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Why it Matters That Hillary Clinton Said “All Lives Matter” In a Black Church This Week

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By Jenn M. Jackson 11:44 am June 24, 2015 On Tuesday, Democratic presidential hopeful, Hillary Rodham Clinton, gave a speech on race in the United States at a Black church in Florissant, Missouri. The church is just a short drive from Ferguson, the city where Michael Brown was murdered by Officer Darren Wilson last August. […]

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New BBC Documentary Explores Natural Hair in the UK

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By Diamond 9:59 am June 24, 2015 Created by Zindzi Rocque Drayton, Hair Freedom features Black women discussing the nascent natural hair movement in the UK. Watch the BBC Raw doc below: Photo: Youtube/Screenshot

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Don Lemon is Literally Trolling Black Americans

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By Jenn M. Jackson 12:30 pm June 23, 2015 On Monday evening, Don Lemon went full fool. The CNN Tonight host held up two different symbols. The first was the confederate flag which has been a major topic in news coverage since the massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina last week. The […]

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Afro-Latino Spider-Man Miles Morales to Replace Peter Parker This Fall

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By Jenn M. Jackson 10:12 am June 23, 2015 Black comic book fans all over the world have been beaming since news broke that the new (official) Spider-Man will be Miles Morales, an Afro-Latino teen. This fall, he will replace Peter Parker, the original Spider-Man, in the popular comic books. This isn’t the first time […]

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This South African Poet Wrote a Powerful Poem on Transgender Identity

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By Diamond 9:14 am June 22, 2015 Lee Mokobe, a nineteen year-old Cape Town, South Africa native, performed this powerful poem about his transgender identity at TedWomen. Watch the video below.

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8 Things Black Folk Don’t Have to Do in Light of the AME Massacre

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By Diamond 9:23 am June 19, 2015 By Arielle Newton 1. Justify or police our rage. We have the right to feel and express our rage in a manner we deem appropriate. My only ask is that Black folk aren’t harmed by other Black folk. 2. Apologize for our trauma or anger. We do not […]

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10 Songs for Your Juneteenth Celebration

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By Diamond 9:15 am June 19, 2015 By L.G. Parker It’s ironic that I’m sharing a Juneteenth playlist after the attack on Emanuel AME. How might I suggest that you celebrate the June 19, 1865 emancipation from slavery when you’ve just witnessed a terrorist attack on a Black institution? I suggest that this is the […]

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The Massacre at Emanuel AME Church and Our “White Problem”

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By Jenn M. Jackson 12:44 pm June 18, 2015 Last night around 8pm, a twenty-something year-old White male walked into the historic Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina. He came there with a loaded gun and at least five rounds of ammunition. As the twelve Black men, women, and children who were present in […]

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There Wasn’t a Shooting in Charleston

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By Diamond 8:57 am June 18, 2015 By Arielle Newton There was a shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal. There was a shooting, a massacre, and a tragedy at AME. Calling it anything else — especially a #CharlestonShooting is a function of white supremacy. The erasure, the inability or unwillingness to name how a […]

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Why I Really Want to Stop Talking About Rachel Dolezal

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By Jenn M. Jackson 10:57 am June 17, 2015 This post was originally titled “Rachel Dolezal and the Audacity of Whiteness.” I was completely prepared to rage against the machine and rehash what everyone else has said about this ordeal. But, then, I realized that I am tired of Rachel Dolezal, whiteness, and all the […]

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