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Chris Rock on Why He Insists on an All Black Audience When Taping Specials

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While appearing on PBS with host Charlie Rose, Chris Rock did what he often does—make cultural observations. Recently the comedian made a series of serious observations about everything from Obama to systemic racism. In his interview with Rose, however, he had a bit of light-hearted fun about the difference between white audiences and black audiences. Rock says when he tapes specials, such as his HBO shows, he insists on an…

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Chris Rock Says Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Is “Original Cosby”

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As the world watches as alleged victims continue to accuse comedian Bill Cosby of sεxual assαult, Chris Rock observed that another star was also accused of rαpe–more than once–but nobody seemed to notice. Rock called out Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as the “original Cosby” before a screening of his new film “Top Five” in Chicago on Tuesday. “I was getting ready to say something really bad about Roethlisberger,” Rock said….

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Magic Johnson on Police Brutαlity: It’s “Not Just the Kιlling, But Also Being Abused and Incarcerated”

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Magic Johnson recently spoke out in support of sports stars who are using their celebrity to oppose police brutαlity. Specifically, he is supporting players like Lebron James, who have been wearing “I Can’t Breathe” shirts during practice sessions. Speaking on Tuesday at Michael Jordan’s restaurant in Grand Central Terminal, Johnson encouraged more conversation between law enforcement and black leaders. He also called attention to the importance of sports stars using…

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Jamie Foxx Calls for Tough Conversations to End Police Kιllings

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Men of color don’t have the right to life and liberty in this country when they are routinely gunned down by police officers. Although the violation of human rights for people of color is nothing new, we are now in a crisis, given the number of recent slαyings of unarmed black men by police. President Obama spoke out earlier this week, but celebrities are also adding their voices to the…

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NFL Player Spends $19,000 Buying Children Christmas Gifts

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Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson recently spent $19,000 on Christmas gifts for children.  His nonprofit The Andrew Johnson Foundation holds an annual event, and this year, the group sponsored 80 second shopping sprees for 11 kids who were in Texas’ Child Protective Services.  The kids were allowed to grab as many toys as the could during the shopping spree and also received a bike and a gaming system. In…

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Reggie Bush Compares Ferguson To Palestine

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Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush made several social media posts earlier this week comparing the racial injustice in Ferguson, Missouri,  where unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown was killed by a white police officer, to the killing of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza.  Bush posted the following image to his Instagram account with the caption, “No matter who you are, what color skin you have, where you live, we are all…

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Former Model B. Smith Found After Missing Overnight

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Pioneering former model and famed restaurateur Barbara Smith, known to many as B. Smith, has been found after being reported missing on Long Island.  Earlier this year, Smith revealed that she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s after suffering from symptoms of memory loss and confusion for years.  According to Fox News, she was reported missing by her husband and business partner Dan Gasby who reported that she had last been seen…

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Salon.com writer says Chris Rock has a “poisonous legacy”

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This was written by Mychal Denzel Smith at Salon.com: In 1996, Chris Rock told a joke. Granted, he told a number of jokes, because he’s a comedian and that’s literally his job. But he only told one joke that would come to serve as the basis of analysis for a generation of would-be sociologists and pseudo-black-intellectuals everywhere. “I love black people, but I hate n–gers.” The joke here being that…

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What Are Morgan Freeman’s Top 10 Performances

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Morgan Freeman is an actor, director and narrator who was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1937.  He was the youngest of five children and grew up in Chicago and Greenwood, Mississippi.  He grew up looking up to such actors as Gary Cooper, Spencer Tracy and Sidney Poitier. Freeman’s interest in acting was the result of being forced to participate in his junior high school’s drama competition after pulling a chair…

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What Made Some People Think Muhammad Ali Was Gay?

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Muhammad Ali is known by many as the greatest heavyweight and one of the greatest athletes in boxing history.  Besides being a boxer, he is also a social activist and philanthropist.  He was born January 17, 1942 in Louisville, KY as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.  Ali first discovered his talent for boxing at the age of 12.  His bike had been stolen, and when Ali told police officer Joe Martin…

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Apollo Calls Phaedra Fat, Selfish, B*&$! In Letter

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The latest blow between the imprisoned Apolla Nida and his estranged wife Phaedra Parks has been dealt.  Nida is currently serving an eight year sentence for bank and identity fraud, and it is no secret that he has been upset with Parks for not showing up to his sentencing hearing.  Parks has also refused to accept his calls from prison. In the latest turn of events, Hollywood Life is reporting…

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Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee: Family Always Came Before Career

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Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee were an iconic power couple who both worked as activists and actors.  Dee was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1923 and began her acting career with her Broadway debut in 1946.  Davis was born in Cogdell, Georgia in 1917, and after serving in World War II, he also began his acting career on Broadway.  The couple married in 1948 and spent much of their lives…

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Dr. Maya Angelou: What Did Her Mom Say That Helped Her Change The World?

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  Dr. Maya Angelou is known for inspiring generations through the wisdom of her words and the way she carried herself through life’s ups and downs.  Born Marguerite Johnson on April 4th, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, she came from humble beginnings.  Growing up in Stamps, Arkansas exposed her to the deep racial prejudices and brutality of the Jim Crow South.  Her experiences with racial discrimination and prejudice became part…

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The 10 Craziest Things Kanye West Has Said

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Kanye West is a rapper, songwriter, record producer and fashion designer who began his career as a producer with Roc-A-Fella Records.  He first gained fame for his contributions to Jay-Z’s The Blueprint album in 2001 as well as his work on hit singles for such artists as Alicia Keys, Ludacris and Janet Jackson. West was born in Atlanta, Georgia but moved to Chicago with his mother after his parents divorced.  West’s…

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Nas’ Emotional Reaction To Picture of Slaveowner Who Owned His Family

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This week’s episode of the PBS series, “Finding Your Roots,” includes some firsts for the show. The rapper Nas will be featured as he traces his ancestory back through slavery. Regarding Nas’ appearance and the historic episode, host Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. points out,  “We introduced Nas to five generations – we’ve never been able to do this before for any African American – five generations of his enslaved…

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