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Hollywood Insider No. 4: Updates from the Film and TV Industry

Check out the industry's latest news and tidbits from an insider

“Hollywood Unsung” will feature the cast of Baby Boy starring Tyresse Gibson, Taraji Henson and…

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Black Enterprise Golf and Tennis Challenge: 10 Facts About Beverly Johnson

This marks 40 years since supermodel became the first Black woman on Vogue

Mogul model Beverly Johnson will be making an appearance at The Black Enterprise Golf and…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Beyoncé and Jay Z Tour Reported to Rake in More Than $100 Million

Despite rumors, music duo's tour is expected to end with major success

Despite rumors of poor ticket sales, reports explain that the Carter’s On the Run tour…

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Norman Hall: Creating a New Model of Profiting for the Music Industry (Part 2)

'What motivates me is being on the bleeding edge of opportunities that are nascent'

Norman Hall is bringing a new concept for musicians to make more money.

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Sherri Shepherd Joins Cinderella on Broadway

TV host will star with Keke Palmer in Sept. 9 premiere

Sherri Shepherd joins Keke Palmer in the stage play, Cinderella at the Broadway Theatre in…

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The 17 Craziest #WarOnWhites Tweets You Should See

Inspired by a Republican, Twitter has waged war on Anglos everywhere

The Internet can be a scary place if you don’t know how to navigate it…

By Kevin L. Clark

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White Men Directed 90% Of This Year’s Summer Movies

Of 39 releases, 37 are directed by white men

Out of 39 movies that hit this summer, 37 have been directed by White men.…

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Keke Palmer to Play Cinderella on Broadway

Actress making history as first black actress to portray character on Broadway

Keke Palmer will reportedly make history when she takes on the role of Cinderella on…

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Black Enterprise Golf and Tennis Challenge: 10 Facts About Dede McGuire

'Hardest working woman in show biz' will be in Palm Beach Gardens

Ten facts about radio personality, Dede McGuire, who hosts her own morning show as well…

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Kendrick Lamar To Debut ‘m.A.A.d city’ At Sundance Film Festival

Compton's finest is bringing his classic album to the big screen

Rapper Kendrick Lamar is set to debut his ‘m.A.A.d. city’ film at the 2014 Sundance…

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Black Twitter Blasts Busta Rhymes In ‘Swagger Wagon’ Ad

The heavyweight MC angers the masses in Toyota's new commercial

Today marks a sad day for fans of Hip-Hop and the culture, as veteran lyricist…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Uganda’s Oldest Refugee Camp Owns Video Game Arcade

For twenty American cents, resident can play FIFA or PlayStation

NPR’s show, “Planet Money,” is a program that is all about displaced individuals and their…

By Kevin L. Clark

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‘Black Jesus’: Cartoon Network’s New Show Sparking Outrage

Group says pot-smoking, hard-drinking character mocks Christianity

Group says Adult Swim’s black, pot-smoking, hard-drinking “Jesus” mocks Christianity.

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Norman Hall: Bringing Talent and Culture to Martha’s Vineyard (Part 1)

'My family exposed me to nearly every music form that exists in my youth, and that motivated me to continue this interest'

Norman Hall brings the 2nd Annual Summer Madness Music Festival and Conference to Martha’s Vineyard

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Ne-Yo Suing Manager, Wants $4.5 Million

Singer says Kevin Foster moved some of his money without his permission

Ne-Yo files a lawsuit against his manager, Kevin Foster and wants $4.5 million

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You Have Not Because You Ask Not

Learn the power of humility and making requests to get results

Pride is the biggest deterrent to success in life. Many go through life with the…

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MTV Wants Beyonce—Minus Jay-Z—for Video Music Awards

Plans are underway for singer to open show

The latest rumors is that Beyonce and Columbia are in negotiations to have Beyonce open…

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Woody Allen Talks Lack of Black Actors in Films

Filmmaker: 'You hire people based on who is correct for part'

The veteran filmmaker, Woody Allen, explains to the New York Observer why his films aren’t…

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Numbers Game: What Happens If Beyoncé & Jay-Z Divorce?

