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Obama Drinks Water In Flint To Prove It’s Safe

The people of Flint, MI have been understandably distrusting of local government officials’ claims that their tap water was clean enough to drink even with the use of filters. To help sway locals, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been drinking the same filtered water for weeks (even though this hasn’t been enough to keep residents from booing him at a recent press conference). He’s now gotten one of the best cosigns he could’ve asked for.

President Barack Obama announced that he’d be visiting Flint, MI in a letter to an 8-year-old girl commonly known as “Little Miss Flint.” During his visit on Wednesday (May 5), Obama spoke to reporters and drank a glass of Flint’s filtered water to let people know it was safe.

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Janet Mock: Trans Women Live At The Intersection Of ‘Pass Her By And Pay Her No Mind’

“If you had one recommendation for recognizing the full identity and addressing the needs of transgender women, what would it be?”

This question was asked to trans activist Janet Mock on Friday, April 29, 2016 at the United Nations headquarters where she spoke on a panel about the need for more visibility of trans black women when talking about issues like homelessness, sex work, rape, and sexual assault.

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Na Ponta dos Pés is a Ballet Studio and a Safe Haven for Brazilian Girls

Although she did not aspire to become a professional ballet dancer, Tuany Nascimento never stopped practicing ballet while in Brazil.  Whenever she practiced, groups of young girls always followed her, wanting to learn and emulate her skills as a dancer. Nascimento not only taught these young girls, in 2013 she opened the dance studio, Na Ponta dos Pés, and started teaching young girls ballet.

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In New Johns Hopkins Study, Black Women’s Hair Can’t Win For Losing

Last week, a research team from Johns Hopkins Medicine published a review of 19 studies titled “All Hairstyles Are Not Created Equal”, in which they analyzed the relationship between “scalp-pulling” hairstyles and hair loss among Black women. The takeaway, according to Dr. Crystal Aguh, is to offer both Black women patients and dermatologists tips for how to better prevent traction alopecia by avoiding high and moderate risk styles, like weaves, locs, tight ponytails, chemical treatments and braids.

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Joy Reid Gets Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBC Time Slot

Joy Reid, who’s hosted her own hourly programs on MSNBC throughout the past two years, will now fill a time slot that once belonged to Melissa Harris-Perry.

On Saturday and Sunday mornings, from 10 a.m. to noon EST, viewers will be able to tune in and watch Reid speak on national headlines and pull from a panel of journalists and personalities to provide commentary, according to Variety.

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This Dance Studio is Breaking the Color Lines and Empowering Dancers of Color

Seven weeks ago, En Pointe Studio, which is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, made their first post on Instagram, and ever since then, they have dedicated every post to celebrating young Black dance talent. A week ago, they released a photo of all their talented dancers.  En Pointe Studio is shattering the imposed color lines in the dance world, and it is truly inspiring.

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Obama Responds To 8-Year-Old’s Letter, Announces Trip To Flint, MI

A long list of people have either sent support to or actually touched down in Flint, Michigan following the recent water crisis that affected so many of its citizens. But an 8-year-old girl may be responsible for bringing the biggest name yet.

Mari Copeny, unofficially known as “Little Miss Flint,” wrote a letter to President Barack Obama if she could meet him or the first lady during her visit to Washington D.C. In a response, Obama did her one better and said that he’s proud of her for speaking out “on behalf of children of Flint” and gave her an exclusive heads up that he’ll be visiting on May 4.