Did ‘SNL’ go too far? Leslie Jones ruffles feathers with slave skit

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While it appears that producers of the hit sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live took steps to address its lack of diversity by adding one black woman to its on-air staff and two black female writers, the show is once again in the spotlight for its portrayal of blacks.

Leslie Jones, one of the writers brought on to the show, made her debut appearance this past weekend and people weren’t impressed with her “slave draft skit.” 

D.L. Hughley apologizes for Columbus Short remarks

In a written statement, comedian D.L. Hughley apologized for previous comments made about former Scandal actor Columbus Short’s wife. 

Here’s what he originally said:

“The star of one of the hottest dramas in the country, chokes the f*ck out of his wife? That doesn’t ever happen. I don’t think it happened first off. Like the time Warren Sapp was getting ready to do the Super Bowl and some broad said that he raped her. There are just as many examples of women lying on men in the middle of divorce proceedings to get what they want, as there are men who actually do anything. My point is if he did what she’s alleging he did, she could still get all that she’s going to have and not bring it up now, when it damages his market value that she’s going to be impacted by. If he loses that job nobody’s living in Calabasas anymore.”

Defense Secretary calls for military to review discriminatory hair policies

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In response to criticism about the American military’s newly revised policies regarding hairstyles, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the branch to review the regulations.

Hagel’s orders come on the heels of a complaint filed by 16 women of the Congressional Black Caucus, that alleges the regulations which ban large cornrows, twists and dreadlocks, discriminate against African American women. 

Who Will Keep My Sister?: A Dialogue & Discussion on the Criminalization of Black Women & Girls

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Join the Chicago Chapter of BYP100 in a dialogue & discussion on the criminalization of Black women & girls through a queer feminist lens. The event, co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, will amplify stories of Black women & girls, and propose solutions over (free) food and community. Featured speakers include: Dr. Beth E. Richie, Dr. Barbara Ransby, Mariame Kaba, Deana Lewis and Ayanna Banks-Harris. 

White House petition started in protest of army’s grooming policies

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Cries of racial bias followed news of the U.S. Army’s newly updated grooming policy last week that critics say unfairly targets black women.

The grooming policy, Army Regulation 670-1, bans popular hairstyles worn primarily by black women. The regulation has not been made official yet, but the new rules were detailed in a PowerPoint presentation that was leaked on March 20.

In the presentation, examples of women wearing “multiple braids”, headbands and twists were shown as unacceptable hairstyles. Now, opponents of the changes have started an online petition in hopes of changing the proposed policy.