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Rumor About OJ Getting Caught Masturbating Is False

OJ Simpson

O.J. Simpson (R) s (Photo by Steve Marcus-Pool/Getty Images)

A rumor spread across the Internet and social media on Wednesday that alleged OJ Simpson could miss out on the possibility of parole because he had been caught by a female corrections officer masturbating in his cell. People were amused by the fact that something as seemingly innocuous as relieving his sexual urges into a sock (or a tissue or a towel or whatever) could cause OJ to have to remain in prison.

Read “OJ Simpson’s Parole Is NOT In Jeopardy Because He Let Loose the Juice In His Prison Cell

#EbonyOwes – NABJ Calls Out Ebony Magazine

Ebony Magazine

Ebony Magazine

Shots fired! The National Association of Black Journalists on Thursday named Ebony magazine (along with Fox News) as its choice for its annual “Thumbs Down Award,” which puts on blast anyone that does something especially to black people or black journalists.

Read “#EbonyOwes: Ebony Magazine Gets the Thumbs Down From the National Association of Black Journalists

Barry Jenkins to Adapt James Baldwin Novel For the Screen

Barry Jenkins

Barry Jenkins speaks onstage at Oscars Feb. 26, 2017. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Barry Jenkins, director of the Oscar-winning feature film Moonlight, has plans to bring more Black excellence to the screen in the form of a screen adaption of If Beale Street Could Talk, a novel by celebrated Black author James Baldwin.

Read “‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins to Write, Direct Film Version of James Baldwin Novel

I love you, 2 Chainz

Pink Trap House

Pink Trap House (Instagram/@hairweavekiller)

I have a confession: I secretly love 2 Chainz. OK, maybe it’s not so secretly, because my friends know that any time he appears on a song, I am going to turn the volume up as loud as it can go on his parts, and I’m going to rap along at the top of my lungs.

Read “2 Chainz Just Gave Me a Few More Reasons to Love Him

Kamala Harris’ Black Music Month Playlist Broken Down By Song

Kamala Harris

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Kamala Harris, the junior Democratic U.S. Senator from California, released a Spotify playlist in honor of Black Music Month on Tuesday, featuring 50 of her favorite tracks from black artists in the fields of rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, hip-hop, rap, soul, pop, reggae and funk, allowing us a peek into her personality and what gets her moving.

Karrueche Tran Granted A 5-Year Restraining Order Against Chris Brown

Karrueche Tran and Chris Brown

Karrueche Tran (L) and Chris Brown (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

Let the relationship between Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran be an object lesson in what not to do when you break up with someone, because let’s be honest: Chris Brown terrorized this girl all over social media, and it wasn’t cute or funny in the least. A judge has granted Tran a 5-year restraining order against Brown to keep her safe.

Read “Karrueche Tran Gets 5-Year Restraining Order Against Creepy Ex-Boyfriend Chris Brown

Google Launches ‘Lynching in America’ Site

Lynching in America

Lynching in America/EJI

Google and the Equal Justice Initiative launched a new website Tuesday that explores the history and legacy of racial terror in the United States, specifically during the period between the Civil War and World War II, when over 4,000 Black Americans were lynched in this country.

Art Collector Sells Lichtenstein For $150 Million to Start Criminal Justice Reform Fund

Lichtenstein Masterpiece

Roy Lichtenstein’s “Masterpiece” (1962). CreditEstate of Roy Lichtenstein

Agnes Gund is an art collector who sold her prized 1962 Roy Lichtenstein “Masterpiece” for $150 million, one of the 15 highest known prices ever paid for artwork, in order to start a fund that supports criminal justice reform and seeks to reduce mass incarceration in the United States.

Read “Influenced By ‘The New Jim Crow’ and ’13th,’ Art Collector Sells Painting For $150,000 to Start Criminal Justice Reform Fund

‘Wrong Answer’: New Movie From Ryan Coogler Starring Michael B. Jordan

Michael B Jordan and Ryan Coogler

CENTURY CITY, CA – JANUARY 09: (L-R) Actor Michael B. Jordan and Director Ryan Coogler                                      (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images)

Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan are building on the Black Boy Magic they brought to the screen in Fruitvale Station and Creed (and undoubtedly in the upcoming Black Panther) by teaming up for a new film project, an education scandal called Wrong Answer.

Read “Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Ta-Nehisi Coates Team Up For New Movie ‘Wrong Answer’

That Time Bill Maher Questioned Anne-Marie Johnson’s Blackness While Defending His Use of the Word ‘Nigga’

Bill Maher

“Real Time With Bill Maher”‘ Screenshot

Friday’s moment when TV host Bill Maher uttered the n-word was not the first time he crossed the line where race is concerned. Long before Real Time With Bill Maher was a thing, Maher once talked over, insulted and questioned the blackness of veteran black actress Anne-Marie Johnson, all while arguing that white people should be able to say “nigga.”

Read my commentary, “#NeverForget: Bill Maher Once Questioned a Black Woman’s Blackness Over the N-Word

Mama’s Day is For the Mama’s Who Get Left Out of the Traditional Holiday

Breena Nuñez Forward Together Mama's Day Card

Breena Nuñez for Forward Together/Mamas Day

Today as people all over the country celebrate Mother’s Day the way it was popularized and capitalized on by Hallmark, there are many women who will unfairly be left out of the card and gift giving because they don’t fit the “traditional” idealized image of motherhood.

Mamas Day was created in 2011 by Forward Together to celebrate those women and include those who represent mamahood whether they gave birth to us or not.

“The Mamas Day campaign has always been about celebrating all the mamas in our lives … and motherhood broadly defined … our biological mamas, our chosen mamas.”

Read about Mamas Day on The Root.

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