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Amber Ruffin makes history as first female writer for a late night talk show

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For the first time in the history of late night talk shows, a black woman will grace the writers’ room. In fact, Ms. Amber Ruffin will be the first woman of any color to write for a network late night talk show. Ruffin will join Late Night with Seth Meyers as an official member of the show’s writing staff. 

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Lorne Michaels just played y’all. Just months after receiving the collective ire of social media users everywhere, Michaels announced the hiring of not one, not two, but three black women to the Saturday Night Live crew. Of course, this was in response to last fall’s announcement of the newest SNL cast members, none of whom were black women. After holding several auditions, Michaels named Sasheer Zamata as the sketch comedy institution’s first black woman cast member since Maya Rudolph. A few days later, it was announced that LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, who also auditioned for the show, would work as writers.

I guess shaming folks into doing right on the Internet sometimes works. And I’m happy for y’all, but wait.

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Fresh Face Alert: Keep your eyes and ears on Bernie Levv

The product of two young musicians, one could say that 19-year-old Bernie Levv was made for music. Born and raised on Chicago’s north side, the star is paving the way for herself in a very competitive arena. She’s skilled in playing several instruments, including the saxophone and piano, lending herself to versatility when it comes to music theory.

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Study: ‘Hip Hop’ students unfairly targeted

According to a recent study, black and Latino “hip-hop” students are disproportionately punished in urban schools.

The study’s lead researcher and Michigan State University Assistant Professor of Education Muhammad Khalifa found that students who identified with hip-hop culture were often removed from school because of their dress and cultural behaviors.

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Biographies of black historical figures for children out this month

Not Just For Kids: Biographies aimed at children include Abraham Lincoln, Malcolm X, Josephine Baker and Thomas Jefferson

This month, a few new biographies of famous black thinkers and doers will hit bookstore shelves. The books are geared towards children, and come complete with flaws and all. 

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Teen convicted for ‘sexting’ photos of boyfriend’s ex

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A Canadian teenager has been found guilty of distributing child pornography. The 16-year-old girl, who is  not identified because she is a minor, “sexted” pictures of her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend to peers.

The teen was also convicted of verbally threatening the girl.

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A Love Letter to Black Youth

Dear Black youth,

I love you. And I mean you. Not the “you” in other people’s imaginations and expectations, but I mean that I love you for who you really are.

I see you for who you are, all of you, and I love you. I love you when you excel in schools that don’t have your best interests at heart. I love you when you hate school. I love you when you are cursing in the streets, and I love you when you are being as polite as the adults want you to be. I love you when you are compliant, and I love you when you resist. I love you when you understand clearly, and when you do not understand. I love you regardless of the height of your waistline. I love you when you are supporting your friends and family, and I love you when you cannot resist the urge to be violent. I love your questions, your curiosity, your boldness, your fire, your vision, and your willingness to grow up even when you know how harsh this world can be.

I say it plainly, because we live in a world that does not love you. In fact, this world hates you, and works hard to make sure that you know it hates you.

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Cleveland Indians adopt ‘C’ on select merchandise in place of offensive mascot

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Although Washington D.C.’s professional football team has been in most of the headlines regarding mascots and team names that are offensive, Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians have taken the initiative to decrease the visibility of their offensive logo.

The team has opted to adopt a “C” in place of Chief Wahoo on some of their hats. 

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New York form asks jurors if they’re ‘negro’

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25-year-old New York resident Raena Roberson noticed an interesting description when asked to identity herself on a prospective juror form Monday at the Queens County courthouse.

The options? Either “Black,” “African American” or “Negro.”

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Frank McCain of the ‘Greensboro Four’ dead at 73

Frank McCain, one of the “Greensboro Four” has passed away at 73. In 1960 as a freshman at North Carolina A&T University, McCain, along with three other freshman students, launched the sit-in movement when they refused to get up from a Woolworth’s lunch counter.

Sit-ins became one of the most visible acts of protest during the civil rights movement. 

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