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Gabrielle Union Urges Twitter Followers to Address Their Racial Biases: ‘Own That. Address THAT!’

Never one to shy away from racial politics, Gabrielle Union urged her 3.3 million Twitter followers to be upfront about their racial biases. It's not clear what spurred Union to share her message Saturday, March 25,...

Nut Allergy May Not Automatically Mean You’re Allergic to All of Them, Study Finds

What may come as a surprise to consumers doesn't surprise allergists: Being allergic to one tree nut doesn't mean you're allergic to all. A study published Monday, March 27, in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma...

Wiz Khalifa Catches Flack from Colombian Mayor and Others for Photos at Pablo Escobar’s...

Marijuana aficionado Wiz Khalifa drew criticism after sharing Instagram photos appearing to pay tribute to late cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar by lighting up at his grave. After performing in Escobar's home city of Medellin, Colombia, Friday, March...

United Airlines Accused of ‘Policing Women’s Bodies’ After Girls Not Allowed on Plane for...

Social media users accused United Airlines of sexist dress code practices when three girls wearing leggings were prohibited from boarding a flight due to their clothing. The airline was forced to issue a statement Monday,...

Ebony Banks Dies of Terminal Cancer Days After FaceTime with Idol Beyoncé

Four days after meeting her idol on FaceTime, a Houston Beyoncé fan who suffered from stage-four terminal cancer has died. Alief Independent School District spokeswoman Kimberly Smith told NBC Ebony Banks lost her battle late...

Celebrities Take to Twitter to Do What the Media Won’t: Shine a Light on...

A growing list of celebrities is using social media to magnify the search for the missing Washington, D.C. girls, Chaka Khan, Taraji P. Henson and Sean "Diddy" Combs among them. Viral tweets beginning Sunday, March...

Orchestra Noir Conductor Puts Black Kids First: ‘You Have Classical Music As a Career...

Orchestra Noir is likely the kind of ensemble you've never seen or heard before. Conducted by lifelong classical musician Jason Ikeem Rodgers, the all-Black orchestra will shake up the music scene with "Night at the...

Michael Che Won’t Apologize for Controversial Boston Joke: ‘I’m Trying to be Presidential’

Michael Che reportedly has personal proof that Boston is a racist city and he brought it up during a recent stand-up routine defending a months-old joke about it. The "Saturday Night Live" star appeared at Boston...

Jay Z Nabs Deal to Create Docu-Series and Movie About Slain Teen Trayvon Martin

Jay Z's film and TV efforts continue the political trend with a documentary series and feature film about Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen whose murder gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement. Jay Z and...

Kendrick Lamar Comes for Absolutely Everybody, Including the President, In Quietly Dropped Single

Kendrick Lamar's new single "The Heart Part 4" unexpectedly dropped and his fans quickly realized it was full of reported thinly veiled disses to rappers Big Sean, Drake and even President Donald Trump. Lamar casually tweeted...

Rachel Dolezal’s Memoir Details Ways She Tried to Become Black: I Rubbed Mud on...

Rachel Dolezal continues her crusade to prove she is Black despite being outed as a white woman two years ago by publishing a new book which explains how her perception of race came to...

Google, Howard Team Up to Promote Tech Diversity with Summer Residency Program

Continuing to break down the doors of the tech industry, Howard University is partnering with Google to educate Black coders at Howard West. The Washington, D.C.-based historically Black university and Google announced Thursday, March 23, that...

Man Recognized by N.J. City Council for Ending Teen Fight Tearfully Gives Credit to...

A video originally meant as a vehicle for teen fame led to 26-year-old Ibn Ali Miller being honored at an Atlantic City, N.J., City Council meeting for breaking up a fight. Miller's viral good deed...

The Youngest Conductor to Lead a 75-piece Orchestra Is an 11-Year-Old Black Boy

Black boy joy has spread across the globe to an 11-year-old prodigy from England who will become the youngest person to conduct a 75-piece orchestra. Matthew Smith will lead the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra's performance of "Die...

Taraji P. Henson Wants to Walk Away from ‘Empire’ While the Show Is Still...

Taraji P. Henson doesn't want to hang around on "Empire" long enough for the show to go stale. She credits that to her character Cookie Lyon's antics. "I could not do this forever. No. Cookie...

Dave Chappelle Catching Heat About Contents of Much-Anticipated Netflix Specials

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaRBPXLgKyg Comedian Dave Chappelle has never shied away from pushing the boundaries, which led him to take some heat from some Twitter users who took issue with his LGBTQ and rape jokes. Chappelle released two Netflix...

White Artist Defends Painting of Emmett Till’s Mutilated Body As ‘a Space for Empathy’

The mutilated corpse of Emmett Till is on public display once again, only this time it's a painted version at New York City's Whitney Museum of Art. Dana Schutz defended her "Open Casket" painting, saying,...

Wyclef Jean Says Wrongful Detainment by LA Sheriffs Is ‘Bigger Than a Black and...

EXCLUSIVE: "I was scared for my life." Singer @wyclef tells his story, saying he was wrongfully detained by police: https://t.co/cpi1ZyFbSa pic.twitter.com/sKlCtC8T6w — Good Morning America (@GMA) March 22, 2017 Wyclef Jean wants Black Lives Matter involved...

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Unapologetic, Stands by ‘Trans Women’ Statement: I Have Nothing to Apologize...

Unwilling to back away from her idea that trans women don't share the same experience as women born female, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie refuses to apologize for causing so much controversy in the first place. "From...

4 Dead, at Least 20 Injured In Suspected Terrorist Attack Near London’s Houses of...

London Attack ? 4 people dead. Pray for London ??? via @bbcnews #london #bbcnews #prayforlondon #prayforlondon??? #jixxtv pic.twitter.com/Otxq8CpbOC — JixxTV (@Jixx_TV) March 22, 2017 The London Parliament is on lockdown after a suspected terror incident that...

Parents Livid Over N.J. Elementary School Slave Auction Assignment: We Would Never Do That...

How would you feel if you discovered your child had been forced to participate in a slave auction in the name of education? If you were a parent of a student at a New...

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