Attorney discusses business implications of a Carter split

As of now it’s all hearsay, but what are the business implications if Beyonce and…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Get on Up! 6 James Brown Songs to Boost Motivation

These tunes from the "Godfather of Soul" will help you get through the workday

In honor of James Brown new biopic “Get on Up,” we’ve rounded up six of…

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VH1 No. One Cable Network Among Black Viewers

BET and OWN were next on list for black audiences at the end of June

VH1 was the most watched cable network during prime time in black households, with 8.1…

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Bungie’s ‘Destiny’ Beta Ranks As Most Played Game In Current Generation

To date, beta version clocked in 4,638,937 unique players

The Destiny beta was a highly anticipated event, but who thought that it would become…

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Jay Z Announces ‘NY02′ As Roc Nation’s Official Water

The 'God MC' is bringing water to the masses

Jay Z announces NY02 as the officially branded water for all Roc Nation artists, events,…

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Strictly Business: 10 Reasons Beyoncé & Jay Z Divorce is (Allegedly) Imminent

Rumor mill is stirring about star couple's marital problems

Beyonce & Jay Z are under scrutiny, as reports say their marriage is strictly business,…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Black Enterprise Golf and Tennis Challenge: 10 Facts About Doug Banks

Radio Personality will be making an appearance at the Black Enterprise Golf and Tennis Challenge

Radio personality, Doug Banks, will be attending the Black Enterprise Golf and Tennis Challenge

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Yandy Smith’s Everything Girls Love Hosts Empowerment Event for Women Professionals

Female Industry leaders inspire with insights on love, career and business

Check out highlights from Yandy Smith’s Everything Girls Love event “Girls Love Girl Talk,” held…

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Cool Jobs: Bravo TV’s Todd Tucker Talks Boss Moves Up Front and Behind the Scenes

Entrepreneur discusses his rise through the ranks, tips for young professionals

Todd Tucker, TV production exec and star on Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of Atlanta, shares…

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‘Get on Up’ Actor Chadwick Boseman Talks James Brown Boss Moves

Star in biopic gets candid about his latest role and entreprenenurship

Chadwick Boseman, star of ‘Get On Up,’ talks about James Brown’s penchant for business, funky…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Slave-Based Animation: Artist Creating New Cartoon Series

Justin Serrette Jr. also adding related video game

The celebrated cartoonist, Justin Serrette Jr., is creating a controversial series to rival that of…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Young Money Sports? Lil Wayne Sets Sights on Management Business

Rapper nabs world's second highest paid athlete as his first client

Young Money’s head boss, Lil Wayne, is ready to profit off his passion for sports…

By Courtney Connley

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Cissy Houston on Whitney’s Lifetime Movie: ‘Please Let Her Rest’

Mother of music icon concerned about depiction of legacy

Cissy Houston is expressing her disappointment in the making of her daughter, Whitney Houston’s biopic…

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Celebrity Real Estate: 8 Entertainers Who Put Lavish Homes on the Market

These industry leaders take both wins and losses

Check out this list of top celebrities who put their homes on the real estate…

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Call Him ‘Mr. Classic’: New York Urban League Names New Ambassador

Radio host to spread word of activism and popular Football Classic

Mike Muse, AKA “Mr. Classic,” will lead New York Urban League’s fresh take on youth…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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‘The Best Man Wedding’ to Hit Theaters in 2016

Third installment of Best Man series gets release date

Malcolm D. Lee set to release “The Best Man Wedding” on April 16, 2016

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Comics Defy Conventional Wisdom: Business Booming After Embracing Digital And Print

Comics sales breaking records, thriving in print and digital

Trending upward, comics sales breaking records, thriving in print and digital.

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Black Enterprise Golf and Tennis Challenge: 10 Facts About Chris Spencer

"Real Husbands of Hollywood" creator will be featured host

“Real Husbands of Hollywood” creator, Chris Spencer, will be hosting the Black Enterprise Golf and…

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner Will Appear on ‘Sons of Anarchy’

Actor set to appear in at least two episodes

Former Huxtable, Malcolm-Jamal Warner will appear on the motorcycle series, “Sons of Anarchy” for the…

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25 #RichWhitePeopleProblems You Never Knew Existed

Trending topic picks up speed on social media

With huge U.S. wealth disparity, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at #RichWhitePeopleProblems, a hashtag gaining popularity…

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#TBH: What Every Parent Needs To Know About Popular Hashtags

Hashtags can provide valuable insight and emotional red flags

Learn how to speak the language of teens on social media from dirty words to…

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On his first meeting with former South African President Nelson Mandela   "The new South Africa needs us. To be specific, if a truly, multiracial state will grow out of apartheid’s ashes, it needs contributions of African American skills and financial resources. That was the message President Mandela delivered to a gathering of prominent black American business and political leaders when he visited BLACK ENTERPRISE’s offices a year after he gained his freedom. Black America has created, sustained and grown its own businesses and sent executives to the nation’s largest corporations. South Africa needs this knowledge."

