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Sickle cell disease is still a silent killer for Black people

Yesterday, Kathy Iandoli, the co-author of one of rapper Prodigy's books announced that the legendary musician and one half of the hip hop duo Mobb Deep died at 42. A cause of death has not yet been released, but the artist had been hospitalized for complications caused by sickle cell anemia prior to his death, Iandoli told…

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Added by The Race Card on June 21, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The new Philando Castile footage confirms that gun rights are only for white people

The new dashcam footage released yesterday of the police shooting murder of Philando Castile and another painful dimension to the modern day lynching that demonstrate, yet again, that the fear of black skin can be used as a scapegoat to take black people’s lives. But additionally, that “gun rights” are, like many things,…

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Added by The Race Card on June 21, 2017 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Why I, a Black woman, decided to create my own advertising agency - you can do it too!

"You know very well, who you are. Don’t let em hold you down reach for the stars" – Biggie



This has always been true, but coming from Biggie and reciting it in my head in his voice just makes it so much cooler (and relatable). You don’t actually know deep how true these lyrics are until you start your adult life and see that actually these lyrics are exactly what you need.



In 2015 I graduated with a degree in dance. When I started university it didn’t…

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Added by The Race Card on June 20, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

White liberal anti-Blackness: Seattle parents get upset about teachers' Black Lives Matter T-shirts

Another day, another white person showing just how easily they can disguise anti-Blackness under a badge of "liberalism." As reported by KUOW.org, parents in one of the whitest, most affluent, and staunchly liberal neighborhoods of Seattle lost their shit when teachers across the city wore T-shirts reading "BLACK LIVES MATTER". Some…

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Added by The Race Card on June 20, 2017 at 11:56am — No Comments

Happy Juneteenth! It’s a Holiday, right???: The Quiz #Satire

Happy Juneteenth! It’s totally a holiday. I mean, you know that right? We definitely knew that. What does it mean, you ask? Um, you know what it means! Stop playin’. Well, since you’re obviously celebrating this well-known, monumental day, here’s a quiz all about it to add to your festivities!



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Added by The Race Card on June 19, 2017 at 1:36pm — 1 Comment

Hands off Assata, orange fool: Trump demands the return of Assata Shakur

With little influence over his party’s majority in both chambers of Congress and his own self-destructive behavior blowing up his Presidency, Donald Trump is looking for yet another way to give his own citizens the finger. With our tentative removal from the Paris Climate Accord and the sabotage of the ACA both underway, Trumpy has ‘demanded’ the return of Assata Shakur, née Joanne Chesimard. During last Friday’s announcement to rollback the Obama-era’s…

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Added by The Race Card on June 19, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

George Zimmerman and Jeronimo Yanez highlight the need to unpack anti-Blackness in Latinx communities

As anyone who is both Black and Latinx (Afro-Latinx) can tell you, anti-Blackness in Latinx communities is a huge phenomenon. Because white supremacy is global and it makes proximity to whiteness the ideal even for non-white people, those cultures generally reflect the dehumanization of Black people in their social heierarchies. This can be seen in beauty standards, financial disparities, and criminalization in places like the…

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Added by The Race Card on June 19, 2017 at 11:22am — No Comments

Trumpism means an uptick in racially charged bullying in schools

While white politicians on the Hill scramble to beef up security for their staffs and themselves, children and young people in schools across the country are being the targets of Donald Trump’s hateful 2016 campaign rhetoric and his Presidential...idk...blabber.



In an in-depth study conducted for …

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Added by The Race Card on June 16, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The anniversary of the Soweto Youth Uprising and massacre in South Africa is a timely lesson on resistance

41 years ago today, a student-led uprising that began in Soweto but quickly spread throughout the country would forever change South Africa. On June 16, 1976, high-school students responding to Apartheid education policies, and particularly the political aftermath of the Bantu Education Act in 1953, began a protest. According South African History Online, the Bantu…

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Added by The Race Card on June 16, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: For every white woman that appropriates Blackness, there’s a Black man behind her

Honestly, there would be no Miley Cyrus, Iggy Azalea, Katy Perry, Yes Julz or any other white woman culturally appropriating Blackness without the continued support and validation of Black men. Black men are culpable accomplices when insincere and advantage-seeking white women steal and devalue both Black women and Black culture.



