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Amber Ruffin To Host Writers Guild Awards

[ad_1] Amber Ruffin, a writer and on-air personality on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” has been recruited to host the 70th annual Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Feb. 11 at the Edison Ballroom in New York. “I’m so excited to host the 2018 Writers Guild Awards,” said Ruffin, who writes and appears in the “Late Night” segments, “Amber Says What?” and “Jokes Seth Can’t Tell.” “If you’re looking for hard-hitting satire on sexual assault allegations, Russia and the Republican tax plan — too bad! This is gonna be all hugs and rainbows! (The hugs will be consensual.)” Ruffin also is a...

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Q & A: Tax Bills Impacts On Health Law Coverage & Medicare

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — The tax overhaul Republicans are pushing toward final votes in Congress could undermine the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance markets and add to the financial squeeze on Medicare over time. Lawmakers will meet this week to resolve differences between the House- and Senate-passed bills in hopes of getting a finished product to President Donald Trump’s desk around Christmas. Also in play are the tax deduction for people with high medical expenses, and a tax credit for drug companies that develop treatments for serious diseases affecting relatively few patients. The business tax cuts that are the centerpiece of the...

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Bank Celebrates Young Black Boys With Special Edition Debit Card

[ad_1] The world’s largest Black-owned bank is honoring Black boys with a special edition debit card. OneUnited Bank introduced new “Doonie” Visa Debit and ATM cards for its customers on Wednesday. But where does the name come from? “Doonie” is the childhood nickname of a Black artist and muralist known the world over as Addonis Parker, who also created a painting eponymously titled the same. The name was so striking that it beat out others such as biblical monikers Isaiah, Elijah and Zion. It also won more praise than Malcolm and Justice, names associated with the Black Lives Matter and social justice movement,...

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Ali Abdullah Salehi, former Yemen President, killed in Sanaa

[ad_1] Saleh's death at the hands of his former allies diminished hopes of an end to the country's protracted conflict and sparked fears of further bloodshed in rebel-held Sanaa. Two days earlier, Saleh announced the end of a three-year alliance with the Iranian-backed Houthis. He said he wanted to "turn the page" on relations with the Saudi-led coalition that launched a military intervention against the Houthis in Yemen in 2015, leading to a crippling blockade of the country. The Saudi coalition welcomed the move and granted Saleh's forces air support in ensuing clashes with the rebels.But for Saleh, known for...

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Trump’s Travel Ban Gets The Go Ahead From The Supreme Court

[ad_1] Muslim and civil rights groups and their supporters gather at a rally against “muslim ban” in front of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries. This is not a final ruling on the travel ban: Challenges to the policy are winding through the federal courts, and the justices themselves ultimately are expected to rule on its legality. But the action indicates that the high court might...

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Trump’s Travel Ban Gets The Go Ahead From The Supreme Court

[ad_1] Muslim and civil rights groups and their supporters gather at a rally against “muslim ban” in front of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries. This is not a final ruling on the travel ban: Challenges to the policy are winding through the federal courts, and the justices themselves ultimately are expected to rule on its legality. But the action indicates that the high court might...

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Super Bowl Live Concert Series Includes Tribute To Prince

[ad_1] Kevin Winter MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A series of free, outdoor concerts during the 10-days leading up to the Super Bowl will include a Prince tribute and plenty of Minnesota flavor. Producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis announced their concert lineup for Super Bowl Live on Friday. The festival will include a “Prince night,” during which Sheila E., the Revolution and Morris Day & the Time will pay tribute to the Purple One. The New Power Generation will also perform during the festival, as well as other Twin Cities favorites, including Soul Asylum, the Suburbs, Bob Mould, Mint Condition, and more. Jimmy “Jam” Harris says...

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Little Known Black History Fact: LL Cool J

[ad_1] LL Cool J has enjoyed a career that has spanned three decades and counting, and is one of the few rappers turned actors who has sustained his visibility across the genres. Over the weekend, the rapper born James Todd Smith was received a Kennedy Center Honor along with other notables, cementing his legacy for years to come. LL was born January 14, 1968 in Bay Shore, New York. Since the mid-eighties, the fierce Queens rapper has shown and proved to be one of Hip-Hop’s most potent artists of his era. His talent and hard work culminated with two Grammy Awards...

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Get That Money: Oprah Winfrey Signs New OWN Deal

[ad_1]   Oprah Winfrey will remain CEO of OWN for the next eight years after signing a new deal with its parent company, Discovery Communications.In addition to locking in O through at least 2025, Discovery also shelled out $70 million to acquire an additional 24.5 percent stake in OWN from Winfrey’s Harpo. Inc. “Creating OWN and seeing it flourish, supported by Discovery and a rapidly growing group of the finest storytellers in film and television, is one of my proudest achievements,” said Winfrey. “I’m thrilled with the network’s success and excited about this next chapter in our partnership. Together, we’ll continue to inspire...

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Meek Mill’s Lawyer Wants To Oust Judge Who Sentenced Him To Jail

[ad_1] (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rapper Meek Mill’s lawyers renewed their call for a judge who sentenced him to step aside on Monday, saying “there was an FBI investigation” into her conduct and his gun and drug case. The imprisoned musician’s legal team wrote in a court filing that he and his representatives were aware of the investigation into Judge Genece Brinkley’s conduct since 2016. They argued that the existence of a probe raises questions about the judge’s ability to fairly preside over the case. “How could she sit in judgment? She can’t,” said defense attorney Joe Tacopina, who declined...

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