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The question no one is asking Donald Sterling

The question no one is asking Donald Sterling

Why would a white racist have sex with a person of color?

That's the question that few people in the media want to raise, let alone address. But it is an age-old contradiction not limited to Donald St

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  • Written by George E. Curry/NNPA Columnist

Hip-hop leaders form partnership with NNPA

Hip-hop leaders form partnership with NNPA

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Upcoming hip-hop artists may find it challenging to get a DJ to play their songs or a mainstream media critic to review their music, but if they belong to Core DJs World Wide, they have nothing to worry about.

Last week, leaders of the group representing, representing more than 500 of the nation's most influential DJs, met with National Newspaper Publishers Association Chairman Cloves Campbell and a partnership was established that will give them access to approximately 200 black newspapers. In turn, NNPA will have a strong connection with a new generation of readers.

"We want to merge the hip hop community with the black media," Tony Neal, CEO and founder of Core DJs World Wide said in an exclusive interview with the Miami Times. "Now we have two well-defined voices reaching the people."

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  • Written by Jimmie Davis, Jr./NNPA News Service

Leslie Jones’ slave monologue on ‘SNL’ sparks backlash

Leslie Jones’ slave monologue on ‘SNL’ sparks backlash

A portion of Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update featuring Leslie Jones has generated backlash on social media.

During the episode, the writer performed a monologue as an image expert, commenting on People naming Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong'o their most beautiful person.

She congratulated the actress, but what followed had Twitter abuzz.

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  • Written by Carrie Healey/theGrio

Puff Daddy: Revolt TV to be next ESPN

Puff Daddy: Revolt TV to be next ESPN

When Viacom's VH1 and MTV moved away from music videos, it opened the door for Revolt TV network to fill in the gap, hip-hop mogul Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs told executives recently in Los Angeles, according to CNBC.

"We're following the footsteps of ESPN and CNN," he told the crowd, according to CNBC. Consumers "need the Weather Channel and they need Revolt," he told the crowd at the annual Cable Show, the industry's largest trade show.

He predicted that his Revolt TV network will one day be the size of Walt Disney's ESPN. He acknowledged the risk of starting a traditional TV network in today's environment when consumers are moving more and more toward digital video over the Internet. But he argued that Viacom's shift to reality shows and away from music videos left a lot of fertile ground for his television network to flourish.

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  • Written by Lynette Holloway/The Root

Marvin Sapp speaks out about Teleka Patrick case

Marvin Sapp speaks out about Teleka Patrick case

Marvin Sapp, the Grammy-nominated gospel singer and Grand Rapids, Mich. pastor, broke his silence recently to ABC 57 about his so-called connection to the Teleka Patrick case.

"I don't know much about the details of the case, other than the fact that I really feel terrible for her family," Sapp, pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids told the news station.

The comment comes several months after he was thrust headlong into controversy surrounding the disappearance of the 30-year-old Michigan doctor. Patrick's body was found early last month in a lake in Porter, Indiana, less than a mile away from where her car was found on the side of I-94. Two autopsies confirmed that she had died of asphyxia from drowning.

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  • Written by Lynette Holloway/The Root

‘Pageants, Parlors & Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the 20th Century South’

‘Pageants, Parlors & Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the 20th Century South’

America has a long, ugly legacy of promoting diametrically opposed images of black and white females. This can be traced all the way back to Founding Fathers like Thomas Jefferson, an adulterer who had a white wife, but fathered a half-dozen children with Sally Hemmings, one of his hundreds of slaves.

Yet, in his only book, "Notes on the State of Virginia," the hypocritical third President of the U.S. frowned upon race-mixing while denouncing black women as unattractive on account of their hair texture and skin color. He actually went so far as to pronounce sisters so promiscuous that they would just as soon mate with an ape as a human.

Sadly, such racist notions continued to shape popular attitudes about African-American femininity after Emancipation, especially in the South with its strictly-enforced color line. In the wake of the Civil War, Caucasian women "were transformed into symbols of white supremacy and, eventually, massive resistance," to integration and equal rights.

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Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

For movies opening May 2, 2014

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (PG-13 for action and sci-fi violence) Second installment in re-booted Marvel Comics franchise finds your friendly neighborhood superhero (Andrew Garfield) wooing Gwen (Emma Stone) while protecting New York from a few, formidable new foes (Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan and Paul Giamatti). With Sally Field, Chris Cooper, Denis Leary, Colm Feore and Embeth Davidtz.

"Belle" (PG for mature themes, mild epithets and brief smoking) Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars in this biopic about the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle (1761-1804), the illegitimate offspring of an African slave and a British ship captain (Matthew Goode) who sent his daughter to England to be raised in polite society by his aristocratic aunt (Emily Watson) and uncle (Tom Wilkinson). Cast includes Penelope Wilton, Sarah Gadon, Miranda Richardson, Tom Felton and Bethan Mary-James.

 

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