International Day: World Remembers Nelson Mandela

Black Enterprise remembers global and national treasure on first International Day since his death

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Today, July 18 marks Nelson Mandela International Day, in honor of the former…

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N.W.A.’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Casting Call Causes Controversy

Sheets with descriptions of women raise eyebrows and criticism

With the N.W.A. biopic currently filming, ‘Straight Outta Compton’ courted its first bit of controversy…

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Brooklyn Eighth-Grade Metal Band Signs Major Record Deal with Sony

Young musicians could earn up to $1.7 million from record deal

A Brooklyn eighth-grade metal band inks a major record deal with Sony that could earn…

By Courtney Connley

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Tupac Shakur Musical Closes After A Month

Weak ticket sales and other factors led to early demise

The rap musical “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” that pays homage to the music of …

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10 Twitter Reactions To Marvel Introducing A Black Captain America

Comic company adding diversity to its list of accomplishments

Several years and a day after turning Thor into a woman, Sam Wilson, aka Falcon,…

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MTV Video Music Awards Nominations: Beyonce Leads With 8

Iggy Azalea and Eminem get seven nominations each

Beyonce leads the nominees with eight nods for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, taking…

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The 3rd Annual Champions for Choice Event for the AFC in Conjunction with The 2014 ESPY Awards

Hosts for the event were Laila Ali, Lisa Leslie, Jalen Rose and Stephen A. Smith

Several former players and celebrities came out to support The 3rd Annual Champions for Choice…

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2K Sports Debuts Kevin Durant Cover

Pharrell Williams curated soundtrack for top-selling basketball game

Kevin Durant starring in 2K Sports’ upcoming title, with Pharrell Williams curating the soundtrack for…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Confirmed: Samuel L. Jackson Joins Cast Of ‘Tarzan’ Movie

No word as to who the Oscar nominee will play

Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson will join the cast of David Yates’ ‘Tarzan’ movie.

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Inmate Stock-Picker Called ‘Oracle of San Quentin’

Man serving 54-years-to-life for murder has uncanny ability with investing

A convicted murderer in San Quentin shows fellow inmates how to avoid debt and pick…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Bill Cosby Returning to NBC With New Show

Show is set to air next year

Bill Cosby will be making a return to the network that housed his legendary sitcom,…

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Travelers flock to the Caribbean for its beautiful  beaches, good food and perfect weather but there’s one overlooked  element that may be of wanderlust interest too---fashion. Burgeoning  designers in the United States and Europe are able to showcase their  work in popular fashion week showcases but Caribbean designers tend to  get over looked, so that’s where St. Maarten’s inaugural 2014 Color Revolution comes in. It’s aimed at providing a platform for up and coming  Caribbean designers who have the skills to be showcased on an  international level, but also to encourage sartorial enthusiasts around the world to consider new travel destinations for shopping sprees and  buying inventory.

Highlights from Color Revolution include Donna Dove’s convertible  dress-shirt collection, Lisa Faye's tye-dye caftans and dresses, and  Kaj’s breezy resort wear. Click through the gallery for more pieces from  the Color Revolution collections. --Starrene Rhett Rocque

Caribbean Fashion: St. Maarten’s Color Revolution

Burgeoning Caribbean designers expand their brand exposure

Check out photo highlights from top Caribbean designers from St. Maarten’s 2014 Color Revolution.

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EXCLUSIVE: Rick Ross Talks Empire Building & Rebranding

Rapper and entrepreneur opens up about franchising, conquering the business world

Rapper and entrepreneur Rick Ross opens up on conquering business world.

