New ‘Melanites’ Doll Line Offers Different Images Of Black Boyhood

As we’ve seen through the influx of data and media coverage on Black boys, they often lose their innocence at the hands of someone else, someone who has stereotyped and criminalized their Blackness continuing the mindset that because they are Black, they don’t deserve innocence. And, while this won’t be changed overnight, Jennifer Pierre is taking the issue of Black boyhood into her own hands and is releasing a new line of dolls for boys of color called “Melanites.”

Netflix Releases An Even Better and Blacker ‘Luke Cage’ Trailer

Netflix and Marvel are running a victory lap side-by-side after all of the success their co-productions. Both seasons of Daredevil have been widely successful, as has the first season of Jessica Jones. Next up in the lineup is Luke Cage, which will premiere on Sept. 30, starring Mike Colter.

An initial teaser showed Luke putting the abilities he was given as the world’s first bullet-proof black man to the test with ODB playing in the background.  Today, Netflix released a full trailer that’s even better than the first one. 

BlacQurl Fosters Space for Black Women Creatives & Critics

For black women interested in art, the opportunity to speak with like-minded peers can be few and far between. The lack of space for black women in the art world compelled Jovonna Jones and Samantha Scott to create BlacQurl, an online magazine and platform for black women and femme writers, creatives, and critics.

Joy Reid Is Bringing #BlackGirlMagic to MSNBC, Mic Drops Trump Surrogate

We were all reeling when scholar and TV news host Melissa Harris-Perry took a surprising  (and highly publicized) exit from MSNBC in spring. Since then, Joy Reid has taken on the weekend morning slot for her new show AM Joy. This past Saturday morning, she showed why she was deserving of her own show all along when she went toe-to-toe with Trump surrogate Carl Paladino.

FM Supreme Drops ‘This Is Not A Drill’, Calls For Police Abolition

By: Sam Fleming

Chicago rapper and peace-activist Jessica Disu (also known as FM Supreme) has been killing it lately and she doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.

Standing behind her controversial message of abolishing the police, she has made appearances on the Fox News’ Kelly File and on other cable news networks attempting to bring attention to police violence in Chicago. In her newest track “This Is Not A Drill” she perfectly demonstrates the power and anger that hip-hop can portray, while still putting forth a strong political message.

Ava DuVernay Becomes First Woman Of Color To Direct A $100M Project

The amount of money a studio puts behind a project is often viewed as a major signifier of their faith in its potential. This potential is tied to multiple factors including the market it will be going into, the script, the cast and the director.

For the first time ever, a woman of color will be directing a live-action film with a budget of over $100 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Freedom Square Occupation Imagines World Without Police

For the past thirteen days, the #LetUsBreathe Collective has been occupying Homan Square, the known Chicago Police black site where arrested individuals have been disappeared, tortured, and abused. The occupation began on Thursday, July 21st, following the national #FreedomNow Campaign against police unions and has continued in the style of a block party. #LetUsBreathe activists are feeding the nearby North Lawndale community, providing mental and health care, giving out books, and putting on arts activities for young people.

Ava Duvernay’s New Documentary on Mass Incarceration Will Change The Game

Ava Duvernay’s documentary, The 13th, will be the opening film at the New York Film Festival’s (NYFF) 54th Festival. It’s the first non-fiction film to open the event in the NYFF’s history; if you haven’t already, let us toast to Duvernay’s #BlackGirlMagic. I want to take it a step further though, I want to uplift Duvernay’s message.

The documentary is appropriately titled to address the ironies between the 13th Amendment that simultaneously “abolished” slavery and also created mass incarceration over time.

Roxane Gay Becomes Marvel’s First Ever Black Female Comic Book Writer

Roxane Gay will be the first ever black female writer for Marvel Comics. Yeah, we know, it’s 2016 and wild that it’s taken this long. But we’re going to focus on celebrating the long overdue achievement.

Gay will be teaming up with Ta-Nehisi Coates for a separate story in Marvel’s current Black Panther run. It will specifically focus on Ayo and Aneka, two lovers and former members of the Dora Milaje, the Black Panther’s personal all-female security detail, according to The New York Times.