MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 30:  Australian Open runner-up Serena Williams of the United States speaks during a press conference after losing the  Women's Singles Final to Angelique Kerber of Germany on day 13 of the 2016 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)

Serena Williams Pens Essay On Her Fear Of Police Violence

It’s not hyperbole when people of color claim that one of their daily concerns is if they’ll encounter police and, more importantly, if they’ll walk away unscathed. This police paranoia doesn’t even disappear once people of color reach the peak of celebrity status, like Serena Williams, the greatest tennis player and, arguably, athlete, of this entire generation.

Williams published an introspective Facebook post on Tuesday about her latest near encounter with police and the feelings that she was left with. Read the post in full below.


This Is What Happens When An Accident At A Zoo Results In A Dead Gorilla

Over the weekend – Saturday, to be exact – the Cincinnati Zoo shot and killed a western lowland gorilla after a 4-year-old boy slipped into the animal’s enclosure. The 17-year old, 400-pound gorilla, Harambe carried the boy around its space for about 10 minutes, and the zoo’s dangerous animal response team considered a life-threatening situation.

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ICYMI: Mark Zuckerberg Defends ‘Black Lives Matter’ In Letter To Facebook Staffers

We live in a world where people misunderstand the meaning behind the phrase “Black Lives Matter” and often take it as a personal attack. Their immediate response is often “All Lives Matter,” which is meant to take the focus off of the black lives being lost on a regular basis.

Well, Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and founder of Facebook understands that Black Lives Matter and is taking a stand to make that clear throughout his own company.

Facebook Adds Suicide Prevention App


Last week, Facebook announced the addition of a suicide prevention feature. As of today, roughly half of all Facebook users have access to the app. All users will have access in the coming months.

Suicide accounts for over 40,000 deaths annually. Amongst young people aged 10-24, suicide is the second leading cause of death. Black teens have an increased risk for suicide. Overall, 4% of black teens will attempt suicide by age 17. The number is slightly higher for black girls at 7%.

As social media becomes more integrated into daily life, efforts to help those struggling with mental health may prove to be helpful.

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