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Cosby's Private And Public Personas Over The Years

Associated Press | Simon McCormack | July 21, 2015 | Entertainment
In the 1970s, Bill Cosby created "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids," a Saturday-morning cartoon series based loosely on his Philadelphia childhood that promoted good behavior and morality. The comedian's private life around the same time was at odds with his squeaky-clean public image. As Cosby himself...

Young People Significantly More Likely To Find ‘Redskins’ Name Disparaging, Poll Finds

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | July 21, 2015 | Sports
In a sign that public opinion might one day turn against the Washington professional football team, young Americans aged 18-29 are significantly more likely to find the term “Redskins” disparaging to Native Americans than people of an older age, according to a new YouGov poll conducted...

Sudden Cardiac Arrest More Likely In African-Americans, New Study Says

Reuters | Lilly Workneh | July 21, 2015 | Black Voices
(Reuters Health) - Black Americans are more likely to suffer sudden cardiac arrest than their white counterparts, a new study suggests.  Black participants in the new study were also more likely to suffer cardiac arrest at a younger age than whites and to have known risk...

Erykah Badu Accuses Black Eyed Peas Of Stealing Her Video Concept

Stereogum | Brennan Williams | July 21, 2015 | Black Voices
Erykah Badu has spotted some startling similarities between the Black Eyed Peas’ brand new music video for “Yesterday” and her 2008 video for “Honey.”

Tyler Perry Joins Chloë Grace Moretz In 'Brain On Fire'

E! Online | Brennan Williams | July 21, 2015 | Black Voices
Tyler Perry is on fire.

American Hero Gives KKK The Soundtrack It Deserves

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | July 21, 2015 | Politics
  The KKK staged a rally in Columbia, South Carolina, on Saturday to demonstrate their support for the Confederate flag. While many decried the march as little more than an obsolete group tooting their own horn, that honor actually goes to Columbia resident Matt Buck, who tooted a sousaphone, specifically. As the KKK walked to the South Carolina Statehouse, Buck provided the marchers with a delightfully, deliberately clumsy soundtrack on the tuba-like brass instrument, artfully trolling the group with Wagner’s “Flight of The Valkyries.” "I didn't really know how to show my opposition, so that was my way of doing it," Buck told the Charleston City Paper. He says the musical backdrop was definitely a success. "My goal was to embarrass them, and I think I did a little bit." Because nothing says "take me seriously" quite like a bumbling brass...

Colleges Are Finding Ways To Increase Diversity Without Affirmative Action

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | July 21, 2015 | College
Admitting fewer legacy students -- the children or relatives of alumni -- is one way to help increase the diversity of a college campus, and many universities are doing just that, a new report shows. As states like California and Michigan ban affirmative action at public universities...

Move Over, Taylor Swift. We Have New Squad Goals

The Huffington Post | Dayana Morales Gomez | July 21, 2015 | Politics
Sorry, T. Swift, but Sasha Obama has set the new standard for squad goals.  The 14-year-old and two of her friends were photographed boarding and exiting Air Force One on July 17 as they made their way to New York City with the president, aka Sasha's dad. The youngest Obama...

The Secret To Unlocking J.R. Smith's Best Work Is A New Lil Wayne Album, According To Math

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | July 21, 2015 | Sports
Known as one of the NBA's streakiest and most confounding players, J.R. Smith has one thing in this world that can truly bring out his absolute best. It's not the leadership of Cleveland Cavaliers teammate LeBron James or the friendship of former New York Knicks teammate Carmelo Anthony. No, no....

Rep. Keith Ellison Is Optimistic About Americans Overcoming Stereotypes Of Muslims

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | July 21, 2015 | Religion
A recently released Gallup poll showed that 60 percent of American adults would be willing to vote for a well-qualified Muslim candidate for president -- an important shift in cultural perceptions, but no surprise to Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim elected to Congress.  When Ellison spoke with HuffPost Live's Alyona Minkovski on July 16 at the Netroots Nation conference, the congressman said he's seen that growing acceptance for Muslims firsthand in his own political life, and he's optimistic about it getting better and better. "I think Americans are inherently fair-minded people, and basically will evaluate based on what you can do, what you're able to contribute to the common good, what kind of leader you would be," Ellison said. "So I'm not that surprised. I mean, my district in the 5th Congressional District of Minnesota probably has 3 percent Muslims in it. And, last election, I got elected [with] 72 percent of the vote." Ellison's election in 2006 was a significant development following anti-Muslim bigotry that came about after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Ellison's faith in the American people to remain fair was tested again recently after the fatal shootings in Chattanooga, Tennessee last week by a Muslim.  "One of the silver linings to this horrible tragedy is that I think that Americans are willing to distinguish between the people who they know, the ordinary citizens just trying to raise their families, and these homicidal maniacs," Ellison said of the Tennessee tragedy.  Watch Ellison describe American's attitudes towards Muslims through personal experience in the video above, and click here for his full HuffPost Live conversation on race and Iran. Sign up here for Live Today, HuffPost Live's new morning email that will let you know the newsmakers, celebrities and politicians joining us that day and give you the best clips from the day before! Also on HuffPost:   ...

