PoC News in America

Did you see how glamorous and powerful your favorite actresses, filmmakers, musicians and even our First Lady were at this year’s Black Girls Rock? Let’s look at those inspirational women and then get to the news!

NY Governor Cuomo dropped the Dream Act and Education Tax Credit from the proposed NY state budget.

A new report shows that 80 percent of violence committed against Muslims in France is committed against women.

The FBI has released their new hate crime training manual which features increased attention to hate crimes against Sikh, Hindu and Arab-Americans.

A grand jury has indicted the Alabama policeman for throwing a recently arrived Indian immigrant to the ground, prompting further conversations about police accountability.

UVA student Martese Johnson is fighting back against charges of public intoxication and obstruction of justice in his first appearance since his brutal attack by police officers.

An inquiry into the University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon racist practices, revealed that the chants actually stem from the national gathering, which is pretty unsurprising.

The Justice Department announced that it would be filing civil charges against the man who threw a noose around a statute of James Meredith at the University of Mississippi.

Simone Manuel, Lia Neal, and Natalie Hinds swept the top awards at the NCAA freestyle swim championships, debunking stereotypes about black people swimming as well as setting new NCAA records.

Speaking about debunking stereotypes, Jeremy Lin talks to ESPN about his role of breaking down barriers for Asian-Americans in basketball and about complicated stereotypes about Asians.

Here’s Serena Williams’ version of Beyonce’s “7/11” for her April Vogue feature:

Often, the easiest type of activism and support is to patronize businesses that support women and minorities. However, sometimes those businesses may not be the best, in practice.

On the flip side, adorable 10-year-old Mikaila Ulmer was just awarded $60,000 on Shark Tank to expand her company, BeeSweet Lemonade.

Here are five Native designers and artists you should get familiar with ASAP.

Black America is still in the throes of a deep recession.

Deadine’s Nellie Andreeva stepped in it and the whole internet debunked her preposterous claim that white actors are facing discrimination now because of too much diversity. Twitter also tore into the article. But the best reaction came from Shonda Rhimes…

One of the most talked about movies from Sundance, Dope, released a trailer this past week. The movie follows three friends as they bond over ’90s hiphop and generally try to survive their teenage years.

Did you catch SNL this past weekend with Dwayne Johnson? There’s still time to set your DVR for Taraji P. Henson’s SNL debut on April 11th.

Taraji P. Henson was in the news a lot recently, following allegations of her son facing racial profiling at USC and her proactive response to move him to an HBCU. USC quickly investigated these claims, did not find evidence to substantiate the claims, prompting her public apology to the Glendale police. Despite the claims being false, her actions and response prove that there are proactive and productive ways to discuss race and acknowledge the strained history between law enforcement and black youth.

Have you checked out the trailer for Ackee & Saltfish, the series about young black British women? Watch it below!

Jourdan Dunn talks about how her years of modeling with makeup artists and stylists who don’t know black hair care have left her hair damaged and brittle.

You may have seen Rupi Kaur’s provocative images of women menstruating, floating around the internet, but they have been banned from Instagram.

Pitchfork takes indie music to task for perpetuating an image of whiteness, and even holds themselves accountable for this.

Details magazine has an interview with Oscar Isaac where he continues to steal my heart by singing on the subway.

Jubilee is making her appearance in the X-Men movies (finally), played by newcomer Lana Condor as announced on Bryan Singer’s Instagram.

In other casting news, Vivica A. Fox is joining the Independence Day sequel.

SNL alum Nasim Pedrad is getting a show of her own!

Despite not being English enough to be James Bond, Idris Elba is being considered for the villain of the next Star Trek sequel.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Dong is controversial and divisive to say the least, and NPR investigates this divide.

Actress and fashion icon Lupita Nyong’o and director Mira Nair begin work on their Disney film, Queen of Katwe and are adorable on Instagram.

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill will be archived in the Library of Congress.

We have new music this week from FKA twigs…


and British actor and rapper Riz Ahmed.

Finally, Destiny’s Child is reuniting for a performance (!!!) at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards. Some footage from the show taping is floating around on the internet, but the actual performance will air next week.

That’s all for this week! Leave your comments below!

By Karishma

Karishma is a twenty-something living in New York City and is trying her hardest to live out every cliche about Millennials. This involves eating her feelings, drowning in debt and mocking infomercials. She likes sociology so much that she has two degrees in it, and is still warding off her parents' questions about a real career.

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