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Russell Simmons Tells Arsenio: ‘It Was The Worst Idea Of My Life.’ [VIDEO]

September 24, 2013 - Just weeks ago, the hip-hop mogul faced backlash for the clip titled, “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape.” In it, a female and male slave attempt to extort their master by videotaping the owner’s sexual encounter with the woman. The parody was released under Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital channel on YouTube. After the parody went viral, people took to Twitter about the distasteful video.  Read more elev8.com.

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Help NAACP Reach Goal: 1,000 new or renewed NAACP members

The final three months of 2013 will be critical to our fight for civil rights and human rights. So we've set an aggressive goal for our fall membership week: 1,000 new or renewed NAACP members.  Read more at naacp.org.

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Attorney General Eric Holder Addresses Navy Yard Shooting: We Must Take Common Sense Steps

September 25, 2013 - Attorney General Eric Holder believes that with after the tragic Navy Yard shooting, as well as other tragedies in recent times that there needs to be new common sense approaches to curbing gun violence.”My colleagues and I remain committed to combating all forms of gun violence” said Holder, “and working with Congress to fulfill what is truly the desire of the American people to take common sense steps to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Marissa Alexander, Woman Sentenced To 20 Years For Firing Warning Shot, Gets New Trial

September 26, 2013 - A Florida appeals court is ordering a new trial for a woman sentenced to 20 years to prison after she fired a warning shot in a wall during a dispute with her husband.

The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that a judge did not properly instruct the jury handling the case of Marissa Alexander.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Obamacare Premiums Report Shows Low Prices For Uninsured With Wide Variation

September 25, 2013 - The average price for basic health coverage purchased on health insurance exchanges created by President Barack Obama's health care reform law will be $249 a month, not counting subsidies, in 48 states reviewed by the Department of Health and Human Services, according to a government report published Wednesday.

The health insurance exchanges, marketplaces for uninsured people and consumers who don't get health benefits from their employers, are scheduled to launch on Oct. 1 for an enrollment period that runs through the end of March for 2014 coverage. This latest analysis of what the health insurance plans will cost comes just six days before people will be able to find out what they'll actually pay.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Don Lemon: Republicans 'Lied' About Obamacare

September 25, 2013 - Don Lemon tore into Republicans on Monday for what he called their "lies" about Obamacare.

Speaking on his regular slot on the Tom Joyner Morning show, the CNN host said that "some" Republicans had "lied themselves into a corner and threatened to shut down the government unless Obamacare is no longer funded."  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Dream Defenders Team Up With NAACP To Fight 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

September 24, 2013 - Although it has been over a year since it made national news, the Trayvon Martin case pushed the country's controversial "Stand Your Ground" laws into the spotlight, and galvanized the nation's activist to take a stand against them, particularly among young African Americans.

Now, a group of Florida community members, youth and college students who gained notoriety in the weeks after the George Zimmerman trial verdict, are teaming up with the National Association For The Advancement of Colored People to continue their fight against the state's controversial legislation.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Stephen C. Byrd & Alia Jones-Harvey, Broadway Producers, Bring More Color To 'The Great White Way'

September 24, 2013 - This is the first in a series highlighting the people who work behind the scenes to innovate, create and execute many of the cultural touchpoints we encounter everyday. They're the tastemakers, the industry leaders and innovators whose names you may not know, but whose work is immediately recognizable.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Lamar Odom Slams Father, Says The Kardashians Are His 'Only Family'

September 25, 2013 - Lamar Odom is speaking out after his father, Joe, gave an interview blaming all the NBA player's problems on his wife, Khloe Kardashian, and her family.

In an extended message posted to Twitter on Tuesday night, Lamar slams his father as a man who was absent his entire life because he was struggling with heroin addiction, and says he was raised solely by his mother and grandmother. He notes that since their deaths, for the first time "came a blessing of a FAMILY that I married into. FAMILY."  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Evelyn Lozada Says No To Another Season Of 'Basketball Wives' (VIDEO)

September 24, 2013 - As season five of VH1’s popular franchise, “Basketball Wives” continues to air on the network, one of its main cast members, Evelyn Lozada , is already envisioning a future without the show.

