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Kanye West’s comments are a painful reminder of a racist politican’s long-ago comments
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Kanye West’s comments are a painful reminder of a racist politican’s long-ago comments

  Rapper Kanye West’s comments that ‘slavery was a choice’ are very similar to ones made by “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman, the racist governor South Carolina from 1890 to 1894 and later a U.S. Senator from 1895-1918. West tweeted to TMZ, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years, that sounds like choice.” Tillman, also a leader of […]

Black women’s group pushes the sounds of silence for R. Kelly
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Black women’s group pushes the sounds of silence for R. Kelly

R. Kelly’s management today took issue with Time’s Up black women’s caucus after the organization called for a boycott of the singer’s live concerts and records because of his mistreatment of women. He has been dropped from appearing in a concert scheduled for Friday at the University of Illinois in Chicago following protests. Kelly, a Chicago native, said he did […]

Kendrick Lamar wins the Pulitzer Prize for Music
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Kendrick Lamar wins the Pulitzer Prize for Music

By Frederick H. Lowe Kendrick Lamar made history on Monday, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his 2017 Rap album “DAMN.” Lamar is the first non-jazz and non-classical musician to win the Pulitzer. The Pulitzer Committee called “DAMN” “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern […]

Susan Rice joins Netflix’s board
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Susan Rice joins Netflix’s board

Netflix, Inc., the world’s leading Internet-service company, has named Susan M. Rice, former Ambassador to the United Nations and former U.S. National Security Advisor, to its board of directors. “We are delighted to welcome Ambassador Rice to the Netflix board,” said Reed Hastings, Netflix co-founder and CEO. Rice said she was thrilled to join the board of Netflix. She described […]

Aretha Franklin cancels concerts on doctor’s orders
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Aretha Franklin cancels concerts on doctor’s orders

Following doctor’s orders, Aretha Franklin will take two months off to rest because of an undisclosed illness and will not perform at concerts in Newark, N.J. and New Orleans. “She is extremely disappointed she cannot perform at this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as she had expected to,” her management said in a press release. The “Queen of […]

“Get Out” gets Jordan Peele in
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“Get Out” gets Jordan Peele in

By Frederick H. Lowe The film “Get Out” got director Jordan Peele into Hollywood’s most-elite club after he became the first black person to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. “I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it wasn’t going to work,” Peele said during his acceptance speech at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony. Peele’s the […]

Kobe Bryant scores an Oscar
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Kobe Bryant scores an Oscar

Retired Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant has something new to add to his already crowded trophy case after Sunday’s Academy Awards. Bryant won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for “Dear Basketball,” a six-minute film based on his 2015 retirement letter. He shared the Oscar with Disney animator Glen Keane. While playing for the Lakers, Bryant won […]

Van Jones to give keynote address at social workers convention
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Van Jones to give keynote address at social workers convention

CNN political commentator Van Jones will give the opening keynote address at the National Association of Social Workers 2018 national conference June 20-23 in Washington, D.C. The conference’s theme is “Shaping Tomorrow Together.” Jones, a native of Tennessee, is author of six books. Anthony Kapel “Van” Jones is founder of Green for All and Color of Change. He also has […]

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“The Lost Tapes of Malcolm X”

“The Lost Tapes of Malcolm X” The Smithsonian Channel premiered “The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X” 8 p.m.  Eastern Standard Time on February 26. The one-hour film takes viewers on a journey through some of his pivotal years as an activist. “We are not brutalized because we are Baptists. We are not brutalized because we are Methodists. We’re not brutalized because […]