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Commentary

COMMENTARY: Bill Cosby, White Women and American History

JACKSONVILLE FREE PRESS — “In the years of Cosby’s foolishness it’s hard to believe he would believe he could do the same things as the big time White boys, but it is impossible for me to believe that those women couldn’t find anyone in the country who would listen to or believe them if they had accused Cosby of sexual assault. Most press organizations would have jumped all over such charges with wall-to-wall coverage. I will not speculate as to why they didn’t go public with their accusations against Cosby…” […read more]

“Saturday Night Live,” the NBC comedy institution took aim at the Baltimore Police Department with a skit called, “Thirsty Cops.” (Screengrab)
Afro

SNL Spoofs Baltimore Police

THE AFRO — A series of Baltimore Police Department (BPD) scandals since the death of Freddie Gray in police custody and the subsequent uprising, have garnered national headlines. But, over the weekend the negative national commentary on Baltimore police misconduct reached a new level. […read more]

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Community

South Side celebrates neighborhood pride, healthy aging

MINNESOTA SPOKESMAN-RECORDER — South Minneapolis’ unofficial annual community reunion kicked off Saturday, September 1 with an afternoon of family, free food and fun at Phelps Park. The ninth annual Southside Back in the Day Community Celebration was an old (and new) school jam of residents from Phelps, King, Bryant and Central neighborhoods showing off their Southside pride. […read more]

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NNPA Newswire Film Review: Marshall

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Entertainment

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Entertainment

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Entertainment

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Entertainment

NBC Snubs Cosby During TV Special

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Entertainment

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Entertainment

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Black History

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Entertainment

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Entertainment

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Entertainment

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Entertainment

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