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Arkansas Fraternity Member Suspended After Wearing Bill Cosby Blackface Costume

At this point in life, there's no excuses to not know what blackface is. 

You guys we talked about this, but it looks like everyone still hasn't figured out how wrong blackface is.

A student from the University of Central Arkansas was suspended on Saturday (Oct. 29), after he was seen depicting Bill Cosby at a Halloween party in blackface. KTHV reports Sigma Tau Gamma member Charles ‘Brock’ Denton attended the party on Friday (Oct. 28) in a colorful sweater depicting Cosby's Bill Huxtable character from The Cosby Show and smeared black face paint.

Denton washed off the paint once he was informed of his ignorance, but that didn't stop him from posting a photo beforehand with the caption, "It was a bold night" on Instagram. After it had been picked up on Snapchat, the post went viral. Before deleting his account, the college student admitted he was unaware of blackface's origins and asked his critics to stop sending death threats.

“I am the farthest thing from discrimination," he wrote. "As a matter of fact, I fight for equality every day. I have been writing a book for two years in what it really means to be a good person. I am by no means better than anybody else. Social media has corrupted society in regard to heated controversial topics such as this. I apologize from the bottom of my heart and absolutely never intended this to happen the way it did. I never EVER would have done this if I’d known the domino effect that [would] follow. I swear to everyone that I have never stereotyped a person based on how they look. It’s not me. I hope this situation will end without me being killed over a Halloween costume. We will never achieve peace if we only react in violence. Please forgive me.”

The fraternity was suspended by the Sigma Tau Gamma Headquarters, and the school's chapter was ultimately dropped. UCA President Tom Courtway released a statement about the ordeal, condemning the act. "This institution embraces all races, cultures, and nationalities," the report said. "We strive each day to be welcoming, inclusive and diverse, and will always continue to do so."

At this point, there are no excuses for happily wearing blackface. Many people of other ethnicities and races have dressed as brown and black people without being offensive, like these awesome folks.

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Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warrior Steph Curry spoke about the importance of creating vulnerable spaces for young boys and men, specifically of color, at the annual My Brother's Keeper summit in Oakland.

“The notion that somehow defining yourself as a man is dependent on, are you able to put somebody else down… able to dominate… that is an old view,” Obama said.

The initiative, which was launched in 2014, is aimed at closing the opportunity gap for boys of color by connecting them with mentors in their desired fields.

Obama, who introduced himself as "Michelle's Husband" and referred to Curry as "Ayesha's Husband," was surrounded on stage by several young men who traveled from Yonkers, New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville.

The former president also spoke on how racism plays a factor in why young men feel the need to use aggression to "prove" themselves.

“Racism historically in this society sends a message that you are ‘less than,’ ” Obama said. “We feel we have to compensate by exaggerating stereotypical ways men are supposed to act. And that’s a trap.”

Along with racism, Obama spoke on how some hip-hop songs perpetuate a negative stereotype of black men as well.

“Ironically, that shows the vulnerability you feel,” Obama said. “If you were very confident about your sexuality, you don’t have to have eight women around you twerking… you seem stressed that you gotta be acting that way.”

“I got one woman who I’m very happy with,” he added."

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50 Cent "Afraid For My Life" Due To Alleged NYPD Report

Earlier this month, a report surfaced that claimed an NYPD deputy inspector called for harm against 50 Cent. According to the New York Daily News, commanding officer Emanuel Gonzalez reportedly told his officers to "shoot" the "Many Men" rapper "on sight" if they spotted him at a boxing match in the Bronx that happened last year.

As an internal investigation is underway, 50 Cent took to Instagram to express his concern over this matter. "I'm afraid for my life, I haven't been able to sleep since I heard of this," he wrote. "The cops never notified me of the threat. I'm closing all my business in New York. I may have to sue the city."

 

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I’m afraid for my life, I haven’t been able to sleep since I heard of this. The cops never notified me of the threat. I’m closing all my business in New York. I may have to sue the city.

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ROY RICHTER just told TMZ everything they were hearing was false. Read then swipe Left

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In previous reports, Gonzalez allegedly cited an aggravated harassment complaint against the Power executive. The filing stemmed from an instance when Fifty left a "get the strap" comment under an image of a lawsuit involving Gonzalez's "shakedown" of Love & Lust, a popular club in Brooklyn that's frequented by Fifty.

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The Boss Is Back: Diana Ross Announces 2019 Tour Dates

Legendary musician Diana Ross will be embarking on a multi-city tour.

The Motown staple will begin her excursion today (Feb. 20) in Las Vegas. The tour will hit cities like New Orleans and New York before concluding on Jul. 22 in Morrison, CO.

Ross' concert series continues the celebration of her 75th birthday. Earlier this month at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, Ross gave a special "75th Diamond Diana birthday performance," which was reminiscent of her iconic 1983 performance in Central Park. During the Grammys, she performed her hits such as  "The Best Years Of My Life" and "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)." Her performance was preceded by an adorable introduction by her nine-year-old grandson.

Check out her tour dates below. Tickets go on sale Friday (Feb. 22) via Ticketmaster.

Feb. 20 - Las Vegas, NV @ Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas Feb. 22 - Las Vegas, NV @ Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas Feb. 23 - Las Vegas, NV @ Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas April 13 - Catoosa, OK @ Hard Rock Hotel And Casino Tulsa April 25 - New Orleans, LA @ Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots June 22 - New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall June 27 - Vienna, VA @ The Barns at Wolf Trap July 22 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Hello New York” I’m PROUD to be back in New York in June [email protected] Music Hall #DiamondDiana pic.twitter.com/KkWynJvLzT

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