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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.

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Removing Criminal History From Job Applications Makes Racist Hiring Worse

“Ban-the-box” laws have the best intentions – preventing employers from unfairly holding an applicant’s criminal history against them. However, a new study finds that they may have a far more negative result on hiring practices by significantly increasing racial bias.

A study was conducted by researchers at University of Michigan and Princeton University that finds when employers aren’t able to use criminal history as a determining factor of employment, they appear to lean on assumptions based on race. Primarily, the assumption that black applicants are less trustworthy and more likely to have a criminal background. 

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It Matters That A Texas Officer Thinks Blacks Have ‘Violent Tendencies’

In dashcam footage of the violent July 2015 arrest of 26-year-old Breaion King, a Black woman and elementary school teacher in Texas, an Austin police officer named Patrick Spradin explains to King that part of the reason why so many Whites are afraid of Black people is because they have “violent tendencies.”

This explanation is his justification for the unwarranted body slamming and physical assault she was subjected to by an officer twice her size. Whether he knew it or not, this officer was verifying that, even when Black people are doing nothing threatening or violent, they are seen as dangerous by many Whites. This is the case even when those White people wear blue.

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NBA Pulls All-Star Weekend From Charlotte Due To ‘Bathroom Bill’

Recent reports that the NBA was considering moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, NC became a reality yesterday (July 22). The NBA released an official statement expressing why they made this decision and how it’s directly related to North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which could legalize blatant discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

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Video Shows Black Man Pleading To Police With Hands Raised Before Being Shot

Charles Kinsey was doing his job when North Miami police arrived to the scene after receiving a call that an armed man was sitting in the middle of a road threatening suicide. In reality, the autistic man had wandered from a mental health center where Kinsey worked and only had a toy truck.

Kinsey followed officers’ orders to lie down on his back with his hands raised but was still shot once in the leg, while the officer fired three times, before being turned over and cuffed, according to the Miami Herald.

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Trump Speech Writer Takes Blame For Plagiarism

Millions watched Melania Trump speak on the first day of the Republican National Convention this past Monday. Many of them applauded her for a job well done in her first major speech in support of her husband’s push for the White House. But what they probably didn’t know is that they spent some of their favorite moments cheering First Lady Michelle Obama.

Minutes after the speech was over, Twitter did what Twitter does and called BS on something when they noticed that a noticeable part of Trump’s speech completely mirrored one delivered by Michelle Obama eight years earlier at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. After spending more than a day trying to deflect any accusations of plagiarism, a speech writer has come out to take ownership of the egregious mistake. 

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Police Departments Across the Nation Making Tactical Changes Following Shootings

Police across the United States are on high alert following the deaths of 8 officers on two different occasions. As of July 17, 28 officers had been killed this year compared to only 18 during the same period in 2015. As a result, police departments across the country are changing their tactics and requiring their officers to go out on patrol in pairs.

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Twitter Permanently Suspends User Following Leslie Jones Harassment

From it’s initial announcement to its release, the new Ghostbusters film with an all-female leading cast has had more than it’s fair share of criticism. Far more. But now that it’s come out and it turns out it’s not even that bad, most of the universal panning that people anticipated turned out to just be a few disgruntled Internet users. Unless you’re Leslie Jones.

For an entire day, Jones used her Twitter account to bring attention to all of the racist, sexist and downright disgusting comments she was targeted with, many of which came from anonymous users commonly referred to as “trolls.”