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March 31, 2015

'Rapping While Black'

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Dear Apologetic Racists: Cry Me A River

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Gorgeous Black-And-White Portraits Explore The Meaning Of Multiracial Identities

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A Boston Cop Shooting And Our Post-Truth Era

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Roger Moore: Comments About Idris Elba Were Taken Out Of Context

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Ferguson Mayor Thinks DOJ Report Put Too Much Focus On Race

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Taraji P. Henson Apologizes For Racial Profiling Allegation

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As we celebrate Black Music Month this June, we figured the best way to honor hip-hop music is to recognize the pioneers who made it all possible. In this series, we're not only taking it back to the old school but we're also connecting the dots to today's artists who've been essential in continuing...
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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but the hip-hop community generally considers it blasphemous to take a fellow rappers' lyrics. For that reason, it's rather uncommon to find emcees covering songs by other emcees. ('In tha Beginning There Was Rap,' a 1997 compilation of rap cover...
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There's only one hip-hop group who can claim to have had a presidential-caliber DJ and a rapper known as 'The God MC': Eric B. & Rakim. The trailblazing rap duo elevated rap from mainly being party songs to music that placed a premium on deeply coded lyrics and undeniably soulful, sampled beats....
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'Rapping While Black'

Diverse Images/UIG via Getty Images

Dear Apologetic Racists: Cry Me A River

Levi Pettit ASSOCIATED PRESS

When a child actress is called a vile name by an long-running satire site, a beautiful young singer is labeled a stoner for wearing dreadlocks and a phenomenal 13-year old-female athlete is called a slut, they deserve more than a canned, robotic mea culpa.

Trevor Noah's Tweets Were Offensive -- But Let's Not Write Him Off Just Yet

Trevor Noah Comedian
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Raven-Symoné: 'I Am From Every Continent In Africa Except For One'

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Michigan Cop In Violent Arrest Video Previously Accused Of Excessive Force

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Wrongfully Convicted Man Who Spent 30 Years On Death Row Is Denied Restitution

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Is Fibre Optic Cable Key To Africa's Economic Growth?

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Roger Moore: Comments About Idris Elba Were Taken Out Of Context

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Ferguson Mayor Thinks DOJ Report Put Too Much Focus On Race

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Taraji P. Henson Apologizes For Racial Profiling Allegation

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Larry Wilmore Knows The Real Reason Men Call Women 'Sluts'

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March 31, 2015

'Rapping While Black'

Diverse Images/UIG via Getty Images

Dear Apologetic Racists: Cry Me A River

Levi Pettit ASSOCIATED PRESS

When a child actress is called a vile name by an long-running satire site, a beautiful young singer is labeled a stoner for wearing dreadlocks and a phenomenal 13-year old-female athlete is called a slut, they deserve more than a canned, robotic mea culpa.

Trevor Noah's Tweets Were Offensive -- But Let's Not Write Him Off Just Yet

Trevor Noah Comedian
Kevin Winter/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Raven-Symoné: 'I Am From Every Continent In Africa Except For One'

Raven Symone
Tommaso Boddi via Getty Images

Michigan Cop In Violent Arrest Video Previously Accused Of Excessive Force

Floyd Dent
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Wrongfully Convicted Man Who Spent 30 Years On Death Row Is Denied Restitution

Glenn Ford Louisianna
ASSOCIATED PRESS

HuffPost What's Working Honor Roll: A Daily Roundup Of Solutions-Based Stories

Religious Freedom Restoration Act
Aaron P. Bernstein via Getty Images

Is Fibre Optic Cable Key To Africa's Economic Growth?

Fibre Optic Cable Kenya
STRINGER via Getty Images

The Role Of Parents In Improving School Diversity

Diverse Classroom
Dave Nagel via Getty Images

Here's What You Need To Know About Trevor Noah, New 'Daily Show' Host

Trevor Noah
NBC via Getty Images

The Liberal Fight Over Banning 'Birth Of A Nation'

Birth Of A Nation Film
Hulton Archive via Getty Images

Here's The Truth About Interracial Dating... Mostly

Interracial
YouTube

Democrats and Republicans In Congress Actually Found Something To Agree On

Cory Booker
Gilbert Carrasquillo via Getty Images
Global Black Voices
 

Double Vision: Meet the Pairs of Twins Who Are Revolutionizing African Fashion (PHOTOS)

Jumeaux Twins
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Michelle Obama Declares 'Black Girls Rock!'

