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9 Quotes From Zendaya That Remind Us Just How Awesome She Is

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 11:19 AM

Listening to Zendaya could possibly make the world a better place.

The actress turned 19 on Tuesday -- and in true Zendaya fashion, she decided to forgo birthday celebrations for a good cause. On her CrowdRise page, she wrote

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Calling Idris Elba 'Too Street' Is Racist, Just Not For The Reason You Think

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 11:18 AM

Earlier today, James Bond author Anthony Horowitz posted a public apology via Twitter following comments he made in a recent interview about actor Idris Elba. Talking to The Daily Mail on Aug. 29, Horowitz declared that Elba is "too street" to play Bond on the big...

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Kanye West's VMA Speech Exposed A Heartbreaking Truth About Black Artists

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 10:39 AM

Kanye West is a complicated man, and last night he made what is perhaps his most complicated speech to date. A true Gemini, West is a study in contradictions. At one moment he's throwing up a middle finger to the world, and in the next he's...

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É hora de dar às Spice Girls o valor que elas merecem

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 3:37 PM

Se você era criança nos anos 90, provavelmente deve lembrar daquele curto e brilhante período quando as Spice Girls reinavam supremas.

Elas estavam por toda parte — na televisão, no rádio e nas revistas —, não apenas no país de origem, Reino Unido, mas também em todo o planeta....

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How The 'Art Hoe' Movement Is Redefining The Selfie For Black Teens

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 11:43 AM

If you've never heard or seen the phrase "art hoe" before, it might seem a little jarring. The term has been popular on the Internet and social media platforms for at least a year, but recently, it was introduced to a wider audience as a new movement in which

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Serena Williams Has The Perfect Response To Maria Sharapova Endorsement Gap

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 10:37 AM

Serena Williams has finally weighed in on the huge disparity between her and tennis player Maria Sharapova's off-court earnings. 

While Williams dominates Sharapova athletically, leading in their head-to-head matchups 18-2, Sharapova is still the highest paid female athlete, mostly thanks to endorsements. 

In an interview...

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The Virginia Shooting Has Nothing To Do With #BlackLivesMatter

(14) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 12:10 PM

Wednesday morning, reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were tragically gunned down on live television. The horrific and senseless shooting has once again forced us to face the spectre of violence that hangs over this country. It has also prompted some people to label the incident as part of...

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Dr. Dre's Ex Michel'le Wants A Personal Apology For Abuse

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 12:37 PM

Dr. Dre's ex-fiancée Michel'le says she isn't impressed by his apology for his past history of abuse. 

 In an Aug. 21 statement to the New York Times, the rapper and mogul addressed his 1991 assault of journalist Dee Barnes, as well as allegations...

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13-Year-Old TV Star Throws Down For Intersectional Feminism

(2) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 10:39 AM

"Girl Meets World" star Rowan Blanchard is one awesome lady. At just 13 years old, she's the star of a hit Disney show, a passionate and vocal activist, and an ambassador for the #TeamHeForShe feminist campaign. 

Over the weekend, the actress used her platform to discuss the...

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4 'Reverse Racism' Myths That Need To Stop

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 1:12 PM

Reverse racism isn't real. No, really.

The "reverse racism" card is often pulled by white people when people...

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Dr. Dre's Ex On Why His Abusive Past Isn't In 'Straight Outta Compton'

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 10:04 AM

Dr. Dre's ex-fiancée has spoken out about her absence from the new film "Straight Outta Compton," which chronicles the rapper's rise to fame as part of the gangsta rap group N.W.A. 

When asked in a new interview with Vlad TV whether she expected to be portrayed in the movie, R&B singer Michel'le asked, "Why would [Dr.] Dre put me in it?"

The singer, who dated Dr. Dre from 1990 to 1996, has been vocal in the past about the years of domestic abuse she says she endured during their relationship. In a March 2015 appearance on "The Breakfast Club" she alleged that the rapper had given her five black eyes and broken her ribs on several occasions. 

“I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat on and told to sit down and shut up,” Michel'le told Vlad TV on Monday. 

She added, “My part has no value to, probably, what they really want to talk about, unless they want to talk.”

Dr. Dre was not charged for allegedly assaulting the "R&B Divas L.A." star. In 1992, the rapper faced trial for the assault of a female journalist in1992 and was later sentenced to probation and community service. 

Michel'le revealed that she hasn't seen "Straight Outta Compton" yet, but is glad that she isn't portrayed in the movie. 

“I was told that, which I’m really happy about. That’s Cube’s version of his life.”

