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Obama Has Been Fighting Doctors Without Borders For Years

It’s a little unusual to see the Obama administration singing the praises of Doctors Without Borders, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning nonprofit that is shipping doctors, drugs and supplies to West Africa to combat the Ebola outbreak. When President Barack Obama lauded the “incredible heroism” of American doctors who travel to countries such as Sierra Leone […]

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Newark’s Mayor Meets One-on-One With Gangs to Forge Peace

With his first-100-days marker past, Newark, N.J.’s new mayor, Ras Baraka, is trying a variety of actions to keep crime down in his bullet-riddled city. And variety means not just within the range of conventional, public-official thinking: Last week he had a secret meeting with gang leaders in a city church, with inside security provided […]

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In Defense of Tiny Harris’ New Eye Color

Was I the only one who had absolutely no idea that people could permanently change their eye color with surgery? Apparently I was stuck in the ’90s, thinking that colored contacts, which never look real, were the only option. Who knew? Apparently Tameka “Tiny” Harris—celeb mom, wife of rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris and reality-TV star—did. […]

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Painted Down: Exposing Hollywood’s Dirty Little Secret of Putting White Stunt Doubles in Blackface

Outside the world of film and TV, few had probably ever heard the term “painting down” until earlier this month, when Warner Bros. Television apologized for wanting to use a white stuntwoman in dark-skinned makeup in its Fox TV show Gotham. The embarrassed production company said it would hire an African-American stuntwoman instead. Yet any […]

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Fort Campbell removes disturbing Halloween display

Officials have confirmed that an offensive Halloween display at a Fort Campbell residence has been removed. A ClarksvilleNow.com reader sent a photo of the display, which shows what appears to be a black family hanging from a tree in a yard on Litwin St. The child in the display has a knife in its back […]

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Zambian President Michael Sata dies at 77

Zambian President Michael Sata, who was nicknamed “King Cobra” for his fiery comebacks and larger-than-life personality, has died. He was 77. Sata had traveled to London for unspecified medical treatment last week, and died at a hospital there Tuesday evening. Officials did not disclose a cause of death. “It’s shocking, it’s devastating, because I knew […]

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D.C. Search Resumes For Relisha Rudd On 9th Birthday

Nearly eight months after Relisha Rudd (pictured) went missing from Washington, D.C., homeless shelterDC General, where she lived with her family, investigators are still struggling to determine her whereabouts. October 29th is an important milestone in Relisha’s young life: It marks her 9th birthday. Now friends, family, and advocates are celebrating her birthday by resuming a […]

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Street sign honoring the Godfather of Soul will finally rise behind Apollo Theater

A street sign renaming a Harlem block behind the Apollo Theater “James Brown Way” in honor of the Godfather of Soul will finally rise next month, six years after city elected officials signed off on it. Harlem historian Jacob Morris led the effort to have 126th St. between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Frederick Douglass […]

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Artemis of Ephesus: A Goddess Who Represented an Ideal View of Blackness

Among the pantheon of deities worshipped by the ancient Greeks, Artemis of Ephesus stands out as one of the most enigmatic. Her cult arose during the early first millennium B.C., when the city of Ephesus was founded on the shores of Asia Minor by colonists journeying east from the Greek mainland. There she took on […]

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Michael Jordan

His triviAirness. Although he was chosen third overall in the 1984 NBA Draft and initially didn’t makehis varsity basketball team in high school, Michael Jordan would go on to have arguably the greatest basketball career of all time. Six NBA championships. Five NBA Most Valuable Player awards. Fourteen NBA All-Star appearances. Jordan was even so […]

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