Michelle Obama
Gilbert Carrasquillo via Getty Images

All Hail The Pinkett-Smith Family!

Pinkett Smith
Bennett Raglin/BET via Getty Images

WaPo's Jonathan Capehart Urges Forgiveness For Expelled Oklahoma Student

Jonathan Capehart
Bryan Bedder via Getty Images

We Need Real Talk About Black Girls And Women

Black Female Graduate
David Malan via Getty Images

Man Killed By Police On L.A.'s Skid Row Had Studied Physics, Wanted to Be Actor

Skid Row Shooting Africa
MARK RALSTON via Getty Images

Gorgeous Black-And-White Portraits Explore The Meaning Of Multiracial Identities

Sigourney

A Boston Cop Shooting And Our Post-Truth Era

Gun Violence
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Hundreds Attend Funeral Of Unarmed Man Shot By Police

Tony Robinson
AP

Nigeria Is Holding Elections While Thousands Are Still Displaced By Violence

Nigeria Election
PIUS UTOMI EKPEI via Getty Images

Powerful Short Film Challenges Beauty Ideals That Govern Skin Color

Yu

Troubled Waters: Why Africa's Largest Lake Is In Grave Danger

Lake Victoria Tanzania
DEA / K. MULLER via Getty Images

Roger Moore: Comments About Idris Elba Were Taken Out Of Context

Idris Elba
Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Ferguson Mayor Thinks DOJ Report Put Too Much Focus On Race

James Knowles
Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Kenyans Sweep Races At World Cross Country Championships

Geoffrey Kamworor
Kevin Lee via Getty Images

Taraji P. Henson Apologizes For Racial Profiling Allegation

Taraji Henson
Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

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'Empire' Star Explains Why She Never Felt Like A 'Light-Skinned Black Woman'

Terrence Howard Grace Gealey
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Melissa Forde And Her Bestie Rihanna Make Strong Cases For The Bucket Hat

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Noam Galai via Getty Images

Should Twitter Lay Off Trevor Noah?

Trevor Noah
Byron Keulemans

Rewatch Snoop Dogg Teaching Martha Stewart To Make 'Special' Brownies

Martha Stewart Snoop Dogg
Lester Cohen via Getty Images

Trevor Noah Faces Backlash Over Past Tweets

Trevor Noah
Getty Images via Getty Images

Nathalie Emmanuel Sizzles In GQ

Nathalie Emmanuel
David Burton/GQ

Jamie Foxx Slammed For 'Transphobic' Jokes

Jamie Foxx
Kevin Winter via Getty Images

Rihanna Channels Lil' Kim At iHeartRadio Music Awards

Rihanna
Kevin Mazur via Getty Images

It's A Destiny's Child Reunion!

Destinys Child
Kevin Mazur via Getty Images

Rihanna's 'Home' Beats Out 'Get Hard' At The Box Office

Home
DreamWorks

Orange Carpet Style From The 2015 Kids' Choice Awards

Kids Choice Awards 2015
Getty Images

Larry Wilmore Knows The Real Reason Men Call Women 'Sluts'

Larry Wilmore
Johnny Louis via Getty Images

Does Ballet Have a Color?

Ballet Slippers
Antonio Gravante via Getty Images

Kevin Durant Is Done For The Season

Kevin Durant
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ludacris Did Not Like The Paul Walker Jokes At Justin Bieber's Roast

Ludacris
HuffPost Live

Unlocking The Truth's Journey From Viral Craze To Label Hostages

Unlocking The Truth
Kevin Winter via Getty Images

Kendrick Lamar Has The First No. 1 Album With 'Pimp' In The Title

Kendrick Lamar
Chris Weeks via Getty Images

Whatever Happened To Meshell Ndegeocello?

Meshell Ndegeocello
Naïve Records

Karrueche Tran Opens Up About Her Love Triangle With Chris Brown And Rihanna

Karruche
OWN

Watch Mariah Carey Casually Sing Along To Her Greatest Hits

Corden Carey
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