Directed by F. Gary Gray, "Straight Outta Compton" had a record-breaking debut over the weekend with $56.1 million in tickets sold. The biopic has also gained largely positive reviews for its humanizing portrayal of N.W.A, who sparked controversy over their graphic lyrics about life in the hood. 

But the film has also received criticism for failing to acknowledge the group's past misogyny and abusive behavior towards women, most notably Dr. Dre's violent beating of hip-hop journalist Dee Barnes and Michel'le's account of an abusive relationship. 

In a Rolling Stone interview earlier this month, Dre addressed his abusive past, saying: 

I made some f**king horrible mistakes in my life. I was young, f**king stupid. I would say all the allegations aren't true – some of them are. Those are some of the things that I would like to take back. It was really f**ked up. But I paid for those mistakes, and there's no way in hell that I will ever make another mistake like that again.

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What We Forget When We Talk About Hip-Hop's Women Problem

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 10:14 AM

Consider this: there is a glaring double standard in the way that we talk about hip-hop music and misogyny. 

There's been a resurgence of both interest and criticism of the '90s rap group N.W.A ever since promotion for the new music biopic "Straight Outta Compton" began earlier this year. The...

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12 Words Black People Invented, And White People Killed

(10) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 1:55 PM

Lately, there's been a lot of talk about cultural appropriation and black culture -- the coopting of traditionally black: hairstyles, fashion, and music. But perhaps it's time to take a step back and revisit what might be the most appropriated aspect of black culture...

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Dr. Dre Says He Regrets Beating Up A Female Journalist In The '90s

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 11:02 AM

Dr. Dre has finally addressed his abusive past.  

In 1991, hip-hop journalist Dee Barnes accused the rapper of brutally beating her in a Los Angeles nightclub. In a statement, Barnes claimed that Dre, then a member of gangsta rap group N.W.A, “grabbed her from behind...

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Dr. Dre Says He Regrets Beating Up A Female Journalist In The '90s

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 12:08 PM

Dr. Dre has finally addressed his abusive past.  

In 1991, hip-hop journalist Dee Barnes accused the rapper of brutally beating her in a Los Angeles nightclub. In a statement, Barnes claimed that Dre, then a member of gangsta rap group N.W.A, “grabbed her from behind...

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Why White Liberals Need To Stop Policing #BlackLivesMatter

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 3:18 PM

At a rally in Seattle on Aug. 8, protestors disrupted presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' scheduled speech and shifted focus to police brutality against people of color in America. It worked. The event abruptly ended, and Sanders never got to speak.

Last month, a similar incident occurred when both Sanders and...

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Why We Need To Talk About White Feminism

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 11:59 AM

Have you ever wondered what White Feminism is? Are you vaguely familiar with the term, but still unclear...

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This Poet Doesn't Care If You're Tired Of Hearing About Race

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 10:10 AM

Her poem begins with a shocking truth:

"In the year 1815 there were three known types of alligator bait. Catfish, animal parts, and colored children."

Ashlee Haze, an Atlanta native known in spoken word circles as Miss Haze, uses this horrifying fact as the basis for her poem "Alligators," performed during the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam competition in March. 

In a video of the performance posted by Button Poetry, Haze draws parallels between the slave children used as bait and young black children today like Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown killed at the hands of racial prejudice.

"Trayvon Martin was swallowed whole by a gator twice the size of his body, but nothing compared to the machine that calls it 'self defense' because skittles, like wallets, like whistles to white women, can be mistaken for guns," Haze recites in the video. 

Haze goes on to name institutional racism as the biggest "alligator" of all, indiscriminately taking the lives of black men, women, and children across the country. Powerfully, she  ends the poem by calling out the people who don't want to hear about race anymore.

"And I know you are tired of hearing about it," Haze says. "What a privilege it is to be tired of hearing about it. I imagine Nicole Bell is tired of hearing about it. I imagine The Diallo's are tired of hearing about it."

The spoken word poet was later named runner up in the competition, which featured slam poetry artists from across the country. 

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It's Time To Give The Spice Girls The Credit They Deserve

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 10:18 AM

If you were a kid in the '90s, you can likely remember that brief, shining period when The Spice Girls reigned supreme. They were everywhere -- on the television, the radio, and in magazines -- not just in their native UK but across the globe. Their core message was "Girl...

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7 Things Everyone Should Understand About Interracial Relationships

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 11:30 AM

Nearly 50 years after Richard and Mildred Loving took on America's anti-miscegenation laws, partners of different racial backgrounds no longer need to hide their relationships for fear of legal persecution. But while things have changed socially, there's still a lot missing from the conversation surrounding interracial relationships. 


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