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. 


Detroit Makes Community Colleges Tuition-Free

Tuition-free college in the United States is becoming more likely as time goes on. The latest step to make what was once a far-fetched dream into a legitimate reality came in Detroit. The Detroit Promise Zone program that launched this part March will make attending any of Detroit’s five community colleges tuition-free for high school seniors who attended public, private or charter schools in the city. 

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74-Year-Old Fake Cop Found Guilty Of Killing Eric Harris

An Oklahoma jury took less than three hours to find a volunteer reserve sheriff deputy for fatally shooting an unarmed man named Eric Harris in April 2015. He was convicted on a charge of second-degree manslaughter and it was recommended he serve the maximum penalty, which is four years.

Robert Bates, 74, had a long history with Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and reportedly had aspirations to be a cop himself. After donating money for both new squad cars and the sheriff’s re-election campaign, Bates became a volunteer reserve deputy in 2008 and was working alongside deputies on April 2, 2015, the day of the fatal incident, according to CNN.