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Beyoncé Drops Movie Teaser and Tells Everyone to "Vote Like Our Lives Depend on It"

Beyoncé is releasing a new film and speaking out about the importance of voting in November.

This Sunday, Beyoncé received the Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards.

Michelle Obama, who presented the award, introduced Beyoncé by saying, "No matter how big the stages get, I know my girl isn't satisfied unless she's sharing all that shine she has with the next generation. She's always turning up, looking out, and making us all a little bigger, better, a little more fierce. And she's doing it all while staying devoted to her children and the loved ones she holds dear. So to my girl, I just want to say, you inspire me. You inspire all of us."

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On This Day: Hip-Hop Forever Changed America

Happy birthday to the world's biggest genre

On this day in 1973, Clive Campbell, the Jamaican-American "selector" known as DJ Kool Herc, hosted a "back to school jam" at 1520 Sedgewick Avenue in the Boogie Down Bronx of New York City.

Armed with a booming sound system and reggae beats, Herc– a shortened nickname for "Hercules"– commanded insatiable audiences across the South Bronx with his unique looping technique called the "Merry-Go Round." "[I knew that] they were waiting for this particular break," Herc later said, "and I got a couple of records that got the same break up in it. I wonder how it would be if I put them all together."

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Lizzo, Natalie Portman, and More Celebrities Who Support Defunding the Police

"Imagine, what a world could be like in which we invested in nourishing people; (in their education, healthcare, environment, shelter)— rather than putting all of our money into punishment."

"Defund the police" has become a rallying cry and a North Star of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The origins of the police's recently brutality lies in Southern slave patrols and the criminalization of the poor. Police enforced Jim Crow laws and today they enforce the racist criminal justice system, and promote violence and fear, and they often don't actually make neighborhoods safer.

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