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Girl Gone Geek: Jamila Rowser Brings Unique Chic to the Masses

Blogger talks digital culture and expanding reach of black nerds

Blogger, Jamila Rowser, BlackEnterprise.com chatted with Rowser on how digital culture and her fight for…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Queen Latifah to Play Legendary Blues Singer Bessie Smith

Film, being shot in Atlanta, will debut next year

Queen Latifah will play the role of blues singer Bessie Smith in an upcoming HBO…

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The 10 Most Inspiring ‘Humans Of NY’ Stories You Should See

Photoblog's telling visuals and commentary have gone viral on social media

Photographer Brandon Stanton started “Humans of New York” a New York City-based photoblog that has…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Stacey Dash Lashes Out at Kanye West

Actress says, 'Maybe he needs to spend some time on Rikers Island'

Stacey Dash took offense to Kanye West comparing paparazzi coming after him to being raped,…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Beyoncé Donates $7 Million to Help Homeless in Houston

Superstar continues to use platform to expand philanthropic work

Not one to forget where she comes from, Beyonce has donated $7 million to help…

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Emmy Nominations: Don Cheadle, Idris Elba and Kerry Washington Among Nominees

Check out the list of top black actors vying for awards

This year at the Emmy Awards, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba, Don Cheadle, Cicely Tyson, Kerry…

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Jay-Z Being Sued By Former Engineer

Chauncey Mahan claims he's entitled to co-ownership of hip-hop star's masters

Chauncey Mahan, former engineer for Jay-Z, is suing him to claim co-ownership of Jay’s masters

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10 Facts About Children’s Author Walter Dean Myers

Did you know that the deceased writer penned over 100 books?

Famed author, Walter Dean Myers, was known for the storied tales of life in the…

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Crystal Clarke Joins Cast of Star Wars: Episode VII

Newcomer Crystal Clarke will appear in the latest movie

Crystal Clarke joins Lupita Nyong’o in the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It’s the…

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Jay Z Wants To End Extreme Poverty By 2030

Can the 'god MC' fulfill his goal?

The Roc Nation CEO aims to tap into his more philanthropic side, as Jay Z…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Red, White, Blue … and Black: America’s Diversity Shines During World Cup Fever

Global tournament ignites African American passion and patriotism

World Cup fever ignites African American passion and diasporan patriotism for global sport.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘TK In The AM’

If you're unfamiliar with the popular radio veteran, get hip now

Tasty Keish, a popular radio veteran, is a force you should know as ‘TK in…

By Kevin L. Clark

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‘Real Housewives’ Apollo Nida Sentenced to 8 Years for Fraud

Reality TV star gets leniency from judge, avoids 30-year imprisonment

Cast member and husband of Phaedra Parks of the Real Housewives of Atlanta was sentenced…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Children’s Book Author Walter Dean Myers Dead at 76

He often wrote about disenfranchised black children and their struggles

The three-time National Book Award nominee, Walter Dean Myers, wrote about the plight of young,…

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Jamie Roberts Does ‘Comedy With A Purpose’

'I want to be recognized as one of the top working comedians in entertainment'

Jamie Roberts is a rising comedian who hosts comedy shows in NY and has a…

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Millennials Choose Smartphones Over Deodorant

Report also finds older adults ranked phones and deodorant as equal in importance

The Bank of America Trends in Consumer Mobility report finds millennials reveal they believe a…

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Start a New Business

Newlywed couple has decided to start 'flipping houses'

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, after renovating a new house, has decided to sell it…

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Essence’s 20th Anniversary Festival Largest Ever

Event surpassed last year's total of 543,000 attendees

The 20th anniversary of the Essence Festival drew more than 550,000 attendees, surpassing last year’s…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Tupac Shakur’s Legacy Hits Broadway

Hip-hop musical featuring rap icon's music and lyrics appeals to new audiences

A new Broadway play highlighting the life and works of Tupac Shakur hits theaters but…

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10 Best #ShmoneyDance Videos Gone Viral

Next-gen Brooklyn, N.Y., rappers create viral Web sensation

Bobby Shmurda and his Brooklyn crew have created a viral sensation called the “Shmoney Dance”…

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Columbus Short Makes Plea Deal in Domestic Abuse Case

Columbus Short Involved in Another ‘Scandal’

Actor arrested recently for public intoxication

Columbus Short was arrested, once again, for an altercation in Dallas—this time for public intoxication.

