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A part of the Harlem Renaissance will be revived when the Apollo Theater brings jazz songstress Billie Holiday back to their stage. The Apollo is teaming up with Hologram USA to create a hologram of the late singer as part of an educational program. “Billie is going to be able to talk about the history of the Apollo. She can take questions from the audience in an interesting way. She can sing some songs,” said Apollo President Jonelle Procope. When Holiday was still alive, she graced The Apollo stage over 30 times. She would have turned 100-years-old this year. Read more.

Vivica A. Fox to Join ‘Empire’ Cast

FOX’s hit show Empire is continuing to build their roster of celebrity cameos. The latest star to join the cast is actress Vivica A. Fox, who will reportedly play the role of Cookie Lyon’s older sister. Other celebrities featured on the show’s second season include Alicia Keys, Andre Leon Talley, Ne-Yo, Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey, Ludacris, Al Sharpton, Chris Rock, and Kelly Rowland. Empire has been nominated for three Emmy awards. Read more.

Unions Are Closing the Racial Wage Gap

According to new research, unions are playing an integral role in closing the Black and White pay gap. The study, which was conducted by City University of New York’s (CUNY) Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, showed that union jobs have a smaller wage gap than others. Black union workers make an average of $21.62 per hour, while workers from other races make $24.04. In non-union jobs, Black workers make an average of $13.65 per hour compared to the $17 per hour that White workers make. “Unions tend to negotiate both a higher floor and a lower ceiling in terms of wages, so that’s the main thing,” said CUNY sociologist Ruth Milkman. Read more.

Earthquake Hits Southern Caribbean

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit Trinidad and Tobago Thursday, sending many residents out into the streets and affecting the infrastructure and electricity inside of several buildings. The quake was reportedly felt across four Southern Caribbean states from northern Guyana to St. Lucia. Despite the magnitude of the quake, there was no major damage done and no injuries. “We did not have any significant side effects either physically or geologically,” said Paul Saunders, director of the Office of Disaster Preparedness Management. Read more.


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