Woman Suing NYC For Being S*xually Assaulted At Rikers Island

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By Ryan Velez After having spent over two years in solitary confinement at Rikers Island, a Bronx woman is suing the city of New York for $10 million in a lawsuit that alleges she was s*xually and physically abused by guards while imprisoned, reports Hello Beautiful. While awaiting trial on charges for attempted murder of an infant in 2012, 32-year old Candie Hailey was placed into solitary confinement. Hailey would…

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Breast Cancer Survivor Is Doing More Than Just Being In Beyoncé’s Lemonade Video

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BY: Giovanni Zaburoni Paulette Leaphart is the embodiment of a survivor.  In 2014, Leaphart underwent a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with stage two, grade three breast cancer.  A genetic disorder called Factor V Leiden made her ineligible for reconstructive surgery.  According to the Daily Mail, Leaphart is trying to use her story to inspire others that may have to make the tough decisions she had to make when she…

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Powerful Story Of Woman Beating All Odds To Graduate From Law School

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By Victor Ochieng Melonie Wright is set to graduate from Emory University with a law degree in a month’s time. The intriguing thing about Wright’s achievement is the fact that she actually started off by taking special education classes. Her special Ed teachers even informed her parents that their daughter would always need a little extra help. That’s just one challenge that Wright had to go through. Besides “needing extra help” tag,…

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Singer Chrisette Michele Talks About Living With PCOS and No Longer Being A Vegan

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By Victor Ochieng Grammy-winning singer Chrisette Michele was diagnosed with PCOS more than four years ago. It came at a time she was taking a vegan diet and working hand-in-hand with a holistic doctor. She was going through a lot, including Reiki treatments and kinesiology as well as relying on her Christian faith to give herself the best. She was continuously “praying and just asking God to just open up…

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Why New Jersey Wants To Ban Flights To Cuba

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By Victor Ochieng A New Jersey police group wants Assata Shakur returned to the United States, and they’ve called for the state’s transportation department to halt flights to the Caribbean nation until such a time that the activist and former member of the Black Panther is returned. “We strongly oppose any request or approval of United Airlines or any other airline a permit to NJ Port Authority airports to fly back and…

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How One Nurse Braved The Winter Blizzard In Order To Be With Her Patients

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By Nigel Boys During the worst of Winter Storm Jonas recently, over 50 nurses didn’t turn up for their shift at a nursing home in the Bronx, New York, but they were sure glad when one nurse, Chantelle Diabate, braved the weather to make it in for a double shift. The 32-year-old single mother, who is a licensed practical nurse, works the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift at the…

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Mother Who Pole Dances And Breast Feeds At The Same Time Gets Mixed Reviews

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By Nigel Boys Despite critics of her pole-dancing pursuits uploaded to the Internet in the past, featuring her doing a routine with a little girl strapped to her back, Ashley Wright is back again in a new video, this time with one of her breasts exposed. As the young California mother, who lives in the San Fernando Valley, swings effortlessly around the revolving pole, displaying her amazing balance and strength,…

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Taraji P. Henson Named Entertainer of the of the Year

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Reported by Liku Zelleke Taraji P. Henson, 45, has been named Entertainer of the Year by USA Today. The honor was bestowed upon the “Empire” star for her portrayal of Cookie Lyon in the hit Fox series. Before she landed the acclaimed role, Henson enjoyed a long and prosperous career spanning decades in which she has performed in hit TV shows like “Person of Interest” and “Boston Legal” as well…

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Filmmaker Ava DuVernay Gets Her Own Barbie Doll

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Reported by Liku Zelleke Although she was snubbed for Best Director at the Academy Awards, it is a well-known fact that filmmaker Ava DuVernay – of the Oscar-winning “Selma” fame – made history last year when she became the first African American woman to direct a movie that was nominated for Best Picture. The movie itself was acclaimed to be one of the best movies ever made about Dr. Martin…

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Black WWU Student Faults the School’s Administration for Overlooking Racist Threats on Her Life

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By Victor Ochieng Belina Seare, a black student at the Western Washington University, has criticized the school administration for its failure to act on racial threats against her life. The Bellingham, WA, campus student said Wednesday that since receiving the threats, and the administration ignoring her reports, she no longer feels safe on campus. Seare, who’s the university’s student body president, revealed in a news conference that she received the threats…

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Trump’s New National Spokesperson Is African-American Tea Partier Katrina Pierson

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By Nicholas Muiruri Katrina Pierson is the new spokeswoman for Republican presidential aspirant, Donald Trump. Pierson is best known as an activist for the Tea Party and an ardent supporter of Senator Ted Cruz. Before the appointment, Pierson was on Senator Ted Cruz’s camp. Senator Cruz is also eyeing the Republican Party’s nomination slot. According to Politico, Trump’s move is an attempt at keeping his lead and preventing Cruz from…

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Famed EEOC Leader Dead at 53

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By Robert Stitt Death stalks all of us; it is said that the journey to the grave starts with our first breath. As such, the most any of us can ask for in this life is to die doing what we love. Jacqueline Berrien,  President Obama’s chairwoman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, did just that. Berrien had cancer and fell ill while participating in the N.A.A.C.P.’s Journey for Justice…

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Contest Winning Model Visits Grandparents in Chicago and is Shot to Death

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Reported by Liku Zelleke The promising life of a 20-year-old model was cut short after she was shot and killed in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood of Chicago recently. Kaylyn Pryor had won Mario Tricoci’s “Mario, Make Me A Model” contest just over a month ago, and was celebrated in front of a thousand fans gathered at the Redmoon Warehouse in Chicago. Pryor had been at her grandparent’s house and was…

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Don King’s Daughter Commits To Helping Drug Addicts

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By Victor O Drug addiction is something that has ravaged many lives in the black community. While some people think that one can just quit the addiction without much effort, it’s more than that. It’s for that reason that Deborah King has committed herself to helping those suffering from drug addiction. If you don’t know who Deborah is, she’s the daughter of legendary boxing promoter Don King. What many people…

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Will Raven-Symoné Be Removed From ‘The View?’

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By Dr. Sinclair Grey III Raven Symoné has changed in many ways from that cute little adorable girl people remember from The Cosby Show. In fact, many people who recall seeing her on the show sometimes are amazed at what has become of her today. She is all grown up and speaking her mind. One thing for sure, Symoné is not little ‘Olivia’ from The Cosby Show. Since her arrival as one…

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