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Black Enterprise Golf and Tennis Challenge: 10 Facts About Performer Jeffrey Osborne

Did you know that the singer is a favorite of President Obama?

Jeffrey Osborne will be performing at Black Enterprise’s Golf and Tennis Challenge in Palm Beach…

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New York’s WestView Newspaper Calls Obama the N-Word

Was this race baiting at its finest?

The WestView News, a community newspaper in New York, published a piece in its July…

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Tyler Perry Trademarks ‘What Would Jesus Do’

Box-office mainstay scores a coup in owning the popular phrase

If Tyler Perry is planning to create a ‘What Would Jesus Do’ movie, he can…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Andre Harrell Appointed Vice Chairman Of REVOLT TV

He will helm inaugural REVOLT Music Conference in Miami this year

Andre Harrell is now vice chairman of REVOLT TV and will oversee the REVOLT Music…

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Black Celebs Dominate Forbes’ ’10 Most Powerful’ List

Who are the most powerful celebrities in the world at the moment?

Black celebrities dominate Forbes’ ‘Most Powerful List’ which includes Floyd Mayweather, Beyonce, Oprah and Dr.…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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15 Twitter Reactions To Bobby Brown’s BBQ Launch

If you don't know, know that the Internets don't play fair.

A whole generation regarded Bobby Brown as the King of the Stage. His late wife,…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Black Mt. Rushmore: What African American Leaders Are On Yours?

Who are the top leaders that would be immortalized in granite?

If there were a Black Mt. Rushmore, what African-American faces should be sculpted and chiseled…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Essence Festival Expected to Break Attendance Record

Its 20th anniversary expected to draw more than 543,000 attendees

Essence Festival’s 20th anniversary is the largest live event in the U.S. and this year…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Kendrick Lamar Sued Over ‘Section.80′ Copyright Infringement

Will a HiiiPower intervene on Kendrick Lamar's behalf?

Kendrick Lamar is facing his first bout of legal troubles, as he is being sued…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Instagram To Debut First Original TV Show

Is this a brave new step into the future or nah?

Instagram hopes to debut ‘Artistically Challenged,’ its first original TV show, to the masses exclusively…

By Kevin L. Clark

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The 15 Realest #NiceGentrifier Tweets You Should See

Gloria Malone's keep-it-real trending topic has elicited strong responses

Gloria Malone’s keep-it-real #NiceGentrifier hashtag has been trending, so we’ve taken the 15 best tweets…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Michael Jackson’s Estate Being Sued for Footage of his Last Interview

Company claims they legally obtained rights to footage

The estate of Michael Jackson is being sued for the rights to a 2007 video…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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#Jeremy Meeks: From Mug Shot to Modeling Contract?

Mug shot gone viral could lead to modelling contract, reality series

What a way to get discovered. Can a mug shot really land someone a lucrative…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Immigration Reform: 5 Things We Learned From Russell Simmons

All Def Digital CEO speaks on the future of policy and diversity in the nation

Russell Simmons, All Def Digital CEO, took to his HuffPost blog to bring awareness to…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Harlem Hot Spot: One Entrepreneur’s Story of Passion, Longevity and Diversity

Cove Lounge's Alyah Horsford-Sidberry talks passion for entrepreneurship and power of location

Harlem entrepreneur Alyah Horsford-Sidberry talks longevity in hot location and why she’s passionate about her…

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[PHOTOS] #Freedom50: 10 Riveting Civil Rights Moments That Inspire

In commemoration of the Civil Rights Act anniversary, take a look at iconic moments of activism.

Today, July 1, marks 50 years since the enactment of the Civil Rights Act on…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Jet Magazine Launches App; Shutters Magazine

Actress Keke Palmer inaugural cover subject. What do you think?

Legendary Jet Magazine will no longer be available in print stores. No worries, the digital…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Maya Angelou Honored in ‘Because of Them We Can’ Campaign

Young girls recite "Phenomenal Woman" poem

National “Because of Them We Can” campaign is honoring the late Dr. Angelou with young…

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[VIDEO] Alex Gibney’s ‘Finding Fela’ Trailer Debuts Online

Nigeria's son shines bright in this new documentary.

Oscar award winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) has finally…

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[VIDEO] Have The Roots Gone Pop In New Kellogg-Themed Concert?!