White women know exactly what they are doing when they “…

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Added by The Race Card on June 16, 2017 at 11:02am — No Comments

A queer Black woman saved homophobic/racist congressman Steve Scalise's life

Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip who was shot at a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday, is a homophobic racist. In 2014, it was uncovered that the congressman spoke at an international conference of white supremacists in (he apologized, but…

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Added by The Race Card on June 16, 2017 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Video artist Arthur Jafa: "Black people are treated in a certain fashion, the way we respond is superhuman"

You've seen and heard the vision of Arthur Jafa, even if you haven't heard of him. The artist and cinematographer has collaborated with some of the biggest artists in the world, including Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and has been a huge influence over even more. As a cinematopher, Jafa worked with Stanley Kubrick on his last film, Eyes Wide Shut, with Spike Lee on Crooklyn, with his ex-wife Julie Dash on her 1992 film Daughters of the Dust, which…

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Added by The Race Card on June 15, 2017 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Google's site on lynching is good, can they also help with facial recognition of these criminals?

Expanding their philanthropic efforts to document and honor the racial violence committed against black Americans by white people during the Reconstruction Era and Jim Crow, the Equal Justice Initiative has made years of research on the subject accessible to the world via an interactive map that chronicles the lives and stories behind each lynching. An extension of a project that, in 2015, was partially funded by Google.org's $1M to the Equal Justice Initiative’s…

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Added by The Race Card on June 15, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Black liberals who go out of their way to protect the establishment are a special kind of vicious

In March, when Donna Brazile finally admitted to using her former position as a CNN commentator to relay questions ahead of debates to Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary (for months she had referred to these actions as "alleged"), she highlighted a particular kind of impediment to Black liberation that…

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Added by The Race Card on June 14, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Jessica Watkins will be part of NASA's newest astronaut class

Out of the 18,300 applicants, Jessica Watkins is one of 12 people chosen to join NASA’s 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. Having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Geological and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University and a Doctorate in Geology from the University of California., Los Angeles, the 29-year-old (WOW) Colorado native has been working with NASA since she was an undergrad. Providing supporting research for the Phoenix Mars Lander mission, prototyping drill…

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Added by The Race Card on June 13, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Katy Perry wants Black people to be nicer to her when they call her out on cultural appropriation :D

Y’all’s girl Katy Perry is currently promoting her meh album, ‘Witness’, by doing a bizarre series of interviews and appearances on tv and the web having these come to Jesus moments about her past problematic white behavior and her history of cultural appropriation. Sitting down with controversial activist Deray Mckesson for a recording of his podcast …

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Added by The Race Card on June 13, 2017 at 10:50am — No Comments

"Amazing Grace" is about redeeming its white writer for his role in slavery, maybe it's time for a new fave

"Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound / that saved a wretch like me / I once was lost, but now I'm found / Was blind, but now I see."



We all know these words because, objectively, "Amazing Grace" is a beautiful hymn that has withstood the test of time. But underneath these beautiful lyrics is a much more sinister story that many people may not know, a story that just might change how willing you are to ever sing those words…

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Added by The Race Card on June 12, 2017 at 12:11pm — 1 Comment

Cosmetics brand Watsons Malaysia uses colorism and blackface to teach a racist lesson on inner beauty

Black people do not only have to worry about white people promoting colorism, but also have to be on guard against other POC. The Asian community has a bad habit of portraying dark skin as charcoal-like and abandoned people who need a skin bleaching makeover. The anti-blackness is not just targeting skin tone, but also poking fun at African culture.



Despite the assumed isolation Asian media outlets think they have to stealthily promote colorist and racist…

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Added by The Race Card on June 12, 2017 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

OP-ED: Dear White Gays, stop patronizing Black Women with your "allyship"

Dear Black Women: White Gays Are Your Allies, So Don't Push Us Away



This headline hit me like a ton of bricks as I scrolled through my Facebook timeline. Quite a few thoughts went through my head as I hesitantly clicked the link––The first was to wonder what kind of mental gymnastics it would require for this headline alone to pass through multiple editors of TIME, as if any…

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Added by The Race Card on June 9, 2017 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

“Can I date a white person and still be woke?” is the wrong question - your comfort isn't what matters here

This question, y’all. This question.



It’s always on the tip of someone’s tongue––when a Jessie Williams leaves his Black wife for a white girl, or a Serena Williams marries a white dude, or an Unidentified Williams who’s a friend of a friend on Facebook talks about how it feels…

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Added by The Race Card on June 9, 2017 at 10:36am — 6 Comments

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