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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, attend the funeral of New York Police Officer Wenjian Liu in New York City on Jan. 4. McCray was criticized for her choice in clothing. Dennis Van Tine/UPI/Landov hide caption

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Common plays James Bevel, Tessa Thompson plays Diane Nash, Lorraine Toussaint plays Amelia Boynton and Andre Holland plays Andrew Young in Ava DuVernay's Selma. Atsushi Nishijima/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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For Hollywood, 'Selma' Is A New Kind Of Civil Rights Story

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Demand For Audio Books Keeps Penguin Random House Recording

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Whiteness Project participants were filmed talking about race. The project doesn't use their names, to encourage frankness. Feral Films, Inc. hide caption

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The Whiteness Project: Facing Race In A Changing America

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Real Housewives of Atlanta star Lisa Wu Hartwell gets a hair treatment at a "Curl Party" hosted by Carol's Daughter and theYBF.com in 2010. Paras Griffin/Landov hide caption

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A Black Cosmetic Company Sells, Or Sells Out?

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A publicity still from the movie Working Girl, which prominently featured the beloved power suit. 20th Century Fox hide caption

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The Look Of Power: How Women Have Dressed For Success

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Dr. Albert Johnston passed in order to practice medicine. After living as leading citizens in Keene, N.H., the Johnstons revealed their true racial identity, and became national news. Historical Society of Cheshire County hide caption

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'A Chosen Exile': Black People Passing In White America

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Meet The Johnsons, TV's 'Black-ish' Family

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Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Ferguson, Mo., residents Angela Whitman (left) and Jill Richards on Wednesday at Drake's Place Restaurant about issues surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown. J.B. Forbes/MCT/Landov hide caption

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Obama's Reaction To Ferguson Raises Questions About President's Role

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Georgia National Guard Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs uses many hair products to do her daily hair treatment at her home in Atlanta on April 2. Jacobs railed against a military policy that placed heavy restrictions on how women could wear their hair. The policy has been overturned by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Hyosub Shin/MCT/Landov hide caption

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Versatile Comedian Robin Williams Dies At 63

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Caitriona Balfe as time-traveling Claire Randall, and Sam Heughan as her Highlander lover Jamie Fraser in the new television adaptation of Outlander. Sony PicturesTelevision hide caption

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Aye, Sassenach — Gabaldon's Appeal Is Timeless

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