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The Film: Tyrel The Power Players: Jason Mitchell, Michael Cera, Caleb Landry Jones, Christopher Abbott The Director: Sebastián Silva The Studio: Magnolia Pictures The Low Down: All it takes is a quick logline read of director Sebastián Silva’s latest buzzy social satire, Tyrel, to understand that race relations in America have undoubtedly been keeping the…

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The death of Eric Garner at the hands of NYPD police shocked the nation and spawned the BLM rallying cry “I can’t breathe.”  Garner’s death, along with a tragic list of other Blacks who’ve been killed by officers, was one of the reasons that President Barack Obama hosted a town hall meeting entitled “The President and…

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Mayor Tyrus Byrd

Parma, Missouri, is a small town of roughly 713 people. Last week the town swore in Tyrus Byrd as the first Black mayor. The former city clerk beat the incumbent mayor of 37 years in a tight race separated by just 38 votes. But what should have been the start of a fresh and historic new…

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Mo Ivory is perhaps one of the best known legal analysts on CNN and talk radio. Ivory is a frequent guest host on “NewsOne Now With Roland Martin” and is recognized for her sharp legal mind. Rolling out was fortunate enough to speak with Ivory about crime and race relations in the United States today.…

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Between his monster single “Happy,” producing record breaking hits for others, and landing a coveted spot as a judge on NBC’s hit show “The Voice,” it’s safe to say that the profile of Pharrell Williams is at an all-time high. In the cover story for Ebony magazine’s November issue, the Virginia native touched on a few hot…

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Dear White People is a satirical film exploring race relations on a fictional predominantly white college campus in the U.S. The film was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and is slated for box-office release sometime this fall. This refreshing look at color lines in this country got me thinking about a…

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Story by A.R. Shaw Photography by DeWayne Rogers Brotha don’t let nobody hold you back, no no no. –“Brotha” Jill Scott had just experienced the most amazing night of her life. Her childhood idol, Prince, called on her to perform at a special show. It gave her an opportunity to work with an artist who…

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Lil Wayne attempted to give an apology to Emmett Till’s family regarding his disparaging lyrics about the Civil Rights icon. However, Till’s family will not accept his apology and could still seek to get PepsiCo to drop Lil Wayne as a spokesperson. “While it’s commendable that he has vowed to respect the legacy of Emmett…

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The Black Law Enforcement Association of Washington issued a statement criticizing prosecutors for filing an assault charge against an African American Seattle police officer involved in an off-duty brawl while not charging two white Seattle officers who stomped on a prone Latino suspect in another incident. According to the Seattle Times, Officer Garth Haynes was…

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Oprah Winfrey has acquired many titles over the years; visionary, mogul, humanitarian, billionaire. Now, Winfrey can add the title of doctor to that list after receiving an honorary doctorate degree in education on June 23, from the University of the Free State in South Africa. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the school, which boasts 30,000…

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