PoC News in America

This week, I accidentally cleared everything in my RSS reader, so I lost a lot of articles. Join us for what I did manage to snag.

NPR has a story on how Medicare helped desegregate hospitals in the early years of the program.

The American Society of News Editors reported a slight decline of journalists of color working in print and digital journalism.

The Aerogram has a story about brown bodies and body hair that may feel really personal to many people of color struggling with Eurocentric standards of beauty.

Teachers College Community School has been under close scrutiny in NYC after principal Jeanene Worrell-Breeden revealed that she forged test answers. This story took an even sadder turn as Worrell-Breeden committed suicide shortly after the story broke.

Cecil the lion was killed by a poacher, and activists took that as an opportunity to remind people that they often care more about a lion’s death than that of a black person. Feministing also encouraged us to #sayhername instead of trolling and shaming the poacher.

Contrary to what Donald Trump may think, illegal immigration may actually reduce crime.

There’s a 5K in Kentucky, where runners are chased by people in brownface as “Native Americans,” because everything is the worst.

Dylann Roof plead not guilty to 33 federal hate crime counts. This does not include the nine murder counts for lives he took in Charleston.

Nearly a year after Ferguson, 24 states have enacted 40 state laws about police training and accountability to prevent future deaths.

New reports from the Department of Homeland Security shows that they have been closely monitoring the #blacklivesmatter movement.

No charges will be brought against University of Cincinnati cops who were at scene of the fatal shooting death of Samuel DuBose.

Speaking of #blacklivesmatter, protestors in Cleveland chanted Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” to counter police.

Rihanna tried to play a free show in Baltimore to support the Freddie Gray protests, but was denied permits.

This weekend, NAACP protestors began their march from Selma to Washington, D.C. as part of their Journey for Justice. Protestors are marching to advocate for a “fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable public education.”

Sesame Amigos, a Spanish-language Univisión and Sesame Street collaboration, premiered this weekend.

Hannibal Buress weighed in on the Hulk Hogan debacle, by revoking his “brother” card.

The original Uhura, Nichelle Nichols, is set to fly on NASA’s SOFIA space telescope in September, just months after having a stroke.

Actresses try to be activists and unfortunately ignore the issues of agency and intersectionality in the issues that they deal with, round 13442, this time featuring sex workers.

NPR has a round of Key & Peele’s “code-switchiest” moments.

Humans’ Gemma Chan has some thoughts about being an Asian actor (hint: it’s difficult).

Naomi Campbell was sentenced to six months in an Italian jail for assaulting a paparazzo.

This week we have Cary Fukunaga’s trailer for Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba.

We also have The 33, the story of the 2010 Copiapó Chilean mine accident, with questionable casting and everything else we’ve come to expect from these type of stories.

In a story that sounds like a dream I’ve had, The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira will be directing Lupita Nyong’o in Eclipsed off-Broadway.

Wyatt Cenac is joining Conan O’Brien’s pilot about a support group for people who claim to be alien abductees.

Lance Gross posted this on his Instagram prompting the internet rumor to start wishing, hoping, thinking and praying that he will be playing John Stewart’s Green Lantern in the new DC movieverse.

Catalina Sandino Moreno is joining season 2 of The Affair.

NBC’s The Wiz Live just announced Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige are joining the cast, so set your DVRs now and clear your calendars.

Lauryn Hill covered “Feeling Good” on The Tonight Show and it’s amazing.

We end this week with a video of Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes singing “Get Back” with Paul McCartney at Lollapalooza. You can also get other new music from Alabama Shakes here.

I’m joking, we’re ending on Macy Gray’s new song, about her vibrator. The video is animated. Thank you, Macy Gray.

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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