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Derek Jeter Becomes 1st Black CEO of Major League Baseball Team, the Miami Marlins

Former New York Yankee Derek Jeter has officially become the first African-American CEO of a Major League Baseball team. The 43-year-old, is also part owner of the Miami Marlins, joining only one other African-American in that specific role (Magic Johnson‘s ...
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Artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald to Paint Portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama for Smithsonian

The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. has commissioned Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald to paint Barack and Michelle Obama’s portraits, respectively, the Wall Street Journal reports. Both portraits will be unveiled next year when they are added to the ...
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FBI Warns of New Threat of ‘Black Identity Extremism’

The FBI has declared that “black identity extremism” is a violent threat in the US according to a leaked report.
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Muhammad Ali Entreprises Sues Fox for $30 Million

Muhammad Ali Enterprises is suing Fox Broadcasting Company after the network allegedly used the boxer's likeness without permission.
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Jemele Hill Is Paid to Opine, So Why Has She Been Silenced?

Jemele Hill has one job responsibility: To opine on the world of sports. She is not employed by ESPN to solve climate change. She is not employed by ESPN to waltz with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. She is not employed by ESPN ...
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Michelle Obama Knocks Trump's Message to Youth

Former first lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday said there's a stark difference in the lessons young people will learn from her husband's presidency and President Donald Trump's.
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Occidental College in Los Angeles to Create $40 Million Endowment for Barack Obama Scholars Program

It has long been one of the lesser-known facts about the life of Barack Obama. For all the talk about the former president and his Ivy alma maters — Columbia University and Harvard Law School — he actually spent the ...
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Kobe Bryant More Popular Than Steph Curry in China

He may have retired over 12 months ago, but NBA great Kobe Bryant still reigns supreme in China. The former LA Lakers star, an 18-time NBA All Star, has been named the most popular basketball star online in the country, ...
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Jay-Jay Okocha: I'm jealous of PSG's Current Players

When Paris Saint-Germain signed Nigeria international Jay-Jay Okocha 17 years ago, it made him the most expensive African footballer on the planet. He cost the French club $19 million -- How times have changed.
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ESSENCE’s October Featured Singer and Real Housewives of Atlanta Star Kandi Burruss

The singer, songwriter restaurateur, entrepreneur, Real Housewives of Atlanta star and mother lets ESSENCE in on the art of the hustle and how she’s surviving drama while building a legacy.
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Racist Texas A&M “fan” Threatens Its Black Coach After Season-opening Loss

After Texas A&M University’s football team blew a 34-point lead in a brutal loss to UCLA last weekend, team coach Kevin Sumlin, an African-American, received racist hate mail from the school’s fanbase, ESPN reports.
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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Serves as Chair of the CBCF

The 47th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) will be held in Washington, D.C., Sept. 20-24, 2017. The ALC is a leading policy conference on issues impacting the national and global African American communities. Thought ...
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Sloane Stephens Defeats Madison Keys to Win U.S. Open and her 1st Grand Slam Title

Unseeded Sloane Stephens, who was ranked No. 957 in the world less than two months ago, soared to the top of the tennis world on Saturday with a powerful 6-3, 6-0 victory over 15th-ranked fellow American Madison Keys in the ...
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Texan Whitney Mercilus Throws Back to School Bash

Houston Texans Whitney Mercilus is known for showing NO MERCI on the field, but off the field, he is known as a gentle giant within the community. Like most Houstonians, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Mercilus and the WithMerci ...
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Venus Williams, Sloan Stevens and Madison Keys All Advance to U.S. Open Quarterfinals

For the first time in U.S. Open history, three black women have advanced to the quarterfinal round; and, in this case, they all happen to be American. As of Monday, Venus Williams, 37, Sloane Stephens, 24, and Madison Keys, 22, ...
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