Couple Forced To Undergo ‘Spelling Test’ To Vote In North Carolina Primary

A political tactic that was once used to further skew the imbalance of power in America was the literacy tests that predominantly Black voters were forced to take to “prove” how American they were. In actuality, they were mostly arbitrary riddles that were meant to be extremely difficult and nearly impossible to answer correctly.

Although literacy tests were banned in the U.S. years ago, it appears they’ve evolved and appeared once again in the current election cycle. A South Asian couple in North Carolina was recently forced to live out the experience while voting in the primary election.

Howard Students Protest On Behalf Of Sexual Assault Survivors

Sexual assault on college campuses is a rampant issue across the country. But the way these issues are handled on campus – by school officials, faculty and students, alike – is just as concerning.

After a Howard University student came out on social media and said she was raped by another student, students took to Twitter and scheduled a public protest where they would stand around a dorm and chant “No means No!”

Chicago Teachers Union Vote To Hold Walk Out On April 1

The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools have been struggling to come to terms on contract negotiations and how to fund school resources moving forward. As a result, the CTU has  voted to approve a one-day walkout on April 1.

According to NBC Chicago, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis says the walkout would ideally have teachers picket in the morning before meeting up for a rally later that day.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw And Gina Prince-Bythewood Team Up For ‘An Untamed State’ Film

Gina Prince-Bythewood and Gugu Mbatha-Raw came together to create a lasting and enjoyable film in Beyond the Lights (2014). Now, fans of the romance can prepare themselves for the pair to come together again to hopefully make an even better film. The two are teaming up to bring An Untamed State, a novel written by Roxane Gay, to the big screen, according to Deadline.

Phife Dawg, Founding Member of A Tribe Called Quest, Passes Away at 45

Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, born Malik Taylor, passed away at the age of 45. News of his death was first reported by Rolling Stone early Wednesday morning, although an official statement is yet to be released. The rapper battled diabetes for years and received a kidney transplant from his wife in 2008.

Nixon Aide Admits The ‘War On Drugs’ Was Designed To Target Black People

In the art of debate, there’s only one result that feels better than an outright win – the long-delayed “I told you so.” Today, many people that have theorized that the “war on drugs” was designed specifically to target people of color appear to have their “I told you so” moment.

In a 1994 interview with journalist Dan Baum, former domestic policy chief for President Richard Nixon, John Ehrlichman, spoke candidly about the true intentions behind the former president’s war on drugs, according to the Huffington Post.

Nate Parker Launches Film Program At Texas HBCU

If Wiley College sounds familiar to you, it may be because you have an encyclopedic knowledge of black history of you’ve watched The Great Debaters, which tells the story of the Texas HBCU’s debate team in the 1930s. Because things are always best when they come full circle, a leading actor from the 2007 film is giving back to the institution.

Nate Parker, who starred in The Great Debaters and directed the upcoming The Birth of a Nation, is helping Wiley College launch a new film and drama program, according to the Root. The Nate Parker School of Film and Drama will admit its first group of students this fall.

Chicago Mother Says School Security Handcuffed Her 6-Year-Old Daughter

A mother arrived at her daughter’s Chicago elementary school 50 minutes after being told she got in trouble for taking candy from her teacher’s desk. But when Marlena Wordlaw arrived at Fernwood Elementary School, she says she found her six-year-old daughter, Madisyn Moore, was handcuffed under a flight of stairs, according to NBC.

Obama Becomes First U.S. President To Visit Cuba In 88 Years

Tensions between the United States and Cuban governments have fluctuated between varying degrees of sensitivity for decades now. But President Barack Obama has been working steadily towards mending that relationship since Dec. 17, 2014 when he made the announcement that the two governments were going to restore their relationship, according to the New York Times.

To further endorse this mission, Obama made history on Sunday (March 19) when he became the first U.S. President to set foot on Cuban soil in 88 years. Obama will be spending the net few days touring the country’s landmarks and speaking for the people. He will also play a role in the first meeting between U.S. and Cuban political leaders in more than 50 years.