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Minneapolis Staff Worried About Hiring ‘Influencers’ During Derek Chauvin Trial, Emails Show

Image: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images Minneapolis city staff knew early on that the city’s program to hire social media personalities to help spread information during the trial of Derek Chauvin, the alleged murderer of George Floyd, was likely to face backlash. In particular, at least one city employee was worried that using the term “influencer” could be […]

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Daniel Prude Protest At Rochester Wegmans Falsely Framed As Violent ‘Mob’ Who Trapped Customers Inside

NewsOne Featured Video A Wegmans grocery store in Rochester, New York, shuttered its doors to protesters demonstrating on the one-year-anniversary of Daniel Prude‘s arrest on Tuesday. In response to the group gathered in front of Wegmans, the store locked its doors claiming it was to ensure the safety of customers. Shortly after, The Daily Wire, […]

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‘I Respect Her Wishes’: Tamika Mallory Responds to Samaria Rice’s Comments, Earns Public Support From Breonna Taylor’s Mother

Photo: Phillip Faraone (Getty Images) Some clarity is emerging on the issues Samaria Rice recently raised regarding her discomfort with the more visible activists in the movement to end the deadly police violence against Black people in America. Advertisement Following the Facebook posts last week by Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, branding Until Freedom’s […]

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‘We All Failed Her’: Tamika Mallory Responds To Samaria Rice’s ‘Chasing Clout’ Accusations

NewsOne Featured Video Source: Jon Cherry / Getty Activist Tamika Mallory addressed the claims of Tamir’s Rice mother on Thursday, days after Samaria Rice released a statement accusing Mallory and other movement activists of financially profiting off her pain. Rice’s comments came after the Grammys where Mallory took the stage with rapper Lil Baby during […]

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This Shop Owner Allegedly Lied About Being Threatened by BLM. He’s Now Facing a Hate Crime.

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. An upstate New York business owner who called the cops on BLM protesters—after he allegedly hurled racial epithets and threatened them with an air rifle—will be the first person charged under a new law that makes it a crime to weaponize police against […]

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‘Nobody Has Been Held Accountable’: 1 Year Later, Breonna Taylor’s Mom Continues Her Fight

NewsOne Featured Video Source: SOPA Images / Getty Tamika Palmer reserves most of her energies in advocating for her daughter Breonna Taylor behind the scenes fighting for justice. The heaviness she’s endured over the last year is  palpable, but in the streets marching with community members who fiercely advocate and support her daughter is where […]

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Gun Store Owner Orders Customer to leave Store Over ‘Marxist’ and ‘Fascist’ Black Lives Matter Face Mask

Screenshot: @davenewworld_ / Instagram Years ago, I wrote a lengthy essay for the Washington Post in which I explained that I see no value in expending even a drop of energy or emotional/ intellectual labor on arguing with wilfully obtuse white people about systemic racism, Black Lives Matter or literally anything else related to social […]

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Cops Refuse to Say What Kind of Weapons They Are Using Against Protesters

Andolu Agency / Getty Images Beginning in late May 2020, residents of Portland, Oregon took to the streets to protest the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and hundreds of other Black people at the hands of police. In response, columns of police officers showered crowds with tear gas, baton blows, and other “less-lethal” weapons. […]

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Black Lives Matter Says $3 Million Fund for People Struggling From Pandemic Depleted After One Day, Seeks More Donations

Photo: Eugenio Marongiu (Shutterstock) A day after announcing a $3 million fund to support grants to Black people struggling during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF) says the fund has been exhausted. On Thursday, in a press release sent to The Root, BLMGNF said it had launched a BLM […]

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The Black Chef Movement Shares Their Most Essential Cookware

Photo courtesy of Rasheeda McCallum There are many ways to fuel a movement. Over the past eight months, the world has seen the fight for Black lives find renewed strength in the forming jail support groups, the tumbling of crusty white-dude-colonizer statues, and in the establishing of mutual aid networks that want to hold police […]

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Black Lives Matter Global Network Reveals Its Finances Amid Criticism for Lack of Transparency

Photo: trevorwk (Shutterstock) Black Lives Matter is multiple things; it’s a statement, a movement, a network of local organizations and a global network. Like anything that is a lot of things all at once, BLM has seen its share of messaging issues and clashes between activists and organizers with different visions of what the movement […]

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The Black Surfing Association Is Making NYC’s Waves More Inclusive

By land and sea, there have been many displays of solidarity with Black Lives Matter over the past nine months in New York City. “It’s a beautiful thing,” says Lou Harris, who leads the East Coast chapter of the Black Surfing Association (BSA) in Queens, as well as the paddle-outs for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, […]

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LeBron James and More Than a Vote Release Ad Calling Out the Double Standard in Police Response to Capitol Riot

Photo: Christian Petersen (Getty Images) “IT WAS NEVER ABOUT WHAT WE DID, IT’S ABOUT WHO WE ARE!” That’s what LeBron James captioned a Friday tweet promoting an ad that addresses the double standard that Black people all saw and have not been shy about calling out regarding how police responded to the massive wypipo meltdown […]

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Trump Supporters Are Blaming Antifa for the Capitol Riot Because White People Are Racist Against Themselves

Screenshot: @Tom_Hussey/ Twitter I’ll say it again: THE ONLY REASON TRUMP SUPPORTERS ARE BLAMING ANTIFA FOR THE CAPITOL RIOT IS BECAUSE WHITE PEOPLE ARE RACIST AGAINST THEMSELVES! Mostly, I’m joking. What I mean to say is that conservative America has spent years—and especially the last several months—condemning the violence, destruction of property and general lawlessness […]

