The Obamas’ October Cover Of Essence Magazine Is Straight Flames

As the Obamas wave us all goodbye as they prepare to leave the White House, we’re getting even more intimate looks into the past eight years of their lives. Most recently, Barack and Michelle have been revealed to be on the cover of October’s issue of Essence Magazine.

The first couple took the opportunity to speak on their legacy and the impact they’ve made on America, especially its youth. 

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Here’s What’s Missing From Reporting On Chicago’s ‘Bloody August’

Four-hundred people were shot in Chicago within the span of 31 days. Ninety of them died. Multiple outlets, including The Washington Post and CNN, are calling August the deadliest month the city has experienced in two decades.

Some news reports implicated widespread gang violence within the city for the drastic uptick in crime, while others focused on the influx of firearms from neighboring states with looser gun laws. A new documentary from BBC, titled “Lost Streets Chicago,” hones in on the impact of the seemingly inescapable violence concentrated in minority neighborhoods, with residents describing them as tantamount to “third-world countries.”

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Colin Kaepernick Is Already Donating Money To Charity

Colin Kaepernick has done enough in a couple of weeks to completely transition from your standard NFL quarterback to an activist taking full advantage of his platform. After declaring that he’d no longer stand for the National Anthem until America works to end its injustices to people of color, he’s taking his commitment one step further.

Kaepernick recently announced that the first $1 million of his annual salary this year will be donated to various charities, according to Yahoo.

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Young white people think Black Lives Matter incites violence against the police: here’s why they’re not completely wrong.

According to new findings from Black Youth Project’s GenForward study, 66 percent of white people age 18-30 believe the rhetoric of the Movement for Black Lives encourages violence against police. Only 19 percent of Black respondents said the same.

GenForward is a monthly survey of the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The poll also showed majorities of all racial groups surveyed think violence against police is an extremely or very serious problem.


Kaepernick’s Protest Is Bringing Out Critics and Supporters But Who’s Right?

Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the National Anthem, a song that’s conveniently been separated from some of its slavery-inspired lyrics, has driven a wedge across the country. Ever since the San Francisco 49ers quarterback said he wouldn’t stand to honor a flag that represents something very different to him, everyone from fans, players, NFL executives and military veterans has chosen a side. Some of which were quite surprising and disappointing.

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’ Group Designated A Hate Group

While they’re likely to be utterly pissed and confused about it, the self-designated “White Lives Matter” group has officially been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The organization will be included in the next update of their “Hate Map,” which tracks the locations of hate groups across the country. 


Watch ‘Trans Men Explain Male Privilege’ In The Simplest, Most Accurate Way

“Male privilege is the bull sh*t idea that men are better than anybody else.”

Far too often, the idea that male privilege exists is undermined, argued against, and otherwise ignored by men. Meanwhile, women face constant and daily struggles with harassment and misogyny at the hands of their male partners, friends, co-workers, family, and even complete strangers. This new video from MTV called “Trans men Explain Male Privilege” discusses how male privilege operates from the perspectives of post-transition trans men.