I’ll still complain about politics even when I don’t vote – fight me.

I am a non-voter who has the audacity to still be upset that my people are dying. I have been told innumerable times that I am not supposed to be allowed this. “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain” is perhaps the most common non-voter shaming refrain I’ve heard, right up there with “your ancestors died for the right to vote.”

But I am not generally one to accept what society allows me to do as gospel.

I learned this from those very same ancestors, who, as even non-voter shamers acknowledge, lost their lives so that I could do what they weren’t allowed. Some say their deaths were only for my right to vote, but I know they died to get closer to freedom. I know they died also to be able to refuse the vote if it does not work towards that freedom. I know that my people are still dying–still died even when I did vote–and, if anything, my ancestors lost their lives so that I would never let anything get in the way of raising hell about it.

What our fixation on Michelle Obama’s hair says about the space we give Black women to breathe

I can probably count on my two hands how many times I’ve seen my mother’s hair outside of its headwrap. For modesty’s sake, she has religiously worn the garment almost every day for as long as I have been alive. To my mother, hair is an intimate experience, to be let down only in intimately personal moments–and she has always had far, far too few of those in a world that demands she give all her energy simply to survive.

Barack Obama Is Just As Bothered By Trump’s Wiretapping Claims As Everyone Else

Over the weekend, President Trump made the bold and still unsubstantiated claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower before the election. Without any proof to back this up – outside of some early morning tweets, many called Trump out for unnecessarily stirring the pot and were noticeably bothered.

According to those close to him, Obama is just as bothered by Trump’s claims as anyone else, if not more. CNN even used the word “furious” when former aides spoke on how Obama was feeling.

Dreamer to be Deported After Speaking with Media

Daniela Vargas, a Dreamer in Jackson, Mississippi was arrested is now facing deportation after speaking out about how Donald Trump’s immigration policy has impacted her family.

Trump’s immigration policy has ramped up Obama era deportations and sidelined DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) protections for Dreamers, who are the children of undocumented immigrants brought here when they were younger than 16 years old.

President Obama Claims He Could Have Won a Third Term; Trump Fires Back

Although President Obama has very little time left in office, he still has plenty of opinions about the 2016 election and what would have happened if it had been his name on the ballot.

In an interview with former senior advisor David Axelrod, President Obama claimed that, if he had run again, he could have won since most of the country still ascribes to his progressive vision for the nation. President-elect Donald Trump fired back on Twitter, claiming that there’s “NO WAY” President Obama could have beat him in an election.

On Barack Obama, Absent Fathers, And The Jokes That Just Won’t Stop

Despite being published just a few months after I was born, I first read Barack Obama’s Dreams From My Father at 14. It was 2008, and it seemed as though the prospect of electing the nation’s first black president had consumed all of society. It had certainly taken over my family; for some of my loved ones, including my mom, it was their first time voting in a U.S. election.

Though I can’t quite remember who in my family purchased Obama’s autobiography for me, I vividly remember being captivated by his story.

President Obama Grants 111 More Commutations

President Obama appears to be taking full advantage of his victory lap as he’s in the home stretch of his presidency. Earlier this month, he granted commutations to 214 non-violent offenders to offer them a second chance to rejoin society. While he already had a lead and granted the most commutations out of any recent U.S. President, he’s no widened the gap considerably.

Obama granted another 111 commutations this past Tuesday, leading to a grand total of 325 granted in the month go August alone. To date, he’s offered 673 commutations, according to the White House

President Obama Will Visit Baton Rouge

President Barack Obama has fallen under criticism for not rushing to Baton Rouge, La. after the devastating floods that have caused a state of emergency. Some have even gone as far as to draw similarities between Obama being on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts and President Bush not acting fast enough during Hurricane Katrina.

It has been announced that President Obama will be visiting Baton Rouge this Tuesday to witness the damage for himself and offer any assistance. While speaking with local officials, he’ll also aim to make sure that locals are aware that “American people will be with them as they rebuild their community and come back stronger than ever.”

Trump Spokesperson Katrina Pierson Lies About Obama “Founding” ISIS On CNN

It is clear that Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, thinks we are all idiots. This was made even clearer in a recent clip from CNN’s news coverage of Trump’s recent comments about President Obama, Hillary Clinton and ISIS.

In the video, his spokesperson, Katrina Pierson, literally butchered the actual history and origins of the War in Afghanistan and ISIS to try and smear President Obama and Clinton. But, the host, Victor Blackwell, was having none of that.

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President Obama Awards 12,000 Inmates With Pell Grants

One of the largest flaws with the U.S. prison system is that it’s either doing exactly what it was meant to do or is completely missing the point. Instead of rehabilitating prisoners so that they can pay for their crimes and rejoin society as productive individuals, they’re often stuck in a system that has no plans of letting them go.

To help end – or at least put some speed bumps in – the cycle, President Obama’s administration is making a higher education much more convenient for inmates in U.S. prisons. A new plan was introduced that will provide $30 million in pell grants for up to 12,000 inmates to take college courses.