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Harry Lennix Calls The Butler ‘Historical Porn’; Sounds Off on Media Depictions of Black Men

Lee Daniel’s highly-anticipated new film “The Butler,” opens this Friday.

But not everyone is excited about it. The film tells the story of a butler who spent decades in the White House, serving President after President.

In a Shadow and Act interview with actor Harry Lennix, Lennix pulls zero punches; blasting media depictions of black men, and specifically Daniel’s script for “The Butler.”

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Michigan Judge: No More Life-Without-Parole Sentences for Juveniles

Michigan Judge John Corbett O’Meara has ruled that juveniles convicted of first-degree murder must be considered for parole.

O’Meara’s ruling demands that the state no longer enforce their mandatory-no-parole law in the wake of a landmark Supreme Court decision.

That decision – which came down last year – abolished mandatory no-parole sentences for young people under the age of 18.

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Russell Simmons Apologizes; Pulls Harriet Tubman Sex Tape

Somehow, somewhere, someone thought filming a skit about Harriet Tubman making a sex tape was a good idea.

And apparently, so did Russell Simmons. But he’s since apologized.

The completely unfunny and disrespectful video was posted to Simmons’ All Def Digital (ADD) channel, and was created by its comedy series ADD History.

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Hugh Douglas Fired After Spat w/ ESPN Co-Host Michael Smith

We recently reported of an incident between ESPN journalist Michael Smith and former NFL player-turned-commentator Hugh Douglas.

Douglas and Smith got into a disagreement at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair, and according to witnesses, Douglas used the n-word and called Smith an Uncle Tom.

Now, Sports Illustrated is reporting that Douglas has been relieved of his duties at ESPN:

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Dartmouth Fraternity Apologizes for Holding ‘Bloods and Crips’ Party

Dartmouth’s Alpha Delta fraternity chapter had the bright idea of holding a “Bloods and Crips” party.

The invitation for the event has surfaced online, forcing them to issue an apology for the totally offensive and racist theme.

From Gawker:

Alpha Delta is no sub-tier house. A month prior to the gang kegger, house alum Phil Hanlon became the 18th President of Dartmouth. (We’ve emailed his office for comment.)

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Jesse Jackson Jr. Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison; Wife Sandi Gets 12

Jesse Jackson Jr. has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for misusing nearly $750,000 in campaign funds.

His wife, Sandi Jackson, has received a 12 months sentence.

The Jacksons reportedly spent campaign money on entertainment and pop culture memorabilia, luxury items, and other frivolous expenses.

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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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