Their latest partnership is the tipping point for a new audience.

There was a time when fans of The Roots were the only ones interested in…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Jay Z, Beyonce and Drake each score 5 BET AWards nominations

Jay-Z & Beyoncé’s BET Awards Feature Sparks Twitter Ridicule

Some fans felt misled after the couple's appearance done via remote concert

The 2014 BET Awards closed out with a performance from Jay Z and Beyoncé, but…

By Patrick Austin

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Twitter Reacts To Bobbi Kristina Disrespecting Angela Bassett

Whitney Houston's baby girl had harsh words for the actress

Angela Bassett will direct the ‘Whitney Houston’ docufilm, which has made the late singer’s daughter,…

By Kevin L. Clark

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10 Facts About Legendary Soul Singer Bobby Womack

Great things you may not have known about an iconic talent who will be missed

Check out unknown facts about Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, Bobby Womack, who…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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15 Most Critically Outrageous Tweets From #BETAwards

Twitter kept jokes flowing throughout the night of high points---and mishaps

Twitter came out in full force with the most outrageous and critical insights on the…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Diversity: Lupita Nyong’o and Pharrell In Oscar’s New Group of Potential Voters

Academy cuts velvet rope to let younger, more diverse voices into voting club

Academy cuts velvet rope to let younger, more diverse voices into voting club.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Aaliyah Biopic: Lead Actress Drops Out

Rep says it was due to production and other issues

Zendaya, who faced criticism for being chosen of the lead role of Aaliyah in planned…

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Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Bobby Womack Dies

Legendary producer inspired and wrote hits for bands including the Rolling Stones

Bobby Womack, producer and singer who wrote and originally recorded Rolling Stones’ first UK No.…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Exclusive: Keke Palmer’s Television Takeover

Young star talks history-making new show, “Just Keke,” and why age ain’t nothing but a number

In an exclusive interview with BlackEnterprise.com, Keke Palmer speaks on why her new talk show…

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Motion Picture Academy Aiming for Diversity

New efforts seek to change recent numbers: 93% white and 76% male

Academy that decides Oscars has invited 271 people who do not fit typical white male…

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Sherri Shepherd And Jenny McCarthy Leave ABC’s ‘The View’

Who will replace her and Jenny McCarthy?

The popular ABC daytime talk show just lost two hosts: Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd.

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Frank Ocean Fires Team As He Prepares His Next Album

ID PR contracted as new publicity agency

Odd Future artist Frank Ocean has fired his management and publicity team.

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Clifford ‘T.I.’ Harris Developing ‘Sisterhood Of Hip-Hop’ Reality TV Show

Grand Hustle CEO going into reality TV business for himself

The Grand Hustle CEO, T.I., is going into the reality TV business for himself with…

By Kevin L. Clark

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‘Rise Up’ Dazzles at ABFF North American Premier

Wyclef Jean and Mickey Rourke star in film highlighting corruption in oil-rich Niger Delta

Film at the America Black Film Festival puts Nigeria’s oil corruption under microscope.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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[VIDEO] Man In Blackface Impersonates Kanye In Front Of Kim Kardashian

KimYe has dealt with haters for a while, but blackface is a new one

A recent clip shows just how Kanye West’s then-girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, was offended by a…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Library of Congress Acquires Video Archive of African American Icons

Collection will document the history, culture and legacy of black Americans

The Library of Congress has acquired HistoryMakers invaluable video collection that provides extensive content on…

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TV One’s Roland Martin Talks News For Black America

It’s imperative to tell our stories ourselves

TV One’s “News One Now” hosted by Roland S. Martin premiered on Monday, November 4,…

By Timothy P. Tukes

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Revolt TV Launches ‘HELLO Harlem’ Initiative With Kick-Off Event

Who's who attends to support community initiative

More than 500 leaders in business, philanthropy and entertainment gathered recently to celebrate launch of…

By Janell Hazelwood

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R. Kelly Addresses News of Transgender Teen

Singer previously silent on daughter's disclosure

R. Kelly gives an obtuse answer regarding his daughter, Jaya, who recently announced herself as…

By Kevin L. Clark

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The 2014 Full List: American Black Film Festival Awards Winners

Standouts include Kevin Hart, Spike Lee, Niecy Nash, and Tatyana Ali

At the 2014 American Black Film Festival, standouts included Morris Chestnut, Kevin Hart, Spike Lee,…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Malacka Reed: Makeup and Motivation

Author says, 'I can change a person’s day and emotion from feeling insecure to doing a makeover'

“I have been through hell and found my way to the light and out of…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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‘Think Like A Man Too’ Big Business At ABFF and Box Office

Photo highlights from the 2014 American Black Film Festival

Photo highlights from the 2014 American Black Film Festival

By Derek T. Dingle

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[RECAP] ‘Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus’ At ABFF

Film was controversial and gory, but how was the experience?

