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Rappers Selling CDs Sue NYC, NYPD For Violating First Amendment Rights

Rappers Selling CDs Sue NYC, NYPD For Violating First Amendment Rights

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Eight local rappers have filed joint lawsuits in Manhattan Federal Court against the city and 17 cops for claims that the NYPD has violated their rights to sell their music with a slew of phony arrests.

“They don’t want us making money out here,” says rapper Andre Jackson. “I’ve been arrested over 30 times.”

NYPD confirms this number.

But authorities say the rappers aggressively shove their CDs…

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Teen Launches Hijab Project to Bridge the Gap Between Muslim and Non-Muslim Women

Teen Launches Hijab Project to Bridge the Gap Between Muslim and Non-Muslim Women

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Sixteen-year-old Amara Majeed has observed that “a woman needn’t have a different skin color, a foreign accent, or an unusual name because when she decides to wrap a piece of cloth around her head, she immediately becomes ‘un-American,’ or ‘foreign.’”

So the American Muslim teen launched The Hijab Project, a website that allows hijab-wearing women to share their experiences and encourages…

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Future & Kanye’s ‘I Won’ Could Have Been a Great Love Song, But They Messed It Up

Future & Kanye’s ‘I Won’ Could Have Been a Great Love Song, But They Messed It Up

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I rarely listen to mainstream radio these days, choosing instead to roll through L.A. blasting NPR, Oprah Radio, or my own mix of classic hip-hop, jazz, and R&B. But when I heard Future’s new song, I Won, featuring Kanye West, I got to thinking.

In the song, Future, who’s engaged to singer Ciara, croons:

I just want to take you out and show you off
You already know that you the perfect one
Girl…

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Study: Referring to Obesity as a Disease Encourages Unhealthy Eating Habits

Study: Referring to Obesity as a Disease Encourages Unhealthy Eating Habits

ObesityIt doesn’t help anyone to refer to obesity as a disease. Or at least that what a recent study shows.

Researchers at the University of Richmond and the University of Minnesota say referring to obesity as a disease only encourages people to eat more. As a result, obese people tend to eat more unhealthily.

“Considering that obesity is a crucial public health issue, a more nuanced understanding of…

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5 Ways to Style an Awkward Length Afro

5 Ways to Style an Awkward Length Afro

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I have arrived at that awkward middle stage of growing my hair back. The sleek adorableness of my twa is no more and the glamour of a big bodied fro is out my reach for a few more months. What’s a girl to do with a blah-length afro? It’s a tad boring to do nothing at all. Some of you might be in this same predicament, so I figured I’d share a few ideas on how to spruce up the medium fro. Most of…

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South African Journalist Reflects On Being In An Interracial Marriage After Apartheid

South African Journalist Reflects On Being In An Interracial Marriage After Apartheid

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It has been 20 years since the end of the white minority rule in South Africa. What many people don’t discuss is how the end of apartheid has changed the relationships between black and white people when it comes to marriage and dating.

During apartheid interracial relationships were banned in South Africa, and even though South African journalist Mpho Lakaje, met the white woman who would be…

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Did He Cave? Pharrell Puts Dark Skin Woman on the Cover of ‘Marilyn Monroe’

Did He Cave? Pharrell Puts Dark Skin Woman on the Cover of ‘Marilyn Monroe’

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After catching flack from many for the decidedly, uh, beige album cover for his latest project G I R L, Pharrell told dark-skinned Black women to stop being so insecure and expecting the media to represent them, especially him.

Skateboard P explained in Rolling Stone:

There were a lot of black women that were really angry at some of those girls, but some of those girls are the ones that…

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9 Killed, 36 Wounded Easter Weekend in Chicago, Feds Intervene

9 Killed, 36 Wounded Easter Weekend in Chicago, Feds Intervene

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At least nine people were killed and at least 36 wounded in Chicago over the weekend. Three of the deaths and 14 of the wounded – including six children – were shot between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, five of the children were walking home after playing in a park when a car pulled up and someone asked if they were in a particular gang. One relative said they…

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New Study Blames Internet for Decline in Religion

New Study Blames Internet for Decline in Religion

042314 New Study in ReligionI often tell folk I’m more spiritual than religious. That’s partly because I give the uber-religious the side eye, not because I have a degree and spend excessive amounts of time online. But computer scientist Allen Downey at the Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts seeks to prove a link between college education, internet usage, and religious disaffiliation.

Per Downey’s logistic…

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University of Alabama Approves Racial Integration Of Sororities & Fraternities

University of Alabama Approves Racial Integration Of Sororities & Fraternities

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University of Alabama has finally stepped into the 21st century and voted to authorize the integration of their fraternities and sororities. Over the last year, Alabama’s archaic fraternity and sorority system has come under fire. 

Last September four traditionally white sororities blocked two black women from pledging. Members of  Alpha Gamma DeltaTri DeltaChi Omega and Pi Beta Phi didn’t…

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