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Dear Mr. Obama, You Let Me Down As A Black Woman

Dear President Obama, When you won in 2008, I cried and said to my mother, “I finally feel like an American.” It was a feeling that only lasted one night. Americans are supposed to be entitled to Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness — and if an…
By Cherise Morris

The Club That No One Wants to Join

I grew up in a suburb of St. Louis, in a town that happens to be just 30 minutes away from Ferguson, Missouri. I remember going into Ferguson a few days after police officer Darren Wilson escaped being indicted for killing a young black man named Mic…
By Samaria Johnson

Photos Of Protests That Look Like A War Zone

I think I stand alone when I say that 2016 wasn't all that bad for me: the Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years — something that, being from Chicago, my family has been waiting on for generations I started writing for Bustle and …
By Margaret Judson

5 Facts About White Supremacists You Need To Know

Well, this is happening. We're actually having to discuss white supremacy. And not in the context of Black Lives Matter or a media scandal, but because of the announcement that Steve Bannon will be an integral part of President-Elect Donald Trump's n…
By JR Thorpe

Racist Culture Is Stronger Than Ever

My palms sweaty, I unlock my phone just in case something happens to me. My heart is pounding and I can’t help but be hesitant about every move I make in this moment. I am a Black woman, and two cops are walking behind me, step by step, in the grocer…
By Amen Oyiboke

The Terence Crutcher Transcript Is Hard To Read

An unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma, whose family says he was waiting on the side of a road after his SUV broke down, was shot and killed by a Tulsa police officer last Friday. And now that the video and transcript from the Tulsa Police Departmen…
By Yvonne Juris

Reading 'The Fire This Time' In The Age Of #BLM

An unarmed black teenager is shot twice in the head by a white police officer named Darren Wilson. An unarmed black child playing the park dies after being shot by white police officers. An unarmed black father is wrestled to the ground, handcuffed, …
By Vanessa Willoughby

I'm Still Waiting For MLK's Dream To Come True

Fifty-three years ago, on August 28, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic "I Have A Dream" speech. While King has been mostly sanitized as America's hero, "I Have A Dream" is a revolutionary speech that condemns racial injustice, d…
By Evette Dionne

This BLM Photo Speaks Volumes About The Movement

A photo that went viral from a Black Lives Matter rally held in Los Angeles in mid-July, was re-circulating again on social media Monday. And the photo, which features two Latina women dressed in Brown Beret uniforms alongside two men from the Nation…
By Yvonne Juris

How To Read The Black Lives Matter Agenda

Just over one week ahead of the second anniversary of Michael Brown's death at the hands of a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, which sparked the Black Lives Matter movement, over 50 groups affiliated with BLM released a comprehensive agenda for …
By Amée LaTour

The One Big Issue That's Not Being Discussed

The conversation around police brutality in America has become convoluted. Elements of racism mix with civil rights violations, government corruption, the criminal histories of civilians, violence against police, and technology’s influence. Mental he…
By Pendarvis Harshaw

Why The Murder Of POC Isn't "Senseless"

Every day, I sit confused while scrolling through the various social media accounts which all deem the murders of black men and women at the hands of police brutality “senseless.” Of the thousands of adjectives to choose from, millions of Americans h…
By Jada Cato

The Mothers Of Tamir Rice And Mike Brown Speak Out

In response to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police officers, the mothers of Tamir Rice and Michael Brown, both of whom were also killed by police officers, have spoken out about police brutality. Earlier this week…
By Madhuri Sathish

When Have You Felt Like A Target For Being Black?

A few hours before the second night of protests against police violence began at Union Square in New York City, I went to the area to ask attendees a simple, but difficult, question: When was the last time you felt like a target as a black person? It…
By Rachel Krantz

Georgia's Governor Had the Worst Dallas Response

On Thursday evening, an anti-police brutality protest in Dallas turned tragic and deadly when a gunman fatally shot five police officers, and injured seven others along with two civilians. It is now being called the single deadliest assault on law en…
By Yvonne Juris

5 Nonfiction Titles Look At Black Lives Matter

This is a time when so many emotions can leave many in America, particularly Blacks, at a loss of what to say. The recent murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have created more distress, but the event also call for more action. Many pieces …
By Jennifer Baker

Dear Allies: Posting On Social Media Is Not Enough

In the last few days, I’ve seen several Facebook status updates from friends proclaiming proudly that they “don’t care who they offend” with their views. Dear white allies: If you’re not a person of color, posting a Facebook status to show solidarity…
By Paige Tutt

What Police Violence & Rape Culture Have In Common

The continued and sustained killings of black people by police terrify me for a number of reasons — the first and foremost of which, of course, is fear for the people I know — my brother, my father, and my friends. But I’m also scared for those I don…
By Brianna Nicole Cox

As A Black Woman, Is My Dignity Worth My Life?

On July 6, 2016, I woke up, on vacation, in a comfy hotel room. I scrolled through the news: Trump, Trump, A Kardashian Does Something Totally Normal. Buried in between the same ole BS was an article that told me another black man, Alton Sterling, ha…
By Kristin Collins Jackson

Samira Wiley On #BlackLivesMatter & 'OITNB'

Orange is the New Black Season 4 takes viewers on an emotional rollercoaster, but saves the ultimate gut punch for the penultimate episode, If you're done marathoning the Netflix series, then you know what I'm talking about: The tragic death of Pouss…
By Mallory Carra