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Essence Festival Marks 25 Years of Celebrating Black Culture

NEW ORLEANS — The Essence Festival, which draws thousands to New Orleans during the Fourth of July week, is celebrating 25 years of bringing African American women of all ages together for thought-proving conversation and performances from top musical acts. ...
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Film Captures the Loss of Black San Franciscans

SAN FRANCISCO — Actor Jimmie Fails draws from his own story in his portrayal of a young black man navigating a shifting racial landscape in "The Last Black Man in San Francisco." His tale is a familiar one in a...

3 Black Women Win Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America

NEW YORK — When Cheslie Kryst won the Miss USA crown, it marked more than a personal triumph: It meant that for the first time, three black women are the reigning Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America. The North Carolina lawyer completed the historic tri...