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A new memorial in honor of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be built above a commemorative carving of Confederate leaders Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis in Georgia. The memorial, which will live in Stone Mountain, will feature the words, “Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia;” a line from MLK’s famed “I Have a Dream” speech. It will also include a Liberty Bell replica. Following the racially motivated massacre that took place at a Black church in Charleston, many people wanted the Confederate monument to be removed. Bill Stephens, the chief executive officer of the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, says the monument is historic and will remain there. “We’re into additions and not subtractions,” said Stephens. The Dr. King memorial is slated to be completed by next summer. Read more.

NYC’s Gracie Mansion Gets Diverse Makeover

Gracie Mansion, home to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family, has undergone a diverse makeover. Mayor de Blasio’s wife Chirlane McCray wanted the historic home to mirror what the city was like in the 1700s and 1800s. McCray wanted the objects in the house to capture the essence of the global trade era. Earlier this week, 49 new pieces of artwork were installed at the mansion, giving birth to the “Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie’s New York” exhibit. The artwork features imagery of freed slaves, documents, and goods that were bartered with American Indians. “I can’t imagine anyone going through this life and looking up at the walls and handling objects with no reflection at all of who you are as a person and your contributions to what made that world,” McCray said. “I think it would be kind of strange.” Read more.

T.J. Holmes to Host Discussion about Being Gay in Hip-Hop

This season of Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood put a spotlight on the gay community within the genre. VH1 is now looking to take the conversation past reality television. Next week, the network will air LHH: Out in Hip-Hop, a roundtable discussion hosted by ABC News’ T.J. Holmes, which will delve into homophobia within the hip-hop community. Some of the panelists will include Clay Cane, Entertainment Editor,; Emil Wilbekin, former Editor in Chief of Vibe Magazine; SIYA, an openly gay rapper, and others. The program will also feature resources for those struggling with coming out. Read more.

Denzel Washington to Direct Episode of “Grey’s Anatomy”

Actor Denzel Washington is recognized as one of the most talented actors in the entertainment industry, and now he’s looking to step behind the camera and establish himself in the realm of directing. Washington has inked a deal to direct an episode of Shonda Rhimes’ series Grey’s Anatomy. The episode, which will appear during Season 12, will be written by Stacy McKee. Even though this will be his television directorial debut, Washington has worn the director’s hat before. He served as a director for the films Antwone Fisher and The Great DebatersRead more.


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