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Prince set to drop new album

NEW YORK (AP) — Prince is releasing a new album on Sept. 30.
The pop icon announced Monday that he would release “Art Official Age” on Warner Bros. Records, the label Prince was signed to from 1978 to the mid-1990s, but later battled for the rights to his music.
He reached a deal with Warner in April, earning the rights to the music he recorded on the label.

Navy Discharges Black Woman Who Refused to Cut Natural Hair

After months of discussion about how styling and protocol relating to black women's hair in the armed forces, Think Progress reports that the Navy discharged Jessica Sims, a sailor for 12 years, for "failing to obey an order to cut off her natural hairstyle."
Sims, "who wears her hair in tightly twisted locks pulled back in a bun," claims that her record was unblemished and that she had no complaints about her natural hair until she was given orders to teach at a Navy Illinois boot camp.

Can We Talk About How Black Women Are Treated as Threats, Too?

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Like The Root’s Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele, who recently penned the essay “Michael Brown’s Death Reopened My Eyes to My Privileges as a Black Woman,” I understand that, as a woman, I behave differently in public spaces than the black men I know and love. Actually, as an activist who has been involved in various rallies against police violence and “cop watches” in my community, I even have a habit of “mouthing off” to police officers when I know they are behaving in ways that are inappropriate and sometimes illegal.
But as I witness the national response to Michael Brown’s slaying, and how the citizens of Ferguson, Mo., are being terrorized by a militarized police force, I am forced to take a long, hard look at my behaviors and how dangerous they are. The truth is that, although cases of state and racialized violence against black women may happen less frequently than with black men, black women are still constantly perceived as threats by law enforcement and others, and must begin behaving with that awareness.

Trouble in Paradise

Nationwide — TV entertainer Nick Cannon has confirmed that the rumors are true; He and his wife pop star singer Mariah Carey are separated, and are living in different homes. The two had been rumored to always be arguing in both private and public.
Cannon recently told The Insider, “There is trouble in paradise…we have been living in separate houses for a few months.” But he denied that infidelity was the reason why they split up.
He added, “My main focus is my kids” referring to the couple’s 3-year old twins, son Moroccan and daughter Monroe.

Do We Perpetuate Black Stereotypes?

Many African Americans feel like there has been an unofficial war declared on Blacks, especially young Black males. Just in the past month alone, there have been the police murders of Eric Garner (Staten Island, N.Y.), Ezell Ford (Los Angeles, and Michael Brown (Ferguson, Mo.). Each of these victims were all unarmed, young, Black and male.
In each instance, there were credible witnesses or video recordings that recounted events very differently from the official police version. Based on what we know so far, I think all the policemen involved in these unjustified deaths should be convicted of murder and sent to jail.