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Cory Booker's Name Has Become a Synonym for "Sellout"

Photo: APIt is interesting to reflect on the fact that in just one decade, Cory Booker has gone from Inspirational Activist Mayor of a Devastated …

Cory Booker

A model lost thousands of Instagram followers after sharing realistic images – but carried on anyway.

Stina Sanders inarguably took a huge risk in agreeing to post ‘honest’ pictures on her Instagram page.<p>The London-based model and blogger had appeared …

Instagram

“10 Mobile Apps You Should Know About” - created by African Americans

New mobile apps are seemingly being developed every day and they continue to impact every facet of our lives. From Pokémon GO creating cult-like …

Mobile

How a Hollywood Talent Agency Won Big With Sports

<i>Following are excerpts from the book “Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency,” by James Andrew Miller, to be published on Aug. 9 by Custom House, an imprint of William Morrow.</i><p>Creative Artists Agency, dominant for decades in the entertainment business, stepped into the …

Entertainment

Man arrested for throwing Batman-style ninja star at Seattle police | VICE News

The Dark Knight attempted to rise again earlier this week — but not in Gotham. Police in Seattle arrested a 23-year-old man who allegedly threw an iconic Batman weapon at their vehicle during a pursuit.<p>The weapon — known as a "Batarang" — was a metal, bat-shaped object reminiscent of a ninja …

Policing

The Whole Foods effect is coming to Harlem

Harlem residents, consider yourself warned! That Whole Foods opening early next year at 125th Street and Lenox Avenue won’t just offer upscale …

If you get caught using a VPN in the United Arab Emirates, you'll face fines of up to $545,000

The President of the United Arab Emirates has issued a series of new federal laws relating to IT crimes, including a regulation that forbids anyone in the UAE from making use of virtual private networks to secure their web traffic from prying eyes.<p>The new law states that anyone who uses a VPN or …

VPNs

Why do some folks hate Apple? It’s complicated.

You don’t see long lines for the latest Lenovo PC or LG Android phone. But take a quick peek on the internet and you’ll find plenty of people lining up to say how much they hate Apple.<p>Every successful person or company has its critics, but the expressions of vitriol for Apple are more complex than …

Competitive Gaming

Megyn Kelly Visited CNN Grill Last Night Amid a Reported ‘Icy’ Atmosphere at Fox

Fox News’ <b>Megyn Kelly</b> tweeted a photo last night that has already fueled some speculation about what her next steps may be:<p>.@donlemon dared some of us …

Celebrity Gossip

Oregon man with ‘cornrows’ profiled at Dave & Buster’s after white customer loses wallet

A trip to Dave & Busters for some downtime turned into a nightmare for an African-American family from Oregon when their dad was wrongly accused of …

Liberal News

FRONTLINE on PBS Presents "Divided States of America" Jan. 17 & 18

– <i>Four-Hour Miniseries Will Air Over Two Nights, Jan. 17 & 18, 2017, 9-11pm EST –</i><p>BEVERLY HILLS, CA; July 28, 2016 — Days before the inauguration of …

Documentaries

The Music Industry Isn’t As Fucked As They Say

“Dear Congress,” begins this open-letter signed by Maroon 5, Elton John, and 180 of music’s best known acts.<p>“The existing laws threaten the continued …

Music Industry

From Morgan to the top of Sean Combs' liquor empire

D'Angela "Dia" Simms, like much of the nation, watched intently in April 2015 as the events sparked by the death of Freddie Gray unfolded in …

Liquor

Republicans Are Very Upset That ‘American Sniper’ Star Bradley Cooper Is at the DNC

The actor received an Oscar nod for his portrayal of the late sniper Chris Kyle, a right-wing icon, so his presence at the DNC irked a bunch of silly bastards that think movies are real.<p>“The first kind-of movie star we’re supposed to see is the guy from <i>Duck Dynasty</i>. Well, that’s great, but I mean, …

