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Watch 'The Wiz's' Dorothy sing in auditions for live NBC show

Shanice Williams will step into Dorothy's ruby red slippers for NBC's "The Wiz Live!" a musical adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz."<p>The 18-year-old theater actress joins Grammy winners Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige and Tony Award nominee David Alan Grier for the live event, slated to air on Dec. …

Watching Sandra Bland

In the age of dashboard video cameras and cell-phone-captured arrests, there is so much that we see and can’t ever unsee. Police in Staten Island putting Eric Garner in a choke hold, while he gasps, over and over, that he can’t breathe.* The Texas state trooper threatening to use his Taser on …

Justice

Death of a Young Black Journalist

On the night of May 27th, Charnice Milton, a twenty-seven-year-old journalist, was heading home from an assignment. She’d stopped to transfer buses in Anacostia, in Washington, D.C., after covering a neighborhood meeting for a Capitol Hill paper called the <i>Hill Rag</i>. According to police, Milton took …

Journalism

Chance the Rapper and Lil B release surprise mixtape

Chance the Rapper posted an image of himself and Lil B to Instagram in July with this blunt caption: “Made an album with Lil B.” Now, after claiming …

How to Give Students a Chance at the Game

"Justice is not only the absence of oppression, it is the presence of opportunity."<p>- President Barack Obama, 2015 NAACP Conference<p>I had the honor and privilege of attending the 106th Annual NAACP Convention in Philadelphia where there were a host of luminaries, dignitaries, civil rights icons and …

Heading to College? Let's Make Sure You Graduate

A huge migration is about to begin. In a few weeks' time, like so many eager, young, stumbling wildebeest, thousands of you are about to head off into a new chapter and begin your college careers. No matter how long I work in higher education, the thrill and excitement that permeates a campus at …

The Fight for Voting Rights Is Our Fight Today

Thursday, August 6 marks the 50-year anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This landmark piece of legislation was a milestone in the fight for civil rights and a great step forward in the advancement of our democracy. This important and popular law passed the House and Senate with the …

Beyond Dr. Dre's 'Detox': 8 albums we're still dying to hear

Dr. Dre returns this week with his first full length in 16 years, <i>Compton: A Soundtrack</i>. And the end of last year, D’Angelo put a stop to the world’s …