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Aspiring Model Brings the Wheelchair to the Runway  Aspiring Model Brings the Wheelchair to the Runway 

Aaron Philip, 17, has cerebral palsy, but that’s not stopping her from seeking a career as a runway model.

‘Around the Way’ Barbie, Is That You? What’s Really Going On With This Black Barbie’s Hair? ‘Around the Way’ Barbie, Is That You? What’s Really Going On With This Black Barbie’s Hair?

It all began so innocently—just like a child’s toy should. Just three Barbies (or two Barbies and their black friend?), preparing to watch a documentary about ... themselves.

A ‘Double Standard’: Black Parkland, Fla., Students Speak Out on Black Lives Matter Message Being Shut Down by School Days Before Shooting A ‘Double Standard’: Black Parkland, Fla., Students Speak Out on Black Lives Matter Message Being Shut Down by School Days Before Shooting

Just one week before a mass shooting would launch their school into the national spotlight, students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School put on a Black History Month show at the Parkland, Fla., school. In a last-minute, unrehearsed addition, black student organizers wanted to address a letter that had appeared in…

Watch: What It’s Like to Be a Black Woman in Hollywood

Diversity and representation are the hot-button topics in Hollywood right now. In an industry that reflects the world in which we live, black people and women—so, basically black women—are often underrepresented in Hollywood. But people like Tyler Perry are changing that. Sure, he’s a polarizing figure based on his…

‘The Body Is Not an Apology’: Sonya Renee Taylor Is Leading a Revolution of Radical Self-Love

With six words, Sonya Renee Taylor accidentally started a movement. When a friend with cerebral palsy confessed that her disability made it difficult to be sexual—so much so that she didn’t even feel entitled to ask a casual partner to use protection—Taylor quickly responded, “Your body is not an apology, and it’s not…

Judge of Characters: Colonizers Are Having a Hard Time Stomaching Black Panther’s Success

It’s official: Black Panther is a blockbuster hit, and our feelings will never be done with this film. This movie has emotionally affected us all. While there are many melanated people who are swathed in pride because of Black Panther’s representation and all-out beauty, there are just as many (if not more)…

Don’t Play With Our Emotions: Black Panther and Queer Representation Don’t Play With Our Emotions: Black Panther and Queer Representation

It’s been a while since I was so excited for a movie that I saw it twice in its opening week. While waiting to prepurchase tickets for Black Panther, I developed an unhealthy obsession with Fandango, and my wallet wept when the Funko POP! figures were released. I was excited to go to Wakanda, y’all, and Wakanda did…

Pre-K Teacher Leigh Bishop Matching Her Student’s Hairstyle Has Me All Up in My Dad Feels Pre-K Teacher Leigh Bishop Matching Her Student’s Hairstyle Has Me All Up in My Dad Feels

The story of Leigh Bishop (recent #WCW at The Glow Up), the pre-K teacher at Lakeview Elementary School in Sugar Land, Texas, who told her student August that she loved her hairstyle and then showed up the next day wearing it, actually brought a tear to my eye. But just one. OK, both. Maybe I cried a little. Not a…

#WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe Trends Across the US  #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe Trends Across the US 

T-minus 10 days until Black Panther hits movie theaters, and the buzz is still more than going strong. Presale tickets have gone through the roof, first reviews have been insane and have me giddy with anticipation, and the movie is currently certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a clean 100 percent rating from…

Game Designer Surprises Wife With Black Game Developer Barbie Game Designer Surprises Wife With Black Game Developer Barbie

What do you do if you want to get Mattel's Game Developer Barbie for your wife, but the doll is available only as a white doll with red hair?

Ursula Burns Stepping Down as CEO of Xerox, Leaving No Black Woman as CEO of an S&P 500 Company Ursula Burns Stepping Down as CEO of Xerox, Leaving No Black Woman as CEO of an S&P 500 Company

When Ursula Burns announced last week that she was leaving her position as CEO of Xerox, she also, in effect, announced the end of the minuscule representation of black women in leadership positions at companies within the Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

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