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Legal experts split on if NFL can punish for anthem protests

WASHINGTON—Jerry Jones may want to bench Dallas Cowboy players who don't stand for the national anthem, but NFL owners could find themselves facing a First Amendment lawsuit if they punish football players or coaches for their protests after taking government money into the private business of professional football. The NFL is a private business—and the First Amendment only protects Americans from free spee ...

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Levi’s Stadium: A Project That will go down in Infamy

The National Black Chamber of Commerce and its kindred spirits have been fighting construction unions’ racist hiring and contracting tactics.  They have co-opted our politicians, civil rights organizations to the point that their negro allies do the dirty racist work for them.  One of the latest examples of this is Levi’s Stadium, home for the San Francisco 49’ers, in Santa Clara, California. The history of ...

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Sutherland, Burnett, Roizman, Varda to get honorary Oscars

By SANDY COHEN AP Entertainment Writer Actor Donald Sutherland, writer-director Charles Burnett, cinematographer Owen Roizman and Belgian director Agnes Varda are getting honorary Oscars this year. The film academy said Wednesday that the four honorees will receive their Oscar statuettes at the ninth annual Governors Awards ceremony in November. ``I'm just so pleased with these four very different kinds of ...

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Queen Latifah To Be Honored At Diddy’s REVOLT Conference

By Mesfin Fekadu NEW YORK — Queen Latifah will be honored at Diddy’s fourth annual REVOLT music conference in October, where performers will include Lauryn Hill and 2 Chainz. REVOLT announced that the conference will take place Oct. 12-15 in Miami. Latifah will receive the Icon Award for her accomplishments in music, film and TV. She has won an Emmy, Golden Globe and Grammy Award. Hill, SZA and Daniel Caesa ...

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Shonda Rhimes Moves From ABC To Netflix

By Tonya Pendleton Shonda Rhimes is on her way to become the most powerful woman in TV, if she’s not already, although a woman named Oprah might have her beat a little. Rhimes, the woman behind the ABC hit shows Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder has just left her longtime deal with ABC Studios and signed on to Netflix in what is another sign of the increasingly fragility of broadcast n ...

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MC Lyte Talks About Finding Her Soulmate Online

By Diannah Watson MC Lyte is married and still on her honeymoon with her man! She called in from Jamaica to share all the juicy details! The two met online, which can seem a little intimidating and scary for most people. MC Lyte explained, “It can literally change your life. The first time I set my profile up I put a picture of my eye up.” However, when she became more comfortable she uploaded a full pictur ...

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‘New Edition Story’s’ Algee Smith Joins Amandla Stenberg In ‘The Hate U Give’

“Detroit” actor Algee Smith has joined “The Hate U Give,” Fox 2000’s adaptation of the Black Lives Matter YA novel of the same name from first-time author Angela Thomas. The story follows a 16-year-old girl named Starr who grew up in a poverty-stricken slum, but now attends a suburban prep school. After she witnesses a police officer shot her unarmed best friend, she’s torn between her two very different wo ...

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Kanye West Tries To End Tidal Deal… But There’s A Catch

Uh oh, Kanye West has a BIG problem with Jay-Z‘s content streaming service, Tidal. Apparently he’s been unhappy for a while and also contends he’s still owed $3 million by the company. Sources say that a month ago Kanye’s lawyer sent a letter to Tidal, saying the company was in breach and the contract was terminated. Over the next two weeks lawyers for both sides tried to resolve the conflict but failed, re ...

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Ava DuVernay To Create Central Park Five Miniseries For Netflix

By Clarissa Hamlin Acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay will add to her socially conscious repertoire of films with an upcoming Netflix miniseries about a group of five young Black men, known as the Central Park Five, who were wrongfully prosecuted for a violent gang rape of a White female jogger in New York City’s Central Park in 1989, according to The Hollywood Reporter. DuVernay will write and direct the fiv ...

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Kevin Hart Honored In Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — Standing in front of a new mural of his face painted on a cheesesteak spot around the corner from his childhood home, comedian Kevin Hart celebrated his 38th birthday last Thursday in true superstar style: with his very own holiday. The city’s native son returned to Max’s Steaks in his old north Philadelphia neighborhood for the recently dubbed “Kevin Hart Day,” a block party that drew more t ...

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