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Oscar-nominated actor Barkhad Abdi only made $65,000 for role

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Captain Phillips star Barkhad Abdi was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in the $55 million film, but was only paid $65,000 for his role.

Abdi, 28, who played Muse, the leader of a group of Somali pirates who battle Tom Hanks, is actually struggling to make ends meet. 

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Newspaper under fire for offensive ’12 Years a Slave’ headlines

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A central Illinois newspaper is under fire for its choice of words when announcing the big Oscar winner for Best Motion Picture.

The News-Gazette decided to play off of 12 Years a Slave’s title and write “12 Years a Slave” escapes with top Oscar” as its main headline.

The twittersphere was not amused. 

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Chris Brown diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, PTSD

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On Friday, R&B entertainer Chris Brown was ordered to stay an additional two months in the California anger management rehab facility after being diagnosed with a mental illness.

Brown, who has been at the facility since the fall, was found to be suffering from bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and severe sleep deprivation

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12 YAS? 12 No.

I had no plans to see 12 Years a Slave; I had decided against it. I really thought that the plan was to see some romantic comedy about awkward white people. The name of that film, now, escapes me. But when I got to the theater, by no decision of my own, I ended up with a ticket to see it. I sat through it, and my only coherent response was: I never need to see this film again.

I have had very little conversation about the film and have stayed away from most of the film’s pre- and post-Oscar coverage. The buzz around Django Unchained, which I have successfully avoided seeing, taught me a thing or two about Hollywood films that take up the institution of slavery in some way and the buzz around it: do your best not to get sucked in. And I did, for the most part. I saw 12YAS. It was the most brutal and violent filmic rendering of slavery I had ever seen. And even then, I wasn’t convinced that the actual brutality of the institution had been accurately rendered. And you know what? I didn’t even want Hollywood to try to “get it right.” After all, what would be the point, the lesson of trying to ingest such violence?

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Loyola University updates policy so gays cannot marry on campus

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Alumni and students at Loyola University Chicago say they’re furious that the school changed its policy to prevent same-sex couples from getting married on campus.

The decision comes after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill into law that allows same-sex marriage. 

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Photo series sheds light on what’s it’s like to be black at Harvard

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63 Harvard College of students have opted to participate in a photo campaign that explores the diverse experience faced by students of color.

The “I, Too, Am Harvard” campaign highlights the faces and voices of blacks students attending the prestigious learning institution.

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Richard Sherman on n-word NFL ban: ‘It’s an atrocious idea’

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The NFL’s Richard Sherman has spoken out about a proposed ban of the “N” word. Sherman said that penalizing teams 15 yards if players use the word during a game is “an atrocious idea” that is “almost racist.”

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Chelsea Handler catches criticism for offensive tweets about Lupita Nyong’o during Oscars

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Comedian Chelsea Handler is the latest celebrity to be criticized for what she posted on Twitter. For three hours during the 86th Annual Academy Awards aka The Oscars, Handler made jokes about Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o among others. 

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22-year-old KFC worker is the face of national wage fight

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Until recently, 22-year-old Naquasia LeGrand was sweeping floors, preparing food and serving customers as an employee for KFC for $7.25 an hour. That was just 15 months ago and before she was recruited by union organizers to join a campaign for higher pay.

Now, the Brooklyn native has become one of the most visible faces of a movement that has been demanding a $15 an hour wage and union representation for fast food workers. 

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Kim Kardashian target of racist blackface incident

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Kim Kardashian was the target of a “comedian” dressed in Blackface as Kanye West at a fancy ball this past weekend.

Kardashian appeared at the Vienna Ball as a guest of Richard Lugner, an Australian businessman. But the star’s evening was cut short after  the white impersonator showed up.

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