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Nina Simone Documentary In The Works

The estate of Nina Simone has partnered with @radical.media to bring us the definitive documentary on the life and legacy of Nina Simone.

The project will use never-before-seen archival footage to tell her incredible story.

From NewsOne:

According to the press release, Jayson Jackson, the estate’s representative, brought the project to @radical.media, and it will include “highlights from hours of never-before-seen archival and performance footage tracing Nina’s life from her journey from poverty in the Jim Crow South, to her defining role in the Civil Rights struggle and her arrival on the world’s stage and finally, her self-imposed exile in France.”

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Paula Deen Apologizes for Being Racist

We knew this was coming.

Paula Deen has issued an apology for using racist language that essentially plays upon stereotypes of white southerners in an effort for us to accept her “my bad.”

Here’s part of the statement, which was issued via TMZ.

“During a deposition where she swore to tell the truth, Ms. Deen recounted having used a racial epithet in the past, speaking largely about a time in American history which was quite different than today…

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All-Female Jury Selected for Zimmerman Trial; 5 White Women, 1 Minority

An all-female jury has been selected for the trial of George Zimmerman.

It will be comprised of 5 white women, and 1 minority woman (some outlets are alleging that she is Hispanic).

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder, and faces a possible life sentence.

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NFL Player Aaron Hernandez Possibly Connected to Homicide

New England Patriots star, Aaron Hernandez is facing what looks like an incredible amount of trouble.

News broke yesterday that Hernandez was questioned regarding the homicide of Odin Lloyd, who was a friend of Hernandez.

Now, there’s news that Hernandez, who has not been charged with any crime, destroyed the surveillance equipment in his home and had his home cleaned just a few days ago:

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Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” Accused of Condoning Rape

Robin Thicke’s current single “Blurred Lines” f/ Pharrell and T.I.  is sitting at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

But not everyone is singing along.

A growing chorus of voices take issue with the song, and have even accused it of promoting rape.

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Serena Williams’ Body Compared to a “Monster Truck” in Rolling Stone Interview

A recent Rolling Stone interview with Serena Williams raised some eyebrows when the writer compared Serena Williams’ body to a monster truck.

The reference was made to explain why Serena Williams doesn’t attract the endorsement deals of white tennis player Maria Sharapova.

From Clutch Magazine:

In a statement meant to explain why certain tennis players earn more money in endorsements in their looks, the magazine makes a body image comparison to a “monster truck” that leaves us wondering if all said was truly meant in praise.

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Food Network Releases Statement on Paula Deen Controversy

Yesterday, the internet went crazy over reports that TV chef Paula Deen had admitted to using the n-word and making racist jokes in a deposition last month.

Paula’s attorney has since released a statement, asserting that Deen does not “find the use of racial epithets acceptable.”

Meanwhile, the Food Network – which broadcasts Deen’s cooking show – has released a statement of their own.

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Frederick Douglass Statue Unveiled at Capitol

On Wednesday a statue of legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass was unveiled at the Capitol.

Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the ceremony, praising Douglass as a courageous visionary who fought relentlessly for equality and justice.

From the Grio:

Douglass was born a slave in 1818 in Talbot County, Md. He was a writer who advised President Abraham Lincoln and was a voice for women’s rights as well as those of black Americans.

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Black GOP Candidate Erika Harold Called “Street Walker,” “Love Child of DNC” by Illinois GOP Official

Jim Allen, chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party in Illinois, may have to resign after releasing a racist, sexist rant about a republican candidate vying for Rep Rodney Davis’ congressional seat.

The challenger, Erika Harold, is a former Miss America and Harvard Law graduate.

In the tirade – sent to the editor-in-chief of a local site called Republican News Watch – Jim Allen calls Harold a “street walker,” “Little Queenie,” and a “love child of the DNC.”

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Guest Post

Rhymes & Reasons Interviews Pugs Atomz About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed His Life

Rhymes & Reasons presents Pugs Atomz.

Pugz Atomz–appropriately for the long-time host of WHPK’s “CTA Radio”–dug in the crate for his session with Rhymes & Reasons.

He talked to us about Saafir’s “Light Sleeper,” a quirky West Coast classic from an innovator of lyrical style, as well as Whodini’s “The Freaks Come Out,” “Spaceship” from Kanye West, GLC, and Consequence, and “Brooklyn Hardrock,” by Thurston Howell III. (We learned a lot about Polo.)

Check out the interview below:

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