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Kanye West’s Surprise NYC Show Didn’t Happen, But Total Chaos Ensued Anyway

June 6, 2016 - Kanye West’s surprise pop-up show never happened, but in the wee hours of Monday morning, he managed to shut down parts of lower Manhattan as thousands of fans took to the streets in the hopes of catching the entertainer in action. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Alicia Keys Has Started A #NoMakeup Movement, And It’s Amazing

June 6, 2016 - This girl is on fire — with makeup or without.

After penning a powerful essay on LennyTuesday depicting the struggles and pressures women go through to look a certain way, Alicia Keys vowed to officially stop covering up. “Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing,” she said. 

Already, in just the few days since the piece was published, the songstress has made good on her promise. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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This Poem Annihilates Anyone Who Says ‘Pretty For A Dark Skin Girl’

June 3, 2016 - Most dark-skinned black women can remember at least one instance in their life when they’ve been made to feel or were just outright told that they’re only pretty “for a dark skin girl.” It’s the ultimate backhanded compliment, conceding that a dark girl is beautiful but also reminding her that her beauty is an anomaly because dark women aren’t supposed to be beautiful.

But if there’s still any confusion for people about why saying “pretty for a dark skin girl” is absurd and offensive, look no further than the epic poem shared by a U.K.-based spoken word artist on YouTube in April.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Roots

June 3, 2016 - In January 1977, over a hundred million Americans watched the ABC’s miniseriesRoots, based on Alex Haley’s Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning story. Roots became a cultural phenomenon and encouraged more people to engage seriously with the history slavery than anything before or since. A new four-night, eight-hour version of Roots broadcasted on History on Memorial Day. Explore 10 surprising facts about one of the most important representations of slavery and black history of all time. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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B-CU Celebrates the Life of Dr. Wendell P. Holmes, Jr.

June 3, 2016 - Dr. Wendell P. Holmes, Jr. served as a member of the Bethune-Cookman University Board of Trustees for 25 years.  He was the chairman for more than a decade and was the first layman to be elected.  B-CU dedicated its business building in Dr. Holmes’ honor in 1998. The building is now home to the Bob Billingslea School of Hospitality Management and the School of Business and Entrepreneurship.  Dr. Holmes was further recognized by B-CU when the university presented him with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Read more at cookman.edu.

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AirBnB Host Gets (Rightfully) Banned For Racist Messages

June 3, 2016 - Airbnb banned a North Carolina host on Wednesday after he sent racist messages to a black woman who booked a room with him.

Shani Taylor tweeted a screenshot of the messages the host sent her friend while she was trying to book on the home-sharing app on Tuesday. The photo shows the host, Todd Warner, threatening to cancel the friend’s reservation, saying “Find another place to rest your n****r head.” Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Farrah Franklin arrested for public intoxication, blames ‘n****s’ who won’t leave her alone

June 3, 2016 - Farrah Franklin was arrested for public intoxication early Thursday and allegedly told police that she was not quite drunk enough.

At about 3 a.m. on Thursday, Franklin reportedly got into an argument with a male friend outside a DeKalb County gym in Georgia. Police noted a strong odor of alcohol as well as bloodshot eyes and slurred speech as Franklin said that she was not ready to go home and said, “These n***** won’t leave me alone.” Rea more at thegrio.com.

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Jury awards $22M to man who says police beat him, then locked him in closet

June 3, 2016 - A jury has awarded $22 million to a man who says he was severely beaten in 2012 by a suburban Cleveland police detective, locked in a storage closet with no toilet for four days and given nothing to eat or drink except for a carton of milk.

 Relatives of 48-year-old Arnold Black testified that he suffers from physical and emotional problems caused by a beating that required surgery to remove dried blood from his brain. The jury delivered its verdict Tuesday after a three-day trial.

The East Cleveland law director defending the lawsuit didn’t show up for trial. Willa Hemmons told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she didn’t think the trial would be held because of an appeal she filed with the Ohio Supreme Court to delay proceedings. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Donald Trump May Not Be Our BFF, but He Is Brash Enough to Keep the Clintons Real on Race

June 3, 2016 - In a recent New York Times profile of the Donald J. Trump presidential campaign, the presumptive Republican nominee for president made a curious claim: “By the way, I’m going to do great with the African-American vote. One poll came out saying Donald Trump’s going to get 25 percent of the African-American vote.”

Fox News personalities have echoed Trump’s bold claim. Earlier in the year, Geraldo Rivera argued: “I predict that Trump may get as much … as 25 percent of the African-American vote. Why? Because he’s anti-free trade or unfair trade. He’s anti-immigration, the immigrants perceived by many black Americans as being in direct competition to them.” Read more at theroot.com.

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Michelle Obama to City College Graduates: ‘I Wake Up Each Day in a House Built by Slaves’

June 3, 2016 - Michelle Obama gave an inspiring speech to City College of New York graduates June 3, 2016, in New York City. In the speech—her final commencement address as first lady—she spoke about the White House and the fact that it was built by slaves.

“It’s the story that I witness every single day when I wake up in a house that was built by slaves,” she told the Class of 2016. “And I watch my daughters, two beautiful black young women, head off to school, waving goodbye to their father, the president of the United States; the son of a man from Kenya who came here to America for the same reasons as many of you, to get an education and improve his prospects in life,” the first lady stated. Read more at theroot.com.

