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Celebrities Honored With W.E.B. Du Bois Medals at Harvard

Oct. 4, 2013 - Hollywood director Steven Spielberg was among several luminaries honored with Harvard's prestigious W.E.B. Du Bois medal this week during the launch of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.

The Root's editor-in-chief, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Glenn H. Hutchins, whose $15 million gift helped established the Hutchins Center, presided over the event Wednesday at Harvard's Sanders Theatre, the Harvard Crimson reports. The Hutchins Center will focus on nine initiatives devoted to African and African-American studies. Read more at

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Beverly Johnson: Brains and Beauty Mattered in the 1970s

Oct. 4, 2013 - Beverly Johnson, the "first black supermodel," tells Glamour in its November issue that brains and beauty mattered when she started in the fashion industry in the 1970s, according to the Daily Mail. Johnson, 60, recalls failing a typing test at a casting call in 1972 because she acted "like she couldn’t even type," but won the job because of her natural and wholesome looks. She landed on the cover of a magazine. Ms. Johnson went on to appear on 15 Glamour covers and made history as the first black woman to appear on the front of Vogue in August 1974. The New York native said that she received a lot advice from Naomi Sims at the beginning of her career. Read more at

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With Traditional GOP Allies Defecting, Big Business Takes Sides With Obama

October 2, 2013 - Having failed to persuade their traditional Republican allies in Congress to avert a government shutdown, business leaders fear bigger problems ahead, and they’re taking sides with a Democratic president whose health care and regulatory agenda they have vigorously opposed.

President Barack Obama is embracing the business outreach, eager to employ groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Wall Street CEOs to portray House Republicans as out of touch even with their long-established corporate and financial patrons.  Read more at

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Jury Rejects Case Linking Company To Michael Jackson’s Death

October 2, 2013 - A jury cleared a concert promoter of negligence on Wednesday in a case that attempted to link the death of Michael Jackson to the company that promoted his ill-fated comeback shows.

The panel rejected a lawsuit brought by Jackson’s mother claiming AEG Live was negligent in hiring Conrad Murray, the doctor who killed Jackson with an overdose of a hospital anesthetic the singer used as a sleep aid.  Read more at

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Jada Pinkett Smith Publishes HS Pics Of She and Tupac

October 2, 2013 - Jada Pinkett Smith published several photos of she and the late Tupac Shakur on her Instagram page that reveal a softer side of the hardcore west coast rapper.

The Daily Mail describes how the two became inseparable after meeting at the Baltimore School for the Arts back in the 1980s. Both shared a love for the arts, with Tupac studying acting, poetry, jazz, and surprisingly ballet. In the photo above, a youthful Tupac is shown looking very dapper in from of a school locker with Jada.  Read more at

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Robin Quivers Is Back On Howard Stern Show After Long Cancer Battle

October 2, 2013 - After a year-long battle with cancer, Robin Quivers (pictured), the decades-long sidekick of shock jock Howard Stern, returned on Wednesday to her throne of racist tomfoolery over the Sirius XM airwaves, according to TMZ.


Quivers finally put the whispers to rest about her 17-month-long leave of absence from her in-studio duties as a radio personality on the popular show.  Read more at

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Jordan: I Could Have Beaten LeBron But Not Sure With Kobe

October 2, 2013 - In an upcoming promo for the basketball video game NBA 2K14 that was released on Tuesday, former NBA megastar Michael Jordan said during the “uncensored” taped interview that, in his prime, he would have been able to beat B-ball phenom LeBron James in a one-on-one game.  The iconic player, however, also admitted that there was one match-up he was not too sure about: playing against L.A. Laker Kobe Bryant , according to ESPN.  Read more at

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Howard University President Sidney Ribeau Announces Retirement

October 2, 2013 - Howard University President Sidney Ribeau announced Tuesday he will be leaving office at the end of December, after five years as head of the historic Washington, D.C., school.

Ribeau's retirement announcement follows what the Washington Post described as a "tense" three-day meeting with the board of trustees. Ribeau had signed a contract extension this summer that would've kept him as president of Howard through June 2015. Ribeau did not disclose how much the university would pay him to buy out the contract, and emphasized that he was not forced out.  Read more at

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How Government Shutdown Hurts The Most Vulnerable, And How You Can Help

October 1, 2013 - With the House and Senate at a stalemate on the first day of the government shutdown, it's unclear how long the proverbial "Closed" signs will hang around.

