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Martellus Bennett: 'Let Black Boys Dream Big'

Ahead of the Super Bowl, the artist and former NFL player reflects on the messages society gives Black boys about their worth.

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Miss Black America's Story, From Segregation to Celebration

A look at the annual event’s half decade of success, from inception to its 50th anniversary.

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John Legend On The 120-Year-Old Law That Still Oppresses Black Louisianians

“Ending the 10-2 jury rule in Louisiana will not solve the issue of mass incarceration or dismantle White supremacy, but it will deal a significant blow to both.”

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Police Less Likely to Arrest Killers With Black Victims

“There is a straight line between Black people being outraged loudly about police officers being able to shoot and kill people and being able to get away from it and Black people quietly wondering when that homicide in their neighborhood is going to be solved.”

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Amy Sherald Revisits Creative Journey for New Solo Exhibit

The artist who painted Michelle Obama for the National Portrait Gallery triumphed over illness on her way to success. 

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LISTEN: Ava DuVernay Chronicles Journey from Compton to 'A Wrinkle in Time' on New Podcast

The filmmaker discussed her experiences in a White male-dominated industry on the debut episode of “Edge of Fame.”

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How Trump's Immigration Plan Impacts The Nation's Racial Makeup in One Chart

An analysis from The Washington Post says the proposal could keep Whites in the majority for five more years than previously estimated.

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READ: Immigrant Leaves America for Mexico: 'This loss is mutual.'

Ariel Rodriguez, an immigrant with undocumented status, writes about the tough choice to return to a country that is not his home.

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2017 Police Shootings By the Numbers

Officers fatally shot more people in 2017 than they did in 2016.

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Washington Post Launches Podcast About Being Mixed Race in America

The five-part series begins May 1.  

A protester holds a Black Lives Matter placard during march in reaction to the fatal police shooting of unarmed black man, Alfred Olango, on September 30, 2016, in El Cajon, California.

STUDY: Police Kill Unarmed Black Civilians at Higher Rates Than White

The report also called for an improved government database to track use-of-force incidents.

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WATCH: Female Journalists of Color's Moving Tribute to Gwen Ifill

“You were a beacon for so many of us, women of color especially, who wanted so badly to see themselves reflected in the media,” said CNN’s Tanzina Vega. 

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14 Must-Read Reactions to Baton Rouge Police Shooting

Shaun King: “Blaming the #BlackLivesMatter Movement for violence would be like blaming libraries for illiteracy rates or fire departments for fires.”

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READ: This Article Proposes a Novel Strategy to Address Market Bias Against Black Homeowners

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a White homeowner or a Black homeowner,” legal scholar Dorothy Brown told The Washington Post. “If you’re in a neighborhood that’s 10 percent Black, that home isn’t going to appreciate the same way it would if you picked it up and moved it to an all-White neighborhood.”

Small Poll of Native Americans Says Washington NFL Team's Name Isn't Offensive, Activists Disagree

Change The Mascot campaign: “Here’s what’s objective fact: Every major tribal organization in America, over 100, have come out and supported changing the name.”

Peek Inside The Smithsonian's New Black America-Focused Museum

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture officially opens in September. 

'Hamilton,' Police Shooting Database Net Pulitzer Prizes

This year marks the award program’s 100th anniversary.