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Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ Is Equal Parts #BlackGirlPain and #BlackGirlMagic

“You remind me of my father, a magician. Able to exist in two places at once.”

I was barely three minutes into Lemonade and already craving more. But I could not have possibly imagined the vulnerability that was yet to come throughout the remainder of the HBO premiere of Bey’s visual album. I watched it to the very end, engrossed in both the imagery and the sonic overload of the hour-long exclusive.

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U.S. Suicide Rates Are On The Rise Across the Board

A report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has found that, between 1999 and 2014, suicide rates for pretty much every demographic in the United States have been on the rise, with black men being the exception. The study looked at statistics for deaths considered to be suicides for people from the ages of 10 to 74, according to CNN.

Overall, suicide rates in the U.S. are their highest in 30 years. 

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Student Beaten To Death In School Bathroom, Classmates Mourn

Hearts are broken after a high school student died as a result of being attacked by a group of classmates. Amy Joyner-Francis, 16, was known by friends and classmates to often be a mediator and peacekeeper.

Joyner-Francis was attacked by a group of girls in a Howard High School of Technology bathroom in Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday morning, according to ABC. Some claim the altercation started over a boy, but an investigation is still ongoing and no charges have been filed. 

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Woman Tied To Key Flint Lawsuit Found Murdered In Home

The metaphorical dust has settled in Flint, MI following a water crisis that led to possible lead poisoning of tens of thousands of residents and it’s time for lawsuits to make some headway. Unfortunately, one of the first suits that was brought to court ended in tragedy.

Sasha Avonna Bell, a woman who claimed her 1-year-old son suffers from the effects of lead poisoning, was recently found murdered in a Flint townhouse on Ridgecrest Drive, according to Daily Mail. She was found shot to death along with another victim, Sacorya Renee Reed, and an unidentified 1-year-old. 

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Broadway’s ‘The Color of Purple’ cast performed a beautiful tribute to Prince

On April 21st, we lost a legend in Prince, and we are still feeling the aftermath of his passing.

In the honor of the prolific singer, actor, and performer, the Broadway cast of The Color of Purple performed “Purple Rain”.  Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Hudson led with their powerful vocals and everyone in the audience and on stage accompanied them.

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Chicago Should Not Have Needed The Police Accountability Report

Earlier this month, the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force released a damning report regarding misconduct within the Chicago Police Department. Between 2008 and 2015, seventy-four percent of the victims in the 404 police-involved shootings were Black, in comparison to fourteen percent of Hispanics and eight percent of Whites.

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Reflections on Prince, the Icon, the Artist, the Purple One Forever

On Saturday mornings, I would wake up to the smell of pancakes and the sounds of oldies playing on the radio. Like clockwork the station always played “Kiss” by the time I made it downstairs to the kitchen. There, I watched my mother bust her 80s dance moves before planting a kiss on my cheek. While my peers sang the Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana, I was trying to figure out the exact time that doves cried.  Throughout the years, we learned from Prince’s artistry, we danced to his music, we watched “Purple Rain” on repeat, and, now, we mourn his passing.