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Ice Cube Reflects On 'Friday' 20 Years Later, Reveals Details About Final 'Friday' Sequel

Apr. 27, 2015 - Twenty years ago this weekend, “Friday” was released in theaters. Directed by F. Gary Gray and starring Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, John Witherspoon, the film follows Craig and Smokey (played by Cube and Tucker, respectively) as the pair encounter various obstacles while attempting to pay off a $200 marijuana debt to their South Central drug dealer within 24 hours.

Produced with an estimated $3.5 million budget, the comedy opened at the box office grossing over $6.5 million and bumped Michael Bay’s action pack flick, “Bad Boys”from the #2 slot. With its release on April 26, 1995, the film became an instant classic. Co-written by Ice Cube, the script's memorable one-liners made an impression on fans and casual viewers alike. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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America’s 1.5 million missing black men is nothing short of genocide

Apr. 24, 2015 - Where have all the brothers gone? The numbers are staggering.

According to a report in The New York Times, black women between the ages of 25 and 54 outnumberblack men by 1.5 million, based on an analysis of data from the 2010 U.S. Census. There were 7.046 black men of that age group not incarcerated, to 8.503 black women. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Michelle Obama: Tech industry to train, hire 90K military vets

Apr. 24, 2015 - Michelle Obama announced Thursday that the technology industry has promised to hire and train 90,000 military veterans and spouses over the next five years — the latest private-sector commitment to her campaign to help veterans.

Microsoft Corp., Cisco and Oracle are among firms making the commitment, she said. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Ava Duvernay gets her own Barbie

Apr. 24, 2015 - Barbie has announced a new campaign that seeks to honor today’s influential women.

Mattel, the company which manufactures the famous toy dolls, identified 6 “Sheroes” to receive their own “one-of-a-kind doll.”

Oscar-nominated director Ava Duvernay was among the honorees. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Russell Wilson’s date to the White House Correspondent’s Dinner is not Ciara

Apr. 24, 2015 - The rumor was fun while it lasted. SuperBowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson was supposed to be bringing singer Ciara to Saturday night’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner.

But the quarterback is taking his grandmotherinstead. Wilson posted a video on Facebook of himself and his grandmother  dancing with the caption: “Can’t wait to dance with my beautiful date at the WHCD this weekend! #shesgotmoves #loveugrandma.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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Video contradicts police claims about black man who died in jail cell after arrest for sagging pants

Apr. 24, 2015 - Recent video footage obtained of the last moments of Ervin Leon Edwards’ life seems to contradict police reports about what happened.

Edwards died on November 26, 2013 lying facedown in a West Baton Rouge Parish Jail cell after officers used force, including a taser, to restrain him. Read more at theadvocate.com.

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Innocent Black Teen Who Survived Police Shooting Gets a $230,000 Settlement

Apr. 24, 2015 - Frenswa Raynor of Oakland, Calif., is one of the fortunate innocent, young black men to survive a police shooting. The Oakland City Council voted this week to settle lawsuits surrounding his near-fatal encounter for $275,000, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The shooting occurred in 2013, when Frenswa was 16 years old. The police responded to reports that a group of black teens had robbed a restaurant employee at knifepoint in downtown Oakland. Someone claiming to be a witness told authorities that he was following the suspects and directed the police to Frenswa and his two friends. Read more at theroot.com.

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A Little Positivity: 7-Year-Old To Publish Inspiring Comic Book On Her Natural Hair

Apr. 24, 2015 - One young lady has inspired girls to love themselves and their hair with her award-winning comic book.

Troubled by her natural tresses and skin tone, 7-year-old Natalie McGriff and her mother Angie Nixon from Jacksonville, Fla., came up with the idea of the comic, The Adventures of Moxie Girl. The main character, Moxie Girl, uses a special shampoo that gives her magical powers to combat book-eating monsters. Read more at newsone.com.

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Beyoncé And Jay Z's Rumored Joint Album Reportedly To Premiere On Tidal

Apr. 24, 2015 - It may be time to actually sign up for Tidal.

The long-rumored Beyoncé and Jay Z joint album will reportedly be released exclusively on Tidal, according to DJ Skee. The host of Skee TV revealed last September that the couple was working on an album together. In his latest segment on Skee TV, the DJ reports that sources have told him the album is "nearing completion." Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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CNN's Don Lemon To Bill Bratton: 'Do You Think That People Of Color Are Targeted By Police?'

Apr. 24, 2014 - CNN's Don Lemon had some pointed questions for Bill Bratton Wednesday night, asking the NYPD commissioner if he believes African-American men are disproportionately targeted by law enforcement.

