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Tyler Perry Partnering With Oprah’s OWN Network for New Series

Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network has just announced a partnership with filmmaker Tyler Perry.

OWN will reportedly host all of Perry’s upcoming tv projects, including two upcoming series.

They will be the first original, scripted programs on OWN.

From the Grio:

“The star and producer of the popular Madea plays and films said it’s a ‘dream realized’ to have an opportunity to partner with Oprah.

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STUDY: Black Youth Exposed To More Alcohol Advertising

According to a recent report, black youth between the ages of 12 and 20 are exposed to far more alcohol advertising than their peers.

The study suggests that this phenomenon is the result of the large number of ads that specifically target African Americans, as well as the fact that black youth consume more media than youth overall.

While prior studies suggest that black youth drink less than their peers, African Americans suffer greater, harsher consequences for alcohol consumption.

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Lupe Fiasco Crashes Hip-Hop & Politics Panel, Defends His Stance on Voting

Jasiri X, Angela Woodson, Bakari Kitwana, Lupe Fiasco & Dr. James Peterson at Art Sanctuary in Philly (Photo by Radee Westfield) 

I know there are a million reasons to hate social media, but there’s no denying it’s connected us in some very powerful ways. Ironically, on the same day of the historic #AskFarrakhan Townhall, I witnessed the power of Twitter, when Hip-Hop artist Lupe Fiasco, walked into Art Sanctuary in Philadelphia, because he saw we were talking about him in his Twitter mentions.

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Violence Erupts at BET Hip Hop Awards

Multiple incidences of violence erupted at the BET Hip Hop Awards taping  in Atlanta this weekend.

According to reports, Rick Ross’ Maybach Music camp were quite busy, getting involved in separate scuffles with individuals affiliated with Young Jeezy and 50 Cent’s G-Unit crew respectively.

BET has released a statement, denouncing the violence, and maintaining that the award show will air later this month.

Thanks, BET!

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Black Youth and HIV Messaging

by Dr. Fay Payton

Recently, I was asked by a group of Black male college students to present at one of their meetings to discuss HIV in the Black Community.  The topic directly aligns with the work of  As the founding director of the @myhealthimpact brand, I am adamant that we remain supportive of a “for-student-by-student” strategy.  It is central to our creation of HIV/AIDS messages intended to reach the young and digitally connected generation.    

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AP: President Obama Would Win If Election Was Today

According to the Associated Press, if the election were held today, President Obama would have enough electoral votes to seize victory over GOP contender Mitt Romney.

He needs 270 electoral votes to win reelection.

The pressure on Romney to turn things around in these final weeks is now more intense than ever, as a path for victory continues to narrow.

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Stand With Black Youth; Take The BYP ACTION PLEDGE Today!

Far too many Black youth continue to be demonized, criminalized and murdered.  

Enough is enough!  

In response to this intensifying crisis, the Black Youth Project (BYP) has launched, “The Pledge”.

With “The Pledge”, we are asking individuals and organizations to close ranks around black youth and make a commitment to take action and fight with black youth as they confront a relentless crisis. We at the BYP believe that each person can make a difference by doing something!

If we each take action, whether it is starting a group, signing a petition, or mentoring a young person in your neighborhood, then we all become a part of the solution.

Stand with Black Youth!

Click Here to Take the Pledge!

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Yellow Flag: What the NFL Reminded Me About Strikes

Last week, NFL referees came to a tentative agreement with the league after several months of negotiations. The end to the months long strike was more than likely compelled by a particularly horrific call, one so bad the league had to issue a “Yeah, they really got that one wrong” mea culpa. Although game officiating over the first few weeks had not been good, the  last gaffe occurred on MNF the league’s crown jewel, for all of the football loving world to see.

Until that point the NFL, which generated nearly$10 billion in revenue last year, seemed okay with replacement officials. After all, people were still watching. Yet the erratic, confused and sometimes downright bad officiating culminated last Monday with that egregiously blown call and forced the league’s hand. Things were so bad that the President, who’s clearly not done anything to indicate that he is pro-union, tweeted that he wanted the regular refs back. Perhaps such presidential pressure combined with the fact that the requests union referees were making would have cost the league about$6.5 million a year to implement, helped the NFL realize that it was looking at a real public relations nightmare.

So after months with no deal and several regular season games with replacement officials, the NFL and its referees struck a deal. And everybody was happy. (That is, until that first yellow flag was thrown on a debatable pass interference call.) But since I can’t leave well enough alone and find sports incredibly instructive when thinking about life in general, I must make the following irrational inquiry:  What if the NFL players had refused to play games as an act of solidarity with the union?

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Judge Stops Terrence Williams Execution

Terrence Williams, who was convicted of first-degree murder, will no longer be executed by lethal injection on Wednesday due to a Philadelphia judge’s decision.

His execution has been halted based on evidence that, as a teenager, Williams had been sexually abused by his victim, Amos Norwood.

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Why Are There ZERO African American Senators?

In the Senate’s history, there have only been six African American senators.

Currently, there’s a whopping ZERO. And according to the Huffington Post, that’s not likely to change any time soon.Experts point to a lack of infrastructure, fundraising troubles, and disinterest from the party establishment and voters and reasons for the disparity.

Diversity in general is a serious problem in the Senate, with only 17 female senators currently serving. And while no one seems to know what to do about it, every agrees that a more diverse Senate could bring significant change to the conversations and activities of the Senate.

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