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PRINCE DOCUMENTARY BIOPIC TITLED ‘PRINCE: R U LISTENING?’ IN PRODUCTION, COMING IN 2017

Nov. 30, 2016 - A celebration of the late Prince’s life is set to be held at his Paisley Park Studios compound in Minnesota on the anniversary of his death, April 20-23, 2017, it was announced yesterday.

Prince’s former bands The Revolution and 3RDEYEGIRL are scheduled to play at the event, with more artists to be announced soon. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Donald Trump Suggests Revoking Citizenship For Flag Burners

Nov.29, 2016 - President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested that people who burn the American flag should lose their citizenship.

This goes against current U.S. law, as well as a landmark Supreme Court case. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Keke Palmer On Self-Expression, Acting And Her Musical Comeback

Nov. 11, 2016 - Nearly 10 years after the release of her debut album, Keke Palmer is back with the release of her new 5-track visual album, “Lauren.”

Titled after her birth name, Lauren Keyana Palmer, the “Akeelah and the Bee” actress gives the audience insight into her career as Keke Palmer, and addresses the obstacles and vulnerabilities that often come with being an entertainer. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Nas Is Selling Black Santa Holiday Sweaters In Support Of Prison Reform

Nov. 29, 2016 -Nas is hopping on the ugly Christmas sweater bandwagon for a good cause.

This holiday season, the veteran MC launched the “Kneeling Santa” crew neck sweater by his clothing brand HSTRY. Available in red, black, and green, proceeds for the special edition sweater will go to a non-profit called Center for Court Innovation, which “seeks to help create a more effective and humane justice system,” according to the organization’s website. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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‘Moonlight’ wins big at Gotham Awards, clears path for Oscar glory

Nov. 29, 2016 - At a Gotham Independent Film Awards overshadowed by the election of Donald Trump, Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age drama “Moonlight” shined brightest.

A celebrated film about a boy growing up gay, black and poor in Miami, “Moonlight,” virtually swept the night, taking best feature, best screenplay, a special jury award for best ensemble and the audience award. The Gothams, which honor independent film, are essentially the kick-off to Hollywood’s long awards season. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Barber visit leaves man with life-altering condition insurance won’t cover

Nov. 28, 2016 - A wisconsin man developed keloids, a life-altering condition, after he went to a barbershop and was nicked by the razor, leaving him with massive scars and a condition that his insurance will not cover.

“I had a bad reaction when I went to a barber and he gave me shave and nicked me on both sides,” said Keith Crowell. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Fidel Castro was an ally to some black revolutionaries

Nov. 29, 2016 - Fidel Castro holds a special place among African-Americans for his support of persecuted black freedom fighters.

Let us not forget that when he visited New York in 1959 — fresh off the revolution — he met with Malcolm X and stayed at the Hotel Theresa in Harlem.

After being disrespected by a posh downtown hotel, Castro stayed uptown instead, setting up his headquarters at the Hotel Theresa, where thousands greeted him. In his autobiography, Malcolm X said that Castro “achieved a psychological coup over the US State Department when it confined him to Manhattan, never dreaming that he’d stay uptown in Harlem and make such an impression among the Negroes.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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2016 ‘Best Year’ for African Americans in film

Nov. 29, 2016 - On Monday, the African American Film Critics Association released a statement saying that 2016 had been the best year for the black community on the film screen both in terms of casting and storylines.

“The studios and major film distributors really gave it to us this year,” AAFCA co-founder and president Gil Robertson said. “By any measurement, it’s been an exceptional year for Blacks in film. From comedies to high-quality dramas and documentaries, 2016 will forever represent a bonanza year for Black cinema and all cinema really.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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New Leadership on 2017 MLK Parade

November 29,2016 - LET'S GO!!! #SUPPORT BREAKING-Late today, the City of St. Pete affirmed support of new leadership for the 2017 MLK Day Parade, ending the 30-yr run of organizer Sevell Brown, and effectively passing the baton to Advantage Village Academy & the SCLC (led by Toriano Parker, Jeff Copeland, Que Feazell & others). A city email stated "The City received two unsolicited requests for parade permits...The City can accommodate only one parade.... the City is approving the parade permit filed by the [SCLC]. Read more here.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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George Soros Pledges $10 Million to Fight Hate Crimes

WASHINGTON — After a series of attacks against immigrants and minorities since Election Day, the financier George Soros says he will commit $10 million from his personal foundation to combat a rise in hate crimes that he linked to the “incendiary rhetoric” of President-elect Donald J. Trump’s campaign. Mr. Soros, a Holocaust survivor originally from Hungary, said in a telephone interview this week that he was “deeply troubled” by hundreds of reports of possible hate crimes since the election — including many Nazi swastikas spray-painted on cars and buildings. Read more here.

