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John Legend and Tika Sumpter To Make A Show About Black Wall Street

The story of Black Wall Street is almost a myth at this point. That’s not because the idea of an economically flourishing black neighborhood in the 1920’s is hard to believe. It’s because it was both literally and figuratively wiped away from existence in less than two days. Fortunately, WGN America is partnering with John Legend and Get Lifted Film Co. – with Get Lifted alumna and Southside with You actress Tika Sumpter as Executive Producer – to bring the story to television, according to Deadline.

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Watch Al Roker Shut Down Billy Bush On Ryan Lochte-Gate

There have been many opinions following “Lochte-Gate.” In summary, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte flat-out lied about a robbery and confrontation he initially claimed to have experienced with teammates while in Brazil. The story has since been debunked but that hasn’t kept many in the media from finding unique ways to defend him anyway. Today host Billy Bush found out the hard way that Al Roker, usually the show’s laid back host, was having none of the Lochte protectionism on Friday’s show.

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Nate Parker and the Rape Stories We Don’t Tell

I told myself I would not write about Nate Parker being a rapist.

I’d known about his sexually violent history for years, and the vileness of his queerantagonism, too. The depth of his awfulness had already been addressed, and so it was odd to me—but certainly predictable—to witness the conversation rehashed at such a moment, in such a way.

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Trump Spokesperson Katrina Pierson Lies About Obama “Founding” ISIS On CNN

It is clear that Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, thinks we are all idiots. This was made even clearer in a recent clip from CNN’s news coverage of Trump’s recent comments about President Obama, Hillary Clinton and ISIS.

In the video, his spokesperson, Katrina Pierson, literally butchered the actual history and origins of the War in Afghanistan and ISIS to try and smear President Obama and Clinton. But, the host, Victor Blackwell, was having none of that.

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Justice Department Says People Can’t Be Jailed Because They Can’t Afford Bail

The criminal justice system has several holes in its processes that have existed for generations. That’s no surprise. But, thanks to President Obama’s latest efforts to reform some of the most flawed and common legal practices, a new trend is developing.

The Justice Department recently filed a brief claiming that it’s unconstitutional to jail people simply because they can’t afford to pay bail, according to NBC

COLUMBIA, SC - JULY 18:  A member of the Ku Klux Klan gives a Nazi salute as the Klan members fly the Confederate flag during a demonstration at the state capitol building on July 18, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Hundreds of people protested the demonstration as law enforcement  tried to prevent violence between the opposing groups.

‘White Lives Matter’ Protest Held Outside Of Houston NAACP

No matter how often it’s said, people still appear to believe that the Black Lives Matter is somehow racist. Despite multiple people giving explanation after explanation saying otherwise, a select population feels that the movement is actually anti-white.

A group of protestors in Houston took that inaccurate assumption and staged a demonstration in front of the Houston NAACP office with assault rifles and confederate flags, according to USA Today

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‘Hidden Figures’ Matters, Black Women’s Labor Matters

A new film is drawing a lot of attention because it depicts the Black women who were behind the Project Mercury and Apollo 11 missions. The film, called Hidden Figures, is important for many reasons. But, mainly, because it adds complexity to the ways that we envision Black womanhood and the histories that brought us to where we are today.

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Women Jailed at a Faster Rate than Men, Two-Thirds are Women of Color

According to the New York Times, a new study from the Vera Institute of Justice shows that the number of women in jails in the United States is increasing more quickly than the number of men in jails. The majority of these women are black or Hispanic and many are also low-income. The study suggests the increasing rate of female inmates has been overlooked by criminal justice reform efforts.

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Black Nerd Problems Editor: “Why We Won’t Be Reviewing ‘The Birth Of A Nation’ Upon It’s Release

This piece was originally written by William Evans, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of BlackNerdProblems.com.


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There was a point a few years ago where I wanted to be done with period films and TV shows. Either they had so few Black people in them it was as if we were to believe they hadn’t been invented until the early 70s. Or, the opposite, the show was about Black people and was supposed to show the unflinching horror and somehow, by movie’s end, the triumph of Black people in the face of evil incarnate. I didn’t drift from these movies because of what they showed, but mostly for what I felt the bundle of them implied: here’s some racism from fifty years ago or one hundred and fifty years ago because we don’t dare show you the racism that happened this morning. While not exclusive to slavery movies, slavery movies do indeed make up a large share of those productions. I can understand the person fatigued on that setting. It’s like getting a shot at your doctor appointment. Maybe it wasn’t a big shot that leaves your arm sore for a week, but they still shoved a sharp metal syringe into your shoulder. Likewise, even a really good slavery movie is still a slavery movie and I can empathize with not wanting to always indulge that.