Misty Copeland Has a Barbie Doll And It Is All The Things

Prima Ballerina Misty Copeland’s new Barbie doll — a part of Mattel’s “Sheroes” Collection – shows that Black women with unconventional life experiences can still achieve their goals, no matter how impossible they may seem.

The new doll is wearing Copeland’s iconic red Firebird costume and features the principal dancer’s muscular frame and shapely body, two features the dancer is particularly proud of. Just a few months ago, Mattel released a Barbie inspired by magical Black girl Ava Duvernay, another barrier breaking doll from the leading toy manufacturer.

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Angela Davis Calls For Assata Shakur’s Protection Amid Improved U.S.–Cuba Relations

Assata Shakur has been living in exile in Cuba since 1979 when she escaped from jail while serving a sentence for the death of a New Jersey state trooper she’s long fought against. As a result, she’s been separated from family and has grandchildren she hasn’t yet met. However, Barack Obama becoming the first sitting U.S. President to go to Cuba and address its people has some thinking now is a time for Shakur’s status to change.

Angela Davis, a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz and a former member of the Black Panther Party, appeared on Democracy Now! to speak about her longtime ally and friend. 

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Organizers Stopped Traffic On Lake Shore Drive During NFL ‘Draft Town’

The NFL Draft had only taken place in New York City for 50 years before relocating to Chicago in 2015. After the events huge success, the city got a chance to repeat it this year and welcomed heaps of tourists and media. With this level of attention, a group of Chicago organizers took the opportunity to speak out against problems in the city’s infrastructure.

The 17 demonstrators, all women according to the Chicago Sun-Times, wrapped themselves in chains and walked across Lake Shore Drive in Chicago’s downtown where they stopped traffic on Saturday. They were arrested and charged with obstructing traffic. 

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Chicago State University Is Laying Off 300 Employees

Chicago State University is one of many state colleges that felt the effects of a budget dispute between Illinois state legislators that lasted nearly an entire year. However, CSU felt a larger brunt of the decision and worked tediously to fight a financial crisis that was eventually too difficult to avoid.

Now, according to the Chicago Tribune, the school has announced that it will be laying off 300 members – or 1/3– of its staff. 

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LinkedIn Names Howard University A Top School For Media Professionals

The college that a student chooses to go to is only half of the battle when it comes to getting a job upon graduation. Another important part is picking the right program at the right school. To help with these sometimes overwhelming decisions, LinkedIn has provided a list of the best undergraduate universities for various career fields.

And as far as job placement for media professionals is concerned, Howard University is considered to be the fourth best in the entire country. Howard is the only HBCU to make the list of 25.