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Breaion King's Arrest Reminds Us Black Women Face Police Brutality, Too

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 11:38 AM

There are many disturbing moments in the video of Breaion King’s arrest by two Austin police officers last year. The video, which surfaced this week in the wake of a new investigation into the incident, shows officer Bryan Richter violently dragging the 26-year-old black woman out of her car...

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The Big Problem With Ivanka Trump Calling Her Dad ‘Colorblind'

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 10:16 AM

Ivanka Trump is known as much for intelligence as she is for her beauty, and Thursday night at the RNC, her intelligence shined through in a well-written, expertly-delivered, unimaginably shrewd speech where she introduced her father, Donald Trump. 

It takes skill, after all, to paint a picture...

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If The Miami Shooting Doesn't Prove America Has A Problem, What Will?

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2016 | 11:15 AM

Charles Kinsey, a behavior therapist from Miami, Florida, was shot by police three times in the leg Monday while trying to help a patient with autism who had run away from a group home. 

Kinsey was unarmed. He was lying on the ground. He had his hands up. He was...

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미셸 오바마가 최고의 영부인이라는 사실을 증명하는 15가지

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2016 | 9:59 AM

멜라니아 트럼프는 며칠 전 공화당 전당대회 연설에서 현 미국 영부인 미셸 오바마의 2008년 민주당 전당대회 연설 일부를 거의 똑같이 베꼈다는 파문에 휩싸였다.

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Nicki Giovanni: Nina Simone Would Have Joined 'Black Lives Matter' Movement

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 10:26 AM

Best-selling poet Nikki Giovanni has opened up about her close friendship with Nina Simone, and what the singer would have thought of today’s racial and political climate. According to Giovanni, the deeply political singer would have joined the Black Lives Matter movement if she were still alive. 


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15 Reasons Michelle Obama Is The Epitome Of First Lady Excellence

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2016 | 9:43 AM

Melania Trump delivered a speech Monday at the Republican National Convention that featured several lines that were basically word for word identical to a speech Michelle Obama gave at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. 

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Some Truths About #Swiftgate And Convenient Feminism

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 10:06 AM

On Sunday night, Kim Kardashian kicked off a pop culture moment of epic proportions. Via Snapchat, she released video evidence of Taylor Swift giving her blessing to Kanye West to feature her in his controversial song, “Famous.” 

In the song, West raps: “I feel like me...

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The 'Black Lives Matter' Movement Explained In Under 10 Minutes

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2016 | 2:44 PM

If you’re one of the people who still don’t “get” the Black Lives Matter movement, it might be worth it to watch a video going viral this week that provides a straightforward explanation of what the movement is ― and why it’s so important. 

In a video titled “Context For Black Lives Matter,” YouTube creator Vi Hart gives viewers a visual breakdown of the history of the Black Lives Movement from its 2013 inception to the past month of protests in the wake of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling’s deaths. 

The 9-minute video, posted on Tuesday, should really be watched in its entirety, as Hart makes some excellent points in response to people who believe the Black Lives Matter movement excludes other “lives”. She dismissed the tendency of the media and politicians to speak about the need to be united without offering up actual solutions, adding that while being united is all very well and good, “being united is an ideal, not a plan.”

“Without a plan all it translates to is ‘Be united by joining me in doing nothing! Don’t speak out or protest because that’s divisive to my non-plan!” she says.

The YouTuber also nails the importance of everyone, especially white people, educating themselves on the current racial climate in the country and the true meaning of Black Lives Matter.  

“Black organizers of social change don’t have time to give 101 courses to every Internet person who’s of the opinion that if you just do what the police say you’ll be fine,” says Hart. 

She continues: “Listening to black people is important, and white people have got to talk to other white people to try to get up to speed and learn how to listen. Hence this video.”

Watch the full video...

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Woman From Iconic BLM Photo: 'We Don’t Have To Beg To Matter'

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2016 | 10:42 AM

For Ieshia Evans, there was no hesitation in stepping out onto a Baton Rouge street to confront a row of armed police officers last week. “I needed to see them. I needed to see the officers. I needed to see their faces,” she said.

The 35-year-old...

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Wendy Williams Finally Said Sorry For Her Tone-Deaf HBCU Comments

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 2:42 PM

Wendy Williams has apologized for remarks she made last week about the NAACP and historically black colleges and universities. 

During her ‘Hot Topics’ segment on July 7, Williams weighed in on actor Jesse Williams’s political speech at the BET awards. She said:

“I would be really...

