An Open Letter to Black Women About Mental Health

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I remember the first time I became aware of my own struggles with mental health. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, I isolated myself from my peers and I was extremely irritable and always frustrated with the world and with my life. I was 16 years old when I came to the conclusion that I could no longer handle the ...

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It’s Not Black Folks’ Burden To Forgive Racist Killers

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If you want to silence a black person’s pain, ask for forgiveness. We’re accustomed to our screams being hushed in the wake of tragedy. We’re accustomed to our grief being shoved aside in the rush to find mercy for those who have trespassed against us. Just two days after Dylann Roof massacred nine Bible study attendees at Emanuel AME Church ...

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These Are The Last Remaining Followers Of African American Spiritual Leader Father Divine

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In 1930s Harlem, a man known as Father Divine founded the International Peace Mission movement, founded on ideals of racial equality and communal living. During the Great Depression, Father Divine had tens of thousands of followers, all believing him to be god on Earth. At the peak of the movement, Father Divine would host massive “holy communion banquets,” in which ...

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This Video Shows Black Women Sharing Their ‘Degrading’ Encounters With Police

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From excessive use of force to unwarranted — and often sexual — searches, black women are no exception from the ongoing encounters of police brutality. In a new video produced by Fusion, two black women detail their experiences with police violence and explain how these instances — which involve them or other black women they know — have ended in ...

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Parents Say 5-Year-Old Son Was Unfairly Punished For His Hair, File Discrimination Complaint Against School

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Jalyn Broussard was excited to show off his haircut at school last December. It was the first time the 5-year-old sported a different haircut than his 8-year-old older brother. Thirty minutes into the day, his kindergarten teacher called his mother in front of the class to tell her his haircut was inappropriate and he had to leave school and return ...

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Rihanna’s ‘#BBHMM’ Video Is Brilliant, Terrifying, Complicated

Rihanna speaks at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The new, highly anticipated video for Rihanna’s “#BBHMM” is an epic, 7-minute visual kaleidoscope of style and excess and, as was clearly intended, it’s generated a lot of buzz since debuting online at midnight today. In the video, we watch Rih, accompanied by two silent minions, kidnap the modelesque wife of an accountant (surprise! Mads Mikkelsen) who owes her some ...

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Thousands Of Black Students Attend Schools Honoring Racist Leaders

COLUMBIA, SC - JUNE 27:  Demonstrators protest at the South Carolina State House calling for the Confederate flag to remain on the State House grounds June 27, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Earlier in the week South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley expressed support for removing the Confederate flag from the State House grounds in the wake of the nine murders at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

All across the country, young African-American students attend schools that pay homage to those who fought to keep their people enslaved. Following last month’s racially charged shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, there have been renewed calls to limit the display of the Confederate flag and rename public spaces named for Confederate leaders. At least 189 ...

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Who In God’s Name Could Be Burning Black Churches?

GREELEYVILLE, SC - JULY 1:  Only the brick walls remain standing at the Mt. Zion AME Church July 1, 2015 in Greeleyville, South Carolina.  Federal and state agencies are investigating a recent string of church fires in the South that have occured since the church massacre in nearby Charleston, South Carolina. Mt. Zion AME was burned twenty years ago by members of the Ku Klux Klan. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Six black churches burned. Two weeks. Three blazes that could be arson. Authorities have yet to determine whether the fires that have ripped through the buildings of predominantly black churches in the South in the past weeks were hate crimes — or if they were even linked. But activists and religious leaders were quick to connect the dots on social ...

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Ferguson Prosecutor Accused Of Misconduct Is Still Crusading Against Ferguson Arrestees

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FERGUSON, Mo. — “Did the protesters use the term ‘Fuck the police’?” It’s late Tuesday morning, and perhaps 15 people are gathered in a room inside City Hall in this St. Louis suburb, a room that usually hosts meetings of the Ferguson City Council. Seated at the head of the dais, in the chair usually reserved for Ferguson Mayor James ...

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Political Activists Throw Blood Back In Christopher Columbus’ Face

Italian-Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus is shown in this work  by Italian painter Sebastiano Del Piombo.  (AP Photo)

Someone threw red paint on a statue of Christopher Columbus in Boston on Wednesday and spray-painted it with the phrase “Black Lives Matter” — the latest in a recent backlash against monuments that memorialize racist white men. Memorials of the Confederate variety have been branded with the slogan inBaltimore; St. Louis; Durham, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; Austin, Texas; Asheville, ...

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