Chicago-born and bred singer and rapper Chance the Rapper, 22, born Chancelor Bennett, performed at on SNL this Saturday making him the first independent artist to grace the stage in 41 seasons. What’s more, he performed two songs while staying true to the community that raised him.
The fate of affirmative action currently lays in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court following Wednesday’s oral arguments on whether 25-year-old Abigail Fisher was denied admission to the University of Texas because of her race.
On Monday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the US Justice Department would be investigating the use of force and deadly force from the Chicago Police Department. This announcement was made just weeks after footage was released of LaQuan McDonald being killed in cold blood by Officer Jason Van Dyke and during an onslaught of footage being released from other cases involving the CPD. But, the opening statements in Attorney Lynch’s speech stuck with me and made me question if her office’s intervening in the ongoings of the CPD was actually going to address the underlying problems there.
Barbie announced in April the creation of a “Sheroes” collection, honoring female heroes who are breaking barriers and taking names for girls and women everywhere. Among the honorees who would have a one-of-a-kind doll created in her likeness was beloved “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, who, on Sunday, announced the #AvaBarbie would go on sale Monday thanks to her fans.
The biggest threats to national security in the United States are right-wing Christian white supremacists. Despite the post-9/11 stereotype that paints the face of terrorism as Muslim, more Americans have been killed by right-wing extremists than Islamist extremists since 2001.
So why aren’t white people asked how they feel about acts of terrorism committed by other white people?
In this short documentary from the New York Times, black women talk about the challenges they face in society. They discuss issues of racial profiling, self-worth, beauty standards, relationships, and even motherhood. These nuanced perspectives give a complex view of Black women’s lived experiences in the modern United States.
Watch the full video below:
On Wednesday, we released the ‘Black Millennials in America‘ report. Since then, the findings have been covered on any major news outlets including Huffington Post and the Washington Post. The Wall Street Journal put together a great round-up video on the report summarizing some of the key findings in the release. Watch the video below and provide your thoughts in the comments section.
On Tuesday, Amazon Studios released the first trailer for Spike Lee’s forthcoming and long discussed film, Chi-Raq. From the visuals, this movie is likely to draw a lot of attention.
It is painfully obvious that Hollywood has a race problem. Hit movie after hit movie features lead characters who are phenotypically White while movies with diverse casts are categorized as “race-themed” movies. Dylan Marron, a self-described “Neo Futurist” and performer, sliced up a few top films which perfectly highlight this point.