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Walmart: Tracy Morgan Partly To Blame In Truck Accident Because He Wasn't Wearing Seatbelt

AP | Adam Goldberg | September 29, 2014 | Business
DAVID PORTER, Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a limousine struck from behind by a Wal-Mart truck on a highway in June are at least partly to blame for their injuries because they weren't wearing seatbelts, the company said in a court filing...

The Real-Life 'Olivia Pope' Got Pranked By George H.W. Bush

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | September 29, 2014 | Politics
Former President George H.W. Bush -- a known prankster -- pulled a fast one on the real-life Washington fixer who inspired ABC's hit "Scandal." As anyone who's a "Scandal" fanatic knows, Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington) is involved in a complicated and steamy love affair with...

California Takes Overdue Stand Against 'Failed Drug Laws'

Saki Knafo | September 29, 2014 | Politics
California lawmakers finally reformed a drug sentencing law that critics throughout the country long denounced as racist. The California Fair Sentencing Act, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) late on Sunday evening, ensures that people who are convicted of certain offenses involving crack cocaine will no longer receive harsher punishments...

Mastodon's 'The Motherload' Video Proves It Is Possible To Twerk To Metal

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | September 29, 2014 | Entertainment
Just when we thought we had reached the nadir/apex of human existence in a post-"Anaconda" world, here's Mastodon's music video for "The Motherload." The video is basically a butt avalanche; swarms of women twerk really fast from a distance (and twerk some more in slow-motion close...

Poll Shows Just How Much Republicans Hate Eric Holder

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | September 29, 2014 | Politics
When Eric Holder leaves his post as attorney general, his legacy will include incurring the animosity of most of the GOP, according to a YouGov poll released Monday. As YouGov's William Jordan notes, Republicans are more likely to dislike Holder than Democrats or independents are to...

Worker Groups 'Alarmed' White House May Delay New Minimum Wage, Overtime Rule

Dave Jamieson | September 29, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- It was once part of President Barack Obama's "We Can't Wait" economic agenda. But now the wait might be getting even longer. The Labor Department is considering delaying a long-awaited rule that would extend new workplace protections to home care workers -- a possibility that has...

Kenny Leon To Direct 'Children Of A Lesser God' Broadway Revival

AP | Brennan Williams | September 29, 2014 | Black Voices
NEW YORK (AP) — The romantic story "Children of a Lesser God," which has been a hit already onstage and on film, is heading back to Broadway. Producer Hal Luftig said Monday that a revival is in the works for the 2015-2016 Broadway season. Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon will direct....

TV Writer Explains Why 'Post-Racial' Is A 'Facade' In Scripted Television

Brennan Williams | September 29, 2014 | Black Voices
With the conversation surrounding diversity in television continuing to be a hot button topic across America, many are questioning how much of an impact Shonda Rhimes’ line-up of ABC shows will have on a potential shift with network programming. Earlier this year, upon accepting her award for diversity...

Supreme Court Blocks Ohio Early Voting Extension

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | September 29, 2014 | Politics
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court granted a last-minute stay of a lower court's ruling expanding early voting days and times in Ohio. Early voting in the state will now begin on Oct. 7, instead of Sept. 30. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) and...

What It Would Look Like If Women Catcalled Men

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | September 29, 2014 | Women
It's no secret that the street harassment women are subjected to is invasive, ridiculous and, often times, downright bizarre -- and it's only more apparent when the gender roles are swapped. In the Buzzfeed video "If Women Catcalled Men" published on Sept. 28, we see...

8 Arrested In Ferguson As Protests Show No Sign Of Slowing

Mariah Stewart | September 29, 2014 | Politics
FERGUSON, Mo. -- Eight protesters were arrested in this St. Louis suburb Sunday night during a tense standoff between demonstrators and police outside the Ferguson Police Department, where activists once again demanded the arrest of an officer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager last month. While most of the...

FKA Twigs Targeted By Racist Trolls For Dating Robert Pattinson

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus | September 29, 2014 | Entertainment
FKA twigs, Robert Pattinson's rumored girlfriend, commented Sunday about the vicious and racist tweets she's received since news of the romance broke earlier this month. "I am genuinely shocked and disgusted at the amount of racism that has been infecting my account the past week,"...

Gina And Pat Neely To Divorce After 20 Years Of Marriage

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | September 29, 2014 | Divorce
Gina and Pat Neely, the stars of Food Network's popular cooking show "Down Home With The Neelys," are getting divorced after two decades of marriage. The duo, whose empire consists of a TV show, cookbooks and a restaurant, released a joint statement about the split...

Comedian Just Needs To Know How Racist McDonald's Wants Its Voice-Overs To Be

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | September 29, 2014 | Comedy
In addition to acting in hilarious web originals and performing stand up, comedian Nicole Byer has picked up a lot of voice-over work. But, as she relayed in a stand-up bit performed at New York venue The Apartment and uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 25, she...

'Law & Order: SVU' Takes On Ray Rice, Solange And Jay Z Elevator Scandals

Erin Whitney | September 29, 2014 | Entertainment
"Law & Order: SVU" is practically founded on the tagline "ripped from the headlines" by taking story inspiration from real-life news. In this Wednesday's episode of "SVU," "American Disgrace," famous basketball star Shakir “The Shark” Wilkins is accused of rape by a PR employee from his clothing line....

'Key & Peele' Spoof The Parole Process With 'Little Homie'

Emily Thomas | September 29, 2014 | Comedy
In a new clip from Comedy Central's "Key & Peele," comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele take on the often strained relationship between parole officer and parolee with one wide-mouthed addition. Key plays down-and-out parolee Clive "Double Down" Ruggins, who is having a tough time...

8 Lady Video Bloggers Who Make The Internet A Better Place

Alanna Vagianos | September 29, 2014 | Women
The Internet can be a scary place for women. (See here, here and here.) There are, however, many badass women bravely combatting online misogyny. Many of these fierce females can be found right on YouTube, talking about a range of important issues every day...

This Chicago Train Performance Has So Much Energy, Passengers Can't Help But Dance

Joseph Erbentraut | September 29, 2014 | Good News
Commuters on a Chicago train were recently treated to a very unusual ride thanks to a local band's spontaneous jam session. A video uploaded last week by Teo Lopez captured a performance of his Afro-Puerto Rican band, Buya, singing and drumming aboard the CTA Blue Line...

Why Denzel Washington May Be The Last Pure Movie Star

Brennan Williams | September 29, 2014 | Black Voices
Denzel Washington may exert the purest form of star power in movies today. His name above the title guarantees a film will open to solid numbers, something few actors in Hollywood can credibly claim to deliver. He did it again last weekend, when his gritty R-rated thriller “The Equalizer” bowed...

What Sweeping Floors After His NFL Career Taught Terry Crews About Pride

Ryan Buxton | September 29, 2014 | Black Voices
Terry Crews spent most of the 1990s shuffling around several NFL teams, but once that was over, he was back to square one. He had enough savings for six months, then it was "gone and done," and Crews had to decide what he was truly willing to do...
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