We hope you all had a great Pride weekend! Let’s get right into it.
Now, I’m sure by now you’ve heard about Jennicet Gutiérrez, the trans woman of color that was escorted out of Pride reception at the White House, after she interrupted the President. Read in her own words why she did it. And here’s why you should maybe support her.
Speaking of trans visibility, NBC featured these stories of black trans couples. They’re super cute.
The media shows us, once again, its racist double standards for white murders and innocent black victims.
Many have gone to great lengths to say that the Charleston Massacre perpetrator was not motivated by race. But he was. And Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson believes it’s important we acknowledge that racism was the cause.
Over at Salon, read how America urges forgiveness as a means to ignore the larger problem of white supremacy.
Chad Williams, chair of the Brandeis University African and Afro-American Studies Department, has created the hashtag #Charlestonsyllabus with a crowd-sourced list of books, articles, and films to help contextualize the Charleston Massacre.
Speaking of the confederate flag, brand new American heroine, Bree Newsome, took it upon herself to remove the flag that flies in front of the State House in South Carolina. She is part of the #TakeItDown campaign to remove the confederate flag. You can follow updates on Bree over at the hashtag #FreeBree.
Companies such as Walmart, Amazon, eBay, and Sears have stopped the sale of merchandise with the flag on it.
South Carolina’s Governor and other Republicans have also come out against the confederate flag.
We love Maya Rudolph and her impression of Rachel Dolezal is one we need you all to watch.
Still don’t believe in white privilege? This white comedian sets to prove that it’s a real thing. (PS. Only white people fail to believe that it’s a real thing. It’s part of the privilege.)
A Utah baseball team cancels their scheduled “Caucasian Heritage Night” after some much deserved backlash.
I know millennials like to think themselves as less racist than older generations, but the truth is that they hardly are.
Lupe Fiasco took to Instagram and penned an open letter to white supremacy.
Nas also took to Instagram to call out the racial inequalities in America.
Speaking of the president, I’m sure by now you’ve heard about that podcast he did. If you don’t have time to listen to all of it, here are the highlights from his appearance.
New York City Mayor De Blasio is going to make Lunar New Year a school holiday! It will go into effect this upcoming school year.
Over at NPR, researches explore how graduation rates of black and Latino students have been negatively affected by a ban on race conscious admissions in medical schools in several states.
Diane Guerrero is urging young Latinos to go out and vote.
Donald Trump is not backing down from the racist comments he made regarding Mexicans. This has led to television network Univision cutting ties with Miss Universe. Donald Trump has received criticism for his ignorance from Ricky Martin. Hosts, judges, and performers have dropped out of the pageant, and critics are calling on NBC for a boycott of the pageants.
Here’s the latest on the protesters at Manua Kea. They have successfully shutdown TMT Construction.
It’s being reported that Ava DuVernay has been hired to direct the new Marvel Black Panther movie. We’re not freaking out. You’re freaking out.
In other news, Kid Cudi is taking over as band leader on Comedy Bang Bang.
We got our first look at Taye Diggs as Hedwig for his stint in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He looks fabulous.
This weekend was the Glastonbury festival and Kanye headlined, despite people trying to petition against it early this year. We leave you with a clip from his performance.