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Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ Is Equal Parts #BlackGirlPain and #BlackGirlMagic

“You remind me of my father, a magician. Able to exist in two places at once.”

I was barely three minutes into Lemonade and already craving more. But I could not have possibly imagined the vulnerability that was yet to come throughout the remainder of the HBO premiere of Bey’s visual album. I watched it to the very end, engrossed in both the imagery and the sonic overload of the hour-long exclusive.

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Broadway’s ‘The Color of Purple’ cast performed a beautiful tribute to Prince

On April 21st, we lost a legend in Prince, and we are still feeling the aftermath of his passing.

In the honor of the prolific singer, actor, and performer, the Broadway cast of The Color of Purple performed “Purple Rain”.  Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Hudson led with their powerful vocals and everyone in the audience and on stage accompanied them.

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Chicago Should Not Have Needed The Police Accountability Report

Earlier this month, the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force released a damning report regarding misconduct within the Chicago Police Department. Between 2008 and 2015, seventy-four percent of the victims in the 404 police-involved shootings were Black, in comparison to fourteen percent of Hispanics and eight percent of Whites.

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Reflections on Prince, the Icon, the Artist, the Purple One Forever

On Saturday mornings, I would wake up to the smell of pancakes and the sounds of oldies playing on the radio. Like clockwork the station always played “Kiss” by the time I made it downstairs to the kitchen. There, I watched my mother bust her 80s dance moves before planting a kiss on my cheek. While my peers sang the Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana, I was trying to figure out the exact time that doves cried.  Throughout the years, we learned from Prince’s artistry, we danced to his music, we watched “Purple Rain” on repeat, and, now, we mourn his passing.

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Zoe Saldana Speaks On Playing Nina Simone And How She Got The Role

“Nina,” the biographical film that focused on a period of singer Nina Simone’s life, is set for a limited release tomorrow (April 22), according to Colorlines. This day has been long in the making, after multiple attempts to get the project off the ground and has seen its fair share of controversy. Namely, the use of makeup to make Saldana’s skin appear to be darker and prosthetics being used to make her nose look wider.

Zaldana didn’t directly reference this controversy in a recent screening, but she did reference “well, the other obvious reasons” while talking about her initial hesitations with accepting the role. She did go on to speak about what it took for her to play Simone and what kind of process she went through. Take a look at some of what she had to say below:

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Why I Wish “The Mindy Project” Was Cancelled

In 2012, when I found out that the Mindy Kaling landed a show, I was ecstatic. At the time, I was still in the Scandal and Nicole Beharie in Sleepy Hollow bliss. When I first started watching Kaling’s show, The Mindy Project, I was willing to ignore some of the jokes that didn’t land or the undeveloped characters because it’s still a struggle for people of color to be represented on television. Now almost four years later, my enthusiasm and dedication for The Mindy Project has disintegrated. I am left wishing that the show was canceled because it doesn’t even try to confront race.

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Ben Carson Would Rather Put Harriet Tubman on the $2 Bill

For some reason, the media is still looking to the former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson for his opinions on social matters. This week, he expressed that he is not pleased with the Treasury Department’s decision to replace president Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with the iconic freedom fighter, Harriet Tubman (insert the world’s tiniest violin).

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Killer of Black Transgender Woman, Islan Nettles, Sentenced to 12 Years

On Aug. 17, 2013, James Dixon, 23, met Islan Nettles, 21, in Harlem, New York. The two began to flirt until Dixon learned that she was a transgender woman. According to what Dixon later told authorities, he went into a “blind fury” and attacked Nettles, hitting her twice. The first blow knocked her to the ground. The second time, Dixon hit her as she already lay on the pavement. Nettles died five days later – after falling into a coma. Her death was a direct result of the physical assault from Dixon, according to the New York Times

“I just didn’t want to be fooled,” Dixon reportedly said in a videotaped statement. Apparently his friends began to mock him for flirting with a woman of trans experience. He blamed the taunting for his decision to beat Nettles to death.