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A Call to Talk About Things That Actually Matter To Black Folks


By Diamond 10:47 am June 17, 2015 By Victoria Massie I’m trying to do a better job of not writing when I’m heated. Much of this rooted in a deep sense of self-care. For this reason I ask that people redirect their energies toward something more productive. Rachel Dolezal is not novel. Every aspect of […]

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A Black Trans Woman Explains Why Rachel Dolezal Isn’t Caitlin Jenner

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By Diamond 12:37 pm June 16, 2015 Vlogger Kat Blaque breaks down why we can’t conflate transgender and “transracial”.

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New Series Shows the Beauty of Black Queer and Transgender Love

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By Jenn M. Jackson 10:27 am June 16, 2015 Black queer and trans* folks are often excluded from mainstream ideals about love and romance. Their deviation from the White heteropatriarchal “norm” means that many folks in these communities rarely see images of themselves reflcted back on the silver screen, in TV series’, or in other […]

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Kenwood Student and Magic Black Girl was Accepted into 26 Universities


By Jenn M. Jackson 12:39 pm June 15, 2015 Arianna Alexander, a graduating senior and current valedictorian at Kenwood Academy, is the epitome of Black girl magic. The Chicago high school student was accepted into 26 universities, including six Ivy League schools, and has been offered over $3 million in scholarships. It was Alexander’s father […]

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Melissa Harris-Perry Asks if Rachel Dolezal is Actually Black


By Jenn M. Jackson 12:10 pm June 15, 2015 The term “transracial” has been incessantly misused in the past week since the Rachel Dolezal story hit the mainstream media cycle. The President of the NAACP Chapter in Spokane has been, apparently, living her life as a Black woman for at least two decades despite having […]

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15 Mysteries We’d Like the Black Twitter Detective Agency to Solve


By Diamond 11:54 am June 12, 2015 By Jayy Dodd But it’s really none of our business… 1. Raven-Symoné and the Case of the Translucent American. 2. Where were you when Cash Money took over the 99 & the 2000?  3. How to know if you are “fahn”? 4. Did Rachel Dolezal try to ‘Single Lightskin […]

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13 Songs That Are Perfect for Your Carefree Black Girl Summer Playlist

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By Diamond 9:53 am June 10, 2015 By L.G. Parker For the black girls braiding hair all summer, the black girls looking up MFA programs for hours after work, the black girls who get misgendered,  the black girls who are stepping outside of their comfort zone to wear that two-piece to the pool, for the […]

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Why I Won’t Watch the McKinney Video


By Diamond 11:40 am June 9, 2015 By Arielle Newton Confession: I have not watched — nor do I intend to watch — the video from McKinney, Texas. From what I gathered from my various social media feeds, the video shows a cop viciously pinning down a 14-year-old bikini-clad Black girl who was attending a […]

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Dear Kalief Browder; A Homeboy’s Open Letter


By Diamond 10:23 am June 9, 2015 By Jayy Dodd Note: Kalief Browder was falsely accused of burglary at 16 years old, held in Riker’s Island prison and after 3 years out committed suicide. Dear Kalief Browder, Brother man, I wish you peace from this world that told you daily you weren’t human. I wish […]

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