This past Sunday (June 22) marked the closing day of the American Black Film Festival.…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Rick Ross Blocked from Detroit Venue

Rapper says he was ‘in fear of his life’

Rick Ross did not make it to his scheduled performance at Detroit’s HOT 107.5 Summer…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Cast of Spike Lee’s ‘Da Sweet Blood of Jesus’ Weigh in on the Film at ABFF In New York

Spike Lee, cast and crew discuss film, ABFF and Kickstarter funding

Spike Lee, cast and crew discuss movie, ABFF and Kickstarter funding for ‘Da Sweet Blood…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Jeff Friday Announces Foundation Support For Black Artists At ABFF Cadillac Event

Our films really matter and are part of the mainstream

Tonya Lewis Lee, Jeff Friday, and actor Eriq La Salle discuss the changing landscape of…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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[RECAP] Black Enterprise Previews Walmart’s 2014 Holiday Season

Check out what's hot in product offerings for the big-box store

Black Enterprise was welcomed by America’s largest retail store to preview Walmart’s upcoming 2014 holiday…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Baltimore African American Festival: Day Two Highlights

More empowerment and entertainment as Brandy closed out with a bang

Day two of the African American Festival in Baltimore, Maryland continued with more food, fun…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington Star In And Produce Gay Indie Film

"Blackbird" is an important coming of age story

“Blackbird,” starring actors Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington, is an important coming of age story.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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[PHOTOS] Baltimore African American Festival: Day One

Check out the action at the Baltimore African American Festival

Check out the action during the first day of the Baltimore African American Festival.

By Patrick Austin

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma’ Biopic To Be Released Christmas 2014

David Oyelowo stars as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

David Oyelowo stars as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a biopic directed by Ava…

By Kevin L. Clark

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10 Video Game Podcasts You Should Know About

A must-read list for any professed gamer.

Check out these names and voices for the coolest video game podcasts.

By Kevin L. Clark

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Day Two of the Baltimore African American Festival Begins

More fun, more empowerment and more entertainment for a sunny event

The Baltimore African American Festival continues today with more empowerment, more fun and more concerts.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Because of You: A Conversation with Phylicia and Condola Rashad at ABFF

Star Jones led discussion on motherhood and career choices with TV royalty

The 18th American Black Film Festival presented “Because of You,” a conversation with Phylicia &…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Hollywood’s Leading Men Talk the Influence of Black Males in Media at ABFF

Actors Morris Chestnut, Omari Hardwick and Stephen Bishop talk black men in Hollywood

Actors Morris Chestnut, Omari Hardwick and Stephen Bishop talk black men in Hollywood at ABFF’s…

By Courtney Connley

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African American Festival: Young Military Serviceman Wins Elevator Pitch Contest

Anthony Dale, founder of Social Impact Collective, comes out the victor

At the Baltimore African American Festival, entrepreneurs participated in elevator pitch contest, with judges including…

By Janell Hazelwood

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African American Festival: Business Star Kwame Jackson Talks Black Male Leadership

"Apprentice" alumnus and entrepreneur details how to get past 'no' for the win

At the Baltimore African American Festival, BlackEnterprise.com talked with featured guest Kwame Jackson on black…

By Janell Hazelwood

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African American Festival Kicks Off With Empowerment

Crowds gather for inspiration, excitement and family fun

On June 21, 2014, the African American Festival in Baltimore kicked off with vendors, giveaways…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Think Like A Man’s Will Packer: 5 Keys To Success

Hollywood power player details what it takes to win

Hollywood hitmaker Will Packer, who has grossed more than $598 million worldwide, at the box…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Career v. Relationship: Watch an Exclusive Clip of Bravo’s ‘Married to Medicine’

