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The controversy surrounding Paula Deen’s use of the N-word has polarized fans across the nation as some are happy about the cooking star’s sinking career, while others have been coming to her defense. But Deen recently got some surprise support from civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton, who claimed that Paula Deen shouldn’t be judged…

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The 17th annual Gospel Heritage Praise & Worship Conference is  the largest international gospel event held during Black History Month. This year the event will take place in Atlanta for the first time in five years.  This event is full of educational seminars and workshops for praise dancers and to choir directors and everyone in between.…

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The 19th annual Essence Music Festival, the largest African American-based music event in the world that attracts more than a half-million people into the Crescent City, is set to take place in New Orleans July 4-7, 2013. In addition to big-name musical acts, Essence Fest is also famous for offering cultural and community programs This…

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Music impresario Sean “Diddy” Combs, Coca-Cola Company SVP Ingrid Saunders Jones and Star Wars mastermind George Lucas will headline the honorees at the National Action Network’s 3rd annual Triumph Awards in New York. Created by NAN founder and president Rev. Al Sharpton, the Triumph Awards honor humanitarians in the fields of arts, entertainment and sports and…

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  The ESSENCE Music Festival is the nation’s largest African American live musical and cultural experience attracting over 400,000 people from around the world. This four-day event is packed with must-see concerts and events that you definitely don’t want to miss. Each day boasts a jumping block party, a number of outrageous concerts and plenty of…

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Several civil rights leaders released an open letter to President Obama, lauding him for his public stance on same-sex marriages. Obama proclaimed support for same-sex marriages in an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts last week that has sparked controversy and consternation from black religious conservatives. The letter states that the leaders “stand behind President Obama’s belief that same-sex…

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There will be a parade of stars at several college graduation commencement ceremonies this season. Take a look. Arne  Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, will deliver the address at Howard  University. The 144th Commencement Convocation happens on Saturday, May 12. Honorees are musician and humanitarian John  Legend, MSNBC host Chris Matthews, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author and alumna …

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Trayvon Martin’s murder has led to outrage and protests across the nation. But as Martin’s family continues to mourn the senseless murder of their teen son, several media outlets have decided to publicize his past indiscretions. A report by the Miami Herald revealed that Trayvon was suspended three times from school. In October, Trayvon was…

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Blues legend Etta James was given a powerful final send-off on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Greater Bethany Community Church City of Refuge in Gardena, Calif., where family members and celebrity friends paid their final respects. According to CNN, more than 300 of James’ family and friends attended her funeral service, which was highlighted by…

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After passing away last week from pneumonia complications in Los Angeles, late, great rap icon Heavy D was finally laid to rest on Friday, Nov. 18 at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, N.Y. According to The Journal News, the church was filled with mourners paying their final respects to the rapper, born Dwight Arrington…

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I think what’s so great is that he changed the conversation. Three months ago the talk was about Republican deficit reduction. They weren’t talking about jobs, they weren’t talking about poverty. If they’ve done nothing else, they got us on the conversation that we need to be talking about. When “Comedy Central’s” Jon Stewart pointed…

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