Bradley Cooper

Black Heroes Matter Movement Birthed at Comic-Con

A small group of comic book artists and writers started #BlackHeroesMatter at the annual geekfest, shedding light on how black people are underrepresented in superhero properties.<p>Cosplaying Harley Quinns and Jedis and a burgeoning <i>Hamilton</i> horde swarmed San Diego Comic-Con last week, but only one …

Comics

She Found Her Identity as a Connector

Native American teen faces a year in prison for possessing one gram of weed

An Oregon teenager could be sentenced to a year in prison for possessing about one gram of marijuana in a federal case that has sparked widespread outrage about the ongoing “war on drugs” –even in US states that have fully legalized cannabis.<p>Devontre Thomas, a Native American 19-year-old, is …

Marijuana

Questlove Posts A Powerful Photo Response To Bill O’Reilly’s Comments On Slavery

On Monday night, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a moving and thoughtful speech at the first night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. One of the speech’s most impactful lines was “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters — …

Democratic National Convention

PewDiePie’s Company Made An $8.1 Million Profit In 2015

In 2013, Felix “<b>PewDiePie</b>” Kjellberg — who had been recently been crowned as the world’s most popular YouTube star — made a reported $4 million in …

Viral Videos

Black woman gets called the N-word for eating out – but her response takes the internet by storm

A woman’s response to a racist Snapchat post from a Tennessee restaurant waitress who served her is itself making the rounds on social media.<p>The …

Liberal News

Absent from 'Mothers of the Movement' on DNC stage: Tamir Rice's mother

Democratic National Convention live updates: 'Black Lives Matter' chants welcome 'Mothers of the Movement'<p>It's the second day of the Democratic National Convention. What to know:<p>• Watch live with us<p>• <b>Hillary Clinton</b> has won enough votes to be officially nominated for president, and will be the first …

Democrats

Confessor. Feminist. Adult. What the Hell Happened to Howard Stern?

Near the end of his interview with Bill Murray, Howard Stern turned an already somber discussion about missed career opportunities into an existential grilling.<p>“Is there something that you question in your own life,” Mr. Stern asked, “like why haven’t I found that great love of my life?”<p>Mr. Murray …

Howard Stern

Nearly 40,000 demand South Carolina remove slave memorial because it ‘shames’ whites

Nearly 40,000 people have signed onto a petition to remove the African-American Monument from the South Carolina statehouse grounds after a …

Slavery

Yesterday Apple Reminded Us Of Why Spotify Is Not Even Close To Winning The Streaming Wars

With <b>100 million</b> users (including 35 million paid), it's tempting to declare <b>Spotify</b> the winner in the battle for streaming music supremacy. But …

Spotify

Another Racist Gets Fired Because of Her Tweets

The unemployment line now has one more person joining its ranks. And it was all because she was the typical unhinged racist on Twitter.<p>Poor Lisa …

African-American News

Two Republicans Make An Unlikely Plea: Vote Hillary

Two former George W. Bush administration officials are at the DNC to support Hillary Clinton.<p><i>This article originally appeared on Time.com.</i><p>Perhaps the last place you’d expect to find John Stubbs or Ricardo Reyes, two former George W. Bush administration officials and ardent Republicans who retired …

Elections

10 Hip-Hop Documentaries on YouTube You Need to Watch

Few genres have been investigated, dissected and ultimately celebrated as intensely through documentaries as hip-hop. Take a dip into the endless …

Hip-hop Music

The Black Woman Who Led the Fight Against Jim Crow – And Why No One Has Ever Heard of Her

Longform<p>Joan Quigley<p>July 26, 2016<p>In his first inaugural address, on January 20, 2009, President Barack Obama, highlighting how far the nation and …

Liberal News

Netflix Drops Trailer For Baz Luhrmann’s 'The Get Down', Its Most Expensive Series To Date

In three weeks’ time, <b>Netflix</b> will release <i>The Get Down</i> — its most expensive television series to date, created alongside famed director <b>Baz Luhrmann</b>. …

Baz Luhrmann