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White Millennials Are Outliers When It Comes to Race

In a recent survey from GenForward Survey found that when it comes to race, white millennials have not achieved the "wokeness" that people have expected. The survey was "a nationally representative survey of over 1,750 young adults ages 18-34 conducted bimonthly that pays special attention to how race and ethnicity influence how young adults or Millennials experience and think about the world."

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Terry Crews Bravely Shares the Hollywood Sexual Assault He Endured in Solidarity With Weinstein Victims

While we primarily talk about sexual harassment and assault in terms of the women who face it, as it tends to affect them disproportionately, we're also aware that men not only also suffer harassment and assault, but often don't come forward because of the stigma attached. For Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Terry Crews, the aftermath of Harvey Weinstein's firing was exactly the right time to share the story of his own sexual assault in solidarity with Weinstein's victims.

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Jemele Hill is On The Right Side of History

Stand With Her

Yesterday it was announced that ESPN would be suspending anchor Jemele Hill for two weeks in response to her tweets that called Trump a white supremacist and for calling out Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys.

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Samira Wiley Proud of How The Handmaid’s Tale Addresses Race Without Being Racist

One of the most intriguing characters on Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale (aside from Elizabeth Moss' June, of course) is June's best friend Moira, played beautifully by Samira Wiley, who initially stole our hearts as Poussey on Orange Is the New Black. In a recent interview, she discussed why she loves Moira (as created for the show) so much, and what she thinks of the show's handling of race.

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“You Don’t Get to Tell Other People What Racism Is!”: Sean Spicer’s April Ryan Comment Has Sparked a Heated Debate

There are plenty of people pointing out that Sean Spicer is a dismissive jerk to everybody, and treats all members of the press with equal condescension. But for everyone else, it's hard to look at the way Spicer talked to journalist April Ryan yesterday as if she were his petulant child and not see something different there.

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We Won’t Be Seeing Joseph Fiennes Playing Michael Jackson Anymore (Thank Goodness!)

Yesterday, TMS' Keisha Hatchett wrote about the baffling decision to cast Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson (with Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor) in an episode of the Sky Arts series, Urban Myths. Thankfully, we won't actually have to sit through that particular episode.

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Feminism Evolved: What Intersectionality Means in the Trump Era

Intersectional feminism means no one gets left behind or forgotten.

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An Open Letter to My White Female Friends Who Voted for Trump

If you're standing by your choice, why won't you defend it? And to those of you who have been open with your admiration...what exactly do you admire about him?

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Is There Only Room for One Interracial Relationship at a Time on The Walking Dead?

Here’s what struck me, viscerally, as soon as The Walking Dead's seventh season premiere finished: Both Glenn and Abraham were in interracial relationships.

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[VIDEO] On Gabrielle Union and White Allies Educating Themselves on Issues of Race

Last week, I wrote a post about Gabrielle Union, and how she wanted to reach out to Hollywood peers like Amy Schumer and Kate Upton to have a frank discussion about their public missteps regarding race. In the above video, I go a little further with the idea that white allies should do their best to educate themselves before expecting help from people of color and suggest some tiny things they can do to do so while also caring for the people of color in their lives.

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Salamu’alaykum, Small Screen: The Complicated Role of Arabs in American Television

American television sees a disappointing dearth of Arab characters in significant roles. In fact, to date, there have arguably only been four, spread across three series. None of them are perfectly crafted, and none of them are necessarily perfect representations. However, they offer representation for a community that is often erased in pop culture despite its hypervisibility in news media.

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Black Geek Writes About How His Experience of Pokémon GO Is Affected By Race

Since its recent debut, Pokémon GO has given geeks all over a much-needed form of escapism. As the world has gotten more and more violent, people have taken to the streets trying to catch as many Pokémon as possible, if only to take their minds off the world's ills for a little while. However, black geeks are forced to feel mixed feelings even about their chosen forms of escapism.

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J.K. Rowling Minces No Words on the “Bunch of Racists” Angry Over Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Good old J.K.!

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling faced blowback online late last year when the cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the Harry Potter sequel stage play, was announced, and it became known that Hermione would be played by Noma Dumezweni—a Black woman. While fan theories that Hermione could have been Black in the books have floated around online for a while, this news took some fans off guard, and Rowling's not happy at all with how they reacted.

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Celebrate Loving Day With a Clip From the Film, Loving, and Help Make Loving Day a Federal Holiday

Loving Day, commemorating the 1967 US Supreme Court decision between the Lovings vs Virginia, which struck down all US State Laws banning interracial marriage, is June 12. In addition to there being a movement right now to make Loving Day a Federal holiday, there is also a gorgeous-looking film about the Lovings coming out from Focus Features!

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Miles Morales May Be Spider-Man in Sony’s Next Animated Film

Though we won't be seeing him on the big screen in live action any time soon, we just heard some pretty great news. Miles Morales may be Spider-Man in Sony's next animated Spidey feature!

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt S2: Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s Hate Letter to the Internet

When Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt first premiered on Netflix last year, it was a revelation. Not only was is a female-led, predominantly female comedy co-created by one of the smartest women in comedy, but the protagonist is someone who's managed to survive a trauma while keeping her kindness and hopefulness in tact. Theeeeeen....there was the stuff about Native Americans.

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Leslie Jones Believes “Regular People” Can and Should Be Ghostbusters

When the new Ghostbusters trailer was released, there was some concern surrounding Leslie Jones' character, Patty, and whether or not she was a stereotype. Well, Jones sees the matter rather differently.

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Are Some Industry Insiders of Color Missing the Point of #OscarsSoWhite?

As a writer for The Mary Sue, I often have to defend my work. After all, how can I justify writing about something as trivial as pop culture through a feminist lens (or that of race or class) when there are "real problems" in the world? The thing is, if we truly believe things like "The Pen is mightier than The Sword," or in the power of art to influence minds, then we can't call the examination and criticism of art and the systems that aid in creating it "unimportant."

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Ava DuVernay Responds to Tarantino’s Condescending Comments About Selma

High road the shit out of this.

Ava DuVernay responded to Quentin Tarantino's boneheaded comments about Selma being snubbed at the Oscars, essentially wondering