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  • ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” announced the cast for its upcoming 19th season Thursday morning on “Good Morning America,” and the choices are all familiar. We’ve got the Reality Star; Nostalgic Sitcom Actor; Polarizing Athlete; Obscure Teenage Celebrity; Dreamy Soap Opera Cast Member; Mandatory Disney Company Cable Channel Actress; and many more. Translated, the cast includes Alfonso Riberio, Tommy Chong, Janel Parrish, Lea Thompson, Antonio Sabato Jr. and Jonathan Bennett (actors/actresses); Lolo Jones, Randy Couture and Michael Waltrip (sports figures); Betsey Johnson (designer); Bethany Mota (YouTube sensation); Sadie Robertson (reality star); and Tavis Smiley (PBS talk show host).
  • Sep 04 2014
    New 'Dancing' Celebrity Cast Revealed
    New 'Dancing' Celebrity Cast Revealed
    Sep 04 2014abcnews.go.com
    Season 19 of ABC's “Dancing With the Stars” is back on Sept. 15 and thirteen celebrity contenders are ready to strut their stuff in the ballroom. "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" actor Alfonso Ribeiro, Olympian Lolo Jones, “Duck Dynasty’s” Sadie Robertson, actress Lea Thompson of “Back to the Future” fame, and “Mean Girls” actor Jonathan Bennett are among the stars leading off the new line-up.
  • In the summer of 1964, nearly 1,000 college students from across the country traveled to Mississippi to carry out a dangerous mission. For 10 harrowing weeks over what came to be known as Mississippi Freedom Summer, they worked to help African American citizens exercise their Constitutional right to vote. The mission was a direct challenge to centuries of white supremacist rule, and the response was predictably hostile. The young activists were subjected to verbal and physical assaults by enraged racists, and imprisonment by complicit law enforcement authorities. Three young men -- James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner -- were kidnapped and murdered.
  • When Cornel West recently spoke to The Huffington Post about media coverage of African American issues, the Princeton professor argued that President Obama is avoiding journalists who’ve offered tough critiques of his administration, such as PBS host Tavis Smiley.