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    From the Wall Street Journal
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    New York Times Co. on Thursday named managing editor Jill Abramson to succeed Bill Keller as the Times's executive editor, putting a woman in the top editorial role for the first time as the 160-year-old paper attempts to reinvent its business around new digital products.


    Washington bureau chief Dean Baquet will succeed Ms. Abramson as managing editor.

    Mr. Keller, a former foreign correspondent for the Times who took the executive editor post in 2003, will return to writing full time as a columnist for both the New York Times magazine and the paper's new opinion section, the Sunday Review, which ...

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    From the New York Times
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    In a bid to broaden its theater program and to bring additional polished, diverse theater uptown, City College of New York is lending critical support to an effort to open a new professional theater in residence uptown at Aaron Davis Hall.


    Called the New Haarlem Arts Theater, the venture is the brainchild of Eugene Nesmith, the chairman of the theater and speech department at City College. The artistic director for the new theater, he has been able to secure about $50,000 in seed money from the college.

    "To do the kind of season I'd really like to do, we would probably need about $200,000," Mr. Nesmith said in a recent interview. "The name has to get out there in a major way. We're not going to get the Broadway audience. We're pulling on our students, our alumni, the Harlem community. We're working all the social media we can."

    The college, which has roughly 16,000 students and is part of the City University of New York, made the commitment to the theater despite a sluggish economy that has hurt arts financing and trimmed audiences. A professional theater is expected to boost the profile of the college's theater department, currently one of the smaller departments, with only about 130 majors taking courses in acting, directing, theater history and the like.

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    Currently taking place at the New York Public Library, the 'Soulful Stitching: Patchwork Quilts by Africans (Siddis) in India' exhibition is curated by Henry J. Drewal, Evjue-Bascom Professor of African and African Diaspora Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mixing together a vibrant array of well-worn clothing fabrics, Siddi quilts are highly individualistic, yet quilters share many clear and precise opinions about quality, beauty, and the need to "finish properly" the corners with triangular patches called phulas, or flowers.

    Exhibition Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sunday. For more information click here.



    Exhibition Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sunday. For exhibition information, call (212) 491-2200.

     

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    From the Grio:

    Don't be surprised if the likes of Lady Gaga release a gospel album.

    You may laugh, and it may even sound absurd, but according to industry executive Torrence Glenn, it is more of a possibility than you think.


    "There is a lot of disagreement among our industry as to what gospel is and what it should be. Gospel can be whatever it wants to be musically," said the director of Music Development for BET Digital. "It is all about the balance. It should not be all groups, all choirs, all rhythm and blues, or all pop. It should sound like a little bit of everything as long as there are some traditional things involved."

    Gospel music used to be the standard in the music industry, said Glenn. When an artist, of any genre, made their music as good as gospel they were considered to have arrived musically. Yet, that is not as much of the case today.

    Today, many gospel artists are making music that sounds more urban and contemporary. Why?

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    Elmer 'Geronimo' Pratt

    From The Atlanta Post:

    At 63, Black Panther Party legend Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt passed away in Tanzania, where he was living with his wife and child.

    Pratt was one of the most well known Black Panther Party members, partially due to the fact that he was a long time political prisoner, having spent 27 years in jail for a crime that he did not commit. Eight of those years were spent in solitary confinement.

    The former minister of defense for the BPP was convicted for the murder of a white woman in Santa Monica during a robbery attempt in 1968. The victim's husband identified another man initially as the suspect but interestingly enough, that powerful piece of information never fell on the jury's ears. In addition, Julius Butler, who was a Black Panther member and a police informant, identified Pratt as the murderer.

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    From PureWow.com:

    While there's much to love about the warm weather, we hate how the humidity inflates our frizz-prone strands to epic proportions. Luckily, we have a secret weapon this summer (and no, it's not a hat): Ricky's new No-Frizz hairbrushes, which have turned the bad-hair-day theory on its head.

    Smoothing olive oil is baked directly into the bristles, then deposited into strands every time you brush your hair. The result: silky locks without the greasy residue. Best of all, you don't need to pile on extra products (which typically weigh hair down) to keep your mane under control--just run the brush through wet or dry locks for touch-ups.

