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Black Yale grad student records police interrogation for napping in a common dormitory room

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A Black graduate student fell asleep in the common area of her dormitory. She awoke to a racially charged encounter, but invoked a promise she made to herself after seeing what happened to motorist Sandra Bland years before in a Texas traffic stop.

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Reflections on Oprah for president | Think Piece

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KNOCK. IT. OFF. You know good and well that #Oprah2020 is a terrible idea that must not be given any more life.

And no, I am not about to launch into a personal attack on Oprah. Some of y’all get too excited about attacking Black women. Comin’ for Oprah’s neck like she announced she was running.

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High visibility, low probability: Oprah’s name carries weight, but POTUS might not be a life goal

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I don’t think that Oprah Winfrey will run because she respects the process of government and knows that it is not her lane.

But her endorsement carries a lot of weight. 

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As Cynthia is for Oprah: how we fail powerful black women who break the mold

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For years, I rarely told people that I worked for US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney.

At first, it was because I was concerned for my safety. Then I feared for my reputation. And after those feelings dissipated, I was embarrassed because I failed her, and in ways failed me.

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To heal a people: an intersection of yoga and activism

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Kali Alexander, a yogini who grew up next door to Compton, says she makes the “woo woo” of yoga.

For years, Alexander gives a free class in the Crenshaw Baldwin Hills Mall every Saturday. The area of Los Angeles is a yoga desert that also deals with a plethora of fast-food and liquor stores. Bringing health and wellness to one of the last remaining African American pockets in the city is more than a passion for Kali. It is her calling.

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Back to black: shea moisture co-founder acquires Essence magazine

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Hair and body care entrepreneur, Richelieu Dennis announced the acquisition of Essence magazine.

With the business venture, Dennis turns the iconic publication that is one of a handful of black-focused print magazines, back to 100 percent black ownership.
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Phoenix rising: the story of Tyleshay Jones

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Shedding her old self to be anew
The phoenix rises from the ashes
Leaving behind layers of thick, weary skin
Dawning feathers of light, she floats into the sun
Firebird tails, laughter floating from a golden beak
Claws clipped like blinged-out wingtips
Turning heads, yet keeping focus
She’s got stories to tell and people to heal — K. Shivers

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Another Jim Crow: the special education pipeline for black children

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For decades, African American children, especially black boys, are an overrepresented population in the special education system.

Today, there are approximately six million special needs children receiving special education services.

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