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Black Entertainment, Money, Style and Beauty Blogs - Black Voices

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    The annual Essence Music Festival attracts large crowds each year and this year's lineup with Chaka Khan, Boyz II Men, Jill Scott, Kanye West and Mary J. Blige and Usher will continue the tradition. Aside from the great music, the three day festival, which runs July 1-3, also features an empowerment series with speakers like Iyanla VanZant and numerous sponsors and vendors promoting wellness. This year Planned Parenthood is teaming up with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and the Black AIDS Institute to offer free HIV testing to the crowds.

    The CDC encourages all Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 to get tested on a routine basis. African Americans are at a higher risk, making up 13 percent of the U.S. population but accounting for more than half of newly diagnosed HIV infections.

    "We are excited to partner with the Louisiana Health Department and the Black AIDS Institute to help serve the African-American community," said Dr. Vanessa Cullins, vice president for medical affairs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. "Testing is for everyone. Knowing your status can help you and your partners stay healthy, whether you're positive or negative."

     

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    From ESPN:

    NBA union chief Billy Hunter said Thursday afternoon that NBA owners are locking out the players after failing to reach a new collective bargaining agreement. "It's obvious the lockout will happen tonight," he said. With this latest action, two of four major professional sports in the United States are locked out. The NFL locked out its players in March, and the two sides have been in discussions this week, trying to work toward a new deal.

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    To commemorate the 10th anniversary of her debut album, 'Songs in a Minor,' Alicia Keys is holding a very special and intimate show for her fans at New York City's famed Beacon Theatre. And you have a front row seat on AOL Music.

    Tune in tonight at 9PM EST to witness 'Piano & I: A One Night Only Event With Alicia Keys' exclusively on AOL Music.

     

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    From the Sag Harbor Express:

    For as long as there have been children, there have been dolls. From homemade varieties to figures that reflect current fads, what a child plays with says a lot - not only about children - but society as well. This weekend the Eastville Community Historical Society opens an exhibit of vintage and commemorative black dolls and figures in honor of their 30th anniversary. The show features 120 dolls encompassing a wide range of African-American, Pan-American and Caribbean themes as well as African-American pop-culture figures like Dennis Rodman, Tupac Shakur and Michael Jackson from his "Thriller" days. The exhibit is culled from the joint collection of Martin Butler and his brother Michael, who organized the show and explains how the whole thing started.

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    From Madame Noire:

    As you know, Madame Noire has declared today "National Hug Her Day" in an effort to show a little love to the ladies in our lives who may need a bit of special encouragement. Well, while we want to show love to our sistergirlfriends and play cousins, we also think the haters out there (both genders) are also crying out for a little affection and a LOT of attention. Here are some of the signs that you may need a little chicken soup for the soul to ease the hate in your heart. Don't be mad...in fact, stop being mad and find some joy instead!

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    From the Los Angeles Times:

    Last month President Obama, addressing a fundraising dinner in New York, said: "I believe that gay couples deserve the same human rights as every other couple in this country." The natural interpretation of those words is that Obama was endorsing same-sex marriage.

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    From The Wall Street Journal:

    The influential rap group A Tribe Called Quest broke up in 1998 after releasing five albums, splintered by the members' battle for control. A similar power struggle nearly derailed a documentary being released July 8.

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    From The Vancouver Sun:

    A San Mateo County woman filed a discrimination lawsuit Monday against Abercrombie & Fitch, claiming the clothing retailer fired her from its Hollister Co. store at Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo because her Muslim headscarf clashed with the company's image.

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    From indieWire:

    Lifted from an interview with Naomie Harris on the Little White Lies blog:

    After being asked if there was anything she'd like to do that she hasn't been offered yet, Harris replied, "I'm totally in love with Jane Austen and have always been in love with Jane Austen, I did my dissertation at university on black people in eighteenth-century Britain - so I'd love to do a Jane Austen-esque film but with black people... I'd love to do that next."

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    From NPR:

    Getting a song on the pop charts takes big money. Def Jam started paying for Rihanna's recent single, 'Man Down,' more than a year ago. In March of 2010, the label held a writing camp in L.A. to create the songs for Rihanna's album, 'Loud.' At a writing camp, a record label hires the best music writers in the country and drops them into the nicest recording studios in town for about two weeks. It's a temporary version of the old music-industry hit factories, where writers and producers cranked out pop songs.

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    This week the celebrities came out for the 2011 BET Awards, various movie premieres, and television appearances. Check out what stars were the hottest on the red carpet.

     

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    From the Hollywood Reporter:

    Spike Lee is not feeling the love from Hollywood's money men. "I haven't made a feature film in three years," said Lee. Lee has lately focused on documentary work with two films about post-Katrina New Orleans for HBO. But he had designs on biopics about Jackie Robinson - the Brooklyn Dodgers slugger who broke baseball's color line - and soul icon James Brown. And he was in discussions a while back for a sequel to thriller Inside Man, which starred Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster. But he's been unable to secure financing.

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    From the Washington Post
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    Michael Vick is back in Nike's good graces. "We have re-signed Michael Vick as a Nike athlete," Megan Saalfeld, a Nike spokeswoman, confirmed to CNN in an e-mail.

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    From Madame Noire:

    You're working nine hour days and attempting to pursue higher education. Leaving you with a mental imbalance, no social life, and an over-stressed situation, you're having thoughts of ditching your job to become a full-time student. After all, besides the money, you're not feeling what your job has to offer your future anyway.

    For a moment you may be wondering 'who does that?' Who quits a full-time job to become a student? Well surprisingly in the midst of a recession, many people are choosing to turn in their work badge for a student I.D.

    Read how you can too here.

     

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    From CBS News:

    A federal appeals court on Friday struck down Michigan's ban on the consideration of race and gender in college admissions, saying it burdens minorities and violates the U.S. Constitution. The 2-1 decision upends a sweeping law that forced the University of Michigan and other public schools to change admission policies. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the law, approved by voters in 2006, violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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    In between the Fourth of July barbecues and fireworks this weekend, and should you be in the area, you might want to check out the new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. 'Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now' is dedicated to South African artifacts, and features a collection of posters, books and wall stencils created over the last five decades. The show runs through August, so if not this weekend (though, honestly, how many barbecues can you really go to before it starts to feel silly?), then next! Price of admission varies. Read more.

     

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    From HelloBeautiful:

    With the fireworks in sight, it's time to pick out an outfit that's comfortable, light, and full of spirit. But just how much spirit is too much spirit? Of course, it's fun to do the stars, stripes, and overwhelming shades of red, white, and blue when you are young. But it's time to kick it up a notch and add some class to your July 4th outfit while still representing the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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    From VOA News:

    Nigerian police have arrested a former government minister who is accused of corruption and who has been an outspoken critic of the current administration. The State Security Service (SSS) detained Malam Nasir El-Rufai Saturday morning at Abuja airport as he returned from a private trip to London. No reason was given for the arrest.

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    From USA TODAY:

    Millions of readers and moviegoers have come to admire and love an unlikely heroine from Harlem: Claireece Precious Jones, who, at 16, is obese and illiterate. She has been beaten by her mother and raped and impregnated by her father, who infected her with HIV. But Precious survives. In spirit, she may even triumph over what has been done to her. She learns to read.

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    From the Washington Post:

    Peace, love and soooooooul spilled out of a white tent Thursday night on the Mall as a crowd boogied down a massive 'Soul Train' line. The event celebrating a donation of artifacts from the popular 1970s-era TV show to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture had, appropriately, turned into a dance party.

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