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Open Thread: Should Hip-Hop Lyrics Be Used As Evidence In Court?

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In 2008, Vonte Skinner, a New Jersey drug dealer and aspiring rapper,  was tried in the attempted murder of  drug dealer, Lamont Peterson.  Upon Skinner’s arrest, police found rap lyrics in the backseat of his girlfriend’s car.  During Skinner’s trial, prosecutors read 13 pages of...

Light Is Right? Skin Tone Memory Bias Study Shows Successful Black Men Are Remembered With Paler Complexions

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Researchers from San Francisco State University have coined a new term that brings to light cultural biases and skin tone.  “Skin Tone Memory Bias” is when black men who are associated with being intelligent are often remembered as having lighter skin.   It’s these biases...

‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit: Sony Settles With Marvin Gaye’s Family

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvin Gaye’s family and publishing company Sony/ATV have reached an undisclosed settlement with the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit. Last year, Robin Thicke struck first in litigation against the Gaye family when he sought declaratory relief “Blurred Lines” wasn’t a rip off of  Marvin Gaye’s “Got to...

Nigeria’s New Anti-Gay Bill Bans Same-Sex Marriage & PDA

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It’s a bill that has been shrouded in secrecy, but on Monday, Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, signed a law that bans same-sex marriage and criminalizes homosexual associations, societies and meetings, with penalties of up to 14 years in jail. The new bill states: “Persons who enter...

Kanye West Is a Battery Suspect After Kim Kardashian Was Called a Racial Slur

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Kim Kardashian was verbally attacked yesterday in Beverly Hills and now according to the Beverly Hills Police Department Kanye West is a suspect in a misdemeanor battery. According to TMZ, Kim was attempting to make her way into a doctor’s office but was surrounded by...

From Janet To BEYONCÉ: Why It Matters When Black Women Sing About Sexuality

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This album is widely successful because it makes women feel good about themselves. I can see how that might be confusing for some.