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Achievement Gap Narrows for African American Students in South Carolina Schools

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By Lillian Armstead – Narrowing the achievement gap for African American students is of great concern for school district officials in South Carolina, according to Dr. Nancy McGinley, District Superintendent for Charleston County.  Student achievement has increased as demonstrated by higher graduation rates and higher literacy scores. Statistics point to a 10% increase in the number of African American graduates over a five year time frame, states Corey Davis. In…

Taye Diggs Fires Back At Rumors Claiming He Hates Black Women

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By Lillian Armstead “The only Black woman I ever loved is my mama.” Was Taye Diggs serious when he made this statement?  Well based on a tweet he posted on his Twitter account this is not the case at all.  According to the actors Twitter account the comment was merely a joke, “Regarding the preposterous quote about black women: It is false. I have not and would never say such…

Denzel Washington and Will Smith Still Set to Remake “Uptown Saturday Night”

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by Barry Burch Jr. Two of the most well-known actors in the world, Denzel Washington and Will Smith, are still expected to grace the big screen together, as reported by Variety. According to the The Grio, the remake of “Uptown Saturday Night,” a popular comedy being developed by Warner Brothers, has signed contracts with Nicholas Stoller and Adam McKay.  Stoller wrote the movie “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” and McKay directed “Anchorman.” The report by Variety reads,…

Jeffrey Wright Says He Doesn’t Consider Himself “A Black Man in Hollywood”

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by Barry Burch Jr. Just because your name is at the top of an impressive resume, that does not thereby mean your name is familiar.  Actor Jeffery Wright must understand this perfectly.  After appearing in nearly 40 films and winning a Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe, without his picture, his name rings nearly silent bells. Fortunately for Wright, he doesn’t care. In 1996, the actor played painter Jean-Michel Basquiat in Julian Schnabel’s biopic.  This led to…

Dominique Dawes Was Never Supposed to be a Gymnast: Five things You May Not Know

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By Yolanda Spivey Dominique Dawes also known as “Awesome Dawesome,” is a retired American gymnast.  Born on November 20, 1976 in Silver Spring Maryland, Dominique Dawes started gymnastics at the early age of six.  Dawes started competing on a junior level at the age of 10, and in 1989 at the age of 12, she competed in her first international meet in Australia at the Konica Grand Prix. She went on…

Oliver Stone and Jaimie Foxx Bring Martin Luther King Jr. to Life on The Big Screen

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Three-time Oscar Award winner and veteran film director, screenwriter and producer Oliver Stone has confirmed that he would be bringing the slain Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to life on the big screen. Oliver Stone’s confirmation put to the rest the rumors that he was working on a mega project to produce a big screen biographical picture of the most revered, respected and loved African American leader…

Black UCLA Student Addresses The Lack Of Diversity At His Institution In Spoken Word Piece That Goes Viral

Black UCLA Student Addresses The Lack Of Diversity At His Institution In Spoken Word Piece That Goes Viral

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By: Britt L In the wake of the affirmative action debates in California and other states, a group of minority males who attend the University of California, Los Angeles created a spoken word piece, addressing the lack of diversity at their elite institution. In the video, UCLA student Sy Stokes speaks candidly and features sobering statistics about the dent in diversity at the four-year university. Stokes,  a Junior who identifies…

Isaiah Washington Challenges “Slave, Butler, and Maid” Roles For Blacks In Hollywood

Isaiah Washington Challenges “Slave, Butler, and Maid” Roles For Blacks In Hollywood

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By:  John “Hennry” Harris Hollywood veteran actor Isaiah Washington has seen the mountain tops and the valleys of the fickle industry.  The former “Grey’s Anatomy” television star feels that he was blackballed by Hollywood for the last 6 years after making disparaging remarks about the LGBT community.  Those remarks eventually led to his dismissal from the top-rated show and Washington is once again receiving accolades for his Oscar-worthy performance as a serial…

Black People Can Watch ‘The Game’ but Can’t Be Models and Extras in the Show?

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By: Madam Prezident When you watch the television show ‘The Game’, I think it’s safe to say that the show is geared toward African American men and women, predominantly women. Hylton Casting Agency is responsible for providing The Game’s extras, but as you can read in the above picture—the show isn’t interested in African American models and extras. The flyer stated Muscular Male Models Women with extensive visible tattoos Caucasian, Asian,…

DISTURBING: Grown Man Has Underage Girls Twerking in YouTube Video

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by:  John “Hennry” Harris A recent YouTube video called “Hut Hut-Football Twerk Song” by Monsta with da Fade has the blogosphere and social media-lites calling ‘foul’ for featuring several young girls twerking. The video supporting the song would have been bad enough if he had legal-age women twerking, but what is extremely disturbing is the fact that the video highlights more than a dozen young, African-American girls wearing tights, or leggings, with football jerseys…

Univ. of Alabama Sororities Invite Black Students to Try to End their Racism

Univ. of Alabama Sororities Invite Black Students to Try to End their Racism

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Leave it to The University of Alabama to try to do something in 2013 that should have happened in 1973.  The sororities on campus received a lot of negative publicity after it was revealed that they don’t want black girls to even apply for admission.  Well, after the major backlash took place, the sororities now feel that adding a few black faces will make everything a-ok.  But here’s a better…

LeBron James to Produce a Television Show about the Struggles of Stardom

LeBron James to Produce a Television Show about the Struggles of Stardom

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LeBron James is the king, and to the king goes the spoils.  After winning his second NBA championship, he is now getting involved in other projects that allow him to express some of his other talents to the world.  His journey from the inner city in Akron, Ohio to the top of the sports world is legendary.  He is also respected for his humility and being a team player.  Don’t…

Kamara Taylor: Black Women & The Fight Against Cancer

Kamara Taylor: Black Women & The Fight Against Cancer

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By: Kamara Taylor With crime being ever so rampant in minority communities, we tend to overlook the biggest threat and killer that continues to destroy homes and the family dynamic.  This terrible menace is CANCER. As Angelina Jolie has become the face of the BRCA 1 gene by removing both breasts to prevent the likelihood of cancer occurring, most African American women are the largest carriers of the triple negative…

4 Things Young Black Women Should Remember When Dating

4 Things Young Black Women Should Remember When Dating

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By: Madam Prezident   70% of African American women are unmarried. Although that’s a large amount of unmarried black folk—it’s a harsh reality. Being an African American woman currently on the dating scene, I noticed a few mistakes that we as women make when meeting someone new. These mistakes are the top 4 things that keep us single. 1)    Clingy Stop being clingy—if you are the clingy type, then stop….

‘MasterChef’ Finalist Arrested, Has History of Odd, Criminal Behavior

‘MasterChef’ Finalist Arrested, Has History of Odd, Criminal Behavior

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Josh Marks is a seven footer who knows how to cook.  He also seems to be a bit troubled after his arrest recently, which surprised those who supported his appearance on “Master Chef.”   His encounter with police was incredibly bizarre, and he is accused of punching a cop and trying to steal his gun.  He also said that he was God and had to be taken down with batons…