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Melania Trump and the Hypocrisy of White American Motherhood Melania Trump and the Hypocrisy of White American Motherhood

Over the last few years, much of the conversation around Melania Trump has hinged on her foreignness—both in the literal sense, and in the ways she breaks from White House traditions: She’s a former lingerie model, the first first lady in more than two centuries to be born outside of the U.S., and the only one whose…

With $200 Million in Investment, JP Morgan Chase Hopes to Make Black Detroit Flourish With $200 Million in Investment, JP Morgan Chase Hopes to Make Black Detroit Flourish

If you google how Detroit is doing, one of the first words you’ll find in the headlines is “comeback.” The city has bounced back from bankruptcy and its downtown area, in particular, is now booming. But the question of economic recovery is also one of equity: Namely, will longtime black Detroit residents, who stayed…

Chicago Police Release Video of Jussie Smollett Meeting Police With Noose Around His Neck Chicago Police Release Video of Jussie Smollett Meeting Police With Noose Around His Neck

New video released by the Chicago police late Monday night shows that when officers went to investigate a possible hate crime against actor Jussie Smollett in January, the former Empire star greeted them still wearing a long piece of tangled rope around his neck.

For Some Reason I Can’t Put My Finger On, Donald Trump Doesn’t Support Reparations For Some Reason I Can’t Put My Finger On, Donald Trump Doesn’t Support Reparations

I don’t mean to shock you. After all, here you were, minding your business, reading a blog and thinking about all the things you could eat for lunch (Burrito bowl? Salad, out of respect for the summer body that will get here...maybe in 2021? Steak-Umms?) or the places you could travel if you weren’t in an…

No More ‘Great White Hopes’: Study Reports Women and Men of Color Are Just as Electable as White Men No More ‘Great White Hopes’: Study Reports Women and Men of Color Are Just as Electable as White Men

It’s a word that trails women and people of color like a stray dog: “electability”—a word that’s become a catch-all code for nebulous concerns that certain candidates just don’t (or can’t) inspire voters to turn out at the polls as much as others. But, as a new study suggests, if those concerns are tethered to a…

Pete Buttigieg Faces the Ire of Black South Bend Residents After Fatal Police Shooting Pete Buttigieg Faces the Ire of Black South Bend Residents After Fatal Police Shooting

Through the early days of the 2020 presidential campaign, Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has had trouble getting black voters to come to his events. That was not the case on Sunday—but then again, this wasn’t a campaign stop.

A New Toni Morrison Documentary Gives the World’s Greatest Living Writer Her Flowers, and Plants New Seeds A New Toni Morrison Documentary Gives the World’s Greatest Living Writer Her Flowers, and Plants New Seeds

Toni Morrison had to figure out a way to talk to Muhammad Ali. It was the mid-’70s and at the time, she was his editor, tasked with bringing his autobiography to the world. But Ali wouldn’t speak to her—deferring instead to whatever man was in the room.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco Remembers the Heart of the City The Last Black Man in San Francisco Remembers the Heart of the City

Reading the script for The Last Black Man in San Francisco was like experiencing an earthquake, actor Johnathan Majors says. Strange at first, even surreal.

'An Idea Whose Time Has Come': Congress Hears the Case for Reparations on Juneteenth 'An Idea Whose Time Has Come': Congress Hears the Case for Reparations on Juneteenth

The contributions of African Americans to this country—and the matter of what the federal government still owes them for those contributions—will take center stage on Capitol Hill today as the House hears H.R. 40, a bill that proposes a commission on reparations be formed.

‘Appalled’ and ‘Disappointed’: Federal Judge Tells St. Louis to Stop Dragging Feet on Cash Bail Order ‘Appalled’ and ‘Disappointed’: Federal Judge Tells St. Louis to Stop Dragging Feet on Cash Bail Order

The city of St. Louis can no longer hold people in jail simply because they’re too poor to pay bail, a federal judge ruled last week. The decision was celebrated by the city’s civil rights advocates, who have argued for years that the city’s cash bail system was unconstitutional. But following the ruling—which gave…

Protesters and Police Clash in Memphis After Officer-Involved Shooting Protesters and Police Clash in Memphis After Officer-Involved Shooting

North Memphis, Tenn., was in chaos Wednesday night after U.S. Marshals Service officers shot and killed a 20-year-old black man, Brandon Webber, in his family’s front yard. The killing quickly rippled through the community, leading to clashes between protesters and police that ended in tear gas being deployed.

Man Arrested in Killing of Black Trans Woman in Dallas, Muhlaysia Booker Man Arrested in Killing of Black Trans Woman in Dallas, Muhlaysia Booker

Dallas Police have arrested a man they believe to be responsible for killing three women in Dallas, including Muhlaysia Booker, a black trans woman whose death drew national attention last month.

Cuba Gooding Jr. to Turn Himself in to NYPD for Allegedly Groping a Woman at a Bar Cuba Gooding Jr. to Turn Himself in to NYPD for Allegedly Groping a Woman at a Bar

Cuba Gooding Jr., best remembered of late for portraying and partying like O.J. Simpson, will surrender to the NYPD on Thursday, following allegations that he groped a woman over the weekend.

Spread Love, It’s the Christopher Wallace Way: Brooklyn Block Renamed for Notorious B.I.G. Spread Love, It’s the Christopher Wallace Way: Brooklyn Block Renamed for Notorious B.I.G.

On any other day, the storm that lingered over Brooklyn, N.Y., may have been looked on as ominous or foreboding. It certainly would’ve deterred anyone from standing in it longer than they absolutely had to. But on Monday, on one block bordering the Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhoods, it was an…

Los Angeles Barbershop Ordered to Pay $80,000 for Discriminating Against HIV-Positive Customer Los Angeles Barbershop Ordered to Pay $80,000 for Discriminating Against HIV-Positive Customer

In the fall of 2017, Nikko Briteramos was turned away from Los Angeles barbershop King of Kuts, despite getting his hair cut there several times before. But things changed once a barber disclosed to the shop’s owner he was HIV positive, Briteramos said. When he went to King of Kuts in October for a scheduled…

Supreme Court Will Hear Byron Allen's Racial Discrimination Suit Against Comcast Supreme Court Will Hear Byron Allen's Racial Discrimination Suit Against Comcast

If you’re suing a person or company for racial discrimination, do you need to prove that race was the sole factor for the discrimination, or merely a contributing factor? That’s the legal decision the Supreme Court will soon decide.

A Black Teen Was Going Through a Mental Health Crisis. Wisconsin Police Ended Up Punching Him in the Head A Black Teen Was Going Through a Mental Health Crisis. Wisconsin Police Ended Up Punching Him in the Head

Madison, Wisc., police officers were called to the home of a 17-year-old boy last week because he was experiencing a mental health crisis. The encounter ended with officers tackling the child, placing a bag over his head, and punching the teen, who is black, repeatedly.

Eff That Little Album You’re Asking For, Rihanna Is on a Boat With Her Boo and His Fam Eff That Little Album You’re Asking For, Rihanna Is on a Boat With Her Boo and His Fam

Rihanna and her billionaire boo Hassan Jameel have gotten an early start on their summer of love, it seems! The pair were recently spotted by photographers off the Amalfi Coast¸—a luxe Italian destination I was first introduced to by another billionaire, Jay-Z, when he rapped about that shit in 2006. (And there you…

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