Shaq Said Best Lakers Could Rout Best Bulls, And Pippen Fought Back

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | July 21, 2015 | Sports
Them's fightin' words. Ex-Laker Shaquille O'Neal launched an Instagram diss war with ex-Bull Scottie Pippen, saying his five best Lakers of all time could beat the best Bulls by 50 points. Check out the fun social media exchange between the two below. It includes insults about Pippen's role as sidekick...

Harper Lee's 'Go Set A Watchman' Sales Hit 1.1 Million

Associated Press | Katherine Brooks | July 21, 2015 | Arts
NEW YORK (AP) — Critics dismissed it as a rough draft for "To Kill a Mockingbird" and readers despaired over an aging, racist Atticus Finch. But Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" is still a million seller. HarperCollins announced Monday that "Go Set a Watchman" in...

Charlize Theron Once Invited President Obama To A Strip Club, AS ONE DOES

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | July 21, 2015 | Entertainment
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Laverne Cox Opens Up About Meeting Caitlyn Jenner For The First Time

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | July 21, 2015 | Entertainment
What's it like to meet Caitlyn Jenner? Well, according to Laverne Cox, it's as amazing as you'd expect.  "The Late Late Show" host James Corden asked Cox for her feelings on Jenner's very public transition on Monday, and the actress had nothing but praise. "What I think is so beautiful about this, my visibility and Caitlyn's visibility, is that diverse representation of the trans people in the media, I think is so important," said Cox. The "Orange Is the New Black" star said she actually met Jenner for the first time over the weekend, which she described as "pretty awesome." "She's such a sweet woman, loves her family," says Cox, who also applauded the "I Am Cait" star for the grace with which she's handling everything going on in her life. "There's no way she could've transitioned privately, and I think she's doing it very eloquently and beautifully publicly," says Cox.  "The Late Late Show with James Corden" airs weeknights at 12:37 a.m. ET on CBS. To subscribe to our HuffPost Entertainment WhatsApp account: 1. Download WhatsApp on your phone. 2. Save this number, 347-334-1794, in your phone’s contacts. 3. Text "POP" to that number via your WhatsApp account. You can unsubscribe at any time by texting “STOP" to the same...

Sandra Bland's Death Will Be Treated Like A Murder Investigation, Prosecutor Says

Reuters | Lilly Workneh | July 21, 2015 | Black Voices
The death of an Illinois woman found hanged in her Texas jail cell in what local authorities said was a suicide will be investigated as thoroughly as a murder, the local district attorney said on Monday. Sandra Bland, 28, was found dead on July 13, three...

Becky Hammon Becomes The First Female Coach To Win NBA Summer League Title

Lucy McCalmont | July 21, 2015 | Sports
Becky Hammon continued to make history on Monday as she led the San Antonio Spurs to a NBA Las Vegas Summer League championship victory, becoming the first woman ever to do so. Hammon earned another spot in the history books just two weeks ago when she became the first woman to serve as head coach of a NBA Summer League team. And that title is just an extension of her day job -- as an assistant coach on Gregg Popovich's team in San Antonio. Which, yes, when she was hired last August, she was named the first full-time female assistant NBA coach. The Spurs dropped their first summer game to the Knicks, but managed to bounce back after that, Hammon said after the 93-90 win over the Phoenix Suns. "It was a grind. They've been together about 17 days. They really started to kind of gel here these last two or three games," she said. "They listened, and they played really hard for me. So I'm just really [appreciative of] their attentiveness and alertness and their desire to win." Becky Hammon celebrates after the Spurs' NBA Las Vegas Summer League championship victory. (AP)   If there's any debate remaining as to whether Hammon can provide insight into the men's game, allow this performance to silence all of that. Many of Hammon's players emphasized that they see her as a valuable voice on the bench. "She gives another perspective on the sidelines for us. She see some things that we don't see," Danny Green told NBA TV in an interview during Monday night's game. He continued, "She's obviously a player, everybody respects her, she's well-respected. She knows the game. She understands the game. She sees it from a point guard perspective, but a female perspective [too], which is very different for us. She's one of my favorites ... She's doing very well. I'm happy for her." Becky Hammon and Jonathon Simmons hug after the team's win. (AP)  Similarly, Jonathon Simmons, who won the championship's MVP honors, said it has been "amazing" to have Hammon on the sidelines. "She's a real cool coach and she's a player coach and that's what guys like my age -- we like that," Simmons said on NBA TV's "The Starters" after the game. "She's experienced, you can't take that away from her."  Simmons later spoke of the importance of Hammon's trailblazing role in the league. "It’s always good to be a part of history. This day will go down in the books for years to come … I love her. I barely know her and I love her already," Simmons told Sports Illustrated. Hammon, in turn, acknowledged the relationship she's forged with her players. "I’m just thankful that [Popovich] trusted me with the guys in that locker room, and that those guys trusted me back," Hammon told SI. And, of course, like any NBA coach, the Spurs and Hammon celebrated accordingly. "I got a Gatorade bath." -- Spurs coach Becky Hammon after winning Las Vegas Summer League title— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) July 21, 2015

