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Beyoncé Celebrates Pride With This Remake of Her ’7/11′ Video


By Diamond 9:34 am July 2, 2015 On Wednesday, Beyoncé released a short remake of her ’7/11′ to celebrate LGTBQ Pride month and marriage equality. All hail Queen Bey.

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From Prom to the BET Awards, Kyemah McEntyre Slayed Naturi Naughton’s Gown


By Jenn M. Jackson 8:16 am July 1, 2015 A few weeks ago, we told you about Kyema McEntyre (top left), a senior at Cecily Tyson High School of Performing Arts. After designing this dress for her own prom, she did it again this past weekend for the 2015 BET Awards. McEntyre was the creative mind […]

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Misty Copeland is First Black Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre


By Jenn M. Jackson 8:13 am July 1, 2015 For many young people of color or those interested in the arts, Misty Copeland is an inspiration. At just 32-years-old, she has made a name for herself in the world of dance, specifically ballet. She was named one of Time‘s “100 Most Influential People” last year, landing […]

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Activist Bree Newsome Takes Down Confederate Flag

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By Diamond 12:17 pm June 27, 2015 This morning, activist Bree Newsome scaled the flagpole in front of the South Carolina Statehouse and removed the Confederate flag. “We removed the flag today because we can’t wait any longer. We can’t continue like this another day. It’s time for a new chapter where we are sincere […]

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Supreme Court Decides Same-Sex Marriage is a Right for All in the United States


By Jenn M. Jackson 10:56 am June 26, 2015 In a landmark 5-4 decision Friday, same-sex marriage became a legal constitutional right for all citizens in the United States of America. This ruling has been a source of intense debate and political action since 2008 when Proposition 8 passed, banning same-sex marriage in the State […]

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Columbia First US University To Divest from Private Prisons


By Jenn M. Jackson 11:15 am June 23, 2015 The Board of Trustees at the Ivy League giant, Columbia University, voted this past Monday to divest from private, for-profit prisons. According to reports, Columbia held approximately 220,000 shares in a company called G4S, the world’s largest private security firm, and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), […]

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Lupe Fiasco Posts Open Letter to White Supremacists

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By Diamond 1:12 pm June 22, 2015 “There is also nothing about you psychologically, philosophically, cognitively, academically, socially, architecturally, culturally or even financially that signifies a higher position above any other group,” Lupe Fiasco wrote about white supremacy on Instagram. Read the entire open letter below:

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The #GoHomeDeray Hashtag Proves Hate For Black Activism Runs Deep


By Jenn M. Jackson 11:38 am June 22, 2015 Following the massacre of nine Black congregants at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina last Wednesday, public displays of support have come from a range of individuals. Diverse groups of people from the area and other states have looked on at Charleston during […]

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Rapper Mykki Blanco Rejects Stigma, Reveals HIV Positive Status


By Jenn M. Jackson 8:46 am June 19, 2015 Queer rapper Mykki Blanco, born Michael Quattlebaum, Jr., has established himself firmly in the music industry. His talents as a rapper, artist, and poet have garnered him respect in many social and professional circles which typically exclude LGBTQ folks. So, he is no stranger to breaking […]

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What We Know About the Charleston AME Church Massacre


By Jenn M. Jackson 12:39 pm June 18, 2015 Last night around 9pm, a 21-year-old White male, now identified as Dylann Storm Roof, walked into the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. There he killed eight people. A ninth died at the hospital later. Here is what we know so far. Surveillance footage captured […]

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