    The No-Frizz brushes, which retain their oil-diffusing properties for roughly a year, come in two versions that we put to the test on a steamy weekend. The flat paddle ($15) delivered a super-straight blowout, while the rounded barrel ($15) gave us glossy waves.

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    This week the stars dolled up to celebrate their television shows, benefit good causes and just to look good hitting the town. Check out our picks for best dressed.

     

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    From MadameNoire.com

    Forty-hour work week? SMH. Does that even exist for ambitious millennial women? The answer is no.

    Americans are working more than ever these days, spending almost twice the time working as they do with family and spouses. Yes, that does say something about our value system and the level of competition. More importantly, it reveals how much it means to enjoy your colleagues. But, how much is too much "enjoyment?"


    Work husband is a term used loosely to describe (hetero and homosexual) male companions within a professional setting. He is often the turn-to guy for lunch dates, networking mixers and venting when you get screwed out of a promotion or hit a hurdle in your marriage. Basically, he is the guy at the office who knows way more about you than he should. Support is a great thing to have, especially because work can be stressful. But, at what point does the level of emotional support cross the line?

    The gay work husband is very similar to (and possibly better than) a gay bestie and 100 percent non-threatening. Your husband does not have to worry about the potential for a sexual relationship, because he's not interested. In the instance of a gay work hubby, your legal husband may even feel a sense of relief. With you having another male companion to chat up, he can stop keeping up with the Kardashians and DVR-ing the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

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  • 06/03/11--11:39: Updating Your Living Room
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    Most families spend a lot of time in the living room (hey, it's not called the living room for nothing). Why not give your space a boost with a few small changes that make a huge difference.


    If you have time and a few friends on hand to help, painting can add just the dramatic effect you need to change the vibe of your living room. Choose a bright color to liven up the room, or create one accent wall to mix things up. Have a small space? Try hanging a few mirrors to give the appearance of a larger room. The mirrors will reflect light and open up dark corners. Set them opposite a window to bounce light across the room.

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    If your lampshades are looking a little dusty, try a few of these groovy and affordable floor lamps from Walmart, Target or Ikea. You can also get fancy and hire a professional to install track lighting. Why not?floor lamps


    And finally, re-purposing old furniture can mimic the effect of new furniture at a fraction of the cost. Wipe down the old couch or remove the plastic and try out new slipcovers. Swap tattered seat cushions on old chairs with bright new fabrics and with just a few changes you'll see a big improvement in your living room. You may never leave the coach.

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    From Clutch Magazine Online:

    Raise your hand if you've stayed diligent to your New Year's resolutions!

    No, really...I'll wait.

    While some of you are proudly throwing both hands in the air, ecstatic that you've stuck to your guns thus far, I'm willing to wager that a large portion of you (*ehem* myself included) have fallen off just a bit (ok, maybe completely). Either way, get ready to get back on track or find the inspiration to stick to your goals for the remainder of the year.

    June is here, and aside from being the start of the summer, it's also the midway point of the year. As the temperature rises, and life slows down just a little bit, now is the perfect time to reflect on the goals or intentions you set at the beginning of 2011 and recommitment yourself to the cause.

    Back in January, many of us set out to improve our lives. Whether we intended to get healthier, save money, pursue a degree, or fall in love we set goals or charted out our visions for the year. Because we love our readers (and because I can always use a reminder myself), I've compiled a list of 20 things that can help us all achieve our goals this year. Even if you've been slippin'...it's not too late!

    Because we are multifaceted, I'll be sharing tips on how to excel in your career, love life, health, friendships, and personal life.

    Ready? Leggooo!

    Get your tips (and kicks) at Clutch Magazine.

     

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    If you haven't heard by now, the debut of VH1's newest hour-long scripted series, 'Single Ladies' has already made history following its May 30 premiere. With the help of the season three premiere of 'Basketball Wives,' the romantic comedy series landed the network its highest rated night since October 2009. Drawing in over 2.8 million total viewers.

    Executive produced by Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit Entertainment, the comedic drama follows three best friends (played by Charity Shea, Stacey Dash and LisaRaye McCoy) with three different relationship philosophies living in Atlanta.

