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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...

‘He said YES!’: Don Lemon to marry partner Tim Malone

Here’s a celebrity wedding to keep an eye out for: CNN’s Don Lemon is officially engaged. The 53-year-old host of Tonight with Don Lemon announced the happy news on Instagram Sunday, showing off the unique proposal he received from his love, real estate agent...

Visiting the Lorraine Motel in Memphis Was the Most Emotional Museum Experience I’ve Ever Had

TSD Editor's Note: As Memphians, it can be easy to take some of our local treasures for granted. Most Memphians certainly appreciate the National Civil Rights Museum at The Lorraine Motel, but sometimes, it helps to see what's in your own back yard with fresh eyes. Through our content sharing relationship with TheRoot.com, we found this piece by Panama Jackson on her experience at The Lorraine Motel.

Cut the Check: Kamala Harris Announces $315 Billion Plan to Address Educational Inequality in Black and Brown Communities, Jump-start HBCUs

On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris unveiled her intention to deliver the largest federal investment in teacher pay in the history of the United States. In declaring a crisis in teacher pay in America, she noted that public school teachers are paid 11 percent less...

Report: Charges Against Jussie Smollett Dropped, Record Expunged

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Plot twist. The charges against Jussie Smollett have been dropped, according to CBS Chicago reporter Charlie De Mar, who tweeted the breaking news on Tuesday morning. Earlier this month, a Cook County jury indicted the 36-year-old on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct and filing a...