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Professional photographer Paul Phillips has launched a project through kickstarter.com called “Beauty in Black” which will highlight the beauty of African American women. Phillips says the idea was inspired by a disturbing blog post that appeared on the Psychology Today website in 2010 written by evolutionary psychologist, Satoshi Kanazawa, who said he had scientific proof that…

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Another unarmed black teenager has been killed by overzealous law enforcement officers, who  “thought he had a gun.” Ramarley Graham, 19, was shot in the chest by a plainclothes officer who chased Graham into his family’s home. No gun was found at the scene, cops said. Graham was rushed to Montefiore Medical Center, where he…

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When the multi-million dollar National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in 2004, it stood as a triumph and testament to the thousands of African Americans who escaped slavery to freedom — and to those brave souls along the northbound escape route who risked life and property to provide food, safe lodging and directions. Tragically, the…

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Researchers at Brock University in Ontario, Canada, have published a study in Psychological Science that shows people who score low on I.Q. tests in childhood are more likely to develop prejudiced beliefs and conservative political views in adulthood. I.Q., or intelligence quotient, is a score used to describe an individual’s level of intelligence as determined…

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David Peaston, who rose to fame in the late 1980s after wowing audiences on “Showtime at the Apollo,” has died. He was 54. Peaston’s niece, Neuka Mitchell, reported that her uncle, who had lost both of his legs below the knee to diabetes, died of complications from the disease. Born and raised in St. Louis, Peaston…

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Tiffany Lawson, 31, was holding her 18-month-old son in her arms during an argument with the child’s father, Kevin Ford Jr., when she suddenly ran to an upstairs window in her Cleveland home and called to a neighbor for help. Lawson then tossed her son out the window to the neighbor standing outside before being…

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Dalisha Adams, 26, has been arrested and charged with child endangerment after her 2- and 3-year-old daughters, each clutching a diaper, were found wandering on the sidewalk of a busy Brooklyn, N.Y., street near their paternal grandmother’s home. Adams said she dropped the girls off to be cared for by their father’s mother, Bertha Davia,…

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A Republican member of the Indiana General Assembly withdrew his bill to mandate drug testing of welfare applicants after a Democrat amended the measure to require lawmakers be tested for drugs as well. “There was an amendment offered today that required drug testing for legislators as well and it passed, which led me to have…

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Among the more than 200 celebrity handprints, footprints and autographs left for posterity in cement blocks in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, there is now a unique and poignant memorial to the King of Pop that incorporates his children into the tribute. Prince, 14; Paris, 13; and Blanket, 9, helped to honor their father…

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Childcare workers at a Newark, N.J., day care center discovered a dead mouse stuffed in 8-month-old Alanah Barba’s mouth. The  Tucker Childcare Center staff members initially thought the child was playing with a toy, then quickly removed the dead rodent from her mouth when they realized what it was. Alanah’s mother, Brittany Barba, has withdrawn…

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Spike Lee premiered his latest movie Red Hook Summer on Jan. 22 at the annual Sundance film festival, and took to the stage afterward to host a little Q-and-A from the stage. After shouting “Is Brooklyn in the house,” and, “New York Giants! Going to the Super Bowl!” Lee took a question from VIP audience member,…

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Oprah Winfrey says she is confident that President Barack Obama will remain in office for another four-year term. The billionaire media mogul made the statement while addressing a literary festival Jan. 22 in the northwestern Indian town of Jaipur. Winfrey praised Obama’s performance thus far in his presidency. She said his next four years would…

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Want to hang out online with President Obama? Now’s your chance. If you have some free time on Jan. 30, the president has invited you to attend a live video chat with him via Google+ Hangout in which he will answer viewer questions about the State of the Union address he is slated to deliver…

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In a career move that has become characteristic of maturing child actresses with Disney and Nikelodeon roots, Keke Palmer joins the growing list of little celebrity girls who reach young womanhood and shed their “pure” personas to portray so-called “slutty” on-screen characters. Palmer  rose to fame starring opposite Lawrence Fishburne in Akeelah and the Bee,…

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Seal and Heidi Klum have put an end to the speculation about the state of their marriage by releasing a joint statement confirming their plans to separate: “While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much soul-searching we have decided to separate. We have had the deepest respect for…

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A Georgia mother was jailed then released for allowing her 10-year-old son to tattoo a memorial to his dead brother on his arm. Chuntera Napier says she couldn’t tell her 10-year-old son, Gaquan, no when he asked to be allowed to honor his brother’s memory with a tattoo. Gaquan’s brother was killed by a teenage…

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Brian J. Murphy is the founder and CEO of The Murphy Group, a Southern California public relations firm serving business and entertainment clients. He recently sat down with rolling out to discuss his industry, the importance of embracing change, and the need for balance in the pursuit of “wealth.” You’ve had success working in the…

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