    For LisaRaye, who recently wrapped up the second season of her TV One Reality show 'LisaRaye: The Real McCoy,' being a single lady is nothing new. The 44-year-old actress has been hard at work resurrecting her career following her divorce from the former premier of Turks & Caicos, Michael Misick, in addition to raising her 21-year-old daughter, Kai.

    We talked to LisaRaye prior to the show's premiere on preparing for her latest role, the possibility of shooting a third season of her top-rated TV One reality series, and the launch of her forthcoming line of women's jeans, among other things.

    Brennan Williams:
    For people who are not familiar with the show, can you tell us about your character Keisha Greene?
    LR: I love my character. She's a little bit like me, but each and every character is. Keisha Greene used to be a video vixen, she's a poker player now. And she's looking for a wealthy man to take care of her. She wants 100% but doesn't want to give 100%, so she builds this wall up.

    BW: Did you offer any suggestions to the writer, Stacy A. Littlejohn, based on your past experiences in relationships?
    LR: Fortunately, the writer and I are best friends and so a lot of things that have happened in the script, have happened to us. But to be honest, she has it all there in the writing, really - in the details of the description of how she wants this played, what's the general thought behind it, what's the inner monologue. It's really through your life experiences, but the way LisaRaye would play pain would be different from the way Keisha plays pain, but pain is pain. And we've all had it.

    BW: What are your thoughts on some critics stating that the show is portraying brothers in a negative light?
    LR: Oh my goodness. I don't know why they thought that, because this project is really positive, there's no male bashing in it at all. Every man has a voice in this. We really want to let you guys know what we're looking for and what we're saying. We know that men and women have a different makeup. That you guys say things and we hear it differently. And we all say things and you hear it differently. So you understand that, and you watch keeping an open mind. We have some great characters and co-stars in there who have really been handling their business and really putting it down.

    BW: What advice would you give to your daughter, Kai, on being a single lady?
    LR: What's wonderful about her now is that she's modeling. She's Apple Bottoms first plus size model. She's embraced her own curves, her own thickness. And I think that's encouraging for her generation. I've always wanted her to be just healthy, and she is that. And whatever she wants to do, all I can do is support that. I'm her 'Momanager,' that's what I call it now, mom and manager. Because she knows that I'm her best attorney, I'm her best friend, I'm her mother and I'm going to protect her. I want her to know what her self value is. I want her to be able to bring something to the table.

    BW: How did you manage your schedule between shooting 'The Real McCoy,' 'Single Ladies,' and being a mother?
    LR: Very poorly [laughs]. We've been filming guerilla style and I've been burning the candle light on each end of the stick. I was still doing the reality show for the first month then I was flying back to L.A. doing the promotional stuff. I had to do interviews, then our marketing for VH1 started. Needless to say, I'm very tired. I started a venture with P.Z.I. Jeans for the LisaRaye Collection, it comes out this summer. And that, thank goodness, is based in Atlanta. So I've been able to put on my designer hat and design 19 pairs of jeans to go with my collection, which is the classic collection. So I have gotten very little sleep. I don't really know how I've been doing it. But yet, there is the motivation to prove that I am back. And that I am back to doing what I want to do. I feel good, I feel empowered, I feel strong. And I feel moved, because I got a strong hustle and it makes me proud of myself."

    BW:
    Do you have a price set for the jeans?
    LR: Yes, it's about $89. Right now they're online at PZIJeans.com, but I now have to put together the boutiques in which we're going to be in, and the stores. That gives me a couple more months to play with.

    BW: Can fans expect a third season of 'The Real McCoy'?
    LR: I probably won't know about 'The Real McCoy' until maybe another couple of months from now. The second season was back by popular demand. And that made me feel good, but then it was, 'do I really want to do it?' So I'm not really sure about that. I'm concentrating now on the my jean line - I want to put a lot of booties in those jeans. I'm an investor. I like to have my money work for me. I want to do what I feel like I couldn't do before. I'm also proving a lot to myself. I've been working on my spiritual relationship and my hustle. And I'm doing it.

    VH1's 'Single Ladies' airs on Mondays at 9:00 pm EST.

