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Watch: Rihanna’s ‘American Oxygen’


By diamond 2:46 pm April 16, 2015 The video for Rihanna’s  ”American Oxygen” features a montage of political footage ranging from the Civil Rights movement to the Ferguson protests. Photo: Rihanna/Youtube Screenshot

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Amandla Stenberg: Don’t Cash Crop On My Cornrows

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By diamond 1:28 pm April 16, 2015 Amandla Stenberg, the 16 year-old actress that played Rue in the “Hunger Games”, broke down the appropriation of black culture in her short film project, ‘Don’t Cash Crop On My Cornrows’. Originally posted on her Tumblr a few months ago, Stenberg asks an important question in her film: ”What would […]

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‘First Gen’: Growing Up “Other” in America

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By diamond 12:09 pm April 16, 2015 By the looks of its official trailer, “First Gen” has the chops to make it from a pilot to a major network . Created by Yvonne Orji, the show is based on her real life experiences. Orji completed undergraduate and graduate school with the intention to continue to medical […]

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Victims of Chicago Gun Violence Are “Unforgotten”


By diamond 2:22 pm April 15, 2015   A pop-up exhibit currently in downtown Chicago called “The Unforgotten,” is a project of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. The exhibit highlights victims of gun violence in Chicago and throughout Illinois. Artists carefully studied images and videos of victims in order to create lifelike statues of […]

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Janelle Monáe’s Perfect Twitter Clapback


By diamond 11:53 am April 14, 2015 @mellow_saa sit down. I’m not for male consumption. — Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) April 13, 2015 Queen Carefree Black Girl Janelle Monáe shut down this Twitter user and his unsolicited misogynist two-cents very quickly yesterday. It’s safe to say, don’t come for Janelle unless she sends for you and […]

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Get Off Him Miss Ann; or Why Madonna Needs a Seat


By diamond 10:07 am April 14, 2015 By Jay Dodd We shouldn’t be laughing at Drake right now. Like for real. Say what you want about the memes, and lists, and tweets reacting to Madonna’s latest shock attempt, but it’s not funny yet. Madonna can’t perform that type of “domination” in such a public forum […]

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Janelle Monáe’s ‘Yoga’ Video Is Perfect

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By diamond 12:56 pm April 13, 2015 Janelle Monáe’s new video is perfect for #CareFreeBlackGirl summer 2015. There’s not much more to say than that.

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Watch Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment’s Video for ‘Sunday Candy’

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By diamond 10:38 am April 13, 2015 Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment released the video for “Sunday Candy” over the weekend. Chance the Rapper wrote the video treatment for the Broadway musical influenced visuals. The song also features vocals from Jamila Woods of M&O. Photo: Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment/Screenshot

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Shuck and Jive 2.0: The Epidemic of New Blacks


By diamond 11:19 am April 10, 2015 By Jay Dodd  Among Azealia Banks’ unfortunately few poignant and meaningful clap-backs is the occasion she came for Clifford “TI” Harris’s life for defending Igloo.In her 140-character shade, she called TI a coon. A humorously archaic  “slur” is made relevant again as we see its residual mindset permeating […]

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Here’s the Trailer for HBO’s ‘Bessie’


By diamond 2:43 pm April 9, 2015 HBO released the full trailer for its biopic ‘Bessie’ starring Queen Latifah and it is everything.  Watch below and catch the full film when it drops on May 16th. Photo: HBO

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