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First 400 years

In August 1619, more than 20 Africans landed at Point Comfort, the present-day Fort Monroe in Hampton.
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Wakanda forever: ‘Black Panther’ poised for Oscar win

The box office smash “Black Panther” just made history as the first superhero film to be nominated for an Academy Award, the top award in the movie world. The film, directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler, is one of the ...
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Actor Michael B. Jordan in spotlight for athletic role in ‘Creed II’

Michael Bakari Jordan has scored a cinematic knockout for his role as a boxer in “Creed II,” a sequel to the original 2015 film “Creed,” a continuation of the “Rocky” movies.
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Idris Elba named sexiest man alive

Move over Barack Obama. Actor Idris Elba was named the sexiest man alive on Monday by People magazine. The London-born actor, 46, said he didn’t believe it when magazine officials told him.
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Poet and playwright Ntozake Shange dies at 70

Playwright, poet and author Ntozake Shange, whose most acclaimed theater piece is the 1975 Tony Award-nominated play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, according to her daughter.
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‘Black Panther’ continues to smash box office records

The box office hit “Black Panther” is now the top grossing superhero film of all time in the United States. The wildly popular Disney and Marvel release achieved the milestone on Saturday after surpassing fellow Marvel title “The Avengers.”
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Serena’s pregnant!

Tennis superstar Serena Williams is pregnant and taking maternity leave through the rest of 2017, with the baby due this fall, her spokeswoman announced last week.
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Icon Angela Y. Davis unleashes her thoughts on Trump, Clinton and future

The election of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president “was the future we really dreaded,” said scholar and activist Angela Y. Davis.
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Former NASA ‘hidden figure’ advises students to chart own course

Christine Darden was a student at Hampton University when she learned to chart her own path. She and her classmates would visit the school’s cafeteria together, and she decided that she needed to learn to go on her own.
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Rihanna named Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year

Rihanna has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year. The Grammy Award-winning singer received the Harvard Foundation’s Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
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Obama names 3 national monuments honoring civil rights

The Obama administration has designated three new national monuments honoring civil rights history. The designations were announced Thursday, Jan. 12, just eight days before the nation’s first African-American president leaves office.
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74th Golden Globe Awards hit notes of inclusion

The lack of racial and ethnic diversity in Hollywood was a running joke during last year’s Academy Awards ceremony. This year, several African-Americans were recognized at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards, a star-studded event televised from Beverly Hills, Calif. ...
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It’s a boy for 50-year-old Janet Jackson

Pop singer Janet Jackson has had her first child at the age of 50, Billboard magazine reported Tuesday, citing the pop singer’s publicist.
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‘She is a 0, but I’m a 10’

As soon as Ohio Congresswoman Joyce Beatty stepped off the stage following her July 28 address at the Democratic National Convention, Twitter blew up.
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‘We are The Wilsons!’

Singer Ciara has one-two stepped down the aisle with NFL player Russell Wilson. The couple both posted the same photo Wednesday on Twitter and Instagram showing Ciara in a wedding gown and the Richmond native in a tuxedo with the ...
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