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10 Black Lives Matter Chapters Pen Open Letter Criticizing BLM Global Network for Lack of Transparency in Decision Making

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors speaks on stage at the Teen Vogue Summit 2019 on November 02, 2019, in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Rich Fury (Getty Images) Black Lives Matter has become such a mainstream rallying cry and concept that it’s easy to forget it’s also an organization—and one that has grown from a […]

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10 Black Lives Matter Chapters Pen Open Letter Criticizing BLM Global Network for Lack of Transparency in Decision Making [Updated]

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors speaks on stage at the Teen Vogue Summit 2019 on November 02, 2019, in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Rich Fury (Getty Images) Black Lives Matter has become such a mainstream rallying cry and concept that it’s easy to forget it’s also an organization—and one that has grown from a […]

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Patrisse Cullors Has Been ‘Craving Nuance’ in Black Activists’ Stories—and She Plans to Create That With Warner Bros. TV

Patrisse Cullors Photo: Gio Solis Black lives absolutely matter…and so do our vast and rich array of stories. Patrisse Cullors, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter (along with Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza) and a 2020 honoree of The Root 100 (her fourth time on the list since 2015), recently made Hollywood headlines when she […]

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Black Lives Matter-LA’s Melina Abdullah Breaks Down What It Means To ‘Defund The Police’

On the latest episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sat down with the co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter, Melina Abdullah, for an in-depth chat about America’s racial wealth gap, systemic racism, and the types of “good trouble” Abdullah has gotten herself into throughout her career as an […]

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Some Black Lives Matter Supporters Say Their Stance Got Them Fired

Photo by Jason Armond via Getty Images In the midst of a national backlash against police brutality and renewed discussion of Black Lives Matter, people are speaking up in support of BLM. As a result, in at least four cases, this speech, even when it has taken the form of apparel, has led to terminations […]

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Issa Rae Doesn’t Want to Be Hollywood’s ‘Tokenized Person’ for Diversity Hiring Practices

Issa Rae attends the world premiere of “The Photograph” World on February 11, 2020, in New York City. Photo: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images (Getty Images) In Hollywood, one of the most notable things to have come out of the pandemic (other than a severe pivot from how film and television sets used to function) is a […]

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Florida Gov. Just Made It Easy for Drivers to Run Over Black Lives Matter Protesters

Photo: SAUL LOEB (Getty Images) If the Devil hawked a loogie and that mound of phlegm grew feet and arms it would be Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. He might be the only man in politics who is literally dumber than Trump. Advertisement Trust me, I know exactly what I’m saying. In a move that can […]

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‘Racist Bigot’ Trump Supporter Who Killed BLM Protester Dies By Suicide

The white, Trump-supporting bar owner who killed a Black Lives Matter protester in Nebraska has been found dead from an apparent suicide in Oregon, according to reports. Jake Gardner killed himself Sunday, the same day he was expected to turn himself in to authorities for the “manslaughter” of James Scurlock in Omaha in May. Gardner, […]

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John Boyega’s Experiences With Racism Throughout His Star Wars Journey Made Him ‘Much More Militant’

John Boyega stands in Parliament square during an anti-racism demonstration in London, on June 3, 2020Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images (Getty Images) Like his Star Wars character Finn, John Boyega is a trooper in the midst of the storm in that he’ll get his work done—but best believe, he’ll fight for what is right, […]

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ABFF Founders Jeff and Nicole Friday Launch Social Justice Now Film Festival, Michael B. Jordan and BLM’s Opal Tometi Named Co-Ambassadors

Nicole and Jeff Friday attend the American Black Film Festival Honors Awards Ceremony on February 23, 2020; Michael B. Jordan attends the 51st NAACP Image Awards on February 22, 2020; Opal Tometi attends the Premiere of “Harriet” on October 29, 2019.Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images (Getty Images), Leon Bennett/Getty Images for BET (Getty Images), Frazer Harrison/Getty […]

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Black Lives Matter Signs Reportedly Set on Fire in Cleveland

Photo: airdone (Shutterstock) Multiple homeowners in Cleveland, Ohio, have reported their Black Lives matter signs were set on fire. Advertisement According to Fox 8, three homeowners in the neighborhood of Ohio City reported their signs were set on fire, and other residents reported that their signs supporting presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden were stolen. […]

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Dolly Parton Talks Black Lives Matter, Says ‘Do We Think Our Little White Asses Are the Only Ones That Matter?’

Dolly Parton attends the 53rd annual CMA Awards on November 13, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee.Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images (Getty Images) Sometimes you just need someone to put it plain. Enter country legend, Dolly Parton. Advertisement In a recent cover story interview with Billboard, Parton discussed her life during the global pandemic, the possibility of selling […]

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Northern Irish Police Are Treating BLM Campaigners as Organised Criminals

Belfast, Northern Ireland, A large group of people gathered outside Belfast City Hall in solidarity. Bonzo/Alamy Live News Police in Northern Ireland have been accused of taking an “aggressive” approach to their policing of Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests, described by campaigners as “disproportionate and inconsistent”. BLM organisers are being questioned under organised-crime powers, leading […]

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Whole Foods Sued by Employees Over Black Lives Matter Masks

Photo: SAUL LOEB (Getty Images) Amazon was one of many companies that spoke out in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement as protests against systemic racism and police violence intensified. Many looked at the move with a side-eye considering the company’s questionable labor practices and the frequent allegations of racial bias that exist within […]

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