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Gospel Singer Marvin Sapp On The Joys And Challenges Of Being A Single Dad

June 17, 2016 - Marvin Sapp’s 2007 record-breaking single “Never Would Have Made It“ is a testament that can be applied to the Gospel singer’s transition into life as a single dad.
Since the death of his wife, MaLinda, in 2010 due to complications from colon cancer, Sapp’s journey as a single father has been both “challenging and rewarding.” He has been raising his two daughters, MiKaila, 19, and Madisson, 17, and son, Marvin Jr., 22, while navigating his career as a pastor, artist and entrepreneur.  Read more at

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Lawsuit Filed After White Schoolboys Allegedly Drag Black Classmate With A Rope

June 17, 2016 - The parents of a 12-year-old Texas girl, who sustained a severe rope burn on her neck during an overnight school field trip to Germer Ranch in Blanco County, Texas, filed a lawsuit Monday against Live Oak Classical School.

Sandy Rougely and Kevin Parker are seeking $3 million in damages — to cover the cost of medical expenses, physical pain, mental anguish, disfigurement, impairment, loss of use and enjoyment of life of their daughter, who is being referred to as K.P.. They are suing for such a large amount “to not only compensate the victims in this case, but to deter this type of egregious conduct from others in the future, and to serve as an example to all educational institutions that this type of behavior is unacceptable,” the lawsuit says.  Read more at

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Oprah Endorses Hillary For President

June 17, 2016 - You get an endorsement! And you get an endorsement!

Oprah Winfrey is supporting Hillary Clinton for president in what she called “a seminal moment for women.”

“I really believe that is going to happen,” the talk show icon told “Entertainment Tonight” on Wednesday. “I’m with her.” Read more at

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Teaser For Tupac Shakur Biopic ‘All Eyez On Me’ Drops On Rapper’s Birthday

June 17, 2016 - A teaser for the biopic of Tupac Shakur was posted to Instagram early Thursday on what would have been the legendary rapper’s 45th birthday.

The “All Eyez On Me” preview includes scenes of an FBI raid and actor Demetrius Shipp Jr. appearing as Shakur before devoted fans.

The clip gives Shakur followers further indication of how Shipp pulled off the portrayal after footage emerged in April of the actor recreating a famous courthouse interview that Shakur gave in 1994. Read more at

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Beyoncé’s Fans Raise More Than $80K For Flint Water Crisis Relief

June 17, 2016 - This week Beyoncé made GOOD on her promise to provide aid for those who were affected by Flint’s water crisis.

Prior to concluding the North American leg of her “Formation” world tour in Detroit, Michigan, on Tuesday Bey’s management and entertainment company, Parkwood Entertainment, in partnership with her philanthropic platform, Bey GOOD, presented a $82,234 check to the United Way of Genesee County to support the residents of Flint, Michigan.  Read more at

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‘Orange Is The New Black’ stars reveal inspiration for Season 4 at New York Premiere

June 17, 2016 - 'Orange Is The New Black’ Season 4 promises to be one of the grittiest and darkest seasons yet. The show’s writers address the Black Lives Matter movement and racial tensions within Litchfield Prison, reflecting real headlines seen across the country right now.

TheGrio’s Natasha Alford caught up with all the stars of OITNB on the black carpet to talk about Season 4, the #BLM inspiration and what it will really take to transform America’s prison system. Read more at

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Beverly Hills Cop 4 reportedly gets the green light, lands directors

June 17, 2016 - Axel Foley is back – for real this time.

According to a Deadline report, the Belgian writer-director duo of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, best known for the critically acclaimed drama Black, will helm the project.

Yes, Eddie Murphy is on board too.

When Murphy and producer Jerry Bruckheimer saw Black, which won the Discovery Award at the Toronto Film Festival last year, they reportedly loved the film.

The fourth film in the series will see a script by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec that takes Murphy’s character Axel Foley back to his roots. Read more at

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NYC Department of Education violated federal discrimination laws

June 17, 2016 - A U.S. attorney sued the New York City Department of Education Thursday, saying it violated federal discrimination laws by letting a Queens high school discriminate against black teachers.

The lawsuit in Manhattan federal court sought to force the city to take steps to prevent future discrimination and pay “sufficient damages” to any discrimination victims.

It said the discrimination occurred against three black teachers among 27 teachers employed during the 2012-2013 school year at Pan American International High School in the Elmhurst section of Queens. Read more at

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Mother Emanuel Holds Services of Remembrance, a Year After Mass Shooting at the Church

June 17, 2016 - Exactly a year ago, the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., was left reeling after a horrific mass shooting that claimed the lives of nine victims, including church pastor and state Sen. Clementa Pinckney.

Today, Friday, the church is remembering those parishioners, embracing the community with a message of love, as it remember those victims, whose lives were violently ripped from them in the brutal attack, CNN reports.