Catch a sneak peek of this weekend's episode debate on careers and relationships

Watch an exclusive clip of Sunday’s ‘Married to Medicine’ episode where a heated debate ensues…

By Courtney Connley

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HBO to Air Beyonce Concert Series

HBO to Air Beyoncé Concert Series

'Beyonce: X10' can be viewed from June 29th

Beyonce’s HBO series will chronicle performances from superstar’s Mrs. Carter Show World Tour over the…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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D’Angelo Releasing New Album and Tour This Year

His manager, Kevin Liles, tells Billboard magazine of the plans

It’s been more than 14 years since D’Angelo released ‘Voodoo’ and the audience is still…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Netflix To Create Original Talk Show With Chelsea Handler

Has the shock jock revolutionized late-night talk shows?

Former late-night talk show queen Chelsea Handler is moving on to Netflix for all binge…

By Kevin L. Clark

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BET Sues Transgender Host B. Scott For $150,000

A judge previously ruled in favor of BET, and now B. Scott may have to pay

The war between B. Scott and BET has grown into a big brouhaha. Who will…

By Kevin L. Clark

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First Look: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Cast Revealed

Introducing the World's Most Dangerous rap crew, N.W.A.

The world’s most dangerous rap crew is coming to the big screen as Dr. Dre…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Actress Lupita Nyong’o Covers Vogue

Actress speaks about recent paparazzi coverage

Actress Lupita Nyong’o discusses her new found fame and recent paparazzi adventures.

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Hollywood Insider #3

Did you know that Misty Copeland has a New York Times best-selling book?

Misty Copeland is on a roll with a New York Times Best-selling book, “Life in…

By Gil Robertson

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Big Tigger: Utilizing That Entrepreneurial Spirit to Strengthen the Brand

'I’m always looking for and entertaining entrepreneurial ideas'

Big Tigger is STILL in the industry, thriving—two decades later—and it may take another 20…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Twitter Reacts To Jaden Smith’s ‘Iron Man’ Antics

The young Hollywood star was caught wilding out again

Jaden Smith was caught on camera wearing a cheaply made Iron Man suit.

By Kevin L. Clark

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Anthony Anderson to Debut With Food Fest Nation on Food Network

The show premieres Monday, July 21st

The Food Network has announced that actor/comedian Anthony Anderson has his own prime time series…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Univision Implicated In Nielsen Ratings Scandal

The largest Latino broadcast network is looking quite shady

A developing scandal involving Nielsen ratings has widened to include a Univision Communications radio executive…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Tracy Morgan’s Condition Upgraded to Fair

Publicist reveals good news about the comedian's health

Tracey Morgan’s condition has been upgraded from critical to fair condition, his publicist said.

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Life Essentials With Ruby Dee Documentary

Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis Documentary Will Debut at ABFF

The film is directed by their grandson, Muta’Ali

Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee, part tribute, part history lesson and part coming-of-age story, will…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Chris Spencer: How a Class Clown Became A Successful Businessman

'I was always the class clown but didn't know stand up would be my calling until my junior year in college'

I bet you didn’t know that he is partly responsible for the BET hit show,…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Russell Simmons Talks Fatherhood, Spirituality With Oprah Winfrey

Season finale of Super Soul Sunday airs Father's Day

Oprah sits down with media mogul turned spiritualist Russell Simmons, who shares the secret to…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Viola Davis Narrates Lion King at Harambe Nights

Viola Davis Leads Off Disney’s Harambe Nights

The Tony award-winning actress is the first celebrity narrator for the 20th anniversary production The Lion King: Concert in the Wild

Viola Davis narrates the premiere of The Lion King: Concert in the Wild at Harambe…

By Alisa Gumbs

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African American Festival Performer: 10 Facts about Elise Neal

What do you really know about the actress?

She made her Broadway debut in the short-lived, all-black revival of the Gershwin musical “Oh,…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Documentary ‘The New Black’ To Premier On PBS

Race and religion intersect in the battle for same-sex marriage and equality

Filmmaker Yoruba Richen

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Legacy Award Recipient, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Helped Desegregate Schools

When it comes to pioneering women of the Civil Rights Movement, journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault still…

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BE Launches New Women of Power Website

We can hardly wait for the Women of Power Summit in March, and judging by all…

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