     

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    From RadarOnline:

    Lauryn Hill has announced she is pregnant with her sixth child. After months of hinting she made it official at the end of her concert at Detroit's Chene Park Saturday night.

    She told the crowd, I'm going to be taking time off to give birth," Ashley Trybula of Detroit Radio Station Hot 102.7.

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    From the New York Times
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    Albertina Sisulu, considered by many to be the mother of South Africa's liberation struggle, a woman who was hounded and jailed by the apartheid government but who lived to see her children assume leadership roles in a democratic nation, died here on Thursday. She was 92.

    The African National Congress confirmed her death.

    Mrs. Sisulu's passing extinguishes another light of a generation that fought one of the great moral battles of the 20th century. Since her death, virtually every one of this nation's leaders have come to her home to offer condolences. Only Nelson Mandela has been conspicuously absent. He is increasingly frail, and members of the Sisulu family visited him instead.

    A humble but forceful woman, Mrs. Sisulu was the widow of Walter Sisulu, one of Mr. Mandela's earliest political mentors, who died in 2003. She kept her dignity through decades of government harassment. Mr. Sisulu was imprisoned for 26 years, and she herself was repeatedly jailed, held incommunicado and "banned," a restriction limiting where she could go and how many people she could see.

    "But try as they might, they could not break her spirit, they could not make her bitter, they could not defeat her love," Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said in one of the many tributes offered after her death.

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    From the New York Times
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    Plaxico Burress will be released from the Oneida Correctional Facility in Rome, N.Y., on Monday. Television trucks and cameras, which began gathering at the facility last week, will be on hand to record the moment, which comes three years and four months after Burress made a game-winning touchdown catch for the Giants in Super Bowl XLII.

    If Burress follows the script designed for him by his various representatives, he will leave without comment, be driven to a nearby airport, then head to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he will begin his new life as a free man.

    Burress and his wife have two children, including a daughter who was born while Burress was incarcerated.

    "All of Plaxico's family and friends are excited about him coming out tomorrow, and Plax is extremely excited about coming out and getting back with his family and getting back into game-playing shape," said Tony Johnson, the co-founder of Playmakers Sports Management. Johnson and his partner, Clarence Wright, handle Burress's nonfootball business interests.

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    From the Huffington Post:


    The violin isn't pretty, but its scratched frame has been well-loved by the girl who cradles it now, and those who played it before her. Her mother calls it her daughter's "soul mate."

    The instrument doesn't belong to Nidalis Burgos. It is on loan from her school, where the seventh-grader packs it up each weekday to bring it home.

    She practices anywhere she can - in her bedroom, in the kitchen, on her back porch so she can hear the sound reverberate off the brick apartment buildings that line the alley. Usually, she warms up with "Ode to Joy," her mother's favorite song, and a fitting theme for a girl who truly seems to love playing.

    "Music brings a little peace to the mind," the 13-year-old says.

    Her own frame is so tiny that she plays a violin that is three-quarters the standard size. But when she plays it, she feels big, powerful even.

    That is a common feeling among the 85 students who play in the after-school string orchestras at the Lafayette Specialty School, a public school in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, where more than 90 percent of the students come from poverty.

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    From the San Francisco Bay View
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    During the last air sanctions against Libya, imposed by the United Nations in 1992 over alleged Libyan involvement in the bombings of PanAm 103 and UTA 772, many Libyans traveling to and from Tripoli were forced to fly through Tunisia, traveling overland to and from the Tunisian border to their homes in Libya. With European Union sanctions now imposed on Libya, the old travel regime is back in force.


    However, there is a new dimension to the air embargo on Libya. Attracted to the Libyan-Tunisian border by refugees, most African guest workers from sub-Sahara and pan-Sahel African nations, fleeing the fighting in their country, scores of international aid workers now occupy the tourist hotels of Djerba, the once popular Tunisian resort that has fallen on hard times after tour operators canceled excursions following the Tunisian revolution earlier this year.

    Today, prior to crossing into Libya, this reporter is witnessing representatives of the "misery industry," young international aid workers with groups like the International Committee of the Red Cross, EU and International Organization for Migration lounging around the tourist hotels mingling with German and French pensioners eager to take advantage of the special travel packages being offered by a depressed Tunisian tourist industry.

