Tag: black women

Black Exotic Dancers, Spurred by BLM Movement, Push Clubs to End Racist Workplace Practices With ‘Stripper Strike’

Photo: chaossfoto (Shutterstock) Ending unspoken racial quotas; enforcing equal and fair auditions; better protections across all workplaces; and providing access to the best-paying shifts—these are some of the things that the Portland-based “stripper strike” is demanding. Advertisement While Black and Latinx dancers have been calling attention to racial discrimination and unfair and unsafe labor practices […]

Read More

Chance The Rapper Criticizes J. Cole Song Purportedly About Black Woman’s ‘Tone’

Source: Daniel Boczarski / Getty J. Cole has caused quite a stir on social media after releasing a song late Tuesday night called “Snow On Tha Bluff” and now fellow artist Chance the Rapper is speaking out. The track addresses a “young lady” who Cole describes as “way smarter” than him, and many fans believe […]

Read More

From Fannie Lou Hamer To Breonna Taylor, Black Women Have Been Victims Of Police Violence For Decades

Just after midnight on March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor, an EMT in Louisville, Kentucky, was shot and killed by police officers who raided her home. The officers had entered her home without warning as part of a drug raid. The suspect they were seeking was not a resident of the home – and no drugs […]

Read More

Celebrities, Activists, Sports Stars and More to Participate in Instagram Initiative #PassTheMicNow

From L to R: Luvvie Ajayi Jones and Bozoma Saint John are two of the women spearheading the Instagram initiative #ShareTheMicNow. Tarana Burke is one of the many women participating in the event on June 10.Photo: David Livingston (Getty Images), Frazer Harrison (Getty Images), Noam Galai (Getty Images) A new Instagram campaign featuring black actresses, […]

Read More

For John Boyega, Black Lives Matter More Than the Possibility of Burning Hollywood Bridges

John Boyega speaks to the crowd during a Black Lives Matter protest on June 3, 2020, in London, United Kingdom. Photo: Dan Kitwood (Getty Images) *Cue Star Wars theme* A short time ago in a country far, far away, John Boyega once again proved that he’s about that life—black life, to be specific. Advertisement On […]

Read More

Kienjanae Hooper Is Latest Black Student Banned From Walking In Her Graduation Because Of Hair

Source: Facebook.com/kieana.hooperventers / Kieana Hooper Another Black student is fighting for their simple right to walk across the stage for their graduation no matter their hairstyle. According to LoveBScott, Kienjanae Hooper is a senior at Gladewater High School in Gladewater, Texas, and this week, officials told her that she couldn’t walk at her Friday graduation […]

Read More

‘An Absolute Honor’: Howard Alum Makes History as 1st Black Female Officer for the Air Force Thunderbirds

Screenshot: NBC News 4 The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds recently made history by adding the first black female officer to its ranks. Advertisement According to NBC 4, Captain Reemashay Nelson is currently in her first season with the Thunderbirds—the Air Force’s renowned demonstration squadron known for performing aerobatic formation shows in the U.S. and much […]

Read More

Karine Jean-Pierre Hired as Joe Biden Senior Presidential Campaign Adviser

Photo: Karine Jean-Pierre, Senior Advisor and National Spokeswoman for MoveOn.org, speaks at “The People’s State Of The Union” at The Town Hall theater in New York City, NY, on Monday, January 29, 2018. (Photo by Cheriss May (AP Images) There’s been a lot of speculation as to whether Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will pick […]

Read More

Question for the Singer: An Open Letter to Lana Del Rey

Nicki Minaj and Beyonce were two of the many women of color name-dropped in Lana Del Rey’s Instagram post on musical content and lyricism.Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris (Getty Images), Amy Sussman (Getty Images), Gareth Cattermole (Getty Images) Question for Lana Del Rey: Now that you’ve pulled out your MacBook and fixed your fingers to claim that […]

Read More

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Says Police Will No Longer Enforce Mask-Wearing Order

A person receives a protective mask from a member of the New York City police department on May 13, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough in New York City.Photo: Stephanie Keith (Getty Images) Surely there is a reasonable medium between brutalizing black people for not properly adhering to COVID-19 related measures and courteously handing out masks […]

Read More

During COVID-19, Black Women Are Still Dying From Not Being Taken Seriously

Photo: Shutterstock About a year ago I made up my mind to never give birth to a child in the United States. The decision came after I stumbled into an urgent care clinic in the Chicago neighborhood I lived in, after hours of lying on the couch in my apartment feeling weak and severely dehydrated […]

Read More

Team Biden Seems To Be Paving The Way For A Non-Black VP

Source: Drew Angerer / Getty Just when it seemed like Joe Biden had a strong chance of selecting a Black woman as his running mate, the tides seem to be changing. According to Politico, Biden’s presidential campaign announced their running-mate selection committee on Thursday, which has the task of vetting the person who will be […]

Read More

Does Biden Really Need To A Black Woman To Beat Trump? Stacey Abrams Thinks So

The notion that Joe Biden absolutely must pick a Black woman as his running mate in order to win the 2020 election got some pushback on Wednesday during a segment on CNN that featured a graphic showing three potential candidates who were white. The smiling faces of Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren next to […]

Read More

Biden Says He Won’t Commit To Picking A Woman Of Color For VP Running Mate

Source: Drew Angerer / Getty In a move that is sure to stun some of his most ardent supporters, Joe Biden said on Monday that he would not commit to choosing a woman of color to be his vice-presidential running mate. The moment of candor ran contrary to the presumptive narrative that Biden was intent […]

