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North Carolina Pastor Fired for Attending Rick Ross Concert

A 26-year old North Carolina pastor was fired from his church after it was discovered that he’d attended a concert headlined by Rick Ross.

Rodney Wills had been the pastor of Mt. Salem Baptist Church for four years.

The church deacons say Wills’ behavior is out of step with conduct the church wishes to be associated with.

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President Obama Will Speak at March on Washington Anniversary Ceremony

President Obama is slated to speak at the upcoming ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

The ceremony goes down on August 28th at the Lincoln Memorial.

From the Huffington Post:

Obama’s speech will come 50 years to the day after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led approximately 250,000 to the National Mall in a march for jobs and freedom.

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NYC Public Library System Drops $300M on Midtown Branch, While Harlem Library is Outrageously Underfunded

The New York Public Library system intends to invest $300 million in renovations for its flagship 5th Avenue facility.

Meanwhile, Harlem’s Macomb’s Bridge library is housed in a converted studio apartment, and boasts 14 chairs, 10 laptops, and 61 shelves of books.

Only 25 people can occupy the space at one time.

The disparity is striking. Couldn’t some of that $300 million go to NYC’s underfunded libraries, like the one in Harlem?

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B. Scott Sues BET For Forcing Him to Change Attire at Awards Show

B. Scott is suing BET for forcing him to change his attire before hosting the 2013 BET Awards Red Carpet special.

Scott – a popular gender-conforming media personality – was pulled aside shortly before airtime and asked to tone down his makeup, pull back his hair, and change his attire.

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Hugh Douglas Calls ESPN cohost Michael Smith ‘Uncle Tom’ and ‘House N—–’

Former NFL player Hugh Douglas threatened and insulted his ESPN cohost Michael Smith during a party on Friday held by the National Association of Black Journalists at the House of Blues in Orlando.

An inebriated Hughes reportedly called Smith an “Uncle Tom” and a “House N—–” when it appeared Smith was hesitant to help him on stage during the event.

He also threated to beat Smith to a pulp.

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Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign to Release Hip Hop Album to Fight Childhood Obesity

She has hit her Dougie and her Single Ladies in her crusade to merge fitness and fun.

And now…MC FLOTUS, anyone?

In her latest effort to combat childhood obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama is set to release a 19-track album of mostly hip-hop songs to further her Let’s Move! campaign:

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Usher’s Son Nearly Drowns in Swimming Pool; Ex-Wife Files for Emergency Custody

R&B singer Usher’s son nearly drowned after his arm became stuck in a swimming pool’s drain.

Initially, the boy’s aunt – as well as Usher’s housekeeper – were unable to pull him out.

Responding to their cries for help, two men installing sound in Usher’s downtown Atlanta home ran to the scene and were able to save five-year-old Usher Raymond V.

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Will Marissa Alexander be Pardoned?

As controversy surrounding Florida’s Stand Your Ground law persists, much attention has been paid to the shocking case of Marissa Alexander.

Alexander fired a warning shot during an altercation with her abusive husband. The shot did not hit anyone; and although Alexander was in fear for her safety, Stand Your Ground did not save her. She received 20 years in prison.

A growing chorus of voices are calling for Alexander to be pardoned.

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HBO Comedy Series Starring Issa Rae in the Works

Issa Rae is reportedly collaborating with Larry Wilmore on a HBO comedy series.

The show will have a premise similar to her hit webseries “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.”

Rae will star in the series as well.

From Deadline:

The project focuses on the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern day African-American woman. These are also themes Rae has tackled in her successful webseries, The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl. Wilmore will executive produce with 3 Arts, which manages both him and Rae, while Rae will co-executive produce.

Rae, recently named to Forbes’ “30 under 30” list, is writing a memoir/collection of personal essays to be published by HarperCollins. Last season, she penned a comedy script for ABC and Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland.

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Ebony Magazine Dedicates September Issue to Trayvon Martin w/ Four Covers

Ebony Magazine is dedicating their September issue to Trayvon Martin.

The magazine will feature four covers honoring the memory of Trayvon Martin. Three covers feature celebrity dads Spike Lee, Dwanye Wade, and Boris Kodjoe posing with their sons in hoodies.

The final cover is the parents of Trayvon Martin, and Trayvon’s younger brother Jahvaris.

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