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Village People frontman will not perform ‘Y.M.C.A.’ for Sochi Olympics protest

Village People frontman will not perform ‘Y.M.C.A.’ for Sochi Olympics protest

Victor Willis, original lead singer for the Village People, said he doesn't mind that their hit "Y.M.C.A." has become a gay anthem, but he will not perform the song in protest of Russia's anti-gay laws at this year's Sochi Olympic games.

Gay rights activists have suggested the "Y.M.C.A." be played when American Olympians are introduced at the opening ceremony.

The song has long since been a gay anthem, but Willis said it was not intended to be.

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Relationship breaks: Won’t fix the issue, may bring more drama

Relationship breaks: Won’t fix the issue, may bring more drama

"How do you feel about couples taking a break? My girl suggested it, but I don't know how I feel about people being able to check in and out of a relationship when they feel like it. Does it say something about my self respect if I let her take a break?" — R.Y.

Taking a break isn't an indictment of your self-respect, but it does seem to indicate that there are some glaring issues in your relationship that you may be overlooking. The most obvious concern is poor communication. You and your lady seem to be facing an unnamed conflict that you aren't able to resolve via communication — and I'm sure you've tried — or compromise. The suggestion of a break is the result of ongoing frustration and an attempt to avoid a major issue.

Here's one of the problems with breaks: They don't solve anything — and they often make the problems worse. The idea is that you take some space to clear your head. But if it's a conflict between two people, it will take both of them to resolve it. On break, you're free to do as you please as a single person, including dating and having sex with other people.

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Black folks are key to Obamacare’s success

Black folks are key to Obamacare’s success

Over the holidays, first lady Michelle Obama took to the airways to promote the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, on the Rev. Al Sharpton's radio show, Joe Madison's radio broadcast and in other outlets with a large black audience, as well as with a group of mothers who were invited to the White House.

Before that, she had mostly steered clear of policy issues related to the ACA, so why is the first lady now going on the offensive over her husband's controversial health care plan? Well, not only does the public think highly of her — she routinely polls as one of the most popular figures in the country — but African Americans are a key constituency for the Obama administration, whose signature health care legislation has gained ground in recent weeks but still lags in its numerical targets.

Simply put, if Obamacare is going to work, black folks need to be on board. Here's why:

 

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Why Frederick Douglass would support ‘selfies’

Why Frederick Douglass would support ‘selfies’

It's no surprise that 2013 was the year of the selfie, with everyone from Kim Kardashian to President Obama making headlines for taking self portraits on their smart phones.

While pictures featuring shirtless septuagenarian Geraldo Rivera might serve as cautionary tale about taking selfies too freely, the practice marks a huge shift in our relationship with the photograph.

Pictures have been around for over 180 years, but the ability of everyday people to take pictures of themselves with the phones that they carry with them all the time has transformed the process. This is a tremendous change. Just two decades ago, none of this selfie-making was really possible.

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The 2014 Black Agenda: 5 things to focus on

The 2014 Black Agenda: 5 things to focus on

As we enter into a new year, the black community should remain focused on five key areas that are vital to the promotion of racial justice and economic equality in 2014.

Reducing violence in black communities nationwide

Chicago's violence-plagued communities have received the most national attention, in part because of President Barack Obama's ties to the Windy City, but also due to its prolific number of murders. The latest victim was a 17-year-old pregnant teenager who died of a gunshot wound to the head. The miracle of this tragedy is that her baby survived. Local activists have done heroic work to stave off increased gun violence, efforts that have drawn the participation of national civil rights leaders such as Al Sharpton. Unfortunately, this has not been enough to stanch the bleeding. Obama must prioritize the issue of violence in Chicago and other predominately black, brown and poor communities, as the national crisis that it is.

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Americans’ views on human evolution

Americans’ views on human evolution

WASHINGTON – (PRNewswire-USNewswire) – Six-in-ten Americans say "humans and other living things have evolved over time," while a third (33 percent) reject the idea of evolution, saying "humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time," according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.

The share of the general public saying that humans have evolved over time is about the same as in 2009, when Pew Research last asked the question.

About half of those who express a belief in human evolution take the view that evolution is "due to natural processes such as natural selection" (32 percent of the American public overall). But many Americans believe God or a supreme being played a role in the process of evolution. Roughly a quarter of adults (24 percent) say "a supreme being guided the evolution of living things for the purpose of creating humans and other life in the form it exists today."

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