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Johnson Publishing Sells Off Both Ebony and Jet Magazines to a Private Equity Firm

After a 71-year run in Chicago, Johnson Publishing is getting out of publishing. The company said Tuesday it has sold Ebony, its iconic African-American lifestyle magazine, and the now digital-only Jet magazine to Clear View Group, an Austin, Texas-based private equity firm, for an undisclosed amount.  Johnson Publishing will retain its Fashion Fair Cosmetics …Read More

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Who Is Jesse Williams

The BET Awards Sunday featured tributes to Prince and Muhammad Ali, and a performance by Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar. But this year, the actor Jesse Williams commanded the spotlight with an impassioned speech calling for an end to police killings, racial inequality and cultural appropriation. Since 2009, Mr. Williams has played the role of …Read More

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BET Awards show Politics and Music

BET had a lot to live up to Sunday night at the 2016 BET Awards, and it’s safe to say the network delivered. To start off the festivities, the network quickly got into “formation” with a surprise appearance by Beyoncé, who stunned the crowd with a live performance of “Freedom.” The singer, joined by …Read More

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Jill Scott Weds

Surprise, Jill Scott is married.  The singer walked down the aisle Saturday in a top-secret wedding to longtime boyfriend Mike Dobson.  Scott, 44, opted for a low-cut white gown with lace sleeves. She wore her hair in a bun and accentuated her look with a pair of teardrop pearls. Her groom wore a simple black tuxedo.  The …Read More

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US Judge Hears Arguments Over Mississippi LGBT Marriage Law

Mississippi is the only state to enact a law listing specific religious beliefs to be protected in reaction to the legalization of same-sex marriage, a professor testified Thursday in federal court.UCLA law professor Douglas NeJaime testified on behalf of plaintiffs who filed two lawsuits seeking to block Mississippi’s House Bill 1523 , a religious-exemptions …Read More

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Mississippi LGBT Law Withstands Challenge

A federal judge has declined to block a Mississippi gay marriage law in one challenge filed against it. But it’s still possible he will block the law after considering three other lawsuits. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves said two gay men who plan to marry each other within the next three years can’t prove …Read More