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Little Known Black History Fact: The Origins Of Thanksgiving

[ad_1] Thanksgiving is a time-honored tradition among American families that was once used to celebrate the nation’s victory over the British in Saratoga during the Revolutionary War in 1777. Across the 13 colonies, enslaved Blacks also joined in celebration by expressing their thankfulness for the victory at their churches. In October 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed a proclamation to officially celebrate the holiday, months after signing the Emancipation Proclamation earlier in the year. Thanksgiving was also a period where slaves would often try to escape due to the ending of crop season, but with the new law, it morphed into a...

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Jennifer Hudson Agrees Son David Otunga Thanksgiving

[ad_1] Source: NBC / Getty It looks like David Otunga is getting his one holiday wish: To spend Thanksgiving with his son this year. According to PEOPLE, in court documents obtained exclusively by the outlet, Jennifer Hudson voluntarily agreed to allow their 8-year-old son to spend the holiday with Otunga after she filed an emergency order of protection last week. David Jr. will be with his father from 3 p.m. on Thursday until Friday at 7 p.m. Under the order of protection, David Sr. was not allowed to see their son until their next court date, UNLESS Jennifer gave written approval. This time around,...

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Vice employees are bracing for more after sexual harassment report

[ad_1] There are storm clouds encircling Vice Media. As allegations of sexual misconduct pile up in the worlds of media, entertainment and politics, the Brooklyn-based company -- a multimedia juggernaut eying an IPO -- appears to be staring down an inevitable reckoning. Last week may have offered a preview of what's to come. A piece published by the Daily Beast examined Vice's "sexual-harassment culture," and implicated a high-profile producer at the company. That story led to a suspension for Jason Mojica, Vice's lead filmmaker and former editor-in-chief, who was said...

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Phaedra Parks contract Wilhelmina Models

[ad_1] Source: Bravo / Getty Looks like Phaedra Parks is trying to make a comeback after getting booted from hit reality show the Real Housewives of Atlanta. The 5’1″ lawyer and mortician just landed a modeling contract with Wilhelmina Models! Parks sat down with US Weekly to spill the tea on her new gig, which she believes will continue to hone in that idea that models can come in all shapes, sizes and heights. “I think I’m the face of “yes you can.” I’m a small town girl who has followed her dreams. Yes you can be a mom, yes you can be a...

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Here Are Five Ways You Can Give Back During the Holidays

[ad_1] Source: Ariel Skelley / Getty There’s more to Thanksgiving than decorated dinner tables and dishes of your favorite food. It’s about showing gratitude, love and being thankful for our many blessings. It’s also about giving back and paying it forward for all the times someone has been a blessing to us. It’s important that we remember those less fortunate always, but especially during the holiday season. If you’re wondering just how to do that, here are five ways that you and your family can give back together during the holidays. Adopt A Family Source: Pamela Moore / Getty Sponsoring a family during the...

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Thanksgiving football’s coming, but CBS and Dish Network still ‘far apart’ on blackout

[ad_1] CBS and Dish Network don't appear to be any closer to making a deal to end a blackout of CBS for Dish customers, even with Thanksgiving -- and the traditional holiday NFL game on CBS -- quickly approaching. "We obviously want to strike a fair deal with Dish as soon as possible -- but we remain far apart on terms," CBS said in a statement on Wednesday. Tuesday morning, local stations owned by CBS went dark on Dish Network's satellite system. The...

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The Best Black Movies To Watch On Thanksgiving

[ad_1] Source: Sunset Boulevard / Getty Aside from indulging in the mouth-watering food, Thanksgiving is also about spending time with family and enjoying that quality time that often gets pushed aside during the daily grind. Playing family games, reminiscing about old times and listening to music are all great ways to bond with the family, but watching movies may be the best way of all. Black cinema has so many movies that not only make you laugh, cry and everything in between, but they also encourage the family to sit around and enjoy each other through films that were either a part...

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How To Give Back Around The Holidays

[ad_1] Source: Ariel Skelley / Getty There’s more to Thanksgiving than decorated dinner tables and dishes of your favorite food. It’s about showing gratitude, love and being thankful for our many blessings. It’s also about giving back and paying it forward for all the times someone has been a blessing to us. It’s important that we remember those less fortunate always, but especially during the holiday season. If you’re wondering just how to do that, here are five ways that you and your family can give back together during the holidays. Adopt A Family Source: Pamela Moore / Getty Sponsoring a family during the...

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Rashida Jones explains why she left ‘Toy Story 4’

[ad_1] "The breakneck speed at which journalists have been naming the next perpetrator renders some reporting irresponsible," the two said in a statement to the New York Times. "We did not leave Pixar because of unwanted advances. That is untrue. We parted ways because of creative and, more importantly, philosophical differences.""There is so much talent at Pixar," Jones and McCormack added. "We remain enormous fans of their films, but it is also a culture where women and people of color do not have an equal creative voice."Pixar has been criticized for a lack of female and minority representation -- both...

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