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Carlene Covington i wanted to write with sunshine splashed across my face, curtains hanging by a tight snug, windows open widely, birds whistling afar off, the blaring of a truck

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22nd Annual Clarissa Street Reunion

  Rochester, New York – The 22nd Annual Clarissa Street Reunion will take place on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Since 1996 the annual reunion

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No More Rejection, Roc Girl, Lands Disney-Hyperion Deal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK, NY – After hundreds of query letters and nearly as many rejections notifications, the literary world is poised to embrace a new literary talent. Rochester

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Young Entrepreneurs Combine Web Savvy, African Tradition

By Kiersten Willis High-fashion swimsuits should be readily accessible to all women, and a young fashionista and her serial entrepreneur brother have set out to make that happen with Kente

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Solange Buys 250 Books for Howard Students at Black-Owned D.C. Bookstore

By Kiersten Willis Solange Knowles made a surprise appearance at Sankofa Video Books & Cafe where she purchased 250 books for Howard University students and fans. The “Cranes In the

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Reggae Singer Reportedly Up for Early Release from U.S. Prison

Incarcerated reggae singer Buju Banton may have a year removed from his 10-year mandatory sentence, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website. The site is reporting that the artist’s

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Solange Reflects on Alarming Remark by White Writer That Influenced ‘Seat at the Table’

By Kiersten Willis Solange’s album “A Seat at the Table” was released to critical and fan acclaim in September, but it was a racist comment by a white male writer that

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Adele Hoped to ‘Send a Message’ on Police Brutality by Casting Black Actor In ‘Hello’ Video

By Kiersten Willis Actor Tristan Wilds’ role in British pop singer Adele’s “Hello” music video was no accident. The video’s director, Xavier Dolan, revealed the singer purposely cast Wilds to

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Where Are the Dark-Skinned Women in These African Music Videos?

  by Kiersten Willis Rich Mavoko in “Ibaki Story” music video (YouTube) Africa has been exploding with hit-making talent in the last few years, but one thing that has become

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Rapper Bow Wow retiring makes Internet laugh

By Lisa Respers France, CNN (CNN)Shad Moss was 13 years old in 2000 when he released his first album as rapper Lil’ Bow Wow. Today he is the ripe old

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Apple in ‘Exploratory Talks’ to Acquire Jay Z’s Tidal Music Service

by Tanasia Kenney Jay Z’s popular music service, Tidal, has achieved modest success over the last year, offering its 4 million-plus subscribers a unique listening and viewing experience. Now sources

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An Unassuming Beginning to National Exposure— Rochester’s Own

By Gloria A. Morgan Ed, D. Rufus W. McGee, Jr. openly and enthusiastically shared his journey from percussionist to keyboardist to producer as we chatted a few times by phone.

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Why Is Snoop Dogg Allowing This Parisian Company to Make Money Off His Image?

Posted by Kiersten Willis Snoop Dogg is not the least bit upset about European luxury brand Vetements using his image on a t-shirt. The rapper was unaware his likeness was used

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First African-American Superhero Makes His Cinematic Debut In ‘Captain America: Civil War’

  by Alyssa Klein Those five letters appeared in big, bold and 3D letters in movie theaters across the world as more than $180 million worth of people in North America and

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Kelly Rowland Says Entertainment Industry Needs More ‘Chocolate Girls’

Posted by Kiersten Willis At a panel at South By Southwest this weekend, singer Kelly Rowland told the audience about the importance of dark-skinned women’s representation in Hollywood. The former