Kevin Ashley Parnell (Mansfield Jail)
An innocent black man was shot in the face and killed on Labor Day after attempting to keep an angry, racist white man from entering his home and confronting his roommate, according to reports from local law enforcement in Fort Worth, Texas.
Read “‘I’m Going To Strip You Naked and Whip You Like the Slave You Are’: Man Sends Racist Messages Before Killing Innocent Black Man“
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A mother of two in Shreveport, La., is facing criminal charges and could possibly be locked up for crimes she did not commit if Caddo Parish District Attorney James E. Stewart Sr. has his way. He wants to punish her for a series of crimes allegedly committed by her children.
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A little over two months after Ebony magazine missed its self-imposed deadline for paying the thousands of dollars it owes to its writers, a group of 38 freelancers filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court on Tuesday alleging they are collectively owed more than $70,000 for their work.
Read “#EbonyOwes: Freelancers Sue Historic Black Magazine For $70,000 In Unpaid Invoices“
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While the rest of the world watched on in horror, Hurricane Irma swept through the Caribbean, leveling entire islands as she made her way toward the United States. As many in the state of Florida prepared to evacuate and find safety and shelter, some residents there may have a storm of a different type to worry about in the form of one county sheriff’s office that warned people with warrants not to show up at emergency shelters.
Read “Florida Sheriff Promises to Arrest Anyone With a Warrant Who Comes Looking For Shelter During Hurricane Irma“
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Betsy DeVos, head of the U.S. Department of Education, said Thursday that she plans to rewrite Obama administration guidance for how colleges and universities handle sexual assaults on campus so that it better protects students who have been accused of committing assault.
Read “Betsy DeVos Wants to Rewrite Obama Era Campus Sexual Assault Policy To Add More Protections For the Accused“
New York City public schools announced Wednesday that they will be providing free lunch to all students during the 2017-18 school year, which is a good thing, because no child in this country should be hungry, no matter their circumstance.
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Robert W Lee IV and Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer at the MTV Video Music Awards
Reverend Robert W. Lee IV, a direct descendant of the Civil War General whose name has become synonymous with the Confederacy, appeared on television and spoke out against racism and the riots in Charlottesville, Va., that happened in protest of a statue of his famous ancestor being removed. Now Lee says that appearance has caused him to be forced out of his own church.
Read “Robert E. Lee Descendant Who Spoke Out Against Racism Quits Church After Being Criticized For Supporting Black Lives Matter”
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Steve “Chompers” Harvey — who famously met with Donald Trump earlier this year and then spent the next several months caping for the monster that is in the highest position in the country — now says he should have listened to his wife and skipped the meeting entirely, according to a recent interview.
Read “After Skinnin’ and Grinnin’ For Trump, Steve Harvey Says He Should Have Listened To His Wife and Skipped Meeting“
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After finding out a Minneapolis club owner donated $500 to the 2016 Senate campaign of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, performers canceling and customers boycotting forced the club to close last week.
Read “Backlash Over Owner’s Donation to Ex-KKK Leader Forces Minneapolis Bar to Close“
I got to kick it with Jae on the 195th episode of his podcast “Just Say Words.” On this episode, we discuss titties, booties, sexuality, manscaping and a whole lot more. Give us a listen.
Actress Yvonne Orji (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for HBO)
Last week on Twitter, a heated debate got started over actress Yvonne Orji’s decision to remain celibate until she is married. I had some thoughts on that debate, and I wrote about them in a commentary for The Root.
When we say we want women to be free to make their own sexual choices, do we only mean that when the choice is one that we would make for ourselves? When we say that women should have agency over their own bodies, do we mean only if that agency is not influenced by other personal convictions or beliefs? Do we only want women to be free to make their own choices with their bodies when that choice involves sharing it with someone else?
Read “Mind Your Own Vagina: On Yvonne Orji, Adult Virgins and Personal Sexual Choices“