Secret Service can’t pay agents anymore for guarding Trump

Remember back when Donald Trump criticized President Barack Obama for spending too much time out of the White House? Well, like many other things, the President* has doubled back on that and has spent significantly more time outside of the White House in just a few months in office.

As a matter of fact, Trump and his family have been traveling so much that the Secret Service can’t pay agents anymore to protect them. More than 1,000 agents have already reached the cap that was meant to last the entire year. 

Woman breaks silence to accuse R. Kelly of underage sexual abuse

R. Kelly’s name has been associated with sexual deviance and abuse for more than a decade. For many, it started when he was acquitted after appearing in court for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl. However, the history goes back much further.

New life was breathed into the scandal of R. Kelly’s past when Buzzfeed published an article accusing the singer of running a sexual cult where he manipulates young women into being completely dependent on him and cutting ties with their families.

How much to live?: The Black LGBTQ health care crisis did not start with Trump

By Stephon Robert

I knew I was dead. I looked up to a white ceiling and attempted to move my head around. Yeah, I was definitely dead. It was too peaceful. True, this wasn’t really how I imagined the afterlife to be, but whatever. At least I was comfortable and the room smelled pretty good.

It wasn’t until I witnessed my family running down the stairway to Heaven—otherwise known as the hospital’s hallway—that I realized I had IV drips in both of my arms. Apparently Celie was wrong when she said, “Heaven lasts always.”

Petition started to replace Confederate statue with sculpture of Missy Elliot

With the nationwide campaign to remove Confederate monuments growing in popularity, different strategies are coming to the forefront. Most statues are just being removed as quickly as possible with no future plans announced for the spots where they once rested. A resident of Portsmouth, Va. may have come up with a great idea.

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I Will Tell If You Don’t: HBCUs, Gender, and Sexual Violence

By Tayler J. Mathews

Illustration by Jaid Mathews

 

“We pledge ourselves to continue to speak out in defense of one another, in defense of the African American community and against those who are hostile to social justice no matter what color they are. No one will speak for us but ourselves.” African American Women In Defense of Ourselves

Two years ago, I filed a federal Title IX complaint against my university. Since then, I have met other students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) who have also experienced sexual harassment and discrimination for nonconformity to gender stereotypes. As it turns out, gender violence and retaliation is common in higher education, and Black campuses are not insulated from this reality.

Students at HBCUs, like students elsewhere, confront gender injustices that particularly affect the lives of women, LGBTQIA+ and gender nonconforming persons, as well persons with disabilities.  Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act intersects with Title IX—the federal civil rights law concerning gender and education equity. Persons with disabilities encounter violence in general at higher rates, and any person who experiences sexual trauma can develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression. Yet, dimensions of disability, race, gender identity, and sexuality are not usually reflected in the most visible narratives of campus sexual violence.