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#HappyForVA

  by Yasmaine Eason Virginia doesn’t have a state song. Every Virginian knows that, right? Well, some citizens want to change that with Virginia Beach’s very own Pharrell Williams’ hit “Happy.” People have joined a Facebook community and Twitter page dedicated to making the infectious tune the designated state song. The Facebook group has gotten [...]

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Sean Combs to speak at Howard U. commencement

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Entertainer and entrepreneur Sean Combs will deliver Howard University’s commencement speech this year in Washington. The school announced Tuesday that Combs will be among five people who will receive honorary degrees as trailblazers in their fields. Combs was a Howard student in the late 1980s. He will receive an honorary doctorate [...]

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Daniel Radcliffe on why New York audiences rock

  NEW YORK (AP) — The one thing Daniel Radcliffe always has to adjust to whenever he’s onstage in America is how happy Americans are to see Daniel Radcliffe onstage. The former “Harry Potter” star is consistently greeted by a burst of applause when makes his entrance on Broadway, no matter if it’s a musical [...]

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Outkast reunite, headline Coachella festival

  Outkast reunited onstage after a near decadelong hiatus with a jam-packed set at the Coachella music festival, their first of many performances planned this year. The rap duo headlined the first night of the music festival Friday, Apr. 11, in Indio, Calif., performing well-known hits such as “Hey Ya!,” ”Ms. Jackson,” ”The Way You Move,” [...]

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Flavor Flav taking plea deal in Vegas battery case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Entertainer Flavor Flav is poised to take a plea deal that would avoid trial in a Las Vegas domestic violence case. A prosecutor and defense attorneys say the 55-year-old former rapper and reality TV star, whose real name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., is scheduled to enter a plea Monday, April [...]

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Obama to focus civil rights message on voting

  WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after hailing the Civil Rights Act as a lasting legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency, President Barack Obama is using another civil rights forum to issue an election-year warning against erosion of the Voting Rights Act, the landmark 1965 law that helped pave Obama’s path in politics. On Friday, [...]

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Clinton: New voter restrictions are a step back

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton used the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act to criticize efforts in several states to restrict voting, notably photo identification requirements, saying they threaten to roll back half a century of progress. Clinton spoke Wednesday night during the Civil Rights Summit at the Lyndon B. [...]

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Common brings inspiration and motivation to Norfolk State

  by Antonio Garland Common, whose real name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., appeared at the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center on April 8, to encourage students to follow their goals and dreams. Common spoke of how he got involved with the L.E.A.D. program, wanting to motivate young people. He said that coming to [...]

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HBCUX launches new network from NSU campus

by Donte Hayden As the opening event of this year’s annual MCJR Week, the students of Norfolk State University witnessed history on April 7 as Curtis Symonds, formerly of ESPN and BET, launched what many consider a future powerhouse in television, the HBCUX network. The network includes programming which ranges from sports and entertainment to [...]

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Al Sharpton says report of FBI cooperation not new

  NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton said Tuesday that a report that he spied onNew York Mafia figures for the FBI in the 1980s is old news, and he said that he never considered himself an informant. “In my own mind I was not an informant,” Sharpton said. “I was cooperating with an investigation.” Sharpton [...]

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Jimmy Fallon takes over the Tonight Show

   by Silas Langley Last week’s opening results proved why Jimmy Fallon is the new NBC host.  Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ guests during the week ranged from Mariah Carey to Will Ferrell to First Lady Michelle Obama. With the new time slot, Fallon kept his old show’s protocols with various skits and monologues. Fallon brought all [...]

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