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New Natural Hair Magazine Sets A New Standard For Black Women’s Beauty

Apr. 6, 2016 - One new magazine seeks to celebrate all the amazing qualities of every natural, curly-haired black queen. 

CRWNMAG is a quarterly, print-first publication that honors the transformative power and beauty of black women’s hair. The magazine released its first print edition in August 2015 and shares supplemental digital content through its websiteand social platforms. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Beyoncé Has The Perfect Response To ‘Formation’ Critics

Apr. 6, 2016 - Two months after the video release and Super Bowl halftime performance of “Formation,” Beyoncé is finally responding to the critics who deemed the singer’s message in the song as “divisive“ and an attack on police officers.

In a new interview with Elle magazine, the Grammy Award-winner said those who perceive the song’s message as anti-police are “completely mistaken.” Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Artist Is Reimagining Superheroes As Black Women Because Representation Matters

Apr. 6, 2016 - Markus Prime is the artist behind B.R.U.H., the title of a cleverly named paperback that stands for “Black Renditions of Universal Heroes.” And his brilliant work is exactly what it sounds like.

He has reimagined some of your favorite superheroes — Superman, the Powerpuff Girls, Ash Ketchum, “Adventure Time”‘s Finn — as black women, replacing the largely male roster of superhuman icons with a group of kickass women of color. Why? “I want children of color throughout the world to be inspired by this book and start creating things that they can identify with,” he explained to The Huffington Post. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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In The Rare Event A Hollywood Movie Features Two Black Leads, Something Remarkable Happens

Apr. 6, 2016 - In Hollywood, the hunt for prestige and money rules everything. Either can be used to justify almost any decision, however cynical — and all too often, they are, especially when it comes to matters of diversity, or the lack thereof.

Ask around about why the Oscars were so white yet again this year, and why the movie industry in general remains stubbornly homogenous, and a lot of people will talk to you about fear. Movies take millions to make — a financial risk that breeds real fear among studio executives of approving something outside their comfort zone, something they aren’t quite sure will earn back the money they invested. That’s a main reason why we get superhero movie after superhero movie, and why we don’t see more movies about people who are not white: a fear, whether conscious or subconscious, that a “diverse” cast won’t translate into butts in seats. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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‘2 Dope Queens’ Is An Exciting New Podcast Everyone Should Hear

Apr. 6, 2016 - “Butt-hurt white dudes,” move out of Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson’s Twitter mentions because they’re unapologetic as ever in their new podcast “2 Dope Queens,” which premieres on WNYC Tuesday.

The show, which stemmed from Robinson’s BlariaLIVE! shows, combines live stand-up and intimate conversations between the two queens off-stage. The topics they discuss run the gamut from light politics and racist cab drivers to dating and the importance of cocoa butter. One of the most distinguishing things about their Brooklyn-based podcast, however, is that it doubles as a platform to bring comedians from various backgrounds to the forefront. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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How Tyler Perry convinced Oprah his shows would flourish on OWN

Apr. 6, 2016 - When Tyler Perry began creating shows for the then-struggling OWN Network four years ago, he’d send the scripts he’d written to Oprah Winfrey for approval — and she’d wince.

“I would say, ‘I think that’s too much! It’s over the top! Oh my God, I can’t believe this is happening!'” Winfrey recounts about Perry’s first OWN show, “The Haves and Have Nots,” a prime-time drama fueled by connivers, sex and blackmail, now in its fourth season.

Others might have acquiesced to Winfrey. But not Perry. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Janet Jackson postpones world tour, says she’s ‘planning’ her family

Apr. 6, 2016 - Janet Jackson has put her Unbreakable world tour on hold because her doctor has asked her to rest while she is planning her family.

In a video posted to her official Twitter and Facebook pages, Jackson would not say whether or not she was pregnant, only that she was looking toward a family and needed rest.

“We’re in the second leg of the tour, and there actually has been a sudden change,” Jackson said during the video, smiling. “I thought it was important that you be the first to know.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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LeVar Burton: ‘It was time’ to remake ‘Roots’

Apr. 6, 2016 - LeVar Burton was initially skeptical of remaking “Roots,” the groundbreaking miniseries that launched his career in 1977.

But Burton, who played a young Kunta Kinte, overcame those concerns after seeing the educational value in helping the new generation of Americans better relate to the plight of slaves and African-American history, particularly after the election of Barack Obama, the United States’ first black president. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Diddy gives 18-year-old son record deal for his birthday

Apr. 6, 2016 - Christian Combs just got one of the best birthday presents a son could ever ask for.

Christian, whose father is Sean “Diddy” Combs, got a record deal from his father for turning 18, so that he can chase his dreams.

Christian has officially signed with Diddy’s label, Bad Boy Records, and the entire thing was captured in a series of seriously happy posts on Instagram, with Christian pouring out his gratitude for his father. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Michael Eric Dyson: Pres. Obama looked for ‘escape hatch,’ instead of addressing black issues

Apr. 6, 2016 - The historic election of Barack Obama to the office of President in 2008 left many wondering how it would transform the nation.  Now at the end of his 8-year term, we look back to see universal healthcare, the auto industry bailout and marriage equality as just a few key moments in one of our country’s most defining eras.

But what is Obama’s true legacy after the White House?  And what do people of color, who overwhelmingly turned out at the polls in 2008 and 2012, have to show for helping elect the country’s first black president? Read moreat thegrio.com.

