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‘What If I Knew I Was Beautiful?'

“You say I don’t know I’m beautiful, but what if I did?"    That's how  Daysha Edewi begins her riveting takedown of pop culture that repeatedly tells women we don't -- and shouldn't -- know that we're beautiful. The BuzzFeed writerShow More Summary

Baseball Game May Have Saved Chris Singleton From Charleston Shooting

Among the nine victims of the devastating shooting at a Charleston church in June was Sharonda Coleman-Singleton. Coleman-Singleton, 45, was a pastor at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and the mother of Chris Singleton, a baseball player at Charleston Southern University. Show More Summary

Michael B. Jordan On Taking 'The High Road' In That Awkward Radio Interview

Last week, the cast of the upcoming Marvel film "Fantastic Four" sat down for a radio interview with Atlanta's Rock 100.5, and the result was awkward, to say the least. Michael B. Jordan discussed the uncomfortable encounter in an interview...Show More Summary

How Will Dr. Dre's Assault On A Female Journalist Impact His Legacy?

The upcoming biopic "Straight Outta Compton" gives viewers an intimate look into the rise of '90s rap group N.W.A. and the beginnings of Dr. Dre's influential music career. But the movie avoids one area of Dre's dark past. As Gawker points out, in an attempt to humanize the notorious group, the film fails to mention Dr. Show More Summary

"Our Young Folks Have Taken to the Digital Underground to Call on Revolutionary Spirits"

Mark Anthony Neal's address delivered at Fit the Battle, a performance and commemoration created for Peekskill, NY that honors singer, Civil Rights activist, actor and athlete Paul Robeson and his celebrated baritone voice. The piece...Show More Summary

31 Things White People Should Culturally Appropriate

"Everybody wanna be a n, but don't nobody really wanna be a n." Paul Mooney The phrase has never rang more true when it comes to cultural appropriation. In fact, according to Nielsen, 73% of Whites and 67% of Hispanics believe that African Americans influence mainstream culture. Show More Summary

“We Have Nothing to Lose”: #MovementForBlackLives National Convening by Lamont Lilly

Photo Credit: Laylah Amatullah Barrayn “We Have Nothing to Lose”: #MovementForBlackLives National Convening by @LamontLilly | NewBlackMan (in Exile) From July 24-26 over 1500 registered Black activists and organizers from all over the U.S., Canada and even the Caribbean converged in Cleveland, Ohio for the 2015 Movement for Black Lives Convening. Show More Summary

Why I Constantly Think About Racism!

Racism has been constantly on my mind! This is unlike me. I tend to focus on what I want, and where I am going. No, I am neither naïve nor delusional; I am clear about the dark elephant in the room. However, I feel I can achieve more...Show More Summary

W. E. B. Du Bois to Malcolm X: The Untold History of the Movement to Ban the Bomb

By Vincent Intondi When the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. announced his strong opposition to the war in Vietnam, the media attacked him for straying outside of his civil rights mandate. In so many words, powerful interests told him: "Mind...Show More Summary

Martin Luther King Jr. Had A Surprising Role In Saving 'Star Trek'

When actress Nichelle Nichols played Uhura on "Star Trek," she became one of the first ever female black actors on a well-known series to have a role that wasn't a stereotypical maid or nanny. But, as she talked about in a Reddit AMA she did Thursday, she almost left the role for a career on Broadway until Martin Luther King Jr. Show More Summary

The Sweetest Taboo: Theorizing Black Female Pleasure, Agency & Desire within Black Feminism

Photo Credit: Laylah Amatullah Barrayn Panelists Joan Morgan + Treva B. Lindsey + Brittney Cooper + Kaila Adia Story + Uri McMillan on theorizing Black female pleasure, agency and desire within Black Feminist discourse(s) at the Black Portraiture{s} II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories held in Florence, Italy. Show More Summary

See The Emotional First Teaser For Cary Fukunaga's Netflix Film, 'Beasts Of No Nation'

Cary Fukunaga may not be directing this season of "True Detective," unfortunately, but he's been hard at work with a new film for Netflix. "Beasts of No Nation" is the first of many original films Netflix is releasing on the big screen, and on their streaming service, in the coming years. Show More Summary

Son Of Imprisoned Rapper Mac Phipps Says 'It's A Good Feeling' Dad May Be Home Soon

Hip-hop artist McKinley "Mac" Phipps Jr., imprisoned 15 years for a murder he says he didn't commit, could be home for the holidays if his lawyers can negotiate a time-served deal with the newly elected local prosecutor. Phipps, whose...Show More Summary

Getting as Serious About Prevention as We Are About Punishment

President Obama recently shone the national spotlight on our criminal justice system; a system which has historically and disproportionately impacted communities of color, is costing taxpayers too much money, and hasn't been smart or efficient enough in addressing the factors that push people to come in contact with the system in the first place. Show More Summary

This 76-Year-Old CrossFitter Will Inspire You Beyond Words

Constance Tillett is 76 years old. She's had hip replacements, knee replacements and shoulder replacements. On top of all that, she has arthritis and a cardiac problem. But that's not keeping her down. CrossFit South Brooklyn's touching commercial "Keep Hope Alive" features Tillett sharing her story, and explaining why she keeps moving. Show More Summary

When Cops Get Caught Sanitizing And Flat-Out Lying About Brutality

Few aspects of policing attract more scrutiny than an officer's use of force. And as people around the nation continue to voice concerns about the sometimes contentious relationship between citizens and law enforcement, it's become clear...Show More Summary

Jaden Smith Walks Around Italy With A Giant Mug In New 'Scarface' Video

Jaden Smith dropped a new video for his track "Scarface" on Tuesday. Without any previous promotion, the rapper-actor posted his video on the website, 490tx, and then tweeted about it. Directed by former "Hannah Montana" star and Smith's...Show More Summary

Ending Apathy from African-American Entertainers

Some would argue that the Millennial attitude is lazy, entitled, and apathetic. Millennials are currently in young adulthood and therefore should be privy to the current events and issues of America and around the globe. However, this...Show More Summary

21 Documentaries Every Arts & Culture Lover Should Stream Right Now On Netflix

There are only so many hours in the week you can spend streaming old episodes of "Seinfeld," staring at a glowing screen while the faint echo of a bird tweeting reminds you that life on the other side of your apartment window still exists. Show More Summary

Nicki Minaj And Meek Mill Are All Over Each Other In 'All Eyes On You' Video

Ever wonder what a night hanging around Nicki Minaj and ??boyfriend Meek Mill would be like? Now you can see in Meek's new video for "All Eyes on You," in which the hip-hop couple are literally all over each other. There's a lot of kissing, ear-licking, cuddling and Chris Brown being an awkward third wheel in the hallway. Show More Summary

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