Black Youth in the Crosshairs

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After he was gunned down, left to bake on the hot cement for hours and then autopsied by the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office, the body of 18-year-old Michael Brown was finally returned to his family Wednesday. That body was 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighed 300 pounds. That body, on top of […]

Justice for Renisha McBride

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Justice was carried out for the late Renisha McBride Thursday when a jury found Theodore Wafer guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of the 19-year-old. In the early morning hours of Nov. 2, McBride crashed her car on the west side of Detroit, Michigan, not far from Wafer’s Dearborn Heights home. […]

NEWSFLASH: Virginia’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down

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In a 2-to-1 vote, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond upheld a ruling that said Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. This is the first decision of its kind in a Southern state and follows in the steps of similar rulings by federal appeals courts in Oklahoma and Utah. Said […]

Pro-Choice Battleground Shifts from New Orleans to Jackson

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Activists who spent the last week defending abortion clinics, doctors and patients against anti-choice extremists in New Orleans have moved onto the next reproductive rights battleground: Jackson, Miss. There are currently defending the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only remaining abortion clinic in the state, and were a presence at the courthouse Monday where the trials of  several […]

Pro-Choice Activists Hold Their Ground in New Orleans

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The battle between pro-choice activists and abortion opponents rages on in the Big Easy. Anti-choice extremists have descended on the city this week, protesting at women’s health clinics and outside of abortion doctors’ homes. On Thursday, in a peaceful response to the harassment and intimidation they’ve faced from extremist group Operation Save America, about 100 activists […]

The Court Decision That Could Challenge Obamacare

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If a court decision made this week stands, affordable health insurance could soon be out of reach for some of America’s poorest. On Tuesday, a three-judge panel from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the government cannot provide Obamacare subsidies to residents of states that never set up their own health insurance exchanges. […]

Help Spread the Story of the First Black Prima Ballerina!

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In the 1930s, when 15-year-old ballet dancer Janet Collins first began to audition for dance companies, she was invited to join the prestigious Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. The only condition was that the black performer would have to wear whiteface. “I said no,” Collins told The New York Times in a 1974 interview. “I […]

Contraceptive Access Further Weakened by Wheaton Decision

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In the flurry of media coverage surrounding the recent Hobby Lobby decision and its curtailment of women’s rights, the dissent of Ruth Bader Ginsburg—now known throughout the Internet as Notorious R.B.G.—became ubiquitous. Full of blistering one-liners, her assertion that the Court had “ventured into a minefield” were the mots de jour, as many wondered what […]

For Every Somaly Mam, Countless Others Tell the Truth

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Everyone loves to build up a hero, and perhaps dismantling them just as much. By now many have heard of the scandal surrounding Cambodian humanitarian Somaly Mam and her self-named anti-sex-trafficking foundation. The story of degradation and then triumph that catapulted her to public attention has been found to have gaping holes in it after […]

Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize Cancelled in Wake of Brunei Protests

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Looks like the Dorchester Collection of hotels, owned by the Sultan of Brunei, is being reminded that homophobia and misogyny is never en vogue. The Dorchester Collection had to cancel the fashion prize that it awards to rising designers each year amidst controversy that has surrounded the hotel group since the sultan decided to enact […]