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October 16, 2019

The Chicago City Council's Black Caucus is threatening to push back the sale of recreational marijuana in the city. 

Caucus chairman Alderman Jason Ervin is planning to introduce an ordinance today that would prevent legal marijuana sales until July 1st, 2020. 

The caucus is expressing concerns that no people of color will be among the owners of the businesses allowed to sell weed when it's legalized January 1st.

October 16, 2019

A new report is warning that suicide attempts in up among black teenagers in America. 

Researchers from NYU looked at data from 1991 through 2017 and found there was a 73-percent rise in suicide attempts for black teens, especially among females. Meantime, it also showed the rate went down seven-percent with white teenagers. 

It also found that one-in-five teens of any race has thought about suicide.

October 16, 2019

The Notorious B.I.G. is nominated for induction into the 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 

The nominees for the class of 2020 were announced yesterday and also include Whitney Houston, Pat Benatar and Dave Matthews Band, along with 12 other musical acts.  If Big Poppa does win, he will be among rappers like Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-D.M.C., the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, N.W.A and Tupac Shakur, who have all be...

July 24, 2019

Wesley Snipes is looking forward to seeing Mahershala Ali take on the role of 'Blade.' 

Snipes, who took the lead role in the 1998 film, spoke with Comicbook.com and said he felt that Ali is "a beautiful and talented artist whose expressions I look forward to experiencing for many years to come." 

There is no release date for the new Blade, however, it will be apart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, slotting in Phase 5.

July 24, 2019

Georgia police say a woman who wasn't happy with her french fries fired a gun inside a McDonald's Monday. 

Lillian Shantel Tarver, 27, who was arrested after a police chase through Savannah, faces 12 charges, including five felonies, Chatham County jail records show.

The woman reportedly was unhappy that her fries were cold at the fast food joint in Garden City, outside of Savannah. 

When an employee went to replace her order,...

July 23, 2019

Megan Thee Stallion is filing to trademark the phrase "hot girl summer." 

Since the popularity of the "Hot Girl Summer" term, brands like Forever 21, Maybelline, Wendy's and others have used it in their marketing campaigns. 

According to the document, if the catchphrase is used on any apparel, Megan will receive a check. The Houston rapper is among several rappers who have filed trademarks for popular catchphrases they have cre...

July 23, 2019

An actress who directed an HBO documentary about Baltimore in the aftermath of the riots sparked by the police custody death of Freddie Gray is facing drug charges in North Carolina. 

Sonja Sohn, who is also known as Sonja Plack, was arrested early Sunday morning during a traffic stop in the Outer Banks.  Police say a purse containing cocaine and drug paraphernalia was found during a search of the vehicle Sohn was riding in....

July 23, 2019

R. Kelly is down one crisis manager.  Darrell Johnson resigned Monday amid a controversy involving his own words. 

Johnson told CBS News, "I wouldn't leave my daughter with anybody that's accused of pedophilia. Period."  He ended up walking that back in an interview with USA Today, saying he "should have worded it better."  Johnson went on to say he would in fact leave his daughter with Kelly because he does not believe h...

July 22, 2019

The Oakland community continues to come together more than a year after a racially-charged incident at Lake Merritt prompted the creation of a new family-friendly event. 

The second annual "BBQing While Black" event was held Sunday at the lake and organizers are calling it a success.  It is the brainchild of Onsayo Abram, who was one of two men who got into a verbal altercation with a woman who called the police on them for re...

July 22, 2019

Disney's The Lion King is the top movie in North America.  The live-action drama features the voices of Beyonce, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner and James Earl Jones.  It picks up after Simba's evil uncle, Scar, kills his dad, Mufasa, while trying to seize the throne. 

The young lion returns to the screen as an adult destined to take back his homeland, with the help of some friends.  The Lion King earned 185...

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