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New Orleans Principal Fired After Video Captures Him Wearing Nazi-Associated Rings

A charter school principal in New Orleans has lost his job after video surfaced of him appearing to wear Nazi-associated rings. The video, which appeared Thursday, shows then-Principal Nicholas Dean of Crescent Leadership Academy holding...Show More Summary

Alabama Tweaks White Supremacist Law To Potentially Restore Voting Rights To Thousands

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed a law this week to clarify language in the state constitution that many say worked to systematically prevent African-Americans from voting. During a 1901 constitutional convention openly called to establish...Show More Summary

This Video Of Lauryn Hill Dropping Wisdom At Only 25 Is A Must-See

It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly 19 years since the release of the iconic album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which thrust Hill, barely in her mid-20s at the time, into the pantheon of music legends. Friday marks Hill’s...Show More Summary

It's Now Illegal In Alabama To Remove Confederate Monuments

A new bill signed into law Wednesday by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) protects Confederate monuments in the state even as other states have started to do away with them. The Alabama Memorial Preservation Act of 2017 disallows removing or renaming any memorial streets or buildings on public property that have been in place for 40 or more years. Show More Summary

Gentrifiers Want To Rename Harlem Area 'SoHa' And Residents Are Pissed

Developers and real estate agents thought that they could come into the lower area of Harlem and dub it “SoHa,” short for South Harlem. As far as residents are concerned, they thought wrong. NY1 reports that developers want to referShow More Summary

Gina Prince-Bythewood Becomes First Woman Of Color To Direct A Super Hero Movie

Gina Prince-Bythewood is adding a historic achievement to her filmmaking career. Deadline reported Thursday that Sony Pictures has tapped Prince-Bythewood to direct the forthcoming Spider Man spinoff film, “Silver & Black.” The film,...Show More Summary

Devon Gales Was Paralyzed Playing Football. He Just Walked Again.

The word “comeback” is overused in sports, but in the case of Devon Gales, it might not be strong enough. On Sept. 26, 2015, Gales, a receiver for the Southern University football team, became paralyzed from the waist down when he blocked...Show More Summary

Why Aren't There More Events Catering to L.A.'s Black LGBTQ Community?

“We have become a gay mecca for a lot of people of color,” says Sean/Milan, the social enterprise program manager for REACH LA. “It’s a place where people can go and be safe and be themselves.” This Saturday, May 27, REACH LA (Realistic...Show More Summary

Jamie Foxx: Oprah Staged An Intervention, Told Me I Was 'Blowing It'

Jamie Foxx has revealed how TV queen Oprah Winfrey staged an intervention of sorts in 2005. The star, who went on to win the 2005 Oscar for Best Actor for his role in “Ray,” described on Howard Stern’s Sirius radio program Tuesday how...Show More Summary

Graduates Honor Their Immigrant Roots With Inspirational #ImmiGrad Posts

With graduation season in full swing, immigrant graduates and children of immigrants across the country are reflecting on the roads and people who led them to where they are today. Last week, Define American ? a non-profit media andShow More Summary

The 'Despacito' Lyric Guide That Every Non-Spanish Speaker Needs

Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” became the No. 1 song in the country last week, a feat that hasn’t been achieved by a Spanish-language song since the “Macarena” in 1996. The hit’s original version features reggeaton superstar Daddy Yankee.Show More Summary

Miss Black Texas Says Police Chief Illegally Arrested Her In Fit Of Racist Road Rage

Miss Black Texas 2016 is calling for a North Texas police chief to be removed from his job after he allegedly called her a “black bitch” and unlawfully arrested her for passing his 14-year-old daughter on the road. Carmen Ponder, anShow More Summary

A Man Is Serving 10 Years In Prison Because Of The Crime He Was Acquitted Of

Ramad Chatman, a black man from Rome Georgia, is serving a 10-year jail sentence after an entire jury found him not guilty of a crime he says he did not commit. On May 24, Georgia news station 11 Alive published a report on Chatman’s...Show More Summary

'America's Got Talent' Producers Sued After Tyra Banks Accused Of Verbally Abusing Girl

Tyra Banks’ time on “America’s Got Talent” is already getting off to a shaky start, and the first episode of the new season hasn’t even aired yet. The supermodel, who replaced Nick Cannon as host of the talent competition show, is at...Show More Summary

'SNL' Star Leslie Jones Will Bring The Laughs To 2017 BET Awards

Despite a difficult past year marked with extensive online harassment and cyberattacks, comedian Leslie Jones of “SNL” and “Ghostbusters” manages to stay hilarious and positive through it all — and now she’ll get to bring those goodShow More Summary

Gabourey Sidibe Says She Faced A Lot Of Racism As A Phone Sex Operator

Gabourey Sidibe was once a phone sex operator ? and along with that job came a lot of blatant racism. The “Empire” actress appeared on “The Daily Show” last week to promote her new book This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare. In the book, she talks about the discrimination she faced on the job during her early 20s. Show More Summary

David Oyelowo Demands The Horrors Of Human Trafficking In Africa 'Must Change'

David Oyelowo is serious about inspiring positive change in the world. The actor will be honored on June 4 by the Diamond Empowerment Fund, a nonprofit co-founded by Russell Simmons, with the Diamonds Do Good International Vanguard Award. Show More Summary

Supreme Court Puts States On Notice About Using Race In Redistricting

The Supreme Court has made it overwhelmingly clear that when states draw new boundaries for electoral districts after the 2020 census, they must have a strong justification if they want to use race as a factor. In a significant ruling earlier this week in a case called Cooper v. Show More Summary

Trump Gave Pope Francis A Copy Of MLK Jr. Writings And The Irony Was Almost Too Much

President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis for the first time on Wednesday, and, as customary for visits between dignitaries, the two men exchanged gifts. In a not-so-subtle nod to Trump’s shaky track record on environmental issues, Francis gave the U.S. Show More Summary

11th Grader Told Her Afro Needed To Be 'Fixed' And Couldn't Be Worn In School

Just weeks before summer recess, 17-year-old Jenesis Johnson was told by her teacher at North Florida Christian School in Florida that the afro she’d been wearing for the past seven months needed to be “fixed,” WCTV reports. “She said that my hair needs to be fixed, it was not neat and needs to be put in a style. Show More Summary

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