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Black judge handcuffed by UCLA police, forced to kneel for routine traffic stop

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David Cunningham III, a superior court judge in Los Angeles is claiming that two UCLA police officers used excessive force after they pulled him over for a seat belt violation. According to Cunningham’s attorney, he was handcuffed and put in the back of the police vehicle.

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TLC performs with Lil Mama for AMAs

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On the heels of critical acclaim for her portrayal of late TLC member Lisa “LeftEye” Lopes in the recent biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, hip hop artist Lil Mama joined the remaining members of the hit 90s R&B girl group for a one-time performance at this year’s American Music Awards.

T-Boz, Chilli and Lil Mama performed one of the group’s most well-known tunes, “Waterfalls” on Sunday. After the performance, which received a standing ovation, media outlets questioned T-Boz and Chilli about whether or not Lil Mama would “replace” LeftEye.

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VIDEO: James Franco & Seth Rogen create “Bound 2″ parody, lip syncs n-word

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Kanye West’s latest video for his single “Bound 2″ is questionable. Some think it’s creative, while others find it to be trashy. Kim Kardashian’s appearance, along with the Clydesdale horses definitely make it easy to laugh at. Naturally, parodies would make their debut.

The most talked about parody is that of James Franco and Seth Rogen. The two, rehash scenes from the original video scene for scene, with Franco and Rogen portraying West and Kardashian respectively. We can’t deny that for the most part, Franco and Rogen hit the nail on the head with the funny factor. But an interesting debate about Franco lip-syncing Yeezus’ verses, particularly mouthing the n-word has surfaced. 

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School tells child to cut her hair or leave

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A young girl faces expulsion, and it’s all because of her hair. Vanessa VanDyke says she was given one week to decide if she was going to cut her hair and remain a student at Faith Christian Academy in Orlando.

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Rapper Meek Mill gives back to hometown of Philly this season

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Just a few weeks ago, we reported that native Philadelphian Kevin Hart had donated 500 computers to the city’s schools. Now, another Philly-bred celebrity is giving back. Rapper Meek Mill will be giving away turkeys this week.

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Buy Buy Baby: the latest store to drive the racism train?

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Store chain Buy Buy Baby is facing allegations of racism. Last January, Damon and David Harvey visited a Buy Buy Baby in Long Island to purchase gifts for a family baby shower.

They selected three items, which totaled more than $1,000. When they tried to pay with cash, the store supervisor refused to accept the payment. The Harveys say they were discriminated against for being black.

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Teaching our kids financial literacy: a lesson from Warren Buffett

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Warren Buffett is a billionaire who enjoys teaching young children the value of a dollar. The chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway recently wrote a piece for NBC where he offers tips and best practices for parents who may want to teach their kids financial literacy.

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Ban on Malcolm X’s diaries extended indefinitely

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In the latest stem of events regarding the publishing of diaries written by the late Malcolm X, a federal judge has extended her ban on sales of the book.

Until evidence in a court challenge can be heard next year, readers will not be able to consume the book, which contains several personal entries from the civil rights leader.

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The Thanksgiving narrative: a bunch of b.s.

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In two days, millions of Americans will gather with family and friends to collectively acknowledge and give thanks for everything good in our lives. People will stuff their faces with foods that go with the holiday, and family members will take turns praising God for Aunty Lo-lo’s famous dressing (I love it). While I am an active participant in many of the American holidays, I cannot help but to acknowledge a less popular narrative about Thanksgiving: the fact that the puritans raped and pillaged the land inhabited by Native Americans who were not strong enough to defend themselves.

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Will “Shop and Frisk” Change African-American Spending Habits on Black Friday?

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No, this is not another attempt to take a shot at Jay Z, who was surprisingly demonized in the New York press for his relationship with the retail store Barneys, after 2 high profile incidents of young Black people being arrested for buying expensive items. Not only did Jay Z respond with a written statement, he also reworked his Barneys deal so his foundation receives 100% of all sales, plus according to him, he’ll have, “full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward.” I wonder if we realize that we have the power collectively to harm stores like Barneys and Macy’s more than Jay Z ever could?

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