From veterans to Head Start to individuals on welfare, read below to see how many of the nation's most vulnerable populations are affected by the government shutdown and how they could be impacted long-term if the impasse persists. And while you're at it, learn about how to support programs filling in the gaps below.  Read more at

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Usher Does 'Sesame Street,' Makes Us Dance In Our Seats (VIDEO)

October 2, 2013 - It's no "I Love My Hair" moment, and free of controversy (a la Katy Perry showing Elmo her cleavage), but Usher's visit to "Sesame Street" this week has us talking nonetheless.

In fact, it has us dancing -- in our seats. Check out Usher's remix of the alphabet song, called “ABCs Are Moving You,” featuring Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby and Murray... and thank us later.  Read more at

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Lamar Odom Sober, But Not Rehab-Ready (REPORT)

October 3, 2013 - Lamar Odom is determined not to enter rehab, a new report by TMZ claims. The gossip website cites sources close to the former LA Clippers basketball star -- and husband of reality TV star Khloe Kardashian -- who say Odom has been sober for five days and that he plans on using "self-healing" to beat out his addiction.  Read more at

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‘I know how it is to struggle’: A bridge out of poverty in Mississippi town

October 3, 2013 - Standing among a crowd recently in rural Oktibbeha County watching youth football games, Sara Moye could have been mistaken for a social worker, sociologist or cultural anthropologist.

She stood near the fence separating spectators from the boys playing football and commented about poverty conditions affecting approximately 1 in 3 county residents, according to Census data.  Read more at

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U.S. Capitol Goes On Lockdown After Gunshots Fired Outside

October 3, 2013 - The United States Capitol went on lockdown Thursday afternoon after shots were fired outside the building.

According to the Associated Press, Capitol police said one officer had been injured.

Both NBC and ABC reported that the incident started at the White House gates before the suspect fled via car to the Capitol.  Read more at

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Before 'Scandal,' These Black Actresses Rocked The Small Screen (VIDEO)

October 3, 2013 - To see someone on television that looks like you is a powerful feeling. It’s a feeling one can take for granted if their image is the one that dominates the screen. Those on the opposite end of the spectrum, however, who never see themselves on TV, glorify and revere in that feeling, and in the fleeting moments where it comes to life.

One of those moments for black women came last year with the debut of “Scandal,” starring Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope. Washington's role marked the first time a black woman has starred in a network television show since Diahann Carroll debuted in “Julia” in 1968 and Teresa Graves starred in “Get Christy Love” in the early 70s.  Read more at

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Michele Bachmann: President Obama Pushing ‘Crack Cocaine’ Healthcare

October 1, 2013 - Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) compared President Barack Obama to a drug-dealer pushing crack cocaine in the form of Obamacare to the masses, reports MSNBC.

“President Obama can’t wait to get Americans addicted to the crack cocaine of dependency on more government health care,” she said in an interview with the far-right WorldNetDaily.  Read more at

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Obama: Shutdown Forced By Republicans On 'Ideological Crusade' Against Obamacare

October 1, 2013 - President Barack Obama says House Republicans have shut down the federal government over an "ideological crusade" against his health care law.

"This Republican shutdown did not have to happen. But I want every American to understand why it did happen. Republicans in the House of Representatives refused to fund the government unless we defunded or dismantled the Affordable Care Act," Obama said. "They’ve shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans. In other words, they demanded ransom just for doing their job."  Read more at

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Striking Photos Will Change The Way You See The Average American

October 1, 2013 - What does the average American look like? As time goes on, the answer to that question is becoming more and more complicated.

The country is living up to its melting pot reputation as American faces become less homogenous and more diverse, a phenomenon that renowned photographer and portrait artist Martin Schoeller captured for the October 125th anniversary issue of National Geographic magazine.  Read more at

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The One Good Thing About The Government Shutdown

October 1, 2013 - While the government shutdown is a low point for the country, costing as many as 800,000 federal workers a paycheck, among other things, there is one good thing that it's produced -- it's ruining the Ku Klux Klan's plans to stage a rally at Gettysburg National Military Park this weekend. According to NBC 10 Philadelphia, the rally is now canceled because of the government shutdown.  Read more at

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Amusement Park Giant Buys Harlem Globetrotters

October 1, 2013 - Georgia-based Herschend Family Entertainment Corp. has acquired Harlem Globetrotters International Inc. from Shamrock Capital Advisors.

Terms of the deal were not revealed. 

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Congressional Black Caucus urges African-Americans to #GetCovered

October 1, 2013 - The Congressional Black Caucus joined President Obama — and supporters of the Affordable Care Act — in advocating for the millions of Americans who are currently uninsured to #GetCovered.

The social-media-friendly tagline was launched as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of the new health care coverage options available under the law.  Read more at

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