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On the “A” w/Souleo: New TV series explores ‘America by the Numbers’

If the numbers truly don’t lie then America is in the midst of radical demographic changes.

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Arturo O’Farrill tributes father’s Afro-Latin jazz legacy

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Arturo O’Farrill reimagines father’s classic Afro-Latin jazz composition for Apollo Theater; R&B singer Tank previews new album; and “The Retrieval” film addresses themes of freedom and manhood

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Patrick Kelly’s fashion legacy lives on through buttons and bananas

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Fashion designer Patrick Kelly celebrated with retrospective; a period drama based on story of mixed-race woman; Carrie Mae Weems and friends at the Guggenheim and Publicolor raises funds to brighten schools.

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‘R&B Divas: Atlanta’ stars KeKe Wyatt and Syleena Johnson preview the new season

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New season to depict familial, marital and professional challenges of talented R&B singers.

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LiV Warfield: A ‘BlackBird’ learns to fly

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Prince protégé, LiV Warfield just may be 2014’s breakout music star with new album The Unexpected.

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Black fashion designers need help too

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New exhibition aims to illuminate the plight and triumphs of black fashion designers and “A Raisin in the Sun” playwright, Lorraine Hansberry’s letters reveal her thoughts on feminism and LGBT rights.

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After deaths, Dianne Reeves finds a Beautiful Life

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Jazz diva, Dianne Reeves delivers new music after death of mother and George Duke; Kevon Edmonds of After 7 reveals brother Melvin’s drug abuse and reason for quitting the group; and new music series to celebrate Harlem’s historic Minton’s Playhouse.

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More than enough white curators?

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Professional curators respond to a new diversity initiative aimed at increasing diversity at major U.S. museums.

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Meet Tower of Power’s New Lead Singer

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Legendary funk/soul outfit, Tower of Power looks to the future with new lead singer, Ray Greene.

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Win tickets to see Bobby Womack live in NYC

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Enter the contest to win a pair of tickets to see Bobby Womack live at City Winery, Niecy Nash talks HBO series “Getting On” and Pastor Jumaine Jones wants to help you find love.

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Ballet star Misty Copeland filming new doc, “A Ballerina’s Tale”

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Ballerina Misty Copeland shares details on upcoming film project. Plus a new documentary explores the life of nuclear refugees in Japan.

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Spoken word film “Slam” celebrates 15th anniversary

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Maysles Cinema celebrates 15th anniversary of the film, “SLAM” starring Saul Williams. The hit web series, “Black Folk Don’t” returns for a third season. Country music artist, Kandia Crazy Horse releases STAMPEDE.

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Why Iyanla Vanzant doesn’t feel need to forgive DMX

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Iyanla Vanzant talks new book and whether or not forgiving DMX is necessary; Flo Anthony opens up on being blacklisted by the media industry; and ballroom veteran Jack Mizrahi fears ballroom standards are breaking down.

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Stax Records book explores issues of race

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New book details how Stax Records broke racial ground; Justin Merrick receives Grammy recognition for work with Stax Music Academy; Civil Rights photographer Ernest C. Withers’ Kickstarter campaign may be struggling due to his role as a paid F.B.I. informer

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Celebrated writer, Ntozake Shange debuts new work

The writer of the legendary theater piece, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf no longer has the full use of her hands and legs due to her battle with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) which she was diagnosed with in 2011. But that hasn’t stopped her from staging her most recent book, Lost In Language & Sound: Or How I Found My Way to the Arts.

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NJPAC Gala attendees on government shutdown and oversexualized pop stars

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Attendees at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s (NJPAC) 18th annual Spotlight Gala didn’t hesitate to delve into less lighthearted topics.

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Goodie Mob addresses Southern hip-hop’s bad rap

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If the influence of Goodie Mob were to be measured solely by the number of contemporary socially conscious Southern hip-hop artists one might assume that the veteran group from Atlanta left virtually no mark.

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Melvin Van Peebles, renaissance man, makes visual art debut

Melvin Van Peebles has virtually taken on every career imaginable including being a novelist, journalist, director, playwright, actor, rapper and musician. Now on the cusp of turning 81-years-old he is ready to introduce the world to his new title: visual artist.

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Musiq Soulchild explores new sound with Syleena Johnson on 9ine

Musiq Soulchild is a reinvigorated singer these days and he’s got Syleena Johnson to thank for the change.

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Ronald Isley joins Stevie Wonder’s boycott of Florida

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When Stevie Wonder says “boycott” you take heed. That’s exactly what musical legend, Ronald Isley believes since he’s decided to join Wonder’s boycott of Florida following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The boycott is in response to the state’s controversial Stand Your Ground law, which Wonder and now, Isley, hope to have repealed. Isley’s support of the boycott won’t officially begin until after a scheduled fall performance in the state, but he has plans to donate proceeds from the show to the Martin family.