a very specific process for escaping the crippling confines of hatred and oppression as a man of color in America. Deriving from the philosophy of existential alienation, Baldwin's practice of Black Existentialism prescribed that black men displace themselves from their native environment, dwelling within uncomfortable solitude to forcefully strip themselves of their learned identity and develop a true definition of who they are. Read more at 

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What the New James Bond Movie Would Look Like With Idris Elba as 007

April 3 2015 - To play the next James Bond, many fans are hoping for Elba—Idris Elba. Speculation surrounding the possibility that the English actor could be the next James Bond has been going on for months and has reached a fever pitch. Everyone from producersworking on the new Bond movie, Spectre, to Roger Moore, the Bond of 1973 to 1985, has been asked to chime in on Elba’s potential. Read More at

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Reaching the Finish Line

April 3 2015 - On March 25, 1965, more than 20,000 marchers of every race, color, religion and creed poured into the city of Montgomery to celebrate a journey birthed from violence and vitriol but ended in peace and progress. Read more at


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