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Orange is the New Black Creator Talks Diversity on the Small Screen

Netflix’ latest hit series, Orange is the New Black has sparked a lot of conversation.

Based on a memoir, OitNB centers on Piper Chapman, a white woman who is sentenced to prison for carrying drug money for her drug-dealing ex-girlfriend.

A lot of the conversation about the series is regarding race and sexuality and how the show handles those things.

Show creator, Jenji Kohan spoke to NPR about her use of a privileged white woman character as a vehicle to bring diversity to the small screen:

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Oprah on Jay Z-Belafonte Beef: ‘There Are Multiple Ways to Protest’

Oprah recently weighed in on the recent dust-up between Jay Z and Harry Belafonte.

After Jay was criticized by Belafonte for not being more politically engaged, Jay Z responded with lyrics that many found very disrespectful:

I’m just trying to find common ground/’fore Mr. Belafonte come and chop a n*gga down/Mr. Day O, major fail/Respect these youngins boy, it’s my time now.

According to Oprah, a generational gap is at the heart of their disagreement, but both of them are protesting in their own way.

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Iman: Boycott Fashion Labels That Don’t Use Black Models

Supermodel Iman says there should be a boycott of fashion labels that don’t use black models.

Black models make up a very small percentage of models used on the runway and in print.

Iman says labels must begin to take diversity seriously, and that a boycott might be necessary to force their hands.

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Homeless Teen’s Online Campaign Funds His Enrollment at Howard University!

Homeless 19-year old James Ward will attend Howard University this fall after soliciting online donations to his college fund.

Ward has been homeless since the age of 14, moving from place to place with his siblings and mother. They’ve even lived in his mother’s car for long spells.

After launching a campaign online called “Homeless to Howard) just a few days ago, his story spread like wildfire.

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Hospital Reverses Decision to Deny Dying 15-Year Old Heart Transplant

On Monday, we told you about Anthony Stokes, a 15-year old denied a heart transplant because of his run-ins with law enforcement and low grades.

Well after a media backlash, the children’s Hospital in Atlanta that denied Stokes have reversed their decision.

Anthony Stokes will now be first in line for the procedure because of the severely weakened state of his heart.

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Kendrick Lamar Astounds, Calls Out EVERYONE on Big Sean’s ‘Control’

Acclaimed emcee Kendrick Lamar dropped one of the most astounding rap verses in recent memory yesterday, igniting a frenzy on twitter that has yet to die down.

The verse – featured on Big Sean’s “Control” – is an epic, 3 minute-long tirade against his Hip Hop competitors.

And he didn’t throw subliminals either; Lamar called out practically every big name in Hip Hop by name, challenging them to step their game up.

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Baseball Player Adam Jones Says Fan Threw Banana at Him During Recent Game

Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones says a fan threw a banana at him during a recent game against the San Francisco Giants.

Jones spoke out via Twitter and later to reporters; he expressed dismay at the ignorance, but vowed to keep his head up and brush off the hatred.

From the Grio:

“It’s unfortunate that things happen like that, but it ain’t going stop me, myself and the Orioles,” he told reporters before Monday night’s game against Arizona.

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Chris Brown Says ‘Stress,’ ‘Non-stop Negativity’ Caused Seizure

Pop star Chris Brown suffered a seizure early Friday due to “emotional stress” and “nonstop negativity,” according to a rep for the singer.

From The Los Angeles Times:

“His doctor tended to him this afternoon and attributes the NES to intense fatigue and extreme emotional stress, both due to the continued onslaught of unfounded legal matters and the nonstop negativity,” his rep said in a statement.

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Jason Collins – NBA’s First Active, Openly Gay Player – May Get Signed

Openly gay, NBA free agent Jason Collins may have a new home after reports of the Detroit Pistons expressing interest in the journeyman have surfaced.

Collins made headlines in April after coming out as the first openly gay athlete in any of the four major U.S. sports leagues.

From USA Today:

Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars doesn’t comment on potential free agent targets until after they sign with the Pistons, but Dumars said last week that the Pistons do have a roster spot open and could be looking for a big man.

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North Carolina Governor Signs Voter ID Bill

North Carolina Governor Pat McCroy has signed a law requiring government-issued IDs at polls.

The measure also narrowed the window for early voting.

This attack on the voting rights of North Carolina residents has activists and community members up in arms. The ACLU has announced its intentions to file a lawsuit against parts of the measure.

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