1 year after Pulse, the vulnerability (and strength) of queer people of color is more apparent than ever

One year ago yesterday, a gunman snatched away the lives of 49 dancing souls at a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL. This tragedy became known as the Pulse Massacre, the largest mass shooting (that was not a military operation) in American history.

As a few queer people of color pointed out amidst the predictable rush to deracialize the incident, the shooting took place during the club’s Latino night, with Black and Latina transgender women as the headliners.

Warriors reportedly won’t be visiting Trump’s White House

The Golden State Warriors are likely 12 hours into a non-stop celebration that won’t wind down for at least a couple more days. After winning the NBA Finals on Monday night, that’s to be expected. But the team is still making news in other, unexpected ways on the eve its second championship in three years.

Reports are coming out that suggest that the Warrioes have unanimously decided to not visit the White House due to the politics of the Trump administration, according to the Independent.

If true, this would be a huge blow to the presidency in the whole public relations department. When the New England Patriots visited the White House, only a handful of 50-plus players elected to not attend. But if an entire organization is electing to stay home instead, it’s telling of a larger issue [read: Our president is a complete jerk, for lack of more accurate but lesser appropriate words].

Let’s see how long it takes for right-wing “fans” to completely disown their team because they won’t sit down with the Donald. The twitter fingers are probably already getting started.

Dave Chappelle donates $50,000 from show to Flint

In his recently released comedy special on Netflix, Dave Chappelle joked that he didn’t make an appearance in Flint, Mich. because he got an invitation to hang out with Chris Rock at the Academy Awards. It’s safe to say he felt he owed them a little something  because he recently donated $50,000 from a Michigan show to a Flint-based charity called The Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signs bill to ban out-of-school suspensions for young students

The punishment of out-of-school suspensions always confused me. If the point of schools is to prepare students for the future, why would you punish them by letting them stay at home? Especially if school is a safe-haven for them during the day. This is a fundamental part of the school-to-prison pipeline that’s often overlooked. Fortunately, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 674 into law and helped fix this major oversight in the education system. 

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It’s even harder to watch ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ when you know Black women’s history

This article was originally published at Water Cooler Convos.

“I love you. Mommy loves you, Charlotte.”

I watched a character named “Ofwarren” speak those words to a rosey-cheeked baby before jumping from a bridge. She was attempting to end her own life. Ofwarren survived the plunge into the cold waters below. Yet, the image of a mother willing to die, and kill her own child, made the scene especially powerful.

First ‘Black Panther’ trailer drops in epic blackness glory

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers orchestrated the highest scoring first quarter in the history of the NBA Finals on Friday, but there’s a good chance a lot of fans missed a big chunk of it. Instead of watching the Cavs drop 49 points, a lot of us were stuck staring at our phones and computers as we replayed the first trailer for Marvel’s Black Panther

Black high school student Aina Adewunmi speaks out after seeing picture of herself being lynched

Finding new friends after joining a new school isn’t easy. It’s even harder to make sure the ones you find are the right ones. But no one should ever have to deal with rejecting friendships with people who want to see them lynched. Aina Adewunmi, 15, transferred to Palisades Charter High School in Southern California in January and became friends with a group of students before things took a turn.

University of Chicago adult trauma center to open on city’s South Side in May 2018

Activists and community members have been calling for an adult trauma center on Chicago’s South Side for years. Despite the area’s ongoing issues with a lack of emergency trauma services, it looked like the support would never come.

The University of Chicago Medicine announced that an adult trauma center will open in May 2018. DNA Info reports that a new emergency room will open on Jan. 8 and will be open to trauma care services a few months later.