"Do you think that people of color, especially men of color, black men, are targeted by police?" Lemon said. Bratton rejected the accusation, suggesting that neighborhoods occupied by black and Hispanic people have higher crime rates and therefore need a greater police presence. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Michael Brown’s parents set to sue the city of Ferguson

Apr. 23, 2015 - Lawyers for the parents of an unarmed, black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb say they plan to file a civil lawsuit Thursday against the city of Ferguson.

Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown announced their plans in a statement Wednesday night.

The lawsuit had been expected. Attorneys for Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, and his father, Michael Brown Sr., said at a press conference in early March that a wrongful death lawsuit would be filed “soon.”

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Teen who was temporarily paralyzed surprises nurse by walking

Apr. 23, 2015 - A Texas teen who had been paralyzed from the waist down for 11 days has made a miraculous recovery.

The teen’s favorite nurse was unaware of her recovery and was shocked when Bailey Murrill started walking.

The two shared a hug and some tears – and it’s all captured on video. Read more at thegrio.com.

 

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Denzel Washington’s ‘Equalizer’ officially getting a sequel

Apr. 23, 2015 - Sony officially announced on Wednesday night during CinemaCon that it plans to make a sequel to Denzel Washington‘s Equalizer.

Rumors have been circulating almost sinceEqualizer was released about a possible sequel, with Richard Wenk’s name floated around in February as a possible scriptwriter. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Police officials say they quit over safety concerns, not because of black female mayor

Apr. 23, 2015 - Two former Missouri police officers have recently come forward to explain why several police officers and officials resigned following the election of Tyus Byrd, their town’s first black woman mayor.

Trish Cohen, Parma, Missouri’s former police chief, and Rich Medley, former assistant police chief, claims that race did not play a factor in their decision to leave but that they did not feel safe having an “anti police” mayor. Read more at thegrio.com.

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‘Blackbird’ director defends Mo’Nique in first film after ‘Precious:’ ‘There was no drama or diva behavior’

Apr. 23, 2015 - Director Patrik-Ian Polk teams up with Oscar-winner Mo’Nique, Isaiah Washington and Hollywood newcomer Julian Walker for his highly anticipated upcoming film, Blackbird.

The film focuses on a teenager who’s on the verge of manhood and struggling to come to grips with the fact that he is gay, all whilst growing up in a small, rural Mississippi Baptist community. Read more at thegrio.com

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Senate Makes History By Confirming Loretta Lynch As U.S. Attorney General

April 23, 2015 - Loretta Lynch was confirmed as U.S. attorney general on Thursday after months of GOP delays, making history by becoming the first African-American woman to hold the post.

Lynch was confirmed in the Senate 56 to 43. All Democrats voted for her, along with 10 Republicans: Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Susan Collins (Maine), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Rob Portman (Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.).  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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New Allegations Surface Against Reserve Deputy Who Fatally Shot Black Man

April 22, 2015 - CBS News has found new reasons to doubt the qualifications of a Tulsa reserve deputy who fatally shot a weapons suspect when he mistook his service gun for a Taser.

Robert Bates has been accused of manslaughter for shooting 44-year-old Eric Harris, on April 13 after detaining him for trying to sell weapons to an undercover cop. Bates, who is white, has said he accidentally shot Harris, who is black, with a firearm when he intended to stun him with a Taser.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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2015 Men & Women of Distinction Awards

April 23, 2015 - The sixth annual Men and Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony kicked off an amazing afternoon this past Sunday. The St. Petersburg Country Club, located at 2000 Country Club Way S., was filled with well-wishers who came out to support the achievements of some 20 honorees.  Read more at theweeklychallenger.com.

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Little girl to Michelle Obama: ‘You’re too young for 51′

Apr. 22. 2015 - It’s the kind of compliment anyone of a certain age likes to hear: ‘You look young for your age,’ or something like that.

Michelle Obama is no different.

The first lady hosted a group of Washington, D.C. foster kids and other youth Wednesday for the White House’s annual event honoring ‘Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.’ Read more at thegrio.com.

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Protesters demand justice for Freddie Gray’s death during custody

Apr. 22, 2015 - Demonstrators launched a week of protests to demand justice for a Baltimore man who died from a spinal injury he suffered while in police custody. The federal government opened a civil rights investigation into yet another death fueling debate over police brutality and race relations in the U.S.

Freddie Gray, who was black, suffered the injury under mysterious circumstances after he was handcuffed and put in the back of a police van. The 25-year-old died in a hospital a week after his April 12 arrest. Read more at thegrio.com.

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