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December 1, 2014 2014 Regal King Awarded to Jay Barnett for Commitment to Youth

In the Christian community, there is a belief whether true or false, that preacher’s children turn out to be the worst of the worst compared to their peers. Many have spent their entire life under a microscope with people overanalyzing their mistakes and that pressure causes some to rebel against their faith and their life’s [...]

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November 10, 2014 Whatever Happens to those Exonerated After Wrongful Convictions?

The final hurdle in establishing the Central Park Five’s (comprised of five Black and Latino teens wrongfully convicted of severely beating and raping a White woman in Central Park in the late 1980s) innocence has been cleared with a federal judge approving a $41 million settlement in September. Yet, a check with endless zeros ($1 [...]

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October 25, 2014 Filmmaker Justin Simien on Tyler Perry, Hollywood, ‘Dear White People’

When Spike Lee first hit the scene with “She’s Gotta Have It” in 1986 he did not initially feel embraced by the Hollywood establishment. “She’s Gotta Have It” faced criticism for the so-called over sexualizing of Black women. His sophomore effort “School Daze” (1988) endured criticism for airing the Black community’s dirty laundry when it [...]

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