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Last week, EBONY published an article about the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, simply known as the crime bill, and its effect on black women — something I’d never considered. The bill, which was originally authored by then-Senator Joe Biden, remains the largest crime bill in history. It included funding for…

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Last week, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation released a study saying television has increased its depiction of gay, lesbian and bisexual characters, with the edge going to cable and the Internet over broadcast networks. According to the Associated Press, networks are promoting the understanding of gay lives with some of the most inclusive…

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For anyone who thinks black businesses are dying, they have obviously never been to the annual African festival held in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Beginning on Friday, August 29 and wrapping up on Labor Day, Washington Park was transformed into an African marketplace, filled with hundreds of vendors selling everything…

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Actor Harry Belafonte is being honored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for his humanitarian work. The honorary award will be received by Belafonte at the academy’s Governors Awards on November 8. Though known as the “king of calypso” and having shared the screen with the likes of the gorgeous Dorothy Dandridge, Belafonte…

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It is so refreshing for Chicago to finally be getting some positive media coverage, isn’t it? Today the Windy City welcomed home Little Leaguers, Jackie Robinson West with a parade leading to Millennium Park. Last weekend, the city welcomed another showcase of rising hip-hop talent positioned to take the music industry by storm. Music industry…

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Following some pretty harsh backlash, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the U.S. military has reconsidered the authorization of natural hairstyles for soldiers. African American soldiers and members of the Congressional Black Caucus felt the hair policies were racially insensitive. The inclusion of terms like “matted and unkempt,” in the military’s directions on which styles were unacceptable did not help matters…

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Sometimes we just need a little more love. Right? On Wednesday, one of Chicago’s swankiest music venues located in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, The Shrine, brought some of Chicago’s professionals out to for listening party of R&B crooner, Kem. His new album is appropriately titled, Promise To Love. Given the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri,…

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Beverly Reed-Scott, organizer of the country’s largest African American parade, said at a Sunday news conference that, despite the violence, she was disappointed to see headlines about the parade focus on what she considered a “minor incident,” per the Chicago Sun-Times. The incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, after two young men got into a confrontation…

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