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Report: Meek Mill Tried to Block Drake After-Party in Philadelphia

What’s got Drake and Meek Mill “Charged Up” once again?<p>According to TMZ, the Dreamchasers boss reignited the feud by trying to block the 6 God from …

Philadelphia

A half-price music subscription might not be a good idea for Amazon

Amazon.com rarely makes mistakes, but it may be about to stumble in the potential pursuit of standing out in the crowded digital music market.<p>Recode is reporting that Amazon could roll out a premium music subscription service as early as next month.<p>That's a brazen move. Offering a smorgasbord of …

Amazon

Q&A: Malcolm Gladwell on Podcasting, Beer Ads and His Next Move

Since history is written by the victor, it needs a top-notch editor. And that's exactly why best-selling author and New Yorker writer Malcolm …

Malcolm Gladwell

Insights: Toward A New Publishing Paradigm Where Scale Fails And More Is Less

Insights <i>is a new weekly series featuring entertainment industry veteran David Bloom. It represents an experiment of sorts in digital-age journalism</i> …

Publishing

Comcast’s Watchable Platform Premieres Exclusive Shows From Refinery29, Mitú, and Cut.com

Cable provider <b>Comcast</b>’s ad-suported streaming service, <b>Watchable</b> — which launched last September with roughly 30 different content partners including</b> …

Comcast

Reginald Hudlin promotes 'The Black Movie Soundtrack II'

Good Day LA<p>Reginald Hudlin promotes 'The Black Movie Soundtrack II'<p>Next week, film fans can enjoy "The Black Movie Soundtrack II" at the Hollywood …

Soundtracks

"Mary Jane is Not Black!": Spider-Man Fans Outraged Zendaya Will Play Love Interest in Upcoming Film

Here we go...Zendaya Coleman was dragged for being too light to play Aaliyah and apparently, for some, too black to play Mary Jane Watson in the …

Superhero Movies

New Jersey cops chase black boy with guns drawn after mistaking him for adult suspect

Police chased a 10-year-old black boy with guns drawn after mistaking him for an adult armed robbery suspect.<p>Legend Preston had been playing with a …

Policing

Donald Glover Turns His Eye to His Hometown – and Black America – in Atlanta

Donald Glover’s Community<p>The comic turns his eye to his hometown—and black America—in <i>Atlanta.</i><p>Photograph by Sandy Kim<p>“I wanted to show white people, …

Sales Of Monica’s 2003 Single “So Gone” Boosted 407% With #SoGoneChallenge

Chance The Rapper breathed new life into Monica‘s 2003 single “So Gone,” when he freestyled over the instrumental and thus created the social media …

“There was a market for white resentment”: Tim Wise on Trump, David Duke and the bigotry that risen from the shadows

Read or listen: Interview with Tim Wise about what the Trump phenomenon portends for the future of U.S. politics<p><i>Listen to an excerpt of the interview here:</i><p>The ascendance of Donald Trump over the Republican Party has been met with many questions about racial progress and social justice in the United …

Racism

Why the Debate Over Nate Parker Is So Complex

The discussion over how to parse the filmmaker in light of a sexual-assault trial 17 years ago is particularly difficult for black women.<p>At first, it seemed as though Nate Parker’s <i>The Birth of a Nation</i> couldn’t have come at a better time. In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite activism and the rapid …

Women's News
California

NBC’s $12 Billion Olympics Bet Stumbles, Thanks to Millennials

Back in June, Steve Burke described what he called his Olympics “nightmare.”<p>“We wake up someday and the ratings are down 20 percent,” the chief …

Olympics

Too Black to be Dominican: The Olympic Medalist Derided as Too Foreign

Last week, <b>Luis “Luisito” Pie</b> defeated Spain’s <b>Jesús Tortosa</b> in the 58 kg taekwondo bronze fight, and emerged with the first medal of the Rio Olympics …

