Counselors, Not Cops: New Yorkers Protest Millions Proposed for School Safety Budget, Saying Money Fuels School-to-Prison Pipeline

Guided by a coalition of 40 New York City social justice organizations, dozens of students, parents and advocates converged on New York’s City Hall Wednesday to protest Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed increase to the NYPD’s School Safety Division budget, saying those millions would be better used on student social…

From Moonlight to Magazine Covers, Ashton Sanders Isn't Just Another Man

It’s #ThrowbackThursday, which got us thinking about that time in 2016 when Ashton Sanders broke barriers portraying the withdrawn and confused teenaged Chiron in the 2017 Academy Award-winning film Moonlight. Aside from that year’s grande finale upset at the Oscars, Sanders would prove instrumental in presenting a…

Trump, Devos Propose Cap on Student Loans, Ushering in a New Era of Academic Inequality for Working-Class Families

Utter the words “Sallie Mae” around anyone over the age of 18, and there’s an 87% likelihood they’ll either break out in hives or convulse on the floor with a seizure. But for many of us who opt to pursue higher education, student loans are a costly—if not necessary—evil.

The 2019 CFDA Award Nominees Have Been Announced—and Man, We Need to Support Black Women Designers 

“Every Nigga Is a Star” read Issa Rae’s sash as she posed on the red carpet in her role as host of the 2018 Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards (CFDAs)—the first black woman in the event’s history to be honored with a hosting slot (by some reports, the first person of color ever).

ACLU and Center for Media Justice Sue FBI for Records on Surveillance of Black Activists

America has a history of secretly surveilling black organizations that gather in the name of equal rights. It happened during the 1950s and 1960s, through the notorious Counterintelligence Program (“COINTELPRO”). It happened with the Black Panthers and during the black uprising of negro leaders including Ida B. Wells,…

Are You Watching Boomerang on BET? Because You Should Be Watching Boomerang on BET

Admittedly, when BET dropped the news that a Boomerang reboot, of sorts, was in the works, I was absolutely against it. Why go trying to reinvent a wheel that worked just fine in the era in which it was crafted? And on BET no less. No shade, but all of the shots fired. And while I saw that Lena Waithe was attached to…

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