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Spike Lee is horrified by the high death rate in America during the global health crisis, which this week climbed above 100,000 lives lost. The 63-year-old director is taking no chances at his office in Brooklyn, New York, explaining to The Times: “Everybody’s taken a test here. We all wear masks. It’s three floors, 10,000 square…

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Pop Smoke’s manager says he’s working to finish a documentary the late artist started. The rising Brooklyn drill rapper tragically died at 20 after he was shot in February at a property in Hollywood Hills, California, after two men broke into the house. And just two weeks prior to his passing, he announced the project…

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Rapper Troy Ave recently released the cinematic visual to his latest single, “Payin Homage.” In the music video, the Brooklyn, New York, artist pays tribute to the Black Mafia Family, known as BMF, with a collective of images of the organization and its leader Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory. Around 2000, the organization tried to legitimize…

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Outside of Nola Darling (played by actress DeWanda Wise), one of the most compelling characters from season one of Netflix series, “She’s Gotta Have It,” is Shemekka Epps, —played by actress Chyna Layne. Everyone’s favorite around the way girl is back in season two and, hopefully, still making the questionable choices that made the character so…

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One of the most well known and stereotypical images of inner-city life is a Black person drinking a 40oz of malt liquor in public. Not only is the image used offensively, but it also underscores the issues of healthcare and targeted marketing of Blacks as the largest consumers of malt liquor. Now one company’s attempt…

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The news of the hazing of an initiate into a graduate chapter of the Black fraternity Omega Psi Phi, popularly known as Ques, rocked members of the Divine 9 community. The now identified initiate, Tory Gates, 45, was allegedly struck 200 times with a paddle and bare hands as part of a membership ritual that…

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A man in Brooklyn, New York, called police after a vicious, drunken hazing incident. This time the alleged victim was not a student in his 20s, but rather a middle-aged professional Black man. Tory Gates, 45, went to police after being beaten in a bizarre ritual as he attempted to pledge to the Omega Psi…

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  A female member of the New York Police Department sustained serious injuries and mental trauma when a male prisoner, already in jail for two charges of gross sexual impropriety, tried to rape her while in a holding area just outside of court. Fortunately, another prisoner thwarted the attack long enough for reinforcements to arrive…

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AfroPunk has been defining culture for over 13 years now. AfroPunk is all about pushing forward the boundaries of multiculturalism and diversity in music. Although the festival is about music, fashion plays a large part in the festival’s culture. Over the years, AfroPunk has become a runway for Black people to express their feelings freely through…

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