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Kendrick Lamar To Geraldo Rivera: 'How Can You Take A Song That's About Hope And Turn It Into Hatred?'

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 5:47 PM

Kendrick Lamar’s opening performance of his new single “Alright” at this year’s annual BET Awards sparked some debate over at Fox News last week.

During a June 29 episode of Fox News’ “The Five” co-hosts Kimberly Guilfoyle, Dana Perino, Eric Bolling, and Fox News...

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Kendrick Lamar's 7- Minute Video For 'Alright' Is A Must-Watch

(7) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 1:17 PM

Two days after his opening performance at this year’s annual BET Awards, Kendrick Lamar unleashed the video for his song “Alright."

Produced by Pharrell Williams, "Alright" is the third single off Lamar's latest album "To Pimp A Butterfly." The provocative seven-minute clip, directed by...

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R&B Singer Kem Discusses His Battle Overcoming Addiction, Commemorates 25 Years Of Sobriety

(15) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 6:09 PM

Singer Kem (nee Kim Owens) has landed on the top of music charts and earned three Grammy Award-nominations since the release of his debut album “Kemistry” in 2003.

However, prior to amassing music success, the Motown recording artist found himself battling drug addiction -- which...

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Ava DuVernay Tweets Her Support For Real-Life 'Black Superhero' Bree Newsome

(13) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 6:22 PM

Ava DuVernay knows a black superhero when she sees one.

On Saturday, the “Selma” director wrote a tweet to express her support for 30-year-old activist Bree Newsome. Newsome was arrested earlier that morning after she scaled the 30-foot flag pole outside of the South Carolina...

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Nina Simone's Daughter Says New Documentary About Her Mother Gets It Right

(12) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 5:15 PM

After a decade in development, Nina Simone’s authorized documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” was released in select theaters and on Netflix Friday.

The Netflix original documentary, directed by Academy Award-nominee Liz Garbus, follows the famed singer as she narrates her life story through archival audio...

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How Sheryl Lee Ralph Plans To Make More People Aware Of Their HIV Status

(3) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 4:41 PM

Saturday marks the 20th Anniversary of National HIV Testing Day and legendary actress Sheryl Lee Ralph is helping to raise awareness by encouraging Americans to get tested.

Ralph’s commitment to the cause prompted the 1990 launch of her nonprofit, Divinely Inspired Victoriously Aware (D.I.V.A.) Foundation,...

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Viola Davis On Why It's Important For Women On-Screen To Keep It Real

(4) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 5:21 PM

Viola Davis wowed TV viewers last year when she stripped off her wig and makeup during a powerful scene on Shonda Rhimes’ hit ABC series “How To Get Away With Murder.”

This month, Davis graces the cover of The Wrap Magazine in a...

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Nas Shares Passionate Instagram Post About Racial Inequality

(60) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 4:06 PM

Rapper Nas has recorded music addressing social issues that affect the black community, so it’s no surprise that the veteran lyricist has chimed in on the current state of race relations in America.

On Monday, the 41-year-old highlighted the country’s ongoing battle with racial inequality on...

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A$AP Rocky Receives Backlash For 'Black-On-Black Crime' Comments

(83) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 12:26 PM

When it comes to resolving the nation’s ongoing issues surrounding police misconduct, rapper A$AP Rocky suggests the conversation should begin with addressing black-on-black crime.

Last week the rapper-actor was invited by The Oxford Union, The Debate Society of Oxford University, to speak to students in...

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D'Angelo And Black Panther Co-Founder Bobby Seale Discuss Racial Politics And Protest Music

(7) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 1:05 PM

The topic of racial injustice addressed on D’Angelo’s latest album “Black Messiah” has led the artist to meeting a longtime idol in political activism.

The Grammy Award-winner recently joined Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale in Oakland, California for a special but casual discussion filmed by The New York...

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Larry Wilmore Takes Fox News To Task Over Charleston Church Shooting Coverage

(101) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 12:43 PM

Larry Wilmore isn't too pleased with Fox News' coverage of the church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina. Then again, this shouldn't come as a surprise.

This time, the late night talk show host, who initially declared he wouldn't discuss the shooting on his comedy-based platform,...

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Tyler Perry: 'What Do You Do When You Think Prayer Is Not Enough?'

(5) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 11:16 AM

Tyler Perry took to his Facebook account on Thursday to share his thoughts on Wednesday night's attack on Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Gunman Dylann Storm Roof has since confessed to the killings.

In the post, the Hollywood mogul described...

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Erica Campbell And Husband Aim To Dispel Black Fatherhood Myths With New Initiative

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 1:40 PM

Gospel singer Erica Campbell and husband, Warryn Campbell have teamed up with Procter & Gamble on their “My Black is Beautiful” initiative, which celebrates black men with the “Grooming My Black Man For Greatness” program.

The program highlights the couple's deep...

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Black Community Reacts To Charleston Church Shooting

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 11:57 AM

Last night’s tragic shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina has left many people numb. Nine people, including South Carolina state senator and pastor, Reverend Clementa Pinckney -- were shot to death by suspected gunman Dylann Storm Roof.

As the...

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Ava DuVernay On Why She's Not Ashamed Of Labeling Herself A 'Black Woman Filmmaker'

(2) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 5:40 PM

In the latest installment of AOL’s MAKERS series, Ava DuVernay, the director of “Selma," shared her thoughts on the disparity of women in film, and why there’s now a greater opportunity for women to break into the industry.

“This industry is no longer what it used...

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7 Tupac Songs That Still Resonate With Black America Today

(19) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 2:51 PM

Nearly 20 years since his death, Tupac Shakur's legacy lives on in popular culture. After all, the rapper sold over 75 million records worldwide.

Shakur’s work inspired a 2014 Broadway musical and was recently featured in Powerade’s commercial with NBA star Derrick...

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Singer Keri Hilson Defends Her 'Thank #RachelDolezal' Twitter Comments

(68) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 2:14 PM

Much has been made about Rachel Dolezal’s race since it was reported that the now-former Spokane, Washington NAACP leader identified herself as African-American for nearly a decade.

Prior to Dolezal resigning from her position as president on Monday morning, R&B singer Keri Hilson took...

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Mary Mary Singer Erica Campbell Addresses Sexuality In Christianity With Empowerment Campaign

(16) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 5:13 PM

Gospel singer Erica Campbell is aiming to contribute to the discussion of sexuality in Christianity through her new women’s empowerment movement, “More Than Pretty.”

During a recent interview with The Huffington Post, the Grammy Award winner explained that she was inspired to create the campaign...

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Zoe Saldana On Nina Simone Criticism: 'I Didn't Think I Was Right For The Part'

(70) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 6:07 PM

The topic of race and casting in Hollywood resurfaced in the weeks since Entertainment Weekly published an essay by actor Michael B. Jordan on May 22.

In the essay, Jordan wrote about breaking down barriers with his role as the Human Torch, a character originally written as...

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Nile Rodgers On How The 'Blurred Lines' Case Will Affect The Music Business

(18) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 3:48 PM

In the months following a ruling that determined Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell Williams copied Marvin Gaye’s "Got to Give It Up" in their 2013 hit “Blurred Lines", many have questioned how the case will affect future compositions.

In speaking with The Financial Times...

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