Media

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Sexual Health Experts on Why 'Insecure' Needs to Practice Safer Sex

With STI rates dangerously high for Black people, do TV shows have a responsibility to wrap it up?

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Afropunk.com Editor-in-Chief Quits, Alleges Exploitation of Staff

Lou Constant-Desportes accused organization leadership of disregarding Afropunk’s ethos of Black love and empowerment.

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#TBT: Remembering Louis E. Lomax, America's First Black TV Newsman

Lomax broke the television news color barrier in 1958.

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Chance the Rapper Purchases Chicago-Focused News Website

In his new song “I Might Need Security,” the rapper confirms that he purchased Chicagoist “just to run you racist bitches out of business.”

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Celebrating Ida B. Wells On Her Birthday

Today marks the trailblazing journalist and activist’s 156th birthday. Here’s why her work still resonates through media, activism and history—and what is being done to memorialize a life well lived.

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The Must-Read Race and Culture Books of the Summer

From memoirs to poetry to fiction, these titles will deepen your understanding of what’s going on, inspire activism and even entertain the kids.

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Remember the Tulsa 'Black Wall Street' Massacre Through Its Last Known Survivor

“They tried to destroy every Black business, school and church.”

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How Allure's Editor-in-Chief Made APIA Representation History

“Someone has to be the trailblazer. You have to just go ahead and do it.”

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The One Passage You Must Read From Ta-Nehisi Coates' Essay on Kanye West

Coates’ latest piece for The Atlantic frames the musician’s high-profile support for President Donald Trump as a quest for “White freedom.”

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Tarana Burke and Tiffany Haddish Cover Time's '100 Most Influential People' Issue

The activist and actress join Issa Rae, Chloe Kim and several other people of color on this year’s list of global changemakers.

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Kendrick Lamar, James Forman Jr., Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah Honored With Pulitzer Prizes

This year’s winners include artists and journalists who fearlessly explored contemporary racial identity and oppression.

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That Time April D. Ryan Asked Why Trump Has No Comment on Police Killing Black People

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “That’s something that we feel should be left up to the local authorities.”

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A Very Serious Roundup of Race-Focused Books Coming Out This Spring

Transition into spring with this cross-section of titles.

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Critics Say National Geographic's Attempt to 'Rise Above' Its 'Racist' Past Falls Short

They argue that the magazine’s new special issue on race relies on old habits. 

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LISTEN: Why Does the Media Have So Much Trouble Covering Racists?

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on “Face the Racist Nation”: “When you make it about ignorance, you’re also making it about individual people and you’re not making it about power and policy and structures and systems.”

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As the Kerner Report Turns 50, I Actually Have Some Good News About the Media [OPINION]

Rinku Sen: “I’ve read thousands of justifiable words about how little has changed and has even gotten worse for people of color in the media. But there’s no question that the last 50 years would have been immeasurably worse without the actions of reporters and news consumers of color.”

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Politico Article Suggests Readers Get Their 'Own Immigrant'

No, it was not satire.

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#TBT: How Harry McAlpin Broke the White House Press Corps Color Barrier

The White House Correspondents’ Association barred the Black journalist for decades.

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Cassius Tackles Toxic Masculinity in #MeToo Era With January Cover

Darnell L. Moore: “Because it’s time to reflect on the ways our collective love for ‘masculinity’ is like a tight ass grip choking brothers’ freedom, whether they have learned to breathe with hands around their necks or not.”

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Essence Acquisition Brings Magazine Back Under Black Ownership

The executive team, consisting entirely of Black women, will now co-own the company that’s behind the magazine and its annual music and arts festival.