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Support Black and Brown Creatives: We Need Each Other to Get Free

When we invest in each other, we invest in our collective futures to rise above the oppressive systems that affect all of us. We’ve all heard of the Mark Zuckerbergs and Steve Jobs of the world — but both groundbreaking founders and their peers have their privilege in common despite college drop-outs. They did it...

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Lavish Reynolds Speaks After Released From Police Custody: “The Police Took Over My Facebook” [VIDEO]

Following the shooting of her boyfriend Philando Castile, the 34-year-old Minnesota man whose officer-involved shooting death Wednesday night was recorded  in real-time using the Facebook Live feature, Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds spoke publicly for the first time early Thursday morning after she was released from police custody. In a Facebook Live video uploaded by one of her friends, Reynolds spoke among friends...

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How Facebook Live and Lavish Reynolds Changed how We See Police Brutality

UPDATE: 7/7/2016: After being released by police custody around 5am Central time this morning, Diamond ‘Lavish’ Reynolds spoke publicly for the first time. According to Reynolds, St. Anthony Police Department were responsible for deactivating her Facebook and pulling the video. Read the full story with video of Reynolds speaking here. — 1.4 million views. That’s the...

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Facebook Deactivates Account of Woman Who Livestreamed Boyfriend Being Shot and Killed by Minnesota Police

UPDATE: 7/7/2016: After being released by police custody around 5am Central time this morning, Diamond ‘Lavish’ Reynolds spoke publicly for the first time. According to Reynolds, St. Anthony Police Department were responsible for deactivating her Facebook and pulling the video. Read the full story with video of Reynolds speaking here. — Before Black America even has...

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People Are Pointing Out a HUGE Issue With Kanye West’s Famous Video

Kanye West recently outdid his wife by breaking the internet with his latest music video, ‘Famous’. The video, which exclusively released on Tidal after originally premiering Friday night in Los Angeles was West’s attempt to highlight “the pervasive nature of paparazzi culture,” according to Ashleigh Shackelford in an article written for Wear Your Voice. Throughout the...

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What It’s Like to Not Remember Your Rape: I Am Emily Doe

9 years ago I was raped, and I don’t remember a thing. Because of that, I struggle identifying myself as a rape survivor. Content Warning: Rape, Sexual Violence Like many other rape survivors, when I heard about the Stanford rape case, I was angry. I was angry that yet again, I have been reaffirmed that rape...

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Meet Zora Ball, The World’s Youngest Programmer

  When most of us think back to our childhood, memories of double dutch, dodgeball or learning to write a complete sentence come to mind. When child prodigy Zora Ball looks back at her formative years, she’ll remember the first programming app she created. Related: Teaching Little Black Girls To Love Themselves When Society Doesn’t In...