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    From Clutch:

    Any fashion lover worth her stilettos understands the power of vintage. What was once a mainstay for hip downtowners and broke college students is now a widespread style prerequisite.

    Wearing vintage clothing, accessories and shoes is now the mainstream and there are tons of vintage sellers from Ebay, Etsy and independent stores.

    While your local Salvation Army is still a gold mine for an 80s catsuit or an unearthed MCM bag, online sellers are taking out the hunt in thrift shopping and bringing you the goods right at the click of a mouse.

    Looking for the perfect 50's wiggle dress or fringed suede boots? Then, look no further than these 5 vintage sellers you need to know.

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  • 06/06/11--04:34: N.W.A.
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    While New York's Public Enemy expressed political outrage through high-minded poetic rants and a black nationalist's worldview, Compton's N.W.A. (see here with Above the Law's Laylaw and the D.O.C.) exposed the grim realities of West Coast rap and gang culture in sobering detail.
    The group's knee-quaking name said it all: N***az With Attitude. And its members Eazy E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella produced some of hip-hop's most daring music. Their defining moment came with the 1989 release of 'Straight Outta Compton,' a stunningly unapologetic album that is considered the benchmark for gangsta rap.

    The LP's boldest statement was the group's most notorious song 'F**k tha Police.' The track decried police brutality and wound up being a chillingly prescient anthem considering the Rodney King beating and Los Angeles riots of 1992. For all their outspokenness, the group endured scrutiny from the FBI and various other law enforcement agencies and conservative organizations. But not long after that release, the group splintered - Ice Cube left acrimoniously, Dr. Dre exited the fold after beefing with Ruthless Records label boss Jerry Heller and by 1991, Eazy E died of AIDS complications.

    In recent years, Cube has transformed a monster solo rap career into Hollywood TV and movie moguldom. As arguably hip-hop's best producer, Dre has masterminded his own solo ventures ('The Chronic' and '2001') as well as being instrumental in two of music's biggest artists, Eminem and 50 Cent. Dre's 'Detox' is this year's most hotly anticipated album.

    Influence is felt by ... Odd Future, Eminem, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Mack 10, Nate Dogg, Warren G, among others.


     

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    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently brought good news to millions of women suffering from HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Last week she announced a public-private partnership with the Mo.Ao.C AIDS Fund to expand medical and emergency support services for survivors of rape and sexual assault in South Africa, a country estimated to have 3.3 million women and 330,000 children living with HIV/AIDS according to the 2010 UNAIDS report.


    The Mo.Ao.C AIDS FUND was founded in 1994 with the mission to support people living with HIV and AIDS throughout the world, and commits 100 percent of the sale price of VIVA GLAM Lipstick and Lipglass to support HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and education. The company has partnered with several celebrities to support the cause including Eve, Lil Kim, Mary J. Blige, Nicki Minaj, and most recently Lady Gaga.

    Clinton and the cosmetics company pledged the commitment of $2 million to diminish the AIDS epidemic in South Africa over the next two years through the launch of new TCC centers and the extension of operating hours at existing clinics. The TCC Network was launched by the South African governments with aide from the United States government to bring services, including HIV/AIDS testing, prevention, and treatment programs to women and children who are victims of sexual violence. The MAC Foundation will leverage $18.9 million that the U.S. government has committed to the program already.

    To contribute to the cause, purchase MAC's VIVA glam products are donate directly to the fund.

     

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    From the Daily Mail
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    Thandie Newton has revealed that she has come to terms with a traumatic relationship with a film director 23 years her senior who she claims took advantage of her innocence as a teenager.

    She spoke about her six-year affair with director John Duigan which she began when she was 16 after travelling to Australia to audition for his film 'Flirting,' which starred Nicole Kidman.

    The Bafta-winning actress has said the relationship left her feeling 'self-destructive' and said she has only spoken about it 'so teenagers can see they can resist and gain self-awareness'.

    Speaking to InStyle magazine, Miss Newton, 38, star of 'Mission: Impossible II', 'The Pursuit of Happyness,' and 'Rock 'n Rolla,' claims Duigan took advantage of her when she was vulnerable.

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