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J.Lo Tweets Out #AllLivesMatter, Internet Turns Against Her

The Huffington Post | Cole Delbyck | July 12, 2016 | Entertainment
Two steps forward, one giant step back, Jennifer Lopez.  While promoting her new single “Love Make the World Go Round” to benefit the victims of the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, Lopez (or someone with diminishing job prospects on her...

How A Soccer Team Is Helping Undocumented Girls In The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Susannah Gruder | July 12, 2016 | HuffPost Live 321
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Breathtaking 'Loving' Trailer Introduces The Love Story That Made History

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | July 12, 2016 | Black Voices
The official trailer for the upcoming film “Loving” has been released, and it’s a beautiful testimony to the power of love to overcome racial divides.  Written and directed by Jeff Nichols, the film chronicles the story of Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial married couple who were jailed for one year for defying Virginia’s “anti-miscegnation” laws. They were at the center of the landmark Loving v. Virginia case in 1967, in which the Supreme Court ruled that barring people of different races from marrying was unconstitutional.  In the trailer released by Focus Features on Tuesday, Joel Edgerton plays Richard Loving, white, while Ruth Negga plays his black wife Mildred Loving. In one scene, the couple’s lawyer, played by Nick Kroll, asks Richard Loving if there’s anything he’d like him to say to the Supreme Court.  “Yeah. Tell the judge I love my wife,” he answers. “Loving” will be released on November 4.  Watch the full trailer...

Alessia Cara's 'Scars To Your Beautiful' Is The Self-Love Anthem Of The Summer

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | July 12, 2016 | Women
”You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are. And you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart.” That’s one of the opening lines of pop singer Alessia Cara’s single “Scars To Your Beautiful.” The powerful track came out last...

What To Expect From Javier Muñoz, AKA The New 'Hamilton'

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | July 12, 2016 | Latino Voices
There’s a new Alexander Hamilton on the Great White Way. Lin-Manuel Miranda ended his run as the title character on July 9, handing over the role to his long-time understudy and fellow Puerto Rican actor Javier Muñoz.  “I think we...

Black Woman In Iconic Photo Describes Her Arrest As 'Work Of God'

Reuters | Lilly Workneh | July 12, 2016 | Black Voices
The black woman in the photograph stands in calm protest, her long dress fluttering in the breeze as two policemen clad in the heavy black padding and helmets of riot gear rush to remove her from a roadway in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Officers took about...

White, Teen Boy Interrogates His Own Privilege In Passionate Poem

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | July 12, 2016 | Black Voices
Privilege. Some don’t get what it means, but 14-year-old Royce Mann sure does.  The 8th grader recently recited a poem titled “White Boy Privilege” during a contest at his school in Atlanta, Georgia, back in May. In the poem, he discusses the advantage white men have over women and other races, and that even though he didn’t create the system, he still benefits from it.  “I know it wasn’t us eighth grade white boys who created this system, but we profit from it every day. We don’t notice these privileges though, because they don’t come in the form of things we gain, but rather the lack of injustices that we endure.”  And he doesn’t feel bad for this resistant to change.  “Dear white boys: I’m not sorry. I don’t care if you think that the feminists are taking over the world, that the Black Lives Matter movement has gotten a little too strong, because that’s bullshit. I get that change can be scary, but equality shouldn’t be.” “That was the first time I did slam poetry,” Mann told Fusion. “I wrote it because I became aware of white privilege this year. We have a class called Race, Class and Gender that everyone has to take, and I got really passionate about how unfair it is.” Not only did the performance earn him first place, but it left viewers with a lasting...

Why Society Blames Victims, According To Science

LiveScience | Alanna Vagianos | July 12, 2016 | Women
By: Stephanie Pappas, Live Science Contributor Published: 07/11/2016 on LiveScience A woman at a party has too many drinks too quickly and another partygoer sexually assaults her while she’s unconscious. A black man outside a convenience store has a gun in his pocket when police pin...

Meet The Gay, HIV-Positive New Star Of 'Hamilton' On Broadway

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | July 12, 2016 | Queer Voices
function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Javier Muñoz knew he had big shoes to fill when he replaced creator-star Lin-Manuel Miranda on July 11 in the title role of Broadway’s unprecedented smash, “Hamilton.”  For...

Actual Politician: ‘The Real Movement In America Should Be Male Lives Matter’

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | July 12, 2016 | Women
Mike Huckabee believes that “all lives matter” ― and now the former governor of Arkansas has taken the misguided response to the Black Lives Matter movement even further astray, declaring that “male lives matter.” In a July 9 interview with Fox News,...

Latino Community Stands In Solidarity With Black Lives Matter At NYC Festival

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | July 11, 2016 | Latino Voices
Afro-Latinos in New York City represented in a major way over the weekend.  The 4th Annual Afro-Latino Festival kicked off Friday with a series of panels that explored the nuances of Afro-Latino identity and continued throughout the weekend with a series of concerts, parties and festivities. Co-founded...

11 Reasons Divorce Is Better Than Staying In A Bad Marriage

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | July 11, 2016 | Divorce
When you’re considering divorce ― or reeling from your ex’s decision to end the marriage ― it’s easy to focus on the negatives: How will I possibly get by living on my own again? How will the kids be impacted by this? Am I doomed to be alone...

