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Nicki Minaj attributes more natural, toned down look to confidence

If you’ve been keeping up with Nicki Minaj, then you’ll notice the rapper has dropped her colorful and oddball style for a more natural and sophisticated look.

Why? Because she’s more comfortable in her skin.

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NFL player DeAngelo Williams dyes hair pink in honor of mom, breast cancer awareness

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Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams has dyed his trademark locs pink in honor of his late mother Sandra Hill, who lost her battle with breast cancer in May.

The NFL star also painted his toe nails pink in memory of his mom, and to spread awareness about the deadly disease. 

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Feature: Black Women Find a Growing Business Opportunity: Care For Their Hair

The following post is from The New York Times. It was written by Vivian Yee.

By: Vivian Yee

Not much seems unusual about Judian and Kadeian Brown’s storefront in a tidy plaza off Church Avenue in Flatbush, Brooklyn, a neighborhood where every block seems to have its own African hair-braiding salon.

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NBA star Luol Deng responds to racist comments made by Hawks General Manager

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NBA player Luol Deng has responded to comments made by Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry.

Ferry, on a business call discussing whether to sign Deng, said that “[Deng] has a little African in him. Not in a bad way, but he’s like a guy who would have a nice store out front but sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back.” Deng’s statement was featured in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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Youth from Ferguson address need to discuss racism with video campaign

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Several children from Ferguson, Missouri are featured in a video called “Hey White People.” The clip sarcastically addresses common statements white people make about race and counters those claims with facts.

The clip is dedicated to Mike Brown.

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Ray Rice: ‘I have to be strong for my wife’

A day after a video showing former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee in the face during an altercation in a hotel elevator, the former running back has finally broke his silence.

Rice’s comments come after the NFL decided to indefinitely suspend him after his release from the team. The remarks also follow a statement released by his wife, Janay Rice addressed the incident. 

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Paulette Brown becomes first black women to lead the American Bar Association

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Last month, attorney Paulette Brown became the first black woman elected to lead the American Bar Association. The American Bar Association has 400,000 members, and did not allow black people to join until 1943. Brown is a partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer, LLP, in Boston, and will take her position as head of the ABA next summer.

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Feature: What Black Ray Rice Apologists and Racists Have in Common

What Black Ray Rice Apologists and Racists Have in Common

The following post originally appears on EBONY. It was written by Damon Young.

By: Damon Young

Today marks a month since Mike Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Exactly what happened the day of the shooting remains unclear. What is not unclear, though, is the fact that Brown was unarmed and Black and Darren Wilson, the officer who shot him, is White and, as of today, free.

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Feature: Between the Peacekeepers and Protesters in Ferguson

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The following post is from Truthout. It was written by Raven Rakia.

By: Raven Rakia

From the very beginning, the movement in Ferguson, Missouri, has been youth-led and locally initiated. It was spurred after neighbors saw a young man dead in the streets for four hours after he had been gunned down by police officer Darren Wilson. After the first three or four nights, people deeming themselves “peacekeepers” began appearing at the protests.

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Janay Rice releases statement on elevator incident: ‘This is our life’

In an emotional message, the wife of former Ravens running back Ray Rice broke her silence Tuesday after Rice’s contract was terminated with the NFL.

The events followed the release of a graphic video surfacing that shows Rice punching his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer. The couple has been in counseling since the February incident. 

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