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

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    From WAMU.org:

    The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial won't be unveiled for another month, but one group had the chance to get a sneak peek at it yesterday.

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    From the Gothamist:

    Flatiron bar and lounge 230 Fifth (you may recall its rooftop bar as the host of Kobayashi's controversial solo hotdog eating contest on July 4) is at the center of a $500 million racial discrimination lawsuit filed by a black man from Texas.

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    From BlackCelebKids.com

    Proud sisters Selah,12, and Sarah,3, Marley hold on to their new baby brother! Singer Lauryn Hill welcomed her sixth child this past weekend(July 23rd, 2011), as first reported by Blackcelebkids.com.

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    From the Boston Globe:

    One of the worst droughts in a century, compounded by high food prices and unremitting political strife, is spawning an immense humanitarian crisis on the Horn of Africa. Thousands of Somalis are fleeing their homeland each week; most of those who survive the brutal journey end up in refugee camps in neighboring Kenya.


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    From the Creosote Journal:

    There are few external markers to show you what David Hilliard knows about certain places in Oakland. He knows where to find the bullet holes that still pockmark a house, puncture a fence railing. As Hilliard tells it, he was hiding in a house nearby, one night in 1968, shortly after the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. He listened as some 1,900 rounds were emptied by the police force.

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    From the Awl:

    "Sounds so soulful, don't you agree?"

    That's Jay-Z, breaking in to admire the long, pitched-down passage from "Try A Little Tenderness" that opens "Otis," the second official leak from Jay and Yeezy's Watch The Throne. The track on "Otis" alternates between interpolation and staccato bursts, as if torn between literalism (reverence?) and avoiding a lawsuit (its own kind of nostalgia). Since it's 2011, and Otis Redding's estate is well advised of its rights and powers, Redding is credited as a featured artist on the track, a featured role that almost makes it seem like "Otis" is the King of Soul's posthumous tribute to himself, "Unforgettable" minus the filial right, or attachment, to the seance.

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    From Billboard:

    Ah, auto-tune, the popular vocal effect used by producers to correct a singer's pitch. It's impossible to turn on modern hip-hop radio these days without hearing it. Now T-Pain, the R&B singer and producer widely credited with popularizing auto-tune, is suing Antares Technologies, the company that first developed it.

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    This week celebrities were spotted out and about shopping, and singer Kelly Rowland released her new album 'Here I Am.' At the release party, the former Destiny's Child trio was reunited and each woman looked beautiful. See all the best dressed stars this week.

     

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    From indieWire:

    Tribeca and ESPN Films documentary Boys of Summer, directed by Keith Aumont, stars Vernon Isabella and the Curaçao All-Star Team. The documentary film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2010 NY International Latino Film Festival last summer.

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    Lauryn Hill debuted her choppy new do at L.A. Rising at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Just days after confirming that Rohan Marley was not the father of her sixth child, she stepped on the stage ready to perform. She was the only female headliner at the concert, joining rock bands Rage Against The Machine, Muse and Rise Against this past weekend.



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    From CBS News:

    A daughter of Malcolm X has been sentenced to five years of probation for stealing the identity of an elderly family friend to run up big credit card bills. Prosecutors say Malikah Shabazz (shuh-BAHZ') made $55,000 in illegal purchases.

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    From the Washington Post:

    A group of young black professionals in Anacostia has gathered over spinach-strawberry salad and white wine, when the conversation turns, as if often does, to what they call the "G-word": gentrification. "I used to think it was about race - when white people moved into a black neighborhood," said lawyer Charles Wilson, 35, who lost to Marion Barry in the 2008 Ward 8 D.C. Council race. "Then, I looked up the word. It's when a middle-class person moves into a poor neighborhood. And I realized: I am a gentrifier. I couldn't believe it. I don't like that word. It makes so many people uncomfortable."

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    From the Atlantic:

    The mob, members of an outlawed gang, blindfolded Walter Odondi with a strip of cloth and steered him through the narrow alleys of Nairobi's Kibera slum, slapping him with the flat sides of their machetes as they went. They frog-marched the frightened 16-year-old for half an hour before stopping at a clearing just outside the slum, not far from the Nairobi Dam. Standing there, Odondi could hear the sound of machetes being sharpened on stones. As he made one last attempt to flee, two men grabbed his limbs and threw him to the grass.

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    Barack Obama and Malia Obama

    While the President isn't too worried about aging himself ("Michelle still thinks I'm cute," he reassured NPR), he does have concerns about his daughters growing up too fast.

    According to CNN, on Friday in a speech to members of the auto industry, Obama quipped:

    "It's only a matter of time until Malia gets her learner's permit. So I'm hoping to see one of those models that gets a top speed of 15 miles an hour. The ejector seat any time boys are in the car. So, hopefully you guys have some of those in the pipeline."
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  • 08/01/11--04:39: Who Killed the R&B Group?


  • From the Root:

    At Washington, D.C.'s DAR Constitution Hall, the crowd -- a mix of distinguished salt-and-pepper goatees and shellacked updos -- awaits Charlie Wilson, former front man for the Gap Band. But first En Vogue, the once ubiquitous, platinum-selling R&B group from the '90s, is opening the show.

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    From the Huffington Post:

    A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas conceived of a film about brave fighter pilots. No, not "Star Wars," but the true-life tale of the barrier-shattering World War II squadron, The Tuskegee Airmen.

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    From Clutch:

    After much speculation, rumor and Internet innuendo, Fantasia recently announced that she was pregnant with her second child.

    The announcement came as the former American Idol singer was performing at the opening of the Riverview Apartments in Jacksonville, FL (Why she was there? I have no idea).

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    From indieWire:

    Narrated by Ben Harper and Tariq "Black Thought" of The Roots, the 75-minuted documentary film 'Whitewash' will be available on DVD and VOD on October 4, 2011.

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  • 08/02/11--03:46: The Assault on Welfare
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    From Clutch:

    We've all seen her - the young black girl at the bus stop with a couple kids at her heels, one in a stroller, and another on the way. We want to know why she keeps having kids she can't afford.

    If I leave the office on my lunch break, I'm apt to see all kinds of people roaming the streets. It's the middle of the day, why aren't you at work? I wonder.


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    From USA Today:

    Revealed in Marvel Comics' Ultimate Fallout Issue 4, out Wednesday, the new Spider-Man in the Ultimate universe is a half-black, half-Hispanic teen named Miles Morales. He takes over the gig held by Peter Parker, who was killed in Ultimate Spider-Man Issue 160 in June.

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