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June 11, 2014

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Still Working: Djimon Hounsou to Play Supporting Role In “Tarzan”

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Reported by Nigel Boys According to Deadline Hollywood, a remake of the action movie Tarzan, based on the character created by writer Edgar Rice Burroughs, will include two-time Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou in a supporting role, along with Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie. Hounsou will play the character of Chief Mbonga in the new adaptation, which is being directed by David Yates. Skarsgard, who played in “True Blood,” will take…

Nina Simone Celebrates Blackness and Being A Woman

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  Nina Simone was a legendary jazz, blues, and folk singer and civil rights activist.  She was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon on February 21, 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina.  She began playing piano and singing in her church’s choir at just four years old.  Simone grew up poor as the sixth of seven children. After seeing her potential, Simone’s music teacher helped set up a fund to pay for Simone’s…

Texas Council Member Who Wants Blacks Off the School Board Defends Remark

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A Texas city council member is standing behind racially inflammatory remarks she made while discussing troubles at La Marque Independent School District. Connie Trube was discussing the school district’s financial and academic issues with the husband of a political rival, but what Trube probably didn’t know was that she was being recorded. “It’s not going to get any better until you get those blacks off the school board,” Trube explains…

Dave Chappelle Says He Never Quit, He’s Just “7 Years Late For Work”

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It’s been years since Dave Chappelle walked away from his comedy show and just about as long since he visited David Letterman’s couch. On Tuesday, however, Chappelle appeared on “Late Night” to discuss his future and his abrupt departure from Chappelle’s Show. Chappelle’s Show was a huge success until Chappelle decided to walk away, leaving millions of dollars on the table in 2005. Nowadays, Chappelle says the one event in…

Black Man Allegedly Had His Car Seized Because His Wife is Biracial

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A black man driving a Lincoln Town Car alleges that he and his wife’s vehicle was illegally seized after investigators mistook him for an illegal cabbie. Dan Keys Jr., 66, says he was only dropping his wife Symone Palermo, 53, at work when he was stopped by investigators who believed she was a cab passenger. The couple has filed a $3 million dollar lawsuit claiming that authorities racially profiled the…

Miles Davis Discusses Slavery, Race, and the Difference Between White and Black Musicians

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Miles Davis was a trumpet player and band leader who played an instrumental role in the development of jazz music.  He was born in Alton, Illinois in 1926 as Miles Dewey Davis III.  He started playing the trumpet at 13 years old when his dad introduced him to the instrument. Davis began playing professionally before he even graduated high school, and at 17, he began performing with Dizzy Gillespie and…

Tragedy, Addiction and Fame: A Look Back at Billie Holiday

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Billie Holiday is one of the most revered jazz vocalists of the century.  She was born April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as Eleanora Fagan to her teenage mother, Sadie.  Holiday spent a large portion of her childhood in Baltimore, Maryland.  She grew up without a stable, consistent father figure, and at just 9 years old, she was sent to the House of Good Shepherd as a result of her…

Poverty, Crime, Drugs, and Funk: The Story of The Godfather of Soul

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James Brown, the “Godfather of Soul” was one of the most iconic figures of funk and soul music.  Over the course of his lifetime, Brown left his mark as a singer, songwriter, dancer, and activist.  Brown was born May 3, 1933 in Barnwell, South Carolina.  His mother gave birth to him in a one room shack, and when his parents split, he was sent to live with his Aunt in…