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Cynthia McKinney Nabs Green Party Presidential Nomination

Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, 53, has been nominated as the presidential candidate for the liberal environmentalist Green Party, according to CNN. Green Party spokeswoman Scott McLarty said McKinney, who represented a suburban Atlanta, Georgia, district for six terms as a Democrat, getting to the White House is a "long shot," but said, "Every vote that she gets helps the Green Party." "The United States needs an alternative party," McLarty said. "The narrow two-party system we have right now has not served us very well." The most successful Green party presidential nominee was Ralph Nader, who, in 2000, drew nearly 3 percent of the vote. Nader is running again this year as an independent. FLASHBACK: In 2006, Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post columnist Robin Givhan dedicated an entire column to McKinney's hair, which "appeared to be standing all over her head" during a press conference called by McKinney, who attempted to explain an altercation she had with a police officer. PHOTO: AP
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MUST SEE: The Supreme’s Costume Exhibit

More than 50 outfits (in addition to a collection of photos, album covers, and live footage) are on display at London's Victoria and Albert Museum until October. In a much-deserving exhibit, "The Story of the Supremes," tracks the Motown trio as the epitome of glamour that set a groundbreaking standard for future girl group molds. Not only did they set an example for En Vogue and Destiny's Child, but The Supremes changed the world's perception of African-Americans, proving that black is beautiful! "When I saw the Supremes on TV...it was magical to me because I had never seen black women on television or anywhere for that matter who conveyed such glamour and such grace," Oprah Winfrey said of seeing The Supremes for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. O.G. Supreme Mary Wilson said before the opening last May, "I have kept these dresses in storage for over 30 years, it was my dream that one day I could share them with the world.''
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Ga Ga: Little Jackie’s Anything But Little

With her bold lyrics and fresh fro, singer-songwriter Imani Coppola of Brooklyn-based hip-hop/pop duo Little Jackie (also, with programmer Adam Pallin), has an indie hit on her hands with "The World Should Revolve Around Me"—off their CD, The Stoop. We recently spotted the video for the single on TV, and were elated by the skating culture, Brooklyn stoops, and a cameo by actress Rosie Perez (no, she didn't give us any aggressive dance moves in spandex and ghetto gold earrings!) As for the aforementioned lyrics: If every woman felt this way about themselves, we wouldn't have so many Lifetime Original Movies:

There’s only one me in the galaxy I am an endangered species This kind of flower don’t grow on Earth Just lettin’ you know for what it’s worth
PHOTO: Courtesy of Little Jackie
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Preview: CNN’s ‘Black In America’ Series

CNN's Soledad O'Brien, anchor for the network's upcoming documentary series, "Black In America," reveals tidbits about the special on African-American culture. “We started doing this about 18 months ago, before Sen. Obama’s candidacy really gained traction,” O’Brien told the Los Angeles Times about Barack Obama only appearing in about 30 seconds of the documentary, which premieres on July 23. But it was when O’Brien explained that comedian D.L. Hughley had to advise his young son on how to act if confronted by law enforcement, that we found upsetting, yet telling: "It’s a conversation every black father has to have with his 11-year-old son, no matter where they come from."
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Ga Ga: Janelle Monae’s Bad Boy Introduction

Having recently performed at the fourth annual Afro-Punk Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Janelle Monae is heading to the masses with Bad Boy at her side. The latest addition to the house of Sean "Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Entertainment, Monae is a cross between David Bowie, Andy Warhol, Grace Jones and James Brown...we have to give kudos where kudos is due because we loves us some quirk! Diddy recently said that Monae is "one of the most important signings of my career." Pre-Bad Boy, Kansas-native Monae hit the Big Apple to study at the prestigious music and theatre conservatory, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She later relocated to Atlanta, got a cult following, started her own indie label with producers Nate “Rocket” Wonder and Chuck Lightning (Wondaland Arts Society), and released her groundbreaking album, METROPOLIS. Bad Boy is re-releasing Monae's sci-fi-themed METROPOLIS project--complete with an alter ego, Cindi Mayweather, and a comic book. Titled Metropolis:The Chase Suite, the re-release is coming out in August, while on the third of that same month, Monae will be performing at Central Park SummerStage in NYC.
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Architects Needed for Nation’s Black History Museum in D.C.

The Smithsonian Institution is searching for an architect for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, scheduled to open in 2015 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., according to the AP. "It tells the quintessential American story," museum director Lonnie Bunch said of the project which will be the Smithsonian's first new museum to be certified as green. "After all, when one speaks of the core values like resiliency, hope and spirituality, where better to look than the African American experience?" Officials hope to name an architectural team by next spring.
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Lisa Ling: All Night Long

Lisa Ling (no, not Lucy Liu!), who showed the world that a 20-something could be intelligent and beautiful with her stint on The View, is taking her reporting to ABC's Nightline. The 34-year-old TV personality, who left her cushy job at The View in 2002 to host the gritty, gravitas-building National Geographic Ultimate Explorer (and eventually becoming a special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show), will appear in her first segment for the late-night hard news program on Thursday, according to the New York Times. "I have wanted to work with Lisa for a long time," James Goldston, executive producer of Nightline, said in a statement. "She is a terrific journalist with a very distinctive style that fits really well with the Nightline sensibility." PHOTO: The Oprah Winfrey Show
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Cynthia McKinney Nabs Green Party Presidential Nomination

Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, 53, has been nominated as the presidential candidate for the liberal environmentalist Green Party, according to CNN. Green Party spokeswoman Scott McLarty said McKinney, who represented a suburban Atlanta, Georgia, district for six terms as a Democrat, getting to the White House is a "long shot," but said, "Every vote that she gets helps the Green Party." "The United States needs an alternative party," McLarty said. "The narrow two-party system we have right now has not served us very well." The most successful Green party presidential nominee was Ralph Nader, who, in 2000, drew nearly 3 percent of the vote. Nader is running again this year as an independent. FLASHBACK: In 2006, Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post columnist Robin Givhan dedicated an entire column to McKinney's hair, which "appeared to be standing all over her head" during a press conference called by McKinney, who attempted to explain an altercation she had with a police officer. PHOTO: AP
Read More

MUST SEE: The Supreme’s Costume Exhibit

More than 50 outfits (in addition to a collection of photos, album covers, and live footage) are on display at London's Victoria and Albert Museum until October. In a much-deserving exhibit, "The Story of the Supremes," tracks the Motown trio as the epitome of glamour that set a groundbreaking standard for future girl group molds. Not only did they set an example for En Vogue and Destiny's Child, but The Supremes changed the world's perception of African-Americans, proving that black is beautiful! "When I saw the Supremes on TV...it was magical to me because I had never seen black women on television or anywhere for that matter who conveyed such glamour and such grace," Oprah Winfrey said of seeing The Supremes for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. O.G. Supreme Mary Wilson said before the opening last May, "I have kept these dresses in storage for over 30 years, it was my dream that one day I could share them with the world.''
Read More

Ga Ga: Little Jackie’s Anything But Little

With her bold lyrics and fresh fro, singer-songwriter Imani Coppola of Brooklyn-based hip-hop/pop duo Little Jackie (also, with programmer Adam Pallin), has an indie hit on her hands with "The World Should Revolve Around Me"—off their CD, The Stoop. We recently spotted the video for the single on TV, and were elated by the skating culture, Brooklyn stoops, and a cameo by actress Rosie Perez (no, she didn't give us any aggressive dance moves in spandex and ghetto gold earrings!) As for the aforementioned lyrics: If every woman felt this way about themselves, we wouldn't have so many Lifetime Original Movies:

There’s only one me in the galaxy I am an endangered species This kind of flower don’t grow on Earth Just lettin’ you know for what it’s worth
PHOTO: Courtesy of Little Jackie
Read More

Preview: CNN’s ‘Black In America’ Series

CNN's Soledad O'Brien, anchor for the network's upcoming documentary series, "Black In America," reveals tidbits about the special on African-American culture. “We started doing this about 18 months ago, before Sen. Obama’s candidacy really gained traction,” O’Brien told the Los Angeles Times about Barack Obama only appearing in about 30 seconds of the documentary, which premieres on July 23. But it was when O’Brien explained that comedian D.L. Hughley had to advise his young son on how to act if confronted by law enforcement, that we found upsetting, yet telling: "It’s a conversation every black father has to have with his 11-year-old son, no matter where they come from."
Read More

Ga Ga: Janelle Monae’s Bad Boy Introduction

Having recently performed at the fourth annual Afro-Punk Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Janelle Monae is heading to the masses with Bad Boy at her side. The latest addition to the house of Sean "Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Entertainment, Monae is a cross between David Bowie, Andy Warhol, Grace Jones and James Brown...we have to give kudos where kudos is due because we loves us some quirk! Diddy recently said that Monae is "one of the most important signings of my career." Pre-Bad Boy, Kansas-native Monae hit the Big Apple to study at the prestigious music and theatre conservatory, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She later relocated to Atlanta, got a cult following, started her own indie label with producers Nate “Rocket” Wonder and Chuck Lightning (Wondaland Arts Society), and released her groundbreaking album, METROPOLIS. Bad Boy is re-releasing Monae's sci-fi-themed METROPOLIS project--complete with an alter ego, Cindi Mayweather, and a comic book. Titled Metropolis:The Chase Suite, the re-release is coming out in August, while on the third of that same month, Monae will be performing at Central Park SummerStage in NYC.
Read More

Architects Needed for Nation’s Black History Museum in D.C.

The Smithsonian Institution is searching for an architect for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, scheduled to open in 2015 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., according to the AP. "It tells the quintessential American story," museum director Lonnie Bunch said of the project which will be the Smithsonian's first new museum to be certified as green. "After all, when one speaks of the core values like resiliency, hope and spirituality, where better to look than the African American experience?" Officials hope to name an architectural team by next spring.
Read More

Lisa Ling: All Night Long

Lisa Ling (no, not Lucy Liu!), who showed the world that a 20-something could be intelligent and beautiful with her stint on The View, is taking her reporting to ABC's Nightline. The 34-year-old TV personality, who left her cushy job at The View in 2002 to host the gritty, gravitas-building National Geographic Ultimate Explorer (and eventually becoming a special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show), will appear in her first segment for the late-night hard news program on Thursday, according to the New York Times. "I have wanted to work with Lisa for a long time," James Goldston, executive producer of Nightline, said in a statement. "She is a terrific journalist with a very distinctive style that fits really well with the Nightline sensibility." PHOTO: The Oprah Winfrey Show
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