Read More

Rapsody’s EVE Has Inspired Courses at Two Universities

Photo: Dave Kotinsky (Getty Images) Rapsody’s EVE is considered by some people to be the best hip-hop album of 2019 bar none (it’s me…I’m “some people”) and now, it has inspired courses at two universities. Advertisement Doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tyler Bunzey announced via Instagram on Tuesday that […]

Read More

How Salon Shutdowns Are Disrupting Black Women’s Haircare

On March 23, just after Ontario, Canada declared non-essential businesses would be closed in an attempt to slow the spread of covid-19, a 20-year-old student named Racquell Fogah tweeted her dismay: “The beauty supply store isn’t considered an essential service?????” She followed that up with another tweet: a clip of Ms. Juicy from Lifetime’s Little […]

Read More

He Terrorized Poor Black Women for Decades. Now, California’s ‘Grim Sleeper’ Is Dead

Photo: Al Seib (Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool) Lonnie Franklin Jr., the convicted serial killer nicknamed “The Grim Sleeper,” was found dead in his cell this weekend in California’s San Quentin Prison. The 67-year-old, who is believed to have killed at least 10 women over the span of 30 years, was found unresponsive in […]

Read More

Thanks to Trump, Lupus Sufferers Are Now Struggling to Get a Crucial Drug

Photo: Shutterstock The last time I checked, no one elected a medical doctor—or even a pharmacist—to the presidency in 2016 (or a rational human being, for that matter). But that hasn’t stopped many people from following Trump’s dubious medical advice in the wake of the coronavirus. As the world desperately seeks a method to contain […]

Read More

A Seat at the Bar Table: Meet Two Black Women Who Are Taking on the Male-Dominated Craft Beer Industry

When you think of the craft brewing industry or even beer consumption in general, you might picture a white man with a beard and a curly mustache. But check the facts, beer bros: Women actually invented beer. Despite that, women are heavily underrepresented in the brewing industry. It’s estimated that African-Americans as a whole represent […]

Read More

Did the New Yorker Recently Feature Its First Black Female Cartoonist? (No, But She’s Still a Big Deal)

Screenshot: In The Know (YouTube) Amid the global panic a global pandemic can inspire, it might be easy to forget that it’s still Women’s History Month—and the start of spring, but that’s likely cold comfort if you’re afraid to go outside. As we’ve tried to bright-side this socially distancing situation, we’ve increasingly been looking inward—literally. […]

Read More

5 Black Women For Biden And Sanders To Consider For Next Supreme Court Justice

Source: MANDEL NGAN / Getty During the Democratic Debate in Washington,D.C. between presidential candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, Biden reiterated an announcement he made during the South Carolina debates saying he would nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court. “I will appoint the first Black woman to the courts,” he said clear as […]

Read More

Black Women Slammed And Choked By Miami Officers During Spring Break

Two separate women, who appeared to be celebrating spring break in Miami, were roughly handled by officers from the city’s police department. In a video that has been circulating social media, one woman accidentally collided with an officer who was chasing after someone, then pushed her to the ground. The other woman was exiting the […]

Read More

Black Lives Matter Founders Grace Cover of Time 100 Women of The Year Issue

Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi grace the cover of Time 100 Women commemorating the year 2013, when the hasthtag #BlackLivesMatter went viral. Photo: TIME Today is International Women’s Day and to commemorate the occasion, TIME magazine has released a special double issue featuring 100 covers of women who defined […]

Read More

March For Black Women San Diego Creates Spaces For Women To Mobilize And Heal

A California-based grassroots movement dubbed March for Black Women San Diego is on a mission to ensure that Black women are celebrated, seen and heard. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, in observance of International Women’s Day, the collective will further its mission of cultivating spaces that empower Black women by hosting its third annual […]

Read More

Common Believes That Black Women Are a Gift

It’s both Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, which means it’s a perfect time to remind you all that the world would be lost without black women. Black women are the gift this world does not deserve and rapper/actor Common agrees with that fact. Common says black women are the “givers and creators of […]

Read More

Black Woman Alleges That All Promotions Went to White Men At New York PATH Station

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) An unfortunate reality of the workplace is that the “good old boys” system still runs rampant in many industries. Often times women and people of color are overlooked for promotions and raises in favor of their whiter, male colleagues. This allegedly is the case at Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rail […]

Read More

Black Women Went to the Voting Booth With Pragmatism on Super Tuesday

People wait to attend a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles.Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez (AP Photo) OAKLAND, Calif.—Branice McKinzie walked up to a ballot drop box near the Alameda County Courthouse in downtown Oakland knowing that much of the electorate isn’t voting […]

Read More

Great Moments in Black Her-story: 10 Books That Celebrate the Presence, Power, and Legacies of Black Women

Screenshot: University Press of Mississippi (Amazon), Beacon Press (Amazon), Seal Press (Amazon) It’s Lit!It’s Lit!Where all things literary live on The Root Black History Month may be over, but for black women (and those who love them), the party’s only half-over, because March is Women’s History Month—and ain’t I a woman? Nestled at the intersection […]

Read More

For Black People, Roe Is Imperfect. We Still Need the Supreme Court to Protect It

Photo: Shutterstock This week, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a crucial case that could decide the future of abortion access in this country. It could pave the way for states to effectively ban abortion without ever overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that affirmed safe and legal abortion as a constitutional […]

Read More

Black Women Take A Stand For Heart Health

The ever-growing heart disease epidemic disproportionately impacts Black women. Studies show that 49 percent of African American women, aged 20 and older, are battling with cardiovascular diseases. Women of color across different industries are taking a stand and using their platforms to spread awareness about heart health disparities. For professional softball player A.J. Andrews, the […]

Read More