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Prince Was Unapologetically Black Before It Was Cool To Be So

Prince Was Unapologetically Black Before It Was Cool To Be So
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Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB

Thursday night, I attended a screening of the Roots reboot at the Tribeca Film Festival. While in the van on the way to the post-screening reception, I met Alondra Nelson — Dean of Social Sciences at Columbia University — and a conversation about Roots segued into a conversation about her work in genealogy, which then segued into the current relevance and popularity of unapologetic Blackness.

Mother of 5 Charged with Manslaughter and Son in Custody of the State

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Ed Payne-Profile-Image By Eliott C. McLaughlin and Ed Payne, CNN

When a 1-year-old girl wouldn't stop crying while her mother was at a club, an 8-year-old boy became annoyed and "viciously attacked" the toddler, beating her to death, police in Birmingham, Alabama, said. Little Kelci Lewis suffered severe head trauma and "major internal organ damage," leading to her death, police said in a statement.

Freedom Comes with Heavy Cost

Freedom Comes with Heavy Cost
Written By:
Ryan Grim Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post

County officials across Mississippi are warning of job losses and deep deficits as local jails are being deprived of the state inmates needed to keep them afloat. The culprit, say local officials, is state government and private prisons, which are looking to boost their own revenue as sentencing and drug-policy reforms are sending fewer bodies into the correctional system.

The Haters Are Blasting Beyonce For Singing About A Supposedly Hate Group

Written By:
Gabriel Solomon

The world go stark raving mad when entertainers of brown and black skin pigment begin to leave their cookie cutter image and speak up about racism, injustice and corruption within American society. Beyoncé is certainly not the first celebrity to cause a stir by inserting race into her art, but there's a reason why her recent actions are resonating.

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