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Swoon Reads: The Next Romance Bestseller, Selected By You

Macmillan's new young adult romance imprint solicits manuscripts and then invites users to read and rate them. The author whose manuscript is most popular with the community gets a contract and a first printing of 100,000 copies.
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Sylviane Diouf: "Slavery's Exiles"

They are known as "maroons:" escaped slaves who lived on the margins of settlements throughout the southern U.S. A new book explores how and where they lived, and what day-to-day survival meant for those who fled slavery.

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Jay Z Or Jay-Z? Buzzfeed Tells You When To Hyphenate

The AP Style Guide and Chicago Manual of Style are the gold standards for questions about capitalization, grammar, or usage. But what if you need to know how to properly write Jay Z's name? Buzzfeed's Copy Editor Emmy Favilla discusses the website's style guide for the Internet.
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Remembering The Radio Stations That Got Loud With 'Black And Proud'

Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio highlights a time when black radio stations were the only ones playing music by African-Americans. Host Michel Martin talks about the audio documentary with legendary music producer Kenny Gamble, who narrated the project.
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Did Michael Sam Take A 'Huge Risk' To Come Out Before The Draft?

NFL hopeful Michael Sam recently announced he's gay. But is that why his draft stock has reportedly dropped? The Barbershop guys weigh in.
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'Harried Mom' Becomes Dynamic Woman In These Stock Images

Getty's new "Lean In" collection steers clear of familiar stereotypes, such as women in stilettos stepping on men. Because women are the primary users of social media, the company's visual trends director says, it's time for a different kind of representation in media and advertising.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, February 13

You can see a play about an ambitious man or attend an event that shows how much a creative few can accomplish in just one day.

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Instagram Posts, KKK Rallies And Other Racial Sensitivities

Justice Clarence Thomas contended this week that Americans have become too sensitive to race. But might it be that we too often give different racial incidents equal weight?
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Photographer's Love Of Africa On Display At National Museum Of African Art

Life magazine photographer Eliot Elisofon sought to shed a new light on the vast and variegated continent of Africa — his work is currently on display in Washington, D.C.

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In 'Whole Gritty City,' Marching Bands Vie For Coveted Mardi Gras Spots

"New Orleans buries too many of its young," Wynton Marsalis says in the documentary's introduction. The Whole Gritty City, airing Saturday on CBS, follows young students who take refuge in New Orleans marching bands.

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