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Are charges of racism in the new Gap ad valid or over-blown?

Apr. 6, 2016 - Four young girls in a humanitarian cirque troupe are currently the new faces of Gap’s lifestyle brand, but the image used to advertise their troupe is more than a little worrisome.

The group, which consists of Ava, 8; Lucy, 8; Fanny, 12; and Angelina, 12, is known collectively as Le Petit Cirque, “the only all-kid humanitarian cirque troup in the world.” They were introduced to Gap’s lifestyle brand ad with a tweet that read: “Meet the kids who are proving that girls can do anything.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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Clearwater High School students organize, participate in Civil Rights Tour

The Clearwater High Civil Rights Tour was a project-based personalized learning opportunity where 37 select students researched and created a six-day experience that encompassed real-world occurrences that connected them to the Civil Rights movement in the United States. The trip took place March 17-22 and  included an in-depth tour of historical Civil Rights movement sites that included Atlanta, Ga., Montgomery and Selma, Al., and the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. During the trip, Clearwater High students met individuals who were active participants or spectators during the Civil Rights Movement. No professional tour guides were utilized and all learning was student-driven.

Now that the student participants, known as CHS Freedom Ambassadors, have returned, they will continue to lead a project-based learning experience for the entire student body. To learn more and view photos from each day of the Clearwater High Civil Rights Tour, visit the district’s Newsroom site. You can also visit the Clearwater High Civil Rights Tour Facebook page to view more photos and videos from the experience.

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Granex, a stone and granite manufacturer, opens for business in Tampa

April 4, 2016 - Granex, a stone and granite manufacturer, celebrated the opening of its new $9 million processing facility Monday morning.

The company imports 30-ton blocks of stone, granite and marble from 18 countries. It then uses heavy machinery to cut and polish them into about 30 large, shiny sheets. Those refined sheets are sold to wholesalers, who then sell them to fabricators who turn them into countertops, tiles or other products.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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101 Year-Old VA Patient and Tuskegee Airman Shares His Story

The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System serves more World War II Veterans than any other VA in the nation.  In 2015 alone, nearly 7,700 men and women of the “Greatest Generation” sought and received care at Bay Pines facilities.  U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. (Ret.) Willie N. Rogers, a WWII Veteran and 101 year-old Documented Original Tuskegee Airman (DOTA), is one of the many heroes who entrusts VA with his care.  Click here to see Willie's story.

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How Attorney General Loretta Lynch could sway the Democratic presidential race

Apr. 5, 2016 - This coming April 23rd will mark the first anniversary of the U.S. Senate’s 56-43 vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General.

By so doing, Lynch, a former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, followed Eric Holder’s historic tenure as the first black man to hold the position by becoming the first black woman to serve as America’s top law enforcement official. Read more at thegrio.com.

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‘The Carmichael Show’ is unapologetically black in primetime

Apr. 5, 2016 - Jerrod Carmichael is widely known for his undeniably unique style of stand-up comedy featured in the HBO comedy special Jerrod Carmichael: Love at the Store. Some folks might recognize him from his recent film role alongside Seth Rogan and Zack Efron in Neighbors, or you might identify the sound of his voice from his work on the adult animated sitcom Lucas Bros. Moving Company.

Carmichael is currently entertaining millions of viewers with The Carmichael Show, an NBC-scripted sitcom that he created, executive produces and stars in. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Portland community college launches ‘Whiteness History Month’

Apr. 5, 2016 - On Friday, “Whiteness History Month” launched at all the campuses at Portland College.
The month, according to a video posted to the school’s Facebook page, is meant to draw attention to whiteness, which the video defines as “a word used to describe the process that created racists and perpetuates racism.”
“This is not about shaming white people. It’s really about providing a better understanding for all of us,” said Craig Kolins, dean of instruction at PCC’s Southeast Portland campus.”This is an opportunity to dialogue about some of the tensions … created because of the societal pressure of whiteness.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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Judge brings young at-risk teens to tears: ‘Stop acting like you’re trash’

Apr. 5, 2016 - Georgia judge brought a room full of at-risk teens to tears when she described to them what would happen if they decided to continually break the law.

The speech was part of Bibb County Sheriff’s Department’s “Consider the Consequences” program, which was meant to help kids get back on the right path. Read more at thegrio.com.

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NY Valedictorian Is Celebrating Her Acceptance to All 8 Ivy League Schools

Apr. 5, 2016 - A black man was dragged from his car and then Tasered and pepper sprayed when police pulled him over for playing his music too loudly.

Patrick Newbern was charged with violating a noise ordinance and then with fleeing by vehicle and resisting arrest, though the video of his arrest shows Newbern was not even given the chance to unbuckle his seat belt when cops asked him to get out of the car. Rread more at thegrio.com.

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Why Backlash To This ‘Racist’ Gap Ad Is Complicated

Apr. 5, 2016 - While the three other white girls in the photo were striking powerful, strong poses, some people complained that the black girl appeared passive, more of a “prop” and a token than anything else. In the video component of the ad, too, she seemed detached and largely silent, while her white group members did most of the talking. 

“It becomes problematic when the black child is positioned to be a white child’s prop,” explained Kirsten West Savali of The Root, in the wake of the controversy. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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