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Madonna Continues to Cougarize Drake (Watch)

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*It looks like Drake is the recipient of relentless attention from an older woman who just happens to be Madonna. We know this because she all but spells it out.

For evidence, first it was the deep tonguing she delivered on him at Coachella and now her so-called shading of him on Instagram.

She was answering questions from her fans and came across one that asked the “million dollar question” about Drake. They wanted to know if Drake was a “good kisser.” Well of course this was her chance to throw what she calls shade:

#PressPlay: Oop #Madonna play too much !! She throwing shade and it ain’t even #PettyWapWednesdays #Drake

A video posted by The Shade Room (@theshaderoominc) on

She wasn’t through. Another fan supposedly inquired as to what advice she would give her younger self knowing what she knows now. After a momentary pause, followed by her pouring some white wine into glass, she once again came back with what she calls shade:

#PressPlay: Part 2: #Madonna going in on #Drake!! #Petty

A video posted by The Shade Room (@theshaderoominc) on

To us, it sounds ol’ gal has found a way to latch on to Drake and ride him for some relevancy, whether he’s in on the plan or not. The bottom line is it could be fun to watch. It has the makings of some good comedy, if nothing else.

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LA Civil Rights Organization Announces Award to Maryland State Attorney Marilyn Mosby

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*Political analyst and Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson on Sunday, May 3 announced that the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable presented Maryland State Attorney Marilyn Mosby with its Civic Achievement Award.

The award is given to honor her for her exemplary action in prosecuting the six Baltimore police officers accused of abuse in the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.

“Given the deadly seriousness of police violence and misconduct as a national issue of deep concern, Ms. Mosby, sent a strong message with her courageous action that law enforcement officers are not above the law,” says Hutchinson, “And that they must and will be held fully accountable for abuse and misconduct.”

Hutchinson further notes, “The award is also given to her to serve as inspiration and encouragement to other citizens to responsible, proactive engagement and involvement in reporting on, disclosing, and challenging alleged wrongdoing, misconduct and citizen abuse by police, public officials and employees.”

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Be A Speaker at 9th International Black Midwives and Healers Conference

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Black Midwives and Healers Attendees 2013

*Portland, OR  — It is fitting that the 9th International Black Midwives and Healers Conference (IBMHC) 2015 will be commemorated in Portland, Oregon, because Portland is also the headquarters of the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) and the original site of the first IBMHC in 2002.

The ICTC is seeking presenters for the 9th International Black Midwives and Healers Conference (IBMHC), “Honoring Our Past, Embracing Our Future.” The conference is October 9-11, 2015 in Portland, Oregon, the headquarters of the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) and the original site of the first IBMHC in 2002.

More than three-hundred attendees comprised of midwives, nurses, physicians, public health professionals, community health workers, lactation consultants, doulas, birth workers, and students representing over ten countries, will gather in Portland in October at the University Place and Conference Center in downtown Portland.

The conference is an important convening to engage with one another and create safe spaces to develop solutions to a number of key issues, including: diversifying the midwifery, doula and birth worker workforce; creating employment opportunities in community-based outreach and care for women of color, with the multiplier effect of helping to eliminate poverty; reducing infant and maternal mortality in communities of color; discussing advocacy for breastfeeding practices and engaging our young people to enter midwifery; addressing the field of birth work through the lens of civic engagement; and understanding the global community of maternal, newborn and infant needs.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 24,000 infants died before their first birthday. This is called infant mortality. The infant mortality rate is two and half times higher for African American infants compared to Caucasian infants. According to Amnesty International’s “Deadly Delivery,” women of color suffer disproportionate rates of maternal mortality ( And the 2011 Oregon Black Birth Survey quantitative analysis revealed that over thirty percent of black women felt unsafe, frightened or discriminated against during the birth of their baby ( Convening a conference of Black midwives, doulas, birth workers, physicians and nurses, is a critical step to addressing the health inequities that create these persistent disparities in the Black community.

The conference will address the impact of racial inequity on birth outcomes in communities of color and the underrepresentation of birth workers of color in health care institutions and schools. While the research shows that midwives lower the infant mortality rate, there remains a shortage of midwives of color to service their communities in culturally appropriate ways that improve birth outcomes. “Currently the national profile of midwives is majority white women, with less than 2% being black women with only 13% black women being served by certified nurse midwives (CNMs) compared to 57% of white women being serviced by CNMs.” (Goode, K.L., 2014).