During a segment on HuffPost Live, the reality star revealed her plans following the show’s current season.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Will Smith: What Every Woman Needs To Know

September 25, 2013 - With 13 years of marriage under his belt, actor Will Smith dished out some marriage and relationship advice. In a recent interview, the 41 year-old actor dropped some valuable knowledge and lessons about love, marriage, and what it takes to keep your man happy:

He says that every man wants to marry their “homie,” avoid nagging by direct affection, give your man a little space, and keep things mysterious.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Queen Latifah’s Former Lawyer Sentenced To Life

September 25, 2013 - Paul Bergrin (pictured), an attorney whose roster of celeb clients included such performers as Queen Latifah, Lil’ Kim, and Naughty By Nature, was sentence to life in prison without parole Monday for nearly two dozen counts, including murder conspiracy and racketeering, according to the Daily Mail.

Court documents also state that the Newark, N.J.-based lawyer, who has been behind bars for over three years, also repped drug kingpins and gang members.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Marc Morial: It’s Time To Rebuild Our Wealth

September 24, 2013 - The recession seemed to affect African Americans more than any other group, and we are still seeing it in our unemployment rates. What can we do to combat it? Marc Morial of the National Urban League gives insight. “This growing economy gap,” he said, “this income inequality that is on the rise in this country is dangerous for the American future.”  Read more at newsone.com.

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House Democrats dump Darryl Rouson as next leader

September 23, 2013 - Florida House Democrats voted 24-17 to replace Rep. Darryl Rouson as their next leader Monday night after a majority concluded that the party was too divided under him.

The decision caps a precipitous fall for Rouson, who was elected to the post by his colleagues in February. On a larger scale, it casts even more doubt about the ability of the state Democratic Party and its leaders to mount a serious challenge to the better-organized Republicans.  Read more at miamiherald.com.

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FAMU Alumnus produces new movie available on DVD Oct. 8

September 24, 2013 - Maurice Green, a 2001 graduate of Florida A&M University (FAMU), is the executive producer of the new film, After Effects, which will be available on DVD beginning October 8 at selected Wal-Mart Stores throughout the U.S.

The film features Daniel Baldwin and ex-New England Patriot Brandon Lloyd in a tale of six college students who register to participate in an off-campus research study, but later find themselves experiencing a military awakening.  Read more at wtxl.com.

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Oprah Admits To Suffering Symptoms Of A Nervous Breakdown

September 23, 2013 - Talk show maven Oprah Winfrey (pictured) recently admitted that she experienced symptoms of a nervous breakdown last year while filming her most current work, “The Butler,” reports Access Hollywood.

 

Sitting with ”Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson in an interview that will air beginning September 24th, Winfrey, who juggles a number of businesses, admitted that co-starring in “The Butler” and multi-tasking all of her ventures proved to be too much for her.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Victoria Rowell: Black Production Can’t Just Be Tyler Perry And Oprah

September 23, 2013 - Former soap opera star Victoria Rowell is trying her hand at crowdsourcing with Indiegogo to fund her latest project, “The Rich and the Ruthless.” “I want to get them [African Americans] to black-owned productions,” she said. “It can’t just be Tyler Perry and Oprah.”  Read more at newsone.com.

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Obama: Kenyan Mall Attack A 'Terrible Outrage'

September 23, 2013 - President Barack Obama says the United States stands with Kenya against the "terrible outrage" of a shopping mall terrorist attack.

Obama says the United States is providing law enforcement assistance and all the help it can to deal with the tragedy.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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The Biggest Myth About Obamacare

September 23, 2013 - The biggest part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is just days away from its debut, and the American public remains confused. For many consumers, the most important question is personal: What do I have to do?

If you're one of the roughly 80 percent of Americans who already has health insurance through an employer or is enrolled in a government program like Medicare, the answer is: probably nothing.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Bank of America told to pay in discrimination case

September 24, 2013 - The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered Bank of America topay black job applicants more than $2 million in back wages and interest to settle a discriminationcase.

A statement from the agency said the Charlotte-based bank applied unfair and inconsistent selection criteria, leading to the rejection of qualified black applicants for teller and entry-level clerical and administrative positions.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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