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Jill Scott takes to social media in defense of Bill Cosby

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Singer Jill Scott took to Twitter in defense of comedian/actor Bill Cosby Monday morning. The star accused the media of attempting to destroy Cosby’s legacy, after a series of women came forward accusing him of sexual assault. 

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Tyler James Williams calls out homophobia in the black community

Dear White People actor Tyler James Williams has a lot to say about how the media portrays black members of the LGBTQ community. According to the star, the media feeds into the notion that the black community is homophobic, thus contributing to the sentiment that being gay and black is unnatural.

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Activists in Ferguson protest St. Louis Post-Dispatch coverage

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Protesters gathered outside the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Monday in opposition of the paper’s coverage of events happening in Ferguson. The activists stood outside the building dressed as old-time newsies and passed out mock-up papers yelling, ”Extra, extra. Read all about it. Post-Dispatch changes its name to Post-Disgrace.”

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Video: Hip Hop artist/activist Talib Kweli stands up against biased media coverage of Ferguson protesters

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Rapper/activist Talib Kweli is one of the few celebrities who traveled to Ferguson, Missouri to be at the forefront of the movement for justice after the death of Michael Brown. He recently spoke to CNN’s Don Lemon, and things got pretty heated. 

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African Americans protest media portrayals of black victims with #IfTheyGunnedMeDown hashtag

  In the wake of the shooting death of Ferguson, Missouri resident Michael Brown, African-Americans have taken to Twitter to highlight how the media portrays blacks if they should become victims of police shootings.

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Guest Post

We need black gay male couples on television

The following post was written by Xavier D’Leau, and originally appeared on The Root under the title of “Can We Please Get Some Black Gay male couples on TV?” By: Xavier D’Leau My television raised me. I’m not criticizing my mom here. A single mother, she worked tirelessly to give her only son whatever he […]

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There’s no ‘Hood Disease’ after all

A viral clip using the term “Hood Disease” to describe the impact of trauma on inner-city youth raised eyebrows last week, and rightfully so. The term was used in a story during last Friday’s newscast on KPIX-TV, a CBS affiliate in San Francisco. The story highlighted children who lived in “virtual war zones” who repeatedly experience trauma. 

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Jet Magazine cancels print edition

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Jet Magazine, the pioneering weekly magazine for African Americans that rose to prominence during the civil rights movement, will no longer publish a regular print edition. Johnson Publishing Company, who owns the magazine, will move Jet to a digital format starting in June. Content will be delivered via web and a paid subscription app.

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40% of all missing persons are black, yet their stories aren’t told

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A campaign meant to highlight hundreds of missing African-American women has been launched. According to the National Crime Information Center, approximately 40 percent of missing persons are black. However, public attention mainly focuses on white women who have vanished. 

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Events

America’s Most Wanted: Hip hop, the Media & the Prison Industrial Complex

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The University of Chicago’s Race Center hopes to spark useful dialogue with their event, “America’s Most Wanted: Hip hop, the Media & the Prison Industrial Complex.” AMERICA’s MOST WANTED examines the prison crisis by placing two of America’s most influential industries in the crosshairs: corporate-owned media and entertainment. 

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