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Actress Daniele Watts charged with lewd conduct

Actress Daniele Watts charged with lewd conduct

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Daniele Watts, who suggested she was detained by police because of racial profiling after she was found in a parked car with her boyfriend, was charged Tuesday with lewd conduct.

Watts, 28, and her boyfriend Brian Lucas, 43, were each charged with a single misdemeanor count that carries a potential sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, said Frank Mateljan, spokesman for the city attorney's office.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Dee from ‘What’s Happening’ reveals cancer diagnosis and Smithsonian honor

Dee from ‘What’s Happening’ reveals cancer diagnosis and Smithsonian honor

One of the most memorable lines from the ’70s sitcom “What’s Happening” came from Raj’s bratty little sister, Dee. In at least every episode, Dee, played by Danielle Spencer, had her “Ooh, I’m gonna tell Momma” moment. “What’s Happening” had a successful run and even a spinoff called “What’s Happening Now,” but Spencer stepped away from the spotlight to focus on her education and career. She attended Tuskeegee University, where she majored in veterinary science and then became a veterinarian. Her career had her focusing on the health of animals, but now she’s focusing on her own.

In an interview with Black America Web, Spencer discussed her recent breast cancer diagnosis, which took her by surprise.

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  • Written by Yesha Callahan-The Root

‘Rainbow in the Cloud/The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou’

‘Rainbow in the Cloud/The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou’

‘Words mean more than what is set down on paper,’ Maya Angelou wrote in her groundbreaking memoir ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.’ Indeed, Angelou’s words have traveled the world and transformed lives—inspiring, strengthening, healing…

“Now, in this collection of sage advice, humorous quips, and pointed observations culled from the author’s great works… Maya Angelou’s spirit endures... A treasured keepsake as well as a beautiful tribute to a woman who touched so many, Rainbow in the Cloud reminds us that ‘If one has courage, nothing can dim the light which shines from within.’” – Excerpted from the book jacket

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Rap and a revolution

Rap and a revolution

“I’m not here looking for followers, I’m looking for new leaders,” conscious rapper Talib Kweli proclaimed in a freestyle as a capacity crowd crammed into Fubar, 3108 Locust St. in St. Louis, on the afternoon of Sunday, October 12.

He was the main attraction for a full day of hip-hop to feed the souls of those who gathered in the area to demonstrate for Ferguson October over the weekend entitled “Hip-Hop and Resistance” but also known as Hip-hop 4 Change.

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  • Written by Kenya Vaughn-NNPA news Service

Gina the dreamer

Gina the dreamer

Born on June 10, 1969, Gina Maria Prince-Bythewood studied film at UCLA before beginning her career as a writer for the TV sitcom, “A Different World.” In 2000, she made a noteworthy directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed “Love & Basketball,” which netted a dozen accolades during awards season, including a couple of NAACP Image Awards, a BET Award and several Black Reel Awards.

Gina’s next feature was “The Secret Life of Bees (2008),” which also earned its share of trophies, including Image Awards for Best Picture and Best Director. Here, she talks about making her third movie, “Beyond the Lights,” a romance drama co-starring Gugu Mbata-Raw and Nate Parker.

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Toni Morrison’s papers to be housed at Princeton

Toni Morrison’s papers to be housed at Princeton

PRINCETON, New Jersey (AP) — The papers of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison are now part of the permanent library collection of Princeton University.
Princeton made the announcement Friday, shortly before the 83-year-old Morrison took part in a forum at the school where she served on the faculty for 17 years.

The renowned author's papers contain about 180 linear feet of research materials documenting her life, work and writing methods. They include manuscripts, drafts and proofs of many of Morrison's novels. Materials for her children's literature, lyrics, lectures, correspondence and more are also part of the collection.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

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