Trevor Noah To Host ‘The Daily Show’

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South African comedian Trevor Noah will be the new host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”

Speaking from Dubai, where he is on tour, Noah said of his selection, “You don’t believe it for the first few hours. You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol.”

Born in Soweto to a Xhosa mother and a Swiss father, Noah offers an unique perspective on race. “I didn’t live a normal life – I grew up in a country that wasn’t normal. My mother had to be very clandestine about who my father was. He couldn’t be on my birth certificate,” Noah told the New York Times.

As of yet, there is no exact date for Noah’s transition into full-time host.

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ICYMI: UC Berkeley Students Demand That Building Be Named After Assata Shakur


Members of UC Berkeley’s Black Student Union have called for Barrows Hall, the academic building that “houses Ethnic Studies, Women’s Studies and African-American Studies” to be renamed after Assata Shakur, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

That request is one of 10 demands to the college’s administration to provide safe spaces for black students. Other demands include creating an African-American resource center, hiring black administrators. and “two black psychologists experienced in racial discrimination.”

Black students account for just 3% of the population at Berkeley. These demands are designed to counteract the increasingly oppressive climate that black students feel on campus.

“Trying to excel academically is immensely difficult while coping with the issue of antiblackness on campus,” student Cori McGowens told The Chronicle.

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New Film ‘Dope’ Is Bound to Be a Hit


Dope, set in modern-day Inglewood, CA., but full of ’90s nostalgia, is the one film you need to see this summer.  The coming of age story follows Malcom (Shameik Moore) and his best friends as he descends into a drug dealer’s ring. The film is directed by Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood and Brown Sugar) and produced by Forest Whitaker, Pharrell Williams and Sean “Diddy” Combs. Dope stars A$AP Rocky, Zoë Kravitz, and Chanel Iman. You can catch the film beginning June 19.

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Newly Released Photos Show Martese Johnson Chained During Arrest


New photos show that Martese Johnson’s ankles were chained during his arrest. The release of these photos follow a recent interview with Kevin Badke, the owner of Trinity Bar, who says that Johnson appeared sober and was cordial after being refused entry.

“He was in line, tried to give me his ID. I looked at it, and the only thing I looked at was the zipcode — because through ABC training that we’ve had as a liquor licensed business, one of the things you want to ask is certain questions about the ID…Before you even look at the photo or the birthdate, one of the things I ask…is their zipcode. And he gave me the wrong zip code,” Badke told the Cavalier Daily.

Johnson will plead not guilty today on charges of public intoxication and obstruction of justice.


5 Outrageous Things That Have Happened to Me as a Black Traveler

By Rachel Hill

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1. Touching my natural hair.

Depending on my mood, I rock various hairstyles when I travel. My favorite style is wearing my hair big, kinky, and curly. Depending on how long I travel, I may even wear braids or faux locs. Spending some time in Thailand, I was negotiating on a few items in a night market when I felt someone’s fingers patting my hair. One of the patrons in the market was so intrigued by my faux locs that she could not help herself and wanted to feel my hair for herself!

2. Sneaking photos of me.

This happened to me a ton in China. Typically, when I was enjoying some of the tourists sites like the Forbidden City or the Great Wall of China, many of the locals would follow me around and either sneak pictures of me or try to sneak inmy pictures with me. To combat this, when they would take photos of me, I would take photos of them taking photos of me!

3. Rubbing my skin.

The first time I went to China, I stayed with a host family in a small town outside of Chengdu. As the family hadn’t been exposed to many foreigners, I knew this would be an “authentic” experience. One evening, I was walking in a produce market with my host family when an older woman with no teeth came up to me smiling. She grabbed my arm and began rubbing it up and down, speaking in Mandarin with a smile full of gums. When my host family translated it to me, they said that the older woman thought that my skin was very soft and beautiful but she was certain that my brown color would rub off!

4. Touching (and talking about) my butt.

No doubt, I’m a curvy woman. While this is certainly a gift, it can be a challenge when you’re shopping for clothes overseas. It was “laundry day” for me and I had no more bottoms, so I opted for a pair of those cute tribal-patterned pants from the market that cost about $2.13. Needless to say, they were pretty snug. In the same market, a group of teenage girls were staring at me and pointing. Finally, one of them walked up to me, pointed at my bum and asked, “Excuse me sister. Is that (butt) yours?”

5. Asking if I wear sunscreen.

I get asked this question quite often when I travel. Surprisingly enough, just like anyone else, I have to take care of my skin from harmful rays. So let me dispel the myth once and for all, and say that, yes, I absolutely use sunscreen every day!


Rachel Hill is the creator of Rachel Travels. This post originally appear on Rachel Travels.

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