Judd Apatow's Impression Of Bill Cosby Is Something You're Going To Want To See

Stephanie Marcus | July 21, 2015 | Entertainment
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Burundi Votes In Disputed Presidential Election Amid Deadly Violence

Charlotte Alfred | July 21, 2015 | World
BUJUMBURA, July 21 (Reuters) - A policeman and an opposition official died in violence marring the start of Burundi's presidential election on Tuesday, held amid protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term and an opposition boycott. Blasts and gunfire echoed around the capital early on Tuesday in Burundi's worst crisis since a civil war ended in 2005. Dozens have been killed in weeks of demonstrations, a failed coup and clashes between rebel soldiers and the army. Voters queued outside polling stations in some rural areas and districts of Bujumbura that are strongholds of Nkurunziza supporters. In other areas there were only trickles of voters. Opponents accuse Nkurunziza of violating the constitution by seeking another five years in office, but Nkurunziza, almost sure to win given the opposition boycott, cites a court ruling saying he can run again. Western donors and African states, worried about tensions in a region with a history of ethnic conflict, urged Burundi to postpone the poll. The United States and European states have halted some aid to Burundi, one of the world's poorest nations. Presidential adviser Willy Nyamitwe said one policeman and a civilian had been killed in overnight violence. "People do it to intimidate voters. They don't want the voters to go to the polls," he told Reuters. Residents in the capital's Nyakabiga district identified a body found there as an official in the opposition MSD party and accused the government of killing him. A police source confirmed the victim was part of the opposition. A crowd blocked a thoroughfare with rocks and women chanted "We need justice and truth" near the body, before the Red Cross took it. "We see the shooting last night as a kind of intimidation," said 32-year-old Desire Kabaya in Nyakabiga. "There will be chaos after this election because the government that will follow will not be recognized by all the people."   REFUGEES The U.S. State Department said elections held in these conditions "will not be credible and will further discredit the government." It said Washington would review ties and could impose visa restrictions on those behind the instability. More than 170,000 Burundians have fled the nation of 10 million to refugee camps in Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Flanked by bodyguards jogging or walking alongside him, Nkurunziza cycled to a polling station in his northern home village of Buye, which was also filled with soldiers. The president queued to cast his ballot, and before pedaling off, told reporters the election was to "allow the Burundian people to vote or to choose someone they believe in." Emery Ndayizere, 30, in Bujumbura said there was no point voting. "The elections are just a masquerade because only one party is competing," he said. Burundi's electoral commission said opposition names were still on the ballots and any votes for them would be counted. The result could take several days to emerge. Ferdinand, a 40-year-old voter in Bujumbura, said he would vote for Nkurunziza, a soccer fan who is often pictured rolling up his sleeves to apparently help people in the fields, because he had "a good program of development for ordinary citizens." Opponents say the president's re-election bid is undermining a peace deal that ended a civil war between rebel groups of the ethnic Hutu majority, including one led by Nkurunziza, and the army, commanded at the time by the Tutsi minority. The tension worries neighboring Rwanda, which has the same ethnic mix and suffered a genocide in 1994 that killed 800,000, mostly Tutsis as well as moderate Hutus. (Additional reporting by Susan Heavey in Washington; Writing by Edmund Blair and Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Edmund Klamann and Raissa Kasolowsky)    Earlier on...

Texas Officials Release Surveillance Footage In Jail Death Of Sandra Bland

Jade Walker | July 21, 2015 | Crime
HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — A Texas prosecutor says the death of a black woman whose family disputes authorities' finding that she hanged herself in a jail cell is being examined as thoroughly as a murder investigation. Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said Monday that there are many unanswered questions...

$2.5 Million Settlement Paid To Family Of Michael Kerr, Inmate Who Died Of Thirst In Solitary

Andy Campbell | July 20, 2015 | Crime
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The N.C. Department of Public Safety says its Division of Adult Correction has reached a $2.5 million settlement with the estate of a man with mental illness who died of thirst after being held in...
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