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Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Trayvon Martin, is Running for Miami-Dade County Commission

Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for EssenceSybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen who was gunned down by racist coward George Zimmerman in Florida in 2012, is running for office in Miami-Dade county.Fulton confirmed Saturday that she’ll be putting her name in for a...

After Pulling the Plug on Empire, Fox CEO Addresses Diversity Concerns

Empire is gone, mayne. Deadline reports that after five seasons of twists, turns and trysts, the Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson-led series will be bowing out after its upcoming sixth season. “We are turning the final season into a large TV event, we are trying...

The Largest Class of Black Women Ever Is Preparing to Graduate From West Point Military Academy

Less than a year after Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams became the first black officer to command the United States Military Academy and two years after Simone Askew became the first black woman to lead the Corps of Cadets, West Point will graduate its...

In the Face of the Black Maternal Mortality Crisis, This Doula Is Providing Expectant Mothers With the Support and Care They Desperately Deserve

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The story has to be told in such a way where we’re not making people lose hope.The specific “story” Chanel Porchia-Albert is referring to is that of the black maternal mortality crisis. She knows all about the daunting statistics surrounding black motherhood as a mother...

Fox News for Negroes? Upcoming ‘Black News Channel’ Looks Pretty Conservative

Thursday’s announcement of the launch of a groundbreaking news channel aimed at black audiences set the internet on fire. There would finally be a news organization focused on issues important to the black community. Or maybe it’s a Trojan horse. Upon taking a closer look at...

Cory Booker Proposes Getting a Day Off to Get Your Vote On

Saying there is a need for a “new Voting Rights Act,” U.S. Sen. Cory Booker promised a number of voting reforms if he became president in 2020, including making Election Day a national holiday and restoring the voting rights of ex-felons. “During my presidency, we...

Really? Arkansas to Replace Its Confederate-Era Statues in Statuary Hall in the US Capitol

In a February 2011 file photo, the U.S. and Arkansas flags blow in the wind in Fayetteville, Ark. Arkansas has decided to remove two Confederate-era statues representing it in Statuary Hall, but the state still has refused to change the meaning of a star...

White Man Gets 10 Years in Prison for Attempting to Hire the KKK to Lynch His Black Neighbor

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It’s no secret that hate crimes are on the rise since our alleged president was sworn into office. They show up in news reports on a near daily basis. In this latest example, a man in Greenwood, South Carolina, will go down in infamy...

With ‘Shades of Black,’ the Guardian Enters the Colorism Conversation

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The Guardian/YouTube We talk about it. We joke about it. We resent it. We reinforce it. We rage about it. Anyone who has lived this life as a black person—and especially, a black woman—knows all too well the loaded conversation that is colorism. It’s a worldwide...

Taraji P. Henson Tears Up Describing Mental Health in the Black Community as a “National Crisis”

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Taraji P. Henson has been doing the work, the work to end the stigma surrounding mental illness in the black community, and the urgency of the issue brought her to tears while she was being honored for her efforts at Variety magazine’s Power of...