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Twitter provocateur and avid TV watcher whose writing has appeared on USA Today College, The Celebrity Café, and independent news site Mint Press News.

Model Ebonee Davis Skewers Racism In Fashion Industry In Brilliant TED Talk

Model Ebonee Davis struggled for years because she didn't fit society's image of beauty, but now she advises young girls not to run away from their Blackness in a powerful TED Talk calling out the...

Biracial Irish Adults Say Catholic Orphanages Offered Nothing But Pain, Misery, Horror

For decades, the Irish Catholic Church has denied abusing the abandoned illegitimate children of Irish mothers and African fathers forced into their institutions, but new allegations have exposed the horrendous torture these children experienced...

Atlanta-Based Goodr App Can Bring Security to Thousands of Food-Insecure Households

The city of Atlanta is home to more than 755,000 people, including 300,000 children and seniors, who live in food-insecure households. Every year, there are an estimated 33 million tons of good food wasted...

10 Historical Black Figures You Need to Know More About

Black History Month is a perfect time to reflect on the great and expansive history of Black people across the diaspora. But, it also is a time to learn more about figures who are...

Zuma Shoots Down Xenophobic Labels: ‘That Word Has Never Been Used About Europe’

Outspoken South African President Jacob Zuma denounced accusations of xenophobia following an anti-immigrant march in Pretoria Friday, Feb. 24. Zuma spoke to media about the rising tensions between immigrants and native South Africans, who blame the...

Remembering The Father of Black Nationalism: 8 Facts About Martin R. Delany

Despite extreme racism and white backlash, Martin R. Delany (May 6, 1812-Jan. 24, 1885) became the father of Black nationalism while achieving numerous academic and professional accomplishments. Delany was a fearless activist who fought for...

Memphis Police Accused of Spying on Black Protesters In Wake of Graceland Protests

In the same vein as Cointelpro, Black Lives Matter protesters allege Memphis, Tenn., police have collected vital, private information about them following a string of protests last year. The police are accused of collecting the...

Separate, Still Unequal: Maryland HBCU Students Fed Up with State’s Unequal Funding

Historically Black colleges and universities students in Maryland claim their universities are treated like they have 3/5's of the value of predominately white institutions because of the lackluster federal funding HBCUs have received over...

He Was Fired for Writing Scathing Piece on Trump, Now Ex-HUD Official Softens Stance...

Despite being fired for criticizing then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, former Housing and Urban Development official Shermichael Singleton doesn't regret his Op-Ed voicing concerns about Trump's Black outreach during the 2016 presidential campaign. Singleton, who...

Ex-NFL Player Loses Coaching Job For Allegedly Not Being ‘Christian Enough’

After playing 10 hard seasons in the NFL, Fernando Bryant may have suffered his greatest hit yet, losing a coaching job at a private Christian school because of an old social media post depicting him...

BLM Protester Leaps Across Police Tape to Snatch Confederate Flag from Counter-Protester

Video of a Black Lives Matter protester leaping in a single bound and grabbing a Confederate flag from a counter-protester has gone viral in wake of the protester's arrest. During a lecture entitled "Tearing Hatred from...

Steve Harvey Rewards 5th-Grade Teacher Who Found a Way to Show Students ‘They Matter’

Inspired by Cleveland Cavaliers player LeBron James' handshakes, Charlotte, N.C. elementary teacher Barry White Jr. developed more than 60 different, personalized handshakes to make his students more excited about learning. The Ashley Park PreK-8 School...

Hidden No More: Janelle Monáe, Octavia Spencer Surprise Revolutionary Engineer Raye Montague

After playing hidden historical figures on the silver screen, singer Janelle Monáe and actress Octavia Spencer celebrate the life and genius of another hidden figure, engineer Raye Montague, for breaking down racial and gender barriers...

Rep. Maxine Waters Calls Trump Cabinet ‘a Bunch of Scumbags’

A staunch critic of President Donald Trump, Rep. Maxine Waters of California continued her assault on his administration by scolding Cabinet members for their alleged ties with Russia. Waters, who refused to attend Trump's inauguration last...

Celebrating the High Priestess of Soul: 10 of Nina Simone’s Most Fearless Quotes

Nina Simone on Miscegenation "I do not believe in mixing of the races. You can quote me. I don't believe in it, and I never have. I've never changed. I've never changed my hair. I've...

Trump Manages to Make Visit to African-American History Museum All About Him

https://twitter.com/SteveKopack/status/834070432349315073 Following a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., to recognize Black History Month, President Donald Trump took time out to praise Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s...

Michael Eric Dyson: Banks Are Not the Way to Grow Wealth, Investing Is

https://www.instagram.com/p/BQwYt_zDv7s/ As the Black bank movement picks up steam and interest in financial empowerment grows, Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson has some much-needed advice for Black people: Get a financial adviser to help you invest and grow wealth. On...

Trevor Noah: Until We Start Treating Racism Like a Disease, It’ll Never Go Away

After living under the explicit racism of Apartheid South Africa, "The Daily Show"'s Trevor Noah believes that America shifted away from the overt racism of years past and tried to rebrand racism as a...

Congressman Has One Condition Before Meeting with Trump: Steve Bannon Can’t Be Present

The only way Congressional Black Caucus member Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York will meet with President Donald Trump is if "stone cold racist" White House adviser Steve Bannon is absent from the meeting. During a Friday,...

University of Wisconsin Student Government Call For Free Tuition for Black Students

As a way to make amends for America's long, violent history of racial terror, slavery and Jim Crow, the University of Wisconsin-Madison student government drafted a resolution that would grant Black students free tuition...

Jurnee Smollett-Bell Gets Real About Colorism In Hollywood: ‘It’s Gross and Disgusting’

After the mega-success of WGN's "Underground," actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell has seen a resurgence in her long, storied career in Hollywood. Recently, the 30-year-old actress spoke to EBONY Magazine for their March Women's Month issue...

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