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#BuyBlack2016 50 Holiday Gift Ideas that'll Keep Money In Our Community

November 25,2016 - Today is Black Friday, so it’s time to start plottin’ and plannin’ those holiday gift lists for your loved ones. But instead of trying to catch those big deals at your favorite superstore, how about keeping those dollars in the hands of black businesses and entrepreneurs? This list includes everything from African-inspired apparel and decor to award-winning books by black authors to products that promote black excellence and solidarity. No matter who’s on your list this year, you’ll be sure to find the perfect gift among these 50 black-owned businesses. Let’s shop! Read More here.

 

 

Category: Corporate & Supplier Diversity Community

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Who is Jeff Sessions?

November 19,2016 - President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Jeff Sessions, an Alabama senator with a questionably racist past, to be attorney general under his administration. Sessions met with Trump on Wednesday, and shortly after the meeting, the Trump transition team issued a statement saying, “The President-elect has been unbelievably impressed with Senator Sessions and his phenomenal record as Alabama’s Attorney General and U.S. Attorney. It is no wonder the people of Alabama re-elected him without opposition.” Read more here.

 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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Trump slams Clinton over recount efforts, falsley claims ‘millions’ voted for her illegally

Nov. 28, 2016 - On Sunday, Donald Trump slammed Hillary Clinton over the calls for a vote recount in the three swing states of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

In addition to criticizing her decision to back the recount efforts led by Jill Stein, Trump claims that Hillary won Virginia, New Hampshire and California because of “millions of people who voted illegally,” saying that he would have won the popular vote otherwise. Rad more at thegrio.com.

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Gun Sales to Blacks and Minorities Surge After Trump Win

Nov. 28, 2016 - After Donald Trump's win, Yolanda Scott is upgrading the crowbar she keeps in her purse to a small-caliber pistol.
Scott, an African-American, is one of many minorities who have been flocking to gun stores to protecqt themselves, afraid Trump's victory will incite more hate crimes. Read more at msn.com.

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The Lip Bar perfectly merges makeup & cocktails

Nov. 28, 2016 - Melissa Butler calls herself a mixologist, but you won’t find her signature cocktails behind any bar. Her love of crafting “cocktails” started in her kitchen in 2010, and from there developed into a full-fledged beauty business in 2012 that merged her love of a good cocktail and her passion for beauty.

The 30-year-old Detroit native is the founder of The Lip Bar — a line of brightly colored lipsticks ranging from mandarin orange to kamikaze blue. The brand, which has grown immensely in popularity, was brought to national attention last year, when Butler appeared on “Shark Tank.” Representatives of the vibrant lipstick company entered the Tank hoping to seal a sweet deal with the sharks but unfortunately went home empty-handed. Reald more at thegrio.com.

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White woman, crying discrimination, goes on Trump rant in store

Nov. 28, 2016 - Last week, a white woman went on a racist rant against African-American and Hispanic employees in a Chicago store because they had asked her to buy a large shopping bag.

The rant, part of which was captured on video and posted to YouTube, lasted for 45 minutes, though only 10 minutes of the rant was posted online. During this time, several people tried to intervene on the employees’ behalf before police at last arrived. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Montell Jordan says Kanye West needs God in his life

Nov. 28, 2016 - Montell Jordan has extended his best wishes to Kanye West in the middle of West’s mental breakdown.

Jordan told TMZ that he knows a breakdown can happen to even to the best in the business, and added that he would be more than willing to take West in and show him how best to turn to God at this point in his life, claiming that he needed God in this time of crisis. Read more at tmz.com.

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Dylann Roof to Represent Himself at Trial

Nov. 28, 2016 - Last week, Dylann Roof, the man accused of killing nine African-American parishioners at Charleston, S.C.’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last June, was declared mentally competent to stand trial.

On Monday, Roof was granted his request to represent himself at trial before the prospective jurors in his case were brought into the courtroom. Read more at wistv.com.

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Eight Injured After Reports of Active Shooter at Ohio State University

Nov. 28, 2016 - Ohio State University was put on lockdown and 10 people were taken to hospitals after a chaotic attack Monday morning.

The incident was initially reported as an "active shooter" situation, but while some of the victims had knife wounds, none had gunshots, a law enforcement official told NBC News. A student also reported seeing a car plow into a crowd. Read more nbcnews.com.

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Minn. Bus Driver Uses Racial Slurs Before Kicking Kids Off Bus, Stranding Them

Nov. 28, 2016 - A minnesota bus driver hurled racial slurs at a bunch of middle school students before forcing them off the bus and leaving them stranded in an industrial park.

Horizon middle schooler DeShanna Dotson told WDAY that the bus driver left her and about 20 students on a street around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

“He said, ‘You guys can get off my bus and walk home. I’m not driving you guys home,’” DeShanna told the news station. Read more at wday.com.

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