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13th Amendment gets official OK in Mississippi

13th Amendment gets official OK in Mississippi

After 148 years, Mississippi has finally ratified the 13th Amendment, which bans slavery.

Dr. Ranjan Batra, associate professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences at the University of Mississippi

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  • Written by Carrie Healey/The Grio

Michael Jackson’s son makes debut – as reporter

Michael Jackson’s son makes debut – as reporter

As an heir to the King of Pop, Prince Michael Jackson should not have to work, but at age 16, he has taken a gig as a reporter for "Entertainment Tonight."

After receiving an on-camera coaching session on journalism techniques from ET's Brooke Anderson, Jackson recorded his first interview. The topic: an upcoming remake of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."

"ET" will broadcast clips from the interview throughout this week.

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  • Written by Ben Brumfield/CNN

Former Temptation member Damon Harris dead at 61

Former Temptation member Damon Harris dead at 61

Former Temptation member Damon Harris (born Otis Robert Harris Jr.) died Monday at 7:17 p.m. at the age of 61.

Harris was born on July 17, 1950 in Baltimore, Md. He took the place of Eddie Kendrick, one of the original lead singers of the Temptations group. His tenure was from 1971 to 1975.

The youngest member of The Temptations during his stint with the group, Harris was only 20 when he came aboard. Later, he formed a Temptations tribute band named The Young Tempts (aka The Young Vandals). The group had a release that charted on the Isley Brothers label T-Neck.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

‘It’ girl Kerry Washington covers Ebony

‘It’ girl Kerry Washington covers Ebony

Oozing a sultriness like never before, Kerry Washington makes a bold statement as the latest EBONY® Magazine cover feature.

Hollywood's leading lady talks to EBONY about the significance of portraying such dynamic female characters – Olivia Pope on ABC's "Scandal" and the slave, Broomhilda, in "Django Unchained." She discusses the connection the two characters have, and how they relate to her personal life.

Washington on Olivia Pope: "In her professional life, she is so powerful and is this self-made woman...But in (Olivia's) personal life, she is a mess and I kind of love that...I love that I get to embody all of that complexity because I also think it takes a certain level of progress for us to have a Black Woman that powerful be an emotional mess on television."

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  • Written by NNPA News Service

Michael Ealy – unconditionally

Michael Ealy – unconditionally

Michael Ealy feature films include "Think Like a Man," "Barbershop," "Seven Pounds," "2 Fast 2 Furious," "Never Die Alone," "For Colored Girls," "Miracle at St. Anna," "Takers" and "Underworld: Awakening. In 2007, he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for his role in Showtime's "Sleeper Cell." Meanwhile, on TV, he's appeared in ABC's "Flashforward" and CBS's "The Good Wife."

Here talks about starring in "Unconditional," an inspirational, faith-based feature. In this bittersweet tale of redemption, he portrays Papa Joe Bradford, a real-life role model who, despite kidney disease, teams with a recently-widowed, childhood friend (Lynn Collins) to make a difference in the lives of needy kids in Nashville.

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Lil Wayne writes song disrespecting Emmett till, family livid

Lil Wayne writes song disrespecting Emmett till, family livid

When a rapper says he's gonna "pop a pill" then "beat that p*ssy like Emmett Till," that's when we know that he might have gone just a little bit too far. But that's just what happened this week, and the Till family isn't happy.

Lil Wayne and Future, two very talented hip-hop artists, have decided to push the envelope of disrespect by releasing a song called "Karate Chop." In the song, Lil Wayne takes the liberty of turning the mutilated face of Emmett Till into a weary s*x organ, ridiculing the agony experienced by this young man many years ago.

The matter is made is even sadder by the fact that Till's legacy was trampled by Lil Wayne, Future and Universal Records right in the middle of Black History Month.

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  • Written by Dr. Boyce Watkins

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 02/15/2013

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 02/15/2013

For movies opening Feb. 15, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Beautiful Creatures" (PG-13 for violence, sexuality and scary images) Supernatural fantasy, set in a sleepy South Carolina town, revolving around the budding romance between a high school sophomore (Alden Ehrenreich) and a mysterious new classmate (Lena Duchannes) who's identical to the girl of his dreams. Stellar supporting cast includes Oscar-winners Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson and nominee Viola Davis, along with Emmy Rossum.

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‘Many Thousands Gone’ more than a stage play

‘Many Thousands  Gone’ more than a stage play

Although the month is a little shorter than the rest of them and Valentine's Day takes a lot of the attention during the month of February, it's still African American History Month. And there's still a lot to get out of it...even in 2013.

African American History Month is much more than just hearing that famous speech Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made right here in Memphis. It's much more than Rosa Parks not giving up her seat on the bus. There were many years of history even before then. As African Americans, our history in this country began with "slavery."

"Many Thousands Gone," the critically acclaimed stage play returns for African American History Month on next weekend. The play shines the spotlight on the life of the Negro slave, telling the story of strength in adversity and hope for freedom.

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