“Let all that you do be done in love,” the church said in a statement on its website, quoting 1 Corinthians 16:14 and encouraging all to perform “Acts of Amazing Grace,” designating June 21, Tuesday, as the day of action. Read more at

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‘Orange Is The New Black’ new season to tackle racial injustice and BLM

Since its 2013 premiere, Netflix original series Orange is the New Black has walked a line between drama and comedy, effortlessly weaving quick witted and crass humor into meaningful messages about America’s flawed prison system. On Friday, June 17th, the show’s fourth season will premiere on Netflix. What can we expect from what critics are calling the darkest season in show history?  Read more at

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Body of missing pregnant teacher found in a ditch in Louisiana, assistant principal arrested

June 20, 2016 - A Louisiana assistant principal is facing a murder charge in the death of a pregnant co-worker who allegedly threatened to expose their relationship.

Robert Marks already was jailed on a kidnapping charge Friday when Baton Rouge police said the 39-year-old had been arrested on new charges of first-degree murder and first-degree feticide in the death of 40-year-old Lyntell Washington. Read more at

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B-CU Breaks School Record with 12,000+ Applications

The B-CU Office of Admissions is making groundbreaking history with student applicants.  Thus far, there have been more than 12,000 applications submitted to B-CU.   The Office of Admissions and its new director, Manicia Finch, have implemented several new strategies to increase prospective student applications and improve the academic profile of the incoming class for Fall 2016.  The inaugural Wildcat Experience Tour  reached over 5,000 students across Florida and will be used as a continuous recruitment tool throughout the academic year.  Read more at

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It Took Us Just 38 Minutes To Buy An AR-15 In Orlando

June 15, 2016 - Gun shop employees were happy to discuss lethality. When another customer looking to purchase a small, .22-caliber handgun noted that it wouldn’t fare well against a “6-foot-3, 350 pound man,” the employee agreed.

“You’d have to hit him in the neck or the heart,” said the employee, whom we aren’t naming for this story.

He went on to joke with the customer that he should either pick a bigger gun or use the .22 to “shoot him in the stomach 15 times, that’d really piss him off.” Read more at

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Gospel Legend Shirley Caesar On Her Tribute To Charleston Church Victims

June 15, 2016 - Gospel legend Shirley Caesar will recognize the lives of the nine victims from last year’s mass hate shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Friday will mark the one-year anniversary of the deaths of the parishioners who were killed during bible study, and a number of events have been scheduled to take place in memoriam.  

Caesar will join keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Bernice King for a special performance during the Mother Emanuel Tree Dedication ceremony on June 18. Read more at

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Michelle Obama Has The Best Advice For Shutting Down The Haters

June 15, 2016 - When it comes to haters, first lady Michelle Obama just doesn’t listen to them.

During a conversation with Oprah Winfrey at the United State of Women summit in Washington on Tuesday, the first lady said she’s learned to tune out people who criticize her online.

“Well, when it comes to social media — there are just times I turn off the world, you know.  There are just some times you have to give yourself space to be quiet, which means you’ve got to set those phones down,” she said. “You can’t be reading all that stuff.  I mean, that’s like letting somebody just walk up and slap you, you know? You would never do that. You would never just sit there and go, slap me in the face and I’m good with it. No. So why would you open yourself up to that?” Read more at

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After Orlando Shooting, The World Showed Up To Defy Hate With Love

June 15, 2016 - After the biggest mass shooting in U.S. history took 49 lives at an Orlando gay club on Sunday, people around the world stood together to mourn the victims, support one another and fight back against homophobia with bold displays of love.

From nationwide rallies to blood drives to proud PDA displays, the LGBTQ community — and the world at large — shared sympathy and love with one another in the face of tragedy. Read more at

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Fired Fla. Cop Brings Black Girlfriend as Witness to Prove He’s Not Racist

June 15, 2016 - It’s not every day that we’re jealous of a 3-year-old. But then again, it’s not every day that we come across a 3-year-old quite like North West. 

We always knew Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West’s first child was going to be stylish, but we didn’t think she would be this stylish. Between her fur capes and custom Alexander Wang dresses, this little tyke has a better closet than most adults we know. Read more at

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What Black And Latina Women Want You To Know About Hillary Clinton

June 15, 2016 - On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be named the presumptive nominee of a major political party. Let that sink in: Ninety-six years after American women won the right to vote, the U.S. may finally be on the verge of electing its first female president. On social media and in regular media alike, women around the world rejoiced.

But I was conflicted. And I wasn’t alone.

There’s no doubt that Clinton’s achievement is breathtaking and historic, as the former secretary of state herself noted in a speech Tuesday night. Read more at

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Can We Please Stop Pretending This Massacre Wasn’t About Homophobia?

June 15, 2016 - With less than two days between us and the slaughter of 49 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida — during Pride month, no less — the pain only seems to be getting worse within our community.

But as we begin the process of healing, we must now deal with the non-queer, mainstream public trying to process something that we, as queer people, have always known: people hate us simply for existing as we are in the world. Read more at

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Orlando Massacre Survivor: ‘The Guilt Of Being Alive Is Heavy’

June 17, 2016 - Patience Carter is one of the victims who survived the massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, which took the lives of 49, mostly people of color, and injured 53 more.

During a press conference yesterday in which victims talked about their horrific experience at the LBGTQ nightclub, Carter recited a poem, which she wrote from her hospital bed to cope the night before at Florida Hospital. Though she said she is grateful to be a survivor, Carter said this comes with a great weight. Read more at

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