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Former Inmate Can’t Afford Food Because of $21,000 in Fines

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If you ever wonder why ex-cons have such a hard time integrating back into society, maybe Ardell Shaw’s story will help you understand the obstacles put in place by the state to make it almost impossible for them to rebuilt their lives. In a discussion with HuffPost Live on Wednesday,  Shaw revealed that his arrest on drug charges in Washington state not only sent him to prison for 14 years,…

JET Magazine’s Final Issue Arrives at Newsstands on June 9

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By Andrew Scot Bolsinger The final issue of a pioneer magazine that focused on its core audience of blacks in America and expanded into the mainstream marketplace will release its final print magazine on June 9. JET Magazine will revert to an entirely online presence following its final issue as it transitions to an all-digital format. The front of its final printed magazine is an assortment of the most iconic…

Dean Baquet and his wife Dylan Landis celebrate his appointment as the first African-American executive editor for the New York Times. www.yourblackworld.net

The New York Times Appoints First African-American Executive Editor, Stuns Senior Staff

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Reported by April Taylor After the unexpected departure of Jill Abramson, Dean Baquet will now become the first African-American executive editor at the New York Times.  It is being reported that many staffers at the newspaper were stunned when publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. made the announcement to senior staff.  No reason has been given for Abramson’s departure ,other than what Sulzberger refers to as “an issue with management in the…

Mackie Defends Brooklyn From Former Director Spike Lee

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By Andrew Scot Bolsinger Spike Lee made news recently ranting about the gentrification of Brooklyn. So much so that when actor Anthony Mackie was promoting his latest film, he was asked about his former director’s views. “Spike Lee don’t live in Brooklyn,” Mackie said. Mackie responded to questions about gentrification from Chris Witherspoon on “the Dish.” “I live in Brooklyn, My address is in Brooklyn, I have two restaurants in…

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…

911 Operator Fired After Making Racists Comments On Facebook

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How can you help people when you’re too busy talking about them on Facebook? This 911 operator was not happy about her daily interactions with African American people in need and decided to take to Facebook to relieve her frustrations. The 911 operator was 23 year old April Sims from Texas. She was fired Wednesday after allegedly posting a series of racist remarks on her Facebook page. In Facebook posts that supposedly only…

Russell Simmons inks two year deal with HBO.

Russell Simmons Lands Overall Deal With HBO

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Fifty-five-year-old hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons is showing no intention of slowing down his business ventures. He recently announced the release of his new digital marketing firm and now news has broken that the entrepreneur just landed a two-year overall deal with HBO to assist with content. Under his most recent deal with HBO, Simmons will develop new projects for the cable network that is formerly home to Simmon’s “Def Comedy…

The Washington Post Starts Charging Monthly Fee For Heavy Website Users

The Washington Post Starts Charging Monthly Fee For Heavy Website Users

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The Washington Post has become the latest newspaper in the United States to announce that it will start charging frequent users of its website a monthly fee, joining the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and others in imposing a paywall on consumers. The Post, like its rivals, has been suffering financially as readers have moved online, and its print circulation has shrunk. Last month the Post’s parent company announced a…

Julian Newman: 4-foot, 5-inch Basketball Phenomenon

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By Darron Smith Standing at a height of 4-foot, 5-inches tall, and weighing in at 70 pounds, Julian Newman, an 11-year-old basketball prodigy, has taken the sporting world by storm. Though he is 4-years younger than his teammates and a good 14-inches shorter than most of them, this young man has moves that havecaptured the attention of the viewing world, including Inside Edition, Steve Harvey and the NBA. In fact,…

Beyonce Lands $50 Million Deal With Pepsi

Beyonce Lands $50 Million Deal With Pepsi

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Beyonce has reportedly landed a multi-year deal with Pepsi worth around $50 million, serving as its brand ambassador. According to the New York Times, the deal includes commercials, as well as a multimillion-dollar fund to support the singer’s creative endeavors. “Pepsi embraces creativity and understands that artists evolve,” Beyoncé said in a statement. “As a businesswoman, this allows me to work with a lifestyle brand with no compromise and without…

Beyonce: I Love Changing Diapers

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If you ask most women about the diaper changing portion of mothering, they will typically say they do it because they have to but not because they love it. Beyonce is not most woman and she is certainly not typical. Speaking to Anderson Cooper on Anderson Live on, Monday, Mrs. Carter said, “Actually, [Jay-Z] is very good. We both it. I love changing diapers, I love it. I love every…

Michelle Alexander’s ‘New Jim Crow’ Raises The Debate On Drug Laws

Michelle Alexander’s ‘New Jim Crow’ Raises The Debate On Drug Laws

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  Garry McCarthy, a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, did not expect to hear anything too startling when he appeared at a conference on drug policy organized last year by an African-American minister in Newark, where he was the police director. But then a law professor named Michelle Alexander took the stage and delivered an impassioned speech attacking the war on drugs as a system of racial control comparable to…

Author Iyanla Vanzant To Host New Show On OWN

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    Author and spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant has made quite the comeback in the last two years.  First, she released a new book, Peace From Broken Pieces, that landed her back on the New York Times bestsellers list.  Then, she publicly reconciled with the queen of media…Oprah Winfrey.  Well that reconciliation has paid off well garnering Iyanla not only an appearance on Oprah’s Life Class program but her…

Actor “beyond shocked” after seeing leg amputated in a diabetes ad on billboard

Actor “beyond shocked” after seeing leg amputated in a diabetes ad on billboard

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    An overweight man in Los Angeles says he was “beyond shocked” to discover an altered photo of him on New York City billboards with his leg removed. 27-year-old Cleo Berry tells the New York Times that while living in NYC several years ago, he participated in a $500 photo shoot with photographer Morten Smidt. Unbeknownst to Berry, those photos were then sold to ImageSource, a stock photo company….