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Perry “Pebbles” Reid responds to portrayal in TLC biopic, threatens lawsuit


Recently VH1 aired CrazySexyCool, the biopic based on the hit female R&B trio TLC. The film addressed a lot of things, including the group’s in-fighting, the internal, personal struggles of the members, and of course, their money problems.

Although TLC’s money issues have been well-documented, this was the first time we saw a dramatization of what happened. Former R&B singer Perry “Pebbles” Reid, who discovered and managed the group when they first started out, was not portrayed positively, and as a result, viewers attacked Reid on social media. As might be expected, Reid took to Twitter to defend herself and is now threatening to sue T-Boz, Chilli and VH1 if retractions aren’t made. Reid released this statement earlier today:

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Graduation Part IV: Building Up Youth

“I fear death, I’m young I have a whole life ahead of me, I don’t want to start gang-banging and then people are killing people for no reason now. So it’s like I don’t want to gang-bang and walk down the street and get killed,  that takes away my life…but It’s going to hurt the people I leave behind like my mom and dad…if I die I feel like it will hit my family worse, and I don’t want to see that happen to them ” – Nate, age 16. 

When I first discovered BUILD, I was ecstatic to learn about this wonderful organization and honored to be welcomed into the lives of some of their youth. This summer I spent several days with Rik Vazquez, Youth Development Specialist at Build and Dope Poet,  visiting the youth he worked with. These young men greatly impressed me and strongly touched my heart. It’s so easy for people to negatively label young men of color without understanding their goals, fears, obstacles, and life story.  I was impressed by their knowledge, wisdom and honesty. The audio clip posted it long, I admit it, but that is because we covered just about every topic that should be addressed when discussing youth violence. These young men share their goals and obstacles, discuss violence in their personal lives, race and poverty, drugs, education, family support and ways to build up youth and stop violence. 

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White teen who dressed as a “n***er” for Halloween to critics: ‘worry about finding your dad’


One of two teen girls who posted a picture dressed in Blackface after being “n***ers” for Halloween has responded to criticism for her costume choice.

The teen had a message for African Americans, telling them the stop worrying about her costume and to start worrying about where their fathers are.

From NewsOne:

The two little Klansladies-in-training, @kinkystyles and @dobebeiber, proudly showed off their costumes, with the tweet: “me & @kinkystyles are n**ers this Halloween :)

The photo quickly went viral after being tweeted by Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson.  

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Community members hold funeral to “bury violence in Newark”

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The murder rate in Newark, N.J., has risen dramatically. The city is considered one of the most dangerous in the country, despite Mayor Cory Booker’s oversight and crime reduction measures.

Violence among youth of color is particularly prevalent, with Newark being recently rated in the top 10 murder capitals.

While the violence appears to not be ceasing, community members and activists in the city are making a powerful statement: by holding a funeral to bury violence in the city.

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Bail hearing scheduled for Marissa Alexander


A Florida woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot over the head of her abusive husband will receive a bail hearing next Friday.

Marissa Alexander was convicted in 2010 on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Her case has been thrust into the spotlight due to the controversial Stand Your Ground law that she was denied.

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Famous but underage: Miley Cyrus drinking, Earvin Johnson III spotted in nightclub


Magic Johnson’s son Earvin Johnson III was spotted at a nightclub with Miley Cyrus this past weekend.

The two were photographed at New York City’s 10ak, and Miley can be seen with a drink in her hand.

From Enstarz:

Johnson’s friend Andrew Warren shared a picture of the trio on his Instagram account. “Insane crew at oak @ej_antoinette @mileycyrus #clique,” he captioned it. ”Miley and EJ were at 1OAK… Miley was drinking alcohol in the club,” said the source, who revealed that Lindsay Lohan was also in the Manhattan venue that night.

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White woman who posted racist Halloween picture fired


A Florida woman who posted a photo on her Instagram page of two white men portraying the Trayvon Martin shooting has been fired from her job.

Caitlin Cimeno was seen pictured with the men earlier this week. William Filene, dressed as Trayvon Martin appeared in blackface with a stained hoodie. The photo caused outrage online and as a result, Cimeno deleted all of her social media accounts.

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Man captured, held for murdering 5 people in small Texas town


Charles Everett Brownlow Jr. is in custody after killing five people in his hometown of Terrell, Texas.

Police say that Brownlow Jr. went on a shooting spree that spanned six hours, and claimed the lives of his mother and aunt.

From CNN:

The chaos began around 5 p.m. Monday with reports of a gunshot victim. Police arrived to find a dead woman — later determined to be Belinda Walker, Terrell’s 55-year-old aunt — with at least one bullet wound to the head.About a half hour later, a firefighter noticed that a nearby home was on fire. These flames were quickly extinguished, and authorities found another woman’s body. This was Charles Brownlow’s house, and the victim was Mary Brownlow, his 61-year-old mother.

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Marvin Gaye’s children respond to Robin Thicke, Pharrell with lawsuit


Two of Marvin Gaye’s children have responded to Robin Thicke, Pharell Williams, et. al., by issuing a lawsuit of their own.

Weeks after Thicke and Williams filed a suit saying they had not plagiarized Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” for the 2013 summer jam “Blurred Lines,” Gaye’s heirs are saying that Thicke not only jacked their father’s record, but admitted it.

From TMZ:

Nona Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye filed the docs Wednesday…pointing out Robin’s interviews with “Billboard” and “GQ” –where he admitted Marvin’s “Got To Give It Up” was one of his fave songs of all time, and he wanted to “make something like that, something with that groove.”

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17 years later: a black woman recalls protecting a white klansman


Keisha Thomas remembers it like yesterday. It was June 1996, and 17 Ku Klux Klan members held a rally in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Hundreds of locals arrived on the scene to protest the KKK’s presence as police protected the Klansman.

Thomas was standing in the crowd when someone noticed a man with a confederate flag T-Shirt and SS tattoo.

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