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An intimate portrait of black fatherhood in East New York

As thousands of people in cities across the U.S. took to the streets in recent years to protest the police killings of black men — most recently for …

Ava DuVernay's '13th' Explores The Evolution Of The U.S. Prison System

If there’s one thing that Ava DuVernay is more passionate about than the present-day reality of black life in America, it’s her push to help people understand the past so America’s sordid history in mistreating black Americans isn’t repeated.<p>The director makes this clear in her stunning new …

11 African American Inventors Who Changed the World

Dr. Shirley Jackson speaks at a conference in 2011.<p>Dr. Shirley Jackson speaks at a conference in 2011.<p>Can you imagine life without blood banks, …

Mirai Nagasu

Solange Rise (Cover) x M E

YouTube

Charlotte police won’t make shooting video public; chief says footage is not ‘definitive’

<i>For the latest updates from Charlotte, head here.</i><p>CHARLOTTE — Hours after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) declared a state of emergency and the National Guard and state troopers moved in, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney resisted calls to release video footage of a police shooting …

Law Enforcement

Kaepernick encouraged by Obama weighing in on anthem protest

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Colin Kaepernick was encouraged that President Barack Obama recently weighed in on his national anthem protest by praising him for generating conversation about social issues.<p>Obama said Monday that he had no doubt that the San Francisco 49ers quarterback is sincere and …

Colin Kaepernick

Darren Seals: Ferguson, Mo., Protester Found Shot to Death Inside Burning Car

Hear Kanye West's Tenacious 'Tiimmy Turner' Remix

"I'm the new Steve, mixed with Ali," rapper boasts on reworking of latest Desiigner single<p>Kanye West delivers a vivid, vibrant and varied verse on a …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Serena Williams: All you need to know after record-breaking win

<b>The win was routine but the milestone anything but.</b><p>With a 6-2 6-3 victory over Yaroslava Shvedov at the US Open, Serena Williams set a new Grand Slam record of 308 victories, to pass Roger Federer in the all-time list of matches won at the tennis majors.<p>The dominant figure in the women's game, …

Serena Williams

Video Shows Questionable Arrest Of Two Black Teenagers In Texas

WASHINGTON ― Seventeen-year-old Vanae Wright and her friend Leilani Green were eating at a San Antonio Whataburger last week when sheriff’s deputies racially profiled and arrested them on trumped-up charges, the lawyer for one of the teens alleged Tuesday as video of the incident began to circulate …

June's Diary Delivers With Performance of ‘Negro National Anthem’ 

One actor has been in 3 of the biggest movies this year and you probably didn’t even realize it

Sure, Disney may be dominating the box office this year with four of the highest-grossing movies of the year so far, but there's also one actor who has been in three of those films.<p>You may not have noticed it though because he's been disguised on screen as a tiger, a buffalo, and even an adorable …

Film Industry

Chance the Rapper crashes Lollapalooza with Dwyane Wade, Michelle Williams — watch

<i>Photo via Twitter/@BullsBulletin</i><p>Despite having one of the greatest albums of the year with <i>Color Book</i>, Chance the Rapper was no where to be found on …

Browse Jeff Buckley's Personal Record Collection

New site offers fans digital access to singer's vinyl, from Metallica and Skinny Puppy to Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan<p>Jeff Buckley's personal record …

Vinyl Records

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Charlamagne Gives Raven-Symoné ‘Donkey Of The Day’ For Slamming JAY Z, Diddy, & T.I.In Shady Instagram Post<p>The Philadelphia Eagles Defeat the New …

In 1967, Jimi Hendrix Opened for The Monkees

It sounds like an elaborate joke today: legendary acid rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix working as the warm-up for a teenybopper group like The Monkees? …

John Sculley

Dodging Stray Bullets in Lebanon With The World’s First Bulletproof Headscarf

The kevlar keffiyeh. Image: Salim Kadi<p>Beirut fire sergeant Wissam Bleik was killed by a stray bullet during the Beirut municipal elections in May. He …

An Indian rape survivor was allegedly raped again by the same five men

A 20-year-old college student was found in the roadside bushes of a small northern Indian city last week, raped and left for dead. In the days afterward, a shocking possibility came to light: Her attackers may be the same five men who had raped her three years earlier but were out on bail. They …

India

We are saddened by the passing of a true Warriors Legend. Rest in Peace, Nate Thurmond.

This Poster for 'Birth of a Nation' Is a Punch to the Gut

A powerful poster for a powerful film.<p>In <i>Birth of a Nation,</i> Nate Parker plays Nat Turner, a Virginia slave who led a rebellion of slaves and free blacks in 1831. The film swept Sundance and is already generating Oscar buzz.<p>On Friday, Parker tweeted out the upcoming film's poster—a powerful image of …

Posters

Watch Prophets of Rage Play Rooftop Show on Los Angeles' Skid Row

Supergroup plays warm-up gig before heading off to Republican National Convention in Cleveland<p>Before heading off to "cause a ruckus" at the …

Indie Music

Report: Kevin Garnett not ready to retire, but not sure he can play

Garnett's body has taken a beating over the years<p>With Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan retiring, Kevin Garnett appears to be the next NBA legend who will …

Linda Ronstadt: The Rolling Stone Interview

The singer-songwriter gets personal<p>Ever since the enormous success of <i>Heart Like a Wheel</i> four years ago, Linda Ronstadt has been by far America's …

Emmylou Harris

Racism, Stress, and Black Death

Two weeks ago I used my aunt’s car to make my way across New Orleans. I am back in Louisiana, where I was born and raised, for a few weeks, and she has lent me her car so that I’m able to run all the errands my mother inevitably assigns to me each time I return home. When I am done, I drive the car …

How Do I Connect With Kin of My Ancestor’s Slave Owners?

Genealogy
Basketball

Watch 82-Year-Old Man Sing 'Bodies' With Drowning Pool

'America's Got Talent' viral star joins rockers onstage at Chicago's Open Air<p>An 82-year-old man named John Hetlinger lived out his dream – performing …

Simon Cowell