Jessie Williams Is the Real MVP

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We’ve known for awhile that actor Jessie Williams is perfect. His recent Twitter essay just confirmed it. The actor and activist dropped knowledge on the history of rioting on Twitter Monday night. Read below:










The Science Fiction of Freddie Gray

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By Dominique Hazzard

Imagine, for a second, that Maryland governor Larry Hogan called for a state of emergency  when Freddie Gray’s spine was broken and his voice box was smashed he arrested for no reason.

Imagine that such violence toward a black life was so out of the ordinary, so horrifying, so damning, such a sign that swift and meaningful change was necessary, that it was enough to make an elected leader say, “This has crossed the line. The police state is out of control. We need to suspend our normal  operations and get some help from the National Guard. We need some outside resources to help quell these people, these actors of the state who are disturbing the peace.” Imagine that, in the absence of years of racial oppression, Baltimore ever knew peace in the first place.

Imagine that Freddie Gray was never arrested at all, that he wasn’t criminalized for looking at an officer the wrong way, for running from an institution that inflicts violence on black people every day.

Imagine that Freddie Gray never had to live in a city that is struggling to breathe under layers and layers of structural violence.

Imagine with me.


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Dominique Hazzard laughs in the face of the white heteropatriarchy while skipping merrily through the District, creating interfaith tools to address poverty, and eating bacon. Follow her on Twitter.


This Zine Wants You To Know That Black Women Matter

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Black Women Matter, a zine created by Austin, Texas based artists, was created to make sure that no one forgets the black women killed by police.

Published four months ago, the zine highlights the black women and girls that have been the victims of police brutality. The zine is increasingly relevant at a time in which black female victims of police brutality do not receive the same national recognition as male victims. Read the zine here.

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The New Ava DuVernay Doll Is Peak Carefree Black Girl


You can now own your own Ava DuVernay Barbie doll. DuVerney’s doll is part of Barbie’s new Sheroes collection released on Friday. The collection celebrates barrier breaking women who have inspired young girls.

“Started by a female entrepreneur and mother, this brand has a responsibility to continue to honor and encourage powerful female role models who are leaving a legacy for the next generation of glass ceiling breakers,” said Evelyn Mazzocco, general manager of Barbie, said in a press release.

The Ava Barbie is the perfect gift for the Carefree Black Girl or Carefree Black Boy (no need for gendered toys) in your life.

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Loretta Lynch Confirmed as Attorney General, Finally

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After a long delay, the Senate has confirmed Loretta Lynch as the new Attorney General.

From the New York Times:

After one of the nation’s most protracted cabinet-level confirmation delays, the Senate Thursday approved Loretta E. Lynch to be attorney general. She is the first African-American woman to hold the position.

Ms. Lynch, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York, was confirmed 56 to 43, with 10 Republicans voting for her.

Her confirmation took longer than that for all but two other nominees for the office: Edwin Meese III, who was nominated by President Ronald Reagan, and A. Mitchell Palmer, who was picked by President Woodrow Wilson, according to the Congressional Research Service.

Republicans have found themselves in a quandary for months. They longed to replace Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., and they agreed that Ms. Lynch was qualified for the job. But they opposed her because Ms. Lynch defended President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

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Teen Girl Recovering After Being Shot By Minnesota Police


Tania Harris, 18, suffered two gunshot wounds after being shot by police yesterday. Police claim that she was holding a knife but her family disputes police claims.

From Fox 9:

A Robbinsdale, Minn. police officer shot a high school student after an “unwanted person” call was made at an apartment complex early Thursday evening. According to the Hennepin County sheriff, Robbinsdale police responded to 3755 Hubbard Avenue North at 5:41 p.m., where they found a woman with a knife. VIEW PHOTOS

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis identified the woman as 18-year-old high school student Tania Harris. She is in stable condition at an area hospital with two gunshot wounds to her abdomen, according to the group. No officers were injured during the incident.

The sheriff said the woman was shot after refusing to comply with the officer’s commands, but Tania’s mother claims her daughter was unarmed.  Black Lives Matter likened this incident to the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, in that “we are witnessing a policing culture that insists on shooting first and asking questions later.”

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Photo: Fox 9/ Tania Harris