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Kanye West sounds off on slavery, his opioid addiction and Trump

Rapper Kanye West on Tuesday described slavery as a choice, praised President Trump for doing “the impossible” by becoming president, and attributed his 2016 mental breakdown to opioid addiction.

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Life likely to change for Bill Cosby after conviction

Bill Cosby, used to the high life as one of America’s biggest stars, likely will see his entourage of aides replaced by an inmate paid pennies to help the legally blind comedian navigate life behind bars after he is sentenced for sexual assault.

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Rapper Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer for music

California rapper Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music Monday for his album “DAMN.,” organizers announced. Mr. Lamar, 30, is the first rapper to win the prestigious award. The Pulitzer follows the five Grammy awards won by Mr. Lamar in January for the album.

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Starbucks to close 8,000 U.S. stores for racial bias training

Starbucks Corp. will close 8,000 company-owned U.S. cafés for the afternoon on Tuesday, May 29, to train nearly 175,000 to prevent racial discrimination in its stores.

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Target settles claims it screened black people, Hispanics out of jobs

Target Corp. has agreed to review its policies for screening job applicants and pay $3.74 million to settle a lawsuit claiming its use of criminal background checks kept thousands of African-Americans and Hispanics from obtaining employment.

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‘Mother of South Africa’ dies at 81

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who emerged as a combative anti-apartheid campaigner during her former husband Nelson Mandela’s decades in jail but whose reputation was later tarnished by allegations of violence, died on Monday, April 2, 2018, at the age of 81.

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Mars has star power winning 6 Grammys

R&B artist Bruno Mars won the top prize at the Grammy Awards on Sunday in another victory for pop-driven music over rap, now the most popular genre in the nation.

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‘Get Out’ surprises at Oscar nominations

This year’s Oscar surprises include four nominations — including best picture and best actor for Daniel Kaluuya — for Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” in which an African-American man finds himself trapped at his white girlfriend’s house with her strange family.

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Obesity, poverty help explain higher diabetes risk for black Americans

Even though African-American adults are more likely to develop diabetes than white adults, the increased risk is largely due to obesity and other risk factors that may be possible to change, a new study suggests.

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Former Trump official pleads guilty in special prosecutor’s probe

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty last Friday to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia, and he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors delving into the actions of President Trump’s inner circle before he took office.

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