“I was railroaded!” she exclaimed, complaining that she did not receive apt time to ask the President a question, which she had been promised by ABC. Ultimately, according to reports, President Obama noticed Garner and did have a conversation with her after the town hall. This incident sparked the trend #LoudBlackGirls on Twitter, with black women discussing the times they, and other important black women, spoke up for themselves or for others.
The McKinney, Texas cop who tackled and assaulted a teenage black girl in a viral video last June will not be charged with a crime, citing a lack of evidence.
Despite the fact that thousands of people, near and far, bore witness to the officer’s unhinged cruelty to a young black girl, our broken justice system once again chooses not to act and signals that black women’s lives do not matter.
It’s only March, but so far it’s been a good year for continuing the conversation of the representation of Black women in the media. For a quick recap, Mya Taylor was the first transgender woman to win a major award. Then, a misinformed and unwoke writer tried to come for #Blackgirlmagic, but no one was having it. We’re not even half way through the year and the celebration of Black women is in full swing, and in one week, the Black Girls Rock! Annual Awards Show returns with Tracee Ellis Ross as host.
What were you doing at 11 years old? Probably not setting up a book drive that fights racism in literature like Philadelphia native Marley Dias.
What does it mean to have Amandla Stenberg, a 17-year-old Black girl, come out as bisexual on Snapchat? Or continually speak up in Hollywood for blackness? For Stenberg it means she’s no longer trying to conform into categories that don’t fit her. For the rest of us, it means we might be able to do the same thing.
A sixth man has been charged in connection to the murder of 14-year-old Endia Martin.
Floyd Evans is accused of illegally obtaining the gun used in the Monday afternoon shooting in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.
A top player for a school basketball team has been banned from playing an an upcoming game because she is a female.
Jaelyn Bates, a fourth grader at Frey Basketball Academy, says she was told she can no longer compete with her teammates.
According to a recent report by the National Black Women’s Justice Institute, black girls are more likely to be punished for being “un-ladylike” and seen by teachers as “loud, defiant, and precocious.”
In an effort to expose more African American girls to the world, Martice Sutton has launched Girls Going Global. The non-profit was born out of Sutton’s observation during international trips, of a serious lack of diversity during travel.
A young girl faces expulsion, and it’s all because of her hair. Vanessa VanDyke says she was given one week to decide if she was going to cut her hair and remain a student at Faith Christian Academy in Orlando.