Ursula Burns, Only Current Black, Female CEO of Fortune 500 Company Stepping Down

Ursula Burns started her career at Xerox as an intern in 1980, according to New York Mag. In 2009, she was named as CEO of the company and has held the position since. However, it was recently announced that the company will be separating into two publicly traded corporations in an attempt to restructure and Burns will be stepping down.

Kentucky Elects First Black Woman To State Legislature In Almost 20 Years

The Kentucky state legislature hasn’t included a black woman in its ranks for nearly two decades. While this statistic may be somewhat alarming, you can take solace in the fact that that streak has officially been broken.

Attica Scott, a local community leader, won the Kentucky Democratic Primary on May 17 and will head straight to the Kentucky House in January with no Republican competition, according to Huffington Post.

The KKK Is Using Anti-Transgender Fliers For Recruitment

A chapter of the Ku Klux Klan has been passing out anti-transgender fliers throughout Alabama and Mississippi with hopes of recruiting new members. The Loyal White Knights KKK chapter that’s taking credit for the fliers is located in North Carolina, where the national debate over transgender people using bathrooms designated for the gender they identify with has come to a head.

Grand Dragon Robert Jones told Huffington Post that the chapter has already gotten five members from Dothan, AL, where residents first saw the fliers and contacted authorities.

Va. Middle Schooler Suspended and Charged With Larceny For ‘Stolen’ Milk

Apparently, stealing a 65-cent carton of milk comes with a very hefty price even for school children.

A Virginia middle school student was accused of doing just that and has been suspended after being handcuffed, searched for drugs, charged with larceny and ordered to appear in juvenile court.

Possibly the worst thing about the entire altercation is that Shamise Turk told WTVR that her son Ryan is already on the school’s lunch program and the milk he was accused of stealing was actually included and his for the taking.

Louisiana Prepares To Pass “Blue Lives Matter” Bill

After the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement, multiple attempts at creating contrary movements followed. Among them was “Blue Lives Matter,” a phrase used by supporters of police officers who feel that they’re often mistreated and go unappreciated for the services they provide.

In an attempt to further protect police officers from attacks – which are now being deemed as hate crimes – the state of Louisiana is on the verge of passing what’s being called the “Blue Lives Matter Bill,” officially known as HB953, which was State Rep. Lance Harris, according to CNN. It was reportedly inspired after Darren Goforth, a Texas sheriff’s deputy, was shot and killed while last August while in uniform.

President Obama Signs Bill Removing “Negro” And “Oriental” From Federal Laws

As society moves forward, terms that were considered appropriate and politically correct grow obsolete. That’s simply a sign of the advancement of culture. While laws made today will most likely reflect contemporary cultural thought, the same can’t be said for the laws of old.

To make sure that laws that were ratified years ago are still applicable and aren’t offensive to any involved parties, President Obama has signed a bill to strike out a list of outdated terms such as “Negro,” “Oriental,” “American Indian” and Eskimo, according to Mediate. 

Google Honors Yuri Kochiyama On 95th Birthday

Yuri Kochiyama’s work for reparations to Japanese-American WWII internees, Puerto Rican independence and alongside Malcolm X earned her the respect of activists across the globe and made her one of the most prominent Asian-American activists we’ve ever had up until her death in 2014. To honor Kochiyama’s legacy and 95th birthday, Google highlighted her with a doodle in her likeness on their homepage. 

Student Denied Admittance To Prom For Her “Dear Black Girls” Poem

The treatment of black women has always been disheartening, to say the least. But for the past few years, watching them lift themselves and each other up through various means has been inspiring and welcomed by many. But, it appears that these efforts to introduce self-love are only accepted by the masses until they threaten to cross a line.

Taiylar Ball, a senior at Homewoof-Floosmoor High School, just outside of Chicago, is now realizing this. After performing a poem entitled “Dear Black Girls” at the school’s talent show, Ball’s privilege to attend prom and walk in her graduation were taken away, according to JET.