Africa

The Stoner Arms Dealers: How Two American Kids Became Big-Time Weapons Traders

The e-mail confirmed it: everything was finally back on schedule after weeks of maddening, inexplicable delay. A 747 cargo plane had just lifted off from an airport in Hungary and was banking over the Black Sea toward Kyrgyzstan, some 3,000 miles to the east. After stopping to refuel there, the …

United States

These Louisiana politicians are demanding flood aid, but voted against Sandy relief

Call it logrolling or one hand washing the other, a generally recognized fact in Washington is that if you want something for your district, it pays to agree to the same thing for another guy’s district.<p>That point may have been lost on three Louisiana Congressmen when they voted against a …

Government

the ‘Rhineland Bastards’

By Martin Smith | 23 April 2014<p>African-German girl in a school photo. Pic credit: USHMM<p>Most people know about the Nazi Holocaust, the murder of 6 …

The Lesson I Learned From Marriage That Saved My Life

Comment count<p>Somewhere between the exhausting frustration of a life spent chasing everything in a skirt and the fulfillment of settling down with one …

Marriage

Tyra Banks To Teach A Course At Stanford's Business School Next Spring

Former model, television personality, and inventor of smizing Tyra Banks is going to be donning a new hat next spring as college professor when …

Tyra Banks

Mel Brooks Looks Back: ‘Blazing Saddles’ Could Never Get Made Today

JB Lacroix/Getty; Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast<p>The 90-year-old comedy master opens up about his upcoming ‘Blazing Saddles’ event at Radio City Music Hall, political correctness, and the state of comedy today.<p>In a world gone mad, Mel Brooks, now 90, is determined to get people back on his …

Mel Brooks

Tony Dorsett Is Losing His Mind

It was January 3, 1983, the last day of the NFL’s strike-shortened season, and Tony Dorsett’s Dallas Cowboys were losing to the Minnesota Vikings on</i> …

The Brain

The ‘racist’ Chinese washing powder ad and the truth about Afrophobia in China

Is Afrophobia really on the rise in China?<p>Roughly two months have passed since the Qiaobi detergent advertisement went viral. The advert, in which a Chinese woman shoves a black man into a washing machine only for him to emerge as a shiny, clean, Asian man, prompted Western media to call it “the …

Racism

There’s one group of minority immigrants in the US that is surprisingly pro-Trump

In mid-August, at a concert in New York City to celebrate the 70th anniversary of India’s independence, Anand Ahuja got into a playful argument with Hetal Gor. Inside the United Nations General Assembly Hall, Gor was explaining why she will vote for Hillary Clinton, and Ahuja chimed in with …

Donald Trump

Devi Brown Is Bringing Peace, Love and Crystals to Hip-Hop | Fashion News & Events | Houstonia

In the span of 20 months, radio personality Devi Brown moved from Los Angeles to Houston, only to move again to New York, get married (to Texans …

“We are the demographic Trump is appealing to”: Whether the establishment likes it or not, white nationalists still power the Trump train

Republicans must now reckon with what it means that their party's nominee "is the darling of white supremacists"<p>The party that nominated segregationist George Wallace for president in 1968 has now put Donald Trump on the California ballot. Formed one year before that election to nominate Wallace, …

Donald Trump

A White Martyr When Black Lives Didn’t Matter

Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/ The Daily Beast<p>Jonathan Daniels ‘could have had any benefit he wanted.’ But in 1965 Alabama, the Episcopal seminarian was gunned down while trying to buy a Coke with two black girls.<p>The murder in cold blood and in broad daylight of a religious leader is …

American South

Runner's brave gesture at the Rio Olympics could cost him his life

The word "brave" is thrown around a lot during the Olympics.<p>But Ethiopian long-distance runner Feyisa Lilesa showed what true bravery looks like during the men's marathon on Sunday.<p>Crossing the finish line for a silver medal, it looked like Lilesa was simply raising his arms to celebrate. Yet those …

Olympics

George Curry, Black Press Champion, Dies at 69

<b>George E. Curry</b>, a veteran journalist who championed the black press and was reviving online his beloved Emerge magazine, died Saturday at 69, …

Print Media