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The Complicated Business of Giving Birth: Motherhood & Mortality

iStockHere’s a not-so-fun and very frightening fact: Did you know that the U.S. has the highest rate of deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth in the developed world, indiscriminately affecting women across races, backgrounds, educations and income levels? Did you know that over half...

Heartbreaking footage of starving polar bear shows casualties of climate change

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No, this story doesn’t explicitly have to do with black people—it’s about a white bear in a what is supposed to be a visually white area (Canada’s Baffin Island), but it is blacker than black in its bleakness. A recently released video shows a polar...

On the Ground at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Opening in Jackson

Civil rights activist and widow of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, Myrlie Evers-Williams speaks at the grand opening ceremony for the two museums, the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Dec. 9, 2017, in Jackson, Miss. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP...

Judge of Characters: What Happens When You Silence the Silence Breakers?

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Time magazine shocked us all when it named several women and men who spoke out against sexual assault as its “Person of the Year.” The editors labeled the brave souls “The Silence Breakers.” But in addition to noticing Taylor Swift on the cover, I...

Rep. John Lewis Is Boycotting Trump’s Visit to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Opening

Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) announced Thursday that they will be skipping Saturday’s opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson because Donald Trump will be in attendance—something they consider to be “an insult” to the black heroes commemorated there. Thompson...

Atlanta Hasn’t Had a White Mayor Since 1974, and Tuesday’s Mayoral Race is So Close That It’s Headed for a Recount

On Wednesday morning the race for Atlanta’s may was still too close to call, but that didn’t stop candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms from claiming victory. “I am just in awe of what God is able to do,” she told cheering supporters early Wednesday at an...

Why Emotional Maturity and Emotional Intelligence Are Important for Healthy Relationships

By Monique Judge, The Root Emotional maturity and emotional intelligence are key factors in maintaining healthy relationships—romantic or otherwise. Many people are lacking in these areas, which leads to a breakdown in communication and, ultimately, complications in or even the breakup of relationships. There is...

Which Is the Better Michael Jackson Album: Thriller or Off the Wall? 

Thursday marks the 35th anniversary of the release of what is probably Michael Jackson’s most popular album, Thriller. This album changed the game in a lot of ways, but most especially where it comes to the music video genre. In short, it was a...

Amid Mounting Allegations of Sexual Misconduct, Black Caucus Members  Seek Conyers’ Resignation

As the allegations of sexual misconduct against veteran Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) continue to mount, members of the Congressional Black Caucus are looking to get him to resign from the House of Representatives. Conyers is the longest currently serving member of the House, and as...

Florida Police Arrest Suspect in Series of Killings in Seminole Heights 

Police in Tampa, Fla. have apprehended a man believed to be connected to four killings that have raised fears of a serial killer in the Seminole Heights neighborhood. According to WTSP-TV, 24-year-old Howell Emanuel Donaldson III is being charged with four counts of first-degree murder...