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Black filmmaker explores the places where outsiders live: A recent profile explores the work of Bradford Young — one of a cadre of emerging black filmmakers that includes Middle of Nowhere director Ava DuVernay and Dee Rees and Tina Mabry — who's making visually compelling cinema addressing the outliers at the edges of black culture in America.

Things Beyoncé won't be caught doing again: According to the Huffington Post, you won't catch her starring as the lead vixen in someone else's video, wearing a weave that came from a bag or letting her mom sew her clothes in the near future — or ever.

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Apollo loses preservation contest: According to a press release on Tuesday, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced the popular-vote winners in their Partners in Preservation Program, and the historic New York theater didn't make the cut.

Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. teens have diabetes or its precursor: In less than a decade, the proportion of kids ages 12 to 19 with diabetes or prediabetes jumped from 9 percent in 1999-2000 to 23 percent in 2007-2008, Time magazine reports.

Genetic marker for smoking in African Americans? The largest-ever analysis of African Americans’ genetics and smoking behaviors has revealed a gene variant correlated with how many cigarettes a day someone smokes. The gene has previously been found to be significant in predicting smoking behavior in individuals of European descent, but the particular marker of importance within the gene varies in those of different ethnicities.