The ICTC invites midwives, birth workers, lactation consultants, educators, credentialing organizations and policy makers to create strategies to increase enrollment of people of color into the midwifery, doula and birth worker professions. Over three days, the midwifery model of care for better birth outcomes will be highlighted with increased civic engagement to promote cultural competency, with an emphasis on racial equity to reduce infant and maternal mortality. It will celebrate the past accomplishments of midwives of color and embrace the future of midwifery and doulas in communities of color to improve birth outcomes.

The conference agenda aligns with the latest research by the March of Dimes on strategies for decreasing health disparities include:

* Using educational approaches that serve the needs of diverse populations
* Ensuring cultural competence among health care institutions and professionals
* Maintaining diversity within the health care team
* Conducting research to better understand the needs of patients from various cultural groups (March of Dimes ©2010)

The 9th International Black Midwives and Healers Conference is endorsed by local, national and international partners: Sister Song, Midwives of Color Committee/ACNM African Alliance of Midwives; Oregon Midwifery Council (OMC); International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN); Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA); Doulas of Color; Doula Caribe Internacional; Muslim Midwives, Doulas and Childbirth Educators; the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color (NAPPLSC), and Shafia Monroe Consulting.

To learn more about the conference visit

To submit an abstract visit or contact Shafia Monroe at [email protected] or 503-460-9324

About ICTC
The International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) is an infant mortality prevention, breastfeeding promotion and midwife and doula training non-profit organization. The mission is to increase the number of midwives, doulas, and healers of color, to empower families, in order to reduce infant and maternal mortality. Established in 1991 and headquartered in Portland, Oregon, ICTC has chapters and members around the globe to improve birth outcomes and build capacity in underserved communities.



Shafia Monroe
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Jamie Foxx ‘Remixes’ Star-Spangled Banner and Twitter Goes in (Video)

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*It’s not exactly a secret that the national anthem is a difficult song to sing.

And now after a rather forgettable rendering of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” before the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, add Jamie Foxx to the list of people who can testify to that.

(If you missed it or if you just want to experience it again, scroll down to watch.)

As talented as Foxx is as an actor,comedian and yes, singer, a lot of the Internet considered his performance sub-par and that’s being generous. Nope, Marvin Gaye he ain’t (we’re referring to Gaye’s still classic version of the National Anthem before the 1983 NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles).

And like Gaye, Foxx, 47, decided to be different and “remix” the melody, but unfortunately for the funnyman/singer, it turned out to be an unwise decision, at least according the Twitter judge and jury, if you get our drift. He ended up trending for all the wrong reasons.

Watch Jamie Foxx “remix” the national anthem at the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight:

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Three Shot Outside Muhammad Cartoon Contest in Texas

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Police in Garland, TX associated with the shooting outside a Muhammad Cartoon Contest

*(Via LA Times) – Two gunmen were killed after opening fire outside a controversial Dallas-area event Sunday evening where organizers were holding a contest for cartoons featuring the Muslim prophet Muhammad, police said..

A police officer was initially reported shot at the scene, but further details were not immediately available on his or her condition.

The event, led by prominent conservatives who are critical of Islam, was ending when two males drove up in a car and began shooting at a police officer outside, according to a statement posted on Facebook by the city of Garland, a suburb about 20 miles from Dallas.

Read/learn MORE at LA Times.

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‘Walking Dead’ Actor (Chad L. Coleman) Apologizes for Subway Rant

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*It’s too late now.

He’s already made a complete ass of himself for the world to see, but “Walking Dead” actor, Chad L. Coleman, is apologizing for going bonkers on passengers on a New York City subway train.

For the record, he’s blaming his three-minute tirade Friday on “built-up frustration” caused by Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore. He also wants you to know that it can’t be blamed on alcohol ’cause he wasn’t boozed up.

Coleman went left and began cursing and ranting about “humanitarians” on a downtown No. 4 train after he clams a passenger used the N-word.

“I wanna know where my humanitarians are . . . I’m not trying to f–k with you!” he shouted while pacing around the train, video footage reveals.

As we said, Coleman, who played Tyreese on “The Walking Dead” insisted that he wasn’t drunk, just upset.

“It was all just a big mistake,” a relative at his home in Queens told TMZ about the actor’s odd behavior.

Watch Chad L. Coleman unravel: