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September 24, 2014

Dr. Dre Made $620 Million, More Than Any Artist Ever In One Year

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Dr. Dre is now the top paid celebrity on the Forbes celebrity earnings list for annual earnings between June 2013 and 2014.  He has ousted Sean “Diddy” Combs from the top spot of highest paid hop hop artist, and what makes the $620 million in estimated pre-tax earnings so astronomical is that it is actually the highest of any musician in any genre ever evaluated by Forbes.  It is also…

Stunning: No Indictments For Cops Who Killed Man At Ohio Walmart

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April V. Taylor In a stunning move, special prosecutor Mark Piepmeier has announced that none of the cops responsible for shooting John Crawford III to death inside an Ohio Wal-Mart in August will be indicted.  The grand jury considered charges of murder, reckless homicide and negligent homicide. The white officers who shot and killed Crawford were Officer Sean Williams and Sargeant David Darkow.  Williams has stated that he shot Crawford…

Federal Judge Forced To Decide If Texas Voter Law Is Racist

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April V. Taylor Texas has historically been a state with some of the most discriminatory and racist voting policies, and the state currently has a voter ID law that is on federal trial in Corpus Christi.  The law went into effect on January 1, 2012 and was then struck down by a federal court.  When the Supreme Court struck down Section 5 of the historic Voting Rights Act in 2013,…

Prolific Author, Playwright J. California Cooper Dead At 82

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J. California Cooper, the prolific playwright and author who was widely known as a chronicler of the African American experience, passed away September 20th at her daughters home in Seattle.  The Berkley born Cooper was most known for the short stories she wrote later in her career, but she first gained recognition as a playwright.  She was first noticed by critics and the iconic novelist and poet Alice Walker when…

Did Obama’s Election Make Race Relations Worse?

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April V. Taylor For anyone who was holding out hope that the euphoria the country experienced after Barack Obama’s historic election would somehow magically improve centuries of racism, the reality has set in for many that this is just not the case.  As the nation watched Obama be inaugurated as the 44th President and the first President of color in 2012, many felt that he was ushering in a new…

BET Hip-Hop Awards artist makes the most ignorant Michael Brown statement ever

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The BET Hip-Hop Awards show is going to feature many artists, old and young.  Some of them are enlightened about their community, and many of them are not.  One person who seems to be in the “not” category is the rapper Young Thug. The show was taped on September 20th and is set to air in October.  One of the things buzzing from the show is just how ignorantly unaware…