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Did ‘SNL’ go too far? Leslie Jones ruffles feathers with slave skit

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  While it appears that producers of the hit sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live took steps to address its lack of diversity by adding one black woman to its on-air staff and two black female writers, the show is once again in the spotlight for its portrayal of blacks. Leslie Jones, one of the writers brought […]

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D.L. Hughley apologizes for Columbus Short remarks

In a written statement, comedian D.L. Hughley apologized for previous comments made about former Scandal actor Columbus Short’s wife.  Here’s what he originally said: “The star of one of the hottest dramas in the country, chokes the f*ck out of his wife? That doesn’t ever happen. I don’t think it happened first off. Like the time Warren […]

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Queen Latifah set to star in Bessie Smith biopic

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Queen Latifah will be playing Bessie Smith in a biopic, and Dee Rees, director of the movie Pariah, is slated to write and direct the film, which will air on HBO.

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Defense Secretary calls for military to review discriminatory hair policies

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In response to criticism about the American military’s newly revised policies regarding hairstyles, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the branch to review the regulations. Hagel’s orders come on the heels of a complaint filed by 16 women of the Congressional Black Caucus, that alleges the regulations which ban large cornrows, twists and dreadlocks, discriminate against […]

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Events

Chicago Department of Health seeks participants for HIV prevention focus group

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The Chicago Department of Public Health, in conjunction with Better World Advertising, are seeking black women who are at least 18 years of age to participate in a focus group to develop an HIV/STD prevention campaign.

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Events

Who Will Keep My Sister?: A Dialogue & Discussion on the Criminalization of Black Women & Girls

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Join the Chicago Chapter of BYP100 in a dialogue & discussion on the criminalization of Black women & girls through a queer feminist lens. The event, co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, will amplify stories of Black women & girls, and propose solutions over (free) food and community. Featured speakers […]

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Singer Dencia not so thrilled about Lupita Nyong’o's Lancôme deal

South African singer Dencia took to Twitter following news of Lupita Nyong’o’s history-making deal with Lancôme. Dencia, who has been criticized for endorsing a skin bleaching cream, released the following tweet: 

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White House petition started in protest of army’s grooming policies

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Cries of racial bias followed news of the U.S. Army’s newly updated grooming policy last week that critics say unfairly targets black women. The grooming policy, Army Regulation 670-1, bans popular hairstyles worn primarily by black women. The regulation has not been made official yet, but the new rules were detailed in a PowerPoint presentation that […]

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Cries of racial bias follow release of U.S. Army’s new grooming policy

The U.S. Army is coming under fired for changes to its grooming policy. Some say it discriminates against black women with natural hairstyles. 

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Study: black women have more financial burdens than whites

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According to a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Washington Post, African American women experience more difficulties with their finances than white females. The survey cites a lack of confidence in acquiring a good job and education  as the primary reasons for the gap. 

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