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Consultant advises Hillsborough school district to shed more than 1,700 jobs

June 2, 2016 - The Hillsborough County School District can save $404 million over five years, a consultant says. But to do so, it will need to phase out 1,761 front-line jobs, more than half held by teachers.

"We are trying to avoid any types of layoffs," said chief of staff Alberto Vazquez.

Instead, he hopes retirement and attrition can get Hillsborough closer to the levels recommended by the Gibson Consulting Group. Read more at tampabay.com.

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Will Packer brings his Hollywood success story home for BurgBorn

June 2, 2016 - You could say Will Packer was born to deliver the keynote address at the inaugural BurgBorn: Celebrating St. Pete's Success Stories.

Packer, 42, is a native son whose Hollywood productions including Straight Outta Compton andRide Along have grossed nearly $1 billion worldwide. He's also an executive producer of the rebooted miniseries Roots, currently showing on the History channel.

"He's an A-lister," BurgBorn director Olga Bof said Tuesday. "It's so appropriate that he'll help us celebrate local businesses whose reach has really been remarkable." Read more at tampabay.com.

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South St. Pete CRA starts accepting grant applications

June 2, 2016 - Tuesday marked an opening day of sorts for the South St. Petersburg Community Redvelopmentl Area, which covers neighborhoods in Midtown and Childs Park.

The city began accepting applications for grants drawing from the area's tax increment financing revenue, estimated to be about $470,000.

So far, about 40 applications have come in, said Rick Smith, the city's redevelopment coordinator. That's about 10 more than he expected for the first day. Read more at tampabay.com.

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Barbara Bush: 'I love Bill Clinton'

June 2, 2016 - Former first lady Barbara Bush says while their politics might not align, she and her husband are very close with his successor, former President Bill Clinton.

“I love Bill Clinton. Maybe not his politics, but I love Bill Clinton,” Bush said in an interview with C-SPAN that aired Monday. Read more at politico.com.

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Red States Aren’t That Red for Trump, Thanks to Latinos

June 2, 2016 - Donald Trump may be on his way to claiming the Republican presidential nomination, at least in part, by vowing to build a wall to keep Mexicans out of the U.S., but many of those Mexicans may have quietly built a wall that will keep him out of the White House.

That wall is emerging in red, mostly rural states that are normally solid or likely Republican but that are now, according to polling averages on Real Clear Politics, either toss-ups or leaning.

Georgia, which was considered a likely Mitt Romney state before the 2012 election and did go for the Republican candidate, is now a toss-up. Arizona was leaning toward Romney in 2012; it’s now a toss-up. Mississippi has gone from solid Republican to leaning. South Carolina has gone from likely to leaning Republican, while even Texas has gone from solid to leaning. Read more at theroot.com.

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The End of Black Harlem

June 2, 2016 - I HAVE lived in Harlem for half my life — 30 years. I have seen it in all its complexities: a cultural nexus of black America, the landing place for Senegalese immigrants and Southern transplants, a home for people fleeing oppression and seeking opportunity. Harlem is the birthplace of so much poetry and music and beauty, but in the eyes of many who have never set foot here, it has long been a swamp of pain and suffering. Read more at nytimes.com.

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Atlanta Hair Stylist Makes A Serious Case For Protecting Edges

June 3, 2016 - Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to protect their hair’s edges. This is why Jasmine Collins, owner of Razor Chic of Atlanta Salon, posts videos on Facebook and Instagram to help inform her clients and other women on how they can care for their edges and prevent, or reverse, hair loss.

One video Collins posted on Facebook May 26, which has since garnered more than 3 million views, shows one of her clients who suffered from “severe hair loss due to braids, sew-ins, quick weaves.” She wrote that she posted the video of the 23-year-old’s hair to spread awareness about how harsh weaves can be if women don’t give their hair time to breathe after wearing the style. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Man pleads guilty after fatal silicone butt injection, profited n1.6M

June 1, 2016 -A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to receiving and selling misbranded silicone for buttock injections that led to a woman’s death in Maryland.

Federal prosecutors announced Friday that 44-year-old Vinnie Taylor of Wilmington, North Carolina, admitted that he gave women injections to enhance their buttocks. Taylor, who isn’t a medical practitioner, told clients that he used medical-grade silicone and the procedure performed in hotel rooms in several states was safe. The plea estimates Taylor made nearly $1.6 million. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Okla. ‘Play’ Cop Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Fatally Shooting Unarmed Man

June 1, 2016 - Tulsa County (Okla.) reserve sheriff’s deputy Robert Bates, who fatally shot an unarmed black suspect, was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday.

The 73-year-old volunteer sheriff’s deputy maintained that he had been reaching for his Taser during an April 2015 undercover sting operation when he accidentally grabbed his gun and shot Eric Harris as he was running away, KTUL reports.

Although Bates’ attorneys attempted to delay sentencing, a jury recommended that Bates receive the maximum sentence, four years, after he was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter. Read more at ktul.com.

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South St. Pete CRA starts accepting grant applications

May 31, 2016 - Tuesday marked an opening day of sorts for the South St. Petersburg Community Redvelopmentl Area, which covers neighborhoods in Midtown and Childs Park.

The city began accepting applications for grants drawing from the area's tax increment financing revenue, estimated to be about $470,000.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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