We hope those of you celebrating Halloween enjoyed a weekend filled with candy and joy and not with casually or blatantly racist costumes.
The major story of the past week was the South Carolina student who was brutally assaulted in class by a school police officer, highlighting yet again how police brutality is an urgent matter in this nation, and how black women are continually stripped of their humanity and criminalized in the media. The police officer involved was eventually fired.
Here’s a list of the other horrible police brutality cases in October.
Success Charter schools in NYC were circulating a “got to go” list of students, because at-risk youth make success too difficult.
27 women at the Hutto Immigration Detention Center are currently on a hunger strike.
Billboard Magazine tweeted a sexually suggestive joke about North West. Yes, a child.
Muslim millenials are finally getting noticed by start-ups catering to their needs.
Hillary Clinton was confronted by #BlackLivesMatter supporters at a rally in Atlanta who sang Janelle Monáe’s “Hell You Talmbout” in protest.
Dev Hynes of Blood Orange fame, released a song inspired by Sandra Bland, called “Sandra’s Smile.”
Issa Rae made a short about pay inequality and it’s both cute and disheartening.
Serena Williams talks race and gender as she guest-edits Wired magazine and looks stunning while doing so.
Gymnast Simone Biles won her third straight championship.
Alicia Keys and James Blake were among the celebrities that ran the New York City Marathon to raise money and awareness for charity.
NYC high school students might get a chance to see Hamilton on Broadway.
George Lucas and wife Mellody Hobson donated $10 million to promote diversity at USC’s film school.
In fantasy news, we have new projects with diverse casting.
Rihanna joined the cast of Luc Besson’s Valerian.
Li Bingbing is joining Realm, Stan Lee’s new superhero project.
B.D. Wong is joining the cast of Gotham as Professor Hugo Strange.
Michelle Rodriguez is playing a transgender action hero in her next movie and the plot looks really terrible.
Effie Brown and the rest of “The Changemakers” panel at the Produced By: New York (PBNY) Conference discussed diversity and presented tangible steps for more inclusive media.
There’s a petition to have Raven-Symoné fired from The View following her continued dismissal of the concerns of people of color.
Aziz Ansari talks about his new project and why no one would’ve written it for an actor of color.
Halloween may be over but it’s never too early to prepare for next year.
Here are 10 classic black horror films.
NPR looks at how the growing Latino population gravitates towards horror movies.
Here are some of your favorite celebrities in their Halloween getups, such as the Rock as Popeye, and Chrissy Teigen as Guy Fieri.
Finally, the winner for cutest Halloween costume goes to Viola Davis’ daughter Genesis.