Jeb Bush: People Will 'Feel Betrayed' When Trump Can't Keep Promises

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | July 12, 2016 | Politics
function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) criticized presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, saying “people are really going to feel betrayed” when the businessman’s promises don’t work out. Bush,...

21 Tweets That Show Why Saying 'All Lives Matter' Is Bulls**t

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | July 12, 2016 | Black Voices
For every black person that declares his or her life matters, there are at least a dozen hurt white people shouting “all lives matter” at them instead of trying to understand why saying #BlackLivesMatter is necessary in the first place. This phenomenon is old and tired ― and...

Poet Captures The Heart-Wrenching Fear Of Losing A Loved One To Police Brutality

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | July 12, 2016 | Latino Voices
“On this night, lover, as we say a silent grace over plain white rice, I wonder if you, like me, pray for an unborn child we’ve already imagined barrel-gun shot in the chest.” Those are the haunting lines recited by Dominican poet Elizabeth Acevedo in her spoken word poem “Beloved, Or If You Are Murdered Tomorrow.” Described by Acevedo as a “love letter” to her partner, the heartbreaking spoken word poem captures what she feels it’s like to fear your loved one will be shot and killed by police. “I know now the world is rotting timber and it always sees men like you as a loosened ember, a loosie, lit and waiting to fall on all the combustible it be,” she recites. “I wonder if I will be like Sean Bell’s fiancee. If like her, the night before our vows, I’ll dream of your ivory bowtie spotted with blood. Wake with a start as bullets whistle death hymns into your flesh. If I’ll be tying blue ribbons to my wedding bouquet. When your picture appears on my TV and on my Twitter feed, will be that the only photo in our wedding album?” Acevedo told The Huffington Post that the poem is inspired by the thoughts that run through her head when she hears that yet another black man has been shot and killed by police. “I was cooking black beans the day when the Jordan Davis case went to trial, and I was distracted, thoughtless in some ways, and the pot boiled over and the beans burned,” Acevedo said. “Something about that image really struck home. How the stove smudged, how the beans look when they’re split open, how heavy my heart was over this kid in Florida. But the history of Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians) also played into the moment. This is a Caribbean dish of simple ingredients, rice and beans elevating the other. It’s also A dish named after the Moor conquest of Spain. The racial dynamics in all of that: the Caribbean, Spain and North Africa, Jordan Davis, coalesced through that metaphor. It was how I was able to enter the poem by exploring that moment and my stake in it as an Afro-Latina and partner of a black man.” Acevedo first performed her poem in November. Less than two weeks after Acevedo’s performance of the poem was uploaded to All Def Poetry, we learned the names of two black men and five Latinos who were shot and killed by police. In the wake of these most recent events, Acevedo says she will continue to say the names of those who have been slain by police and find ways to dismantle “a very corrupt system,” but she won’t be doing so through spoken word for a while. “I’ve been writing this kind of poem for over half my life,” she explains. “I think I want to concentrate on celebrating black lives, and joy, and love. I don’t want to write about death for a while.” Watch Acevedo perform her poem in its entirety...

17 Things Every 'Hamilton' Fan Needs To Hear This Week

Katherine Brooks | July 12, 2016 | Arts
Over the weekend, “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda chopped off his hair and said goodbye to Broadway ... for now. In a waterfall of tears, he, Leslie Odom Jr. and Phillipa Soo bid farewell to the Richard Rodgers Theatre, the home of “Hamilton,” a hip-hop-inspired musical about the...

Rick Perry On Donald Trump's Proposed Border Wall: 'You Can't Do That'

Elise Foley | July 11, 2016 | Politics
function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has promised a physical wall, 35 to 40 feet tall, along the United States’ border with Mexico. Former Texas Gov....

Muslim Teen Responds To Hateful Islamophobes With Dance Party Full Of Love And Life

Kimberly Yam | July 11, 2016 | Good News
Hate turned out to be no match for some hip-shaking.  The Eid Festival in Anaheim, California, took place this past weekend in celebration of Eid al-Fitr, a Muslim holiday which marks the end of Ramadan. Protesters showed up to the event, carrying offensive signs and shouting Islamophobic messages including,

Meet The Badass 16-Year-Old Boricua Repping The U.S. At The Olympics

Carolina Moreno | July 11, 2016 | Latino Voices
Laurie Hernandez is already making history on the U.S. women’s gymnastics team and she hasn’t even arrived to Rio de Janeiro, yet.  The Puerto Rican gymnast became the first U.S.-born Latina to make the team since 1984 on Sunday night. Cuban-born gymnast Annia Hatch did...

Gabby Douglas Debuts Her Own 'Shero' Barbie Just In Time For The Olympics

Alanna Vagianos | July 12, 2016 | Women
The past few days have been good to Gabby Douglas: On Sunday she was selected as one of five gymnasts to represent the U.S. Olympic team in Rio this summer. On Monday she debuted her new Barbie Shero doll.  The 20-year-old gymnast announced the...
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