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Lee England Jr. is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and activist. England is known as the “The Soul Violinist” for his ability to flawlessly blend of R&B, hip-hop, and soul. His undeniable talent has garnered the attention of Quincy Jones, Michael Jordan, and Sean“Diddy” Combs. England recently led a violin vigil for Elijah McClain, an unarmed…

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Lenée Voss, radio talk show host, writer, blogger and activist, has been in choice social media circles since bloggers were the only change agents challenging traditional media. Her alter ego, @DopeGirlFresh, Lenée’s most public voice, has emerged on Twitter as a vicarious lionheart who speaks the people’s truth.  Fearless in the way she manages to exert…

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Tina Knowles-Lawson speaks lovingly about her celebrity daughters and admits she would like to have more grandchildren. The 66-year-old businesswoman — who is the mother of Beyoncé and Solange — wants to see her beloved daughters have more children in the future. Asked if she wants more grandchildren, Knowles-Lawson told Us Weekly: “Of course I do.…

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Kim Kardashian West is helping former prisoners again. The “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star has vowed to pay for Matthew Charles’ accommodations for the next few years after he became the first person to be released from jail under the new prison reform laws. Charles was recently released from jail after serving 20 years of his 35-year sentence…

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This Founders Day, members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. are reflecting on the organization’s roots in social activism. On Jan. 13, 1913, 22 African American undergraduates at Howard University founded Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Their first public act was to march in Washington’s Women’s Suffrage Parade, which erupted in violence. Police did nothing to hold back the…

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Beyoncé has thanked Nelson Mandela for “changing the trajectory for so many.” The “Run The World” hitmaker has paid tribute to the late former President of South Africa for paving the way with his anti-apartheid activism. In her open letter, she wrote: “I first met you in 2004 for the 46664 AIDS Benefit Concert in…

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“This Bitter Earth” is a song recorded by the great Dinah Washington that speaks to life’s realities. Written by David Rivers and directed by Mikael Burke, the stage version currently playing at the About Face Theater at Theater Wit in Chicago stars actors Sheldon Brown and Daniel Desmarais. Brown and Desmarais play an interracial couple whose…

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Janelle Monae wants to use her platform to show her “support” for causes she cares about. The 32-year-old singer and actress revealed earlier this year that she identifies as pansexual — a term usually used to characterize a person whose sexual preference is not limited by biological sex, gender or gender identity — and has…

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Giving back never looked so good. Rihanna is using her Fenty Beauty line to contribute to a cause and she’s offering fans an opportunity to do so, as well. On August 1, 2018, Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty’s namesake cosmetic brand, Fenty Beauty, announced a new partnership with the Clara Lionel Foundation to help fund mission work in…

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Although actress Rosario Dawson hasn’t graced the big screen in quite some time, she’s most definitely on the protest circuit. On Friday, April 16, the Top Five star was briefly arrested, ticketed and released during a protest at Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Donned in a jacket bearing the likeness of Democratic presidential candidate U.S.…

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  College students and community leaders filled Morehouse College’s Shirley Massey Auditorium on Sept. 24 for Autopsy 3: Looking for Leadership town hall meeting. The event was organized by the Influencer Coalition, a group dedicated to educating African Americans about the problems in the Black community. Panelists included Minister Sharieff Muhammad (Nation of Islam), Rev.…

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America was first introduced to Ameena Matthews in the Emmy Award-winning documentary “The Interrupters” in 2011. The film followed three violence interrupters over the course of a year and their journey to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once engaged in. Employed by the organization Ceasefire, the interrupters used their street cred to…

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