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4 Black Women Writers Get Honest About Mental Illness And Race

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 2:39 PM

July is Minority Mental Health Month, a month to spread awareness about how mental illnesses specifically affects people of color, and to erase the stigma and misinformation that plagues POC when it comes to mental illness. One way to spread awareness is through dialogue. I had a...

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Lynn Whitfield: We Must Realize That We Are Dependent On Each Other

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 11:41 AM

Lynn Whitfield wants to remind us all that “African-American people aren’t going anywhere.”

The actress, currently starring in “Greenleaf” spoke with AOL Build on Wednesday about the recent police...

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DL Hughley: 'The Only Place Racism Doesn't Exist Is Fox News'

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 10:14 AM

If you want to see what the pure frustration of explaining the realities of racism to a person who doesn’t fully understand them looks like, look no further than DL Hughley’s recent appearance on FOX News

The actor and comedian appeared after former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman on a Wednesday night segment of “The Kelly File” to discuss police brutality and the shooting of Philando Castile with host Megyn Kelly. 

Hughley started off by calling out Fuhrman for suggesting Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds lied about the events of the shooting, given that Fuhrman perjured himself during the OJ Simpson trial. 

When asked about the “inconsistencies” in Reynolds’ story, Hughley replied, “It is my belief that no matter what happens, no matter what we see, the cops are given the presumption of innocence. If that same tape showed a suspect doing something, that would be all the prosecution would need, and they would say ‘the evidence is all right here.’”

After a heated debate, wherein Kelly questioned whether Philando Castile might have threatened the officer who killed him and later brought up reports that Michael Brown had threatened Darren Wilson before his death, Hughley dropped a bomb:

“The only place racism doesn’t exist is Fox News and the police department,” Hughley said. “That’s absolutely true.”

“That’s insulting,” Kelly responded, “You just insulted millions of people watching this channel.”

“And I’m insulted by the things I hear on this network, so we’re even,” Hughley replied. “I couldn’t care less about insulting people that insult me on a daily basis.”

Kelly conceded that white people and black people view the issue of police brutality differently, but that using the term “racism” shuts down dialogue. 

“It’s very dangerous when you get to the point where you paint an entire group with the same brush based on the bad actions of a few,” Kelly added. 

“That is amazing to hear on this network,” Hughley replied. “That really is.” 

And therein lies the frustration ― during the entire debate, Kelly is willing to concede that “whites and blacks” see things differently, but is not willing to concede that the reason they do is because black people experience racism on a daily basis and white people don’t. The irony of asking Hughley not to “paint an entire group with the same brush” seems completely lost on Kelly, and the look on Hughley’s face by the end of the segment says it all: 


Watch the entire debate...

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BLM Demonstrators Hug It Out With Counter-Protest Group In Dallas

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 1:41 PM

A video of a protest rally in Dallas, Texas has gone viral. The reason? It shows Black Lives Matter extending an olive branch to Anti-Black Lives Matter protestors in a moment of peace. 

In the video,...

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Breathtaking 'Loving' Trailer Introduces The Love Story That Made History

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2016 | 2:43 PM

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...

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One Year After Sandra Bland's Death, #SayHerName Is As Important As Ever

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2016 | 1:50 PM

It has been one year since Sandra Bland died in the custody of police, one year since her name became a hashtag, part of the ongoing #SayHerName campaign which seeks to bring attention to the black women who have died after encounters with the police.


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Activist Stands Where Alton Sterling Was Shot To Call For Black Unity

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2016 | 10:26 AM

A community leader in Baton Rouge made a powerful call for unity in the wake of Alton Sterling’s killing

Protests have been held across the city since Sterling was shot by a police officer on...

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Roland Martin Goes In On Wendy Williams For Her HBCU Comments

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 4:37 PM

Wendy Williams is no stranger to tone-deaf, inflammatory comments ― but recently she really crossed the line. On a July 7 broadcast of her syndicated show, “The Wendy Williams Show,” the talkshow host criticized Jesse Williams for his powerful speech at the 2016 BET Awards. 

“I would...

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16 Photos Of White Allies Protesting Alongside Black Lives Matter

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 10:48 AM

In the days since the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castille and the five police officers in Dallas, there’s been a sense that America is a country divided, in the midst of a budding civil war between black and white

While there are many white people who...

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Philando Castile's Mom Makes A Plea For Peaceful Protests

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 10:21 AM

Valerie Castile, mom of Philando Castile, has made a powerful statement in the wake of the many protests that have spread across the nation in response to the killing of her son, Philando Castile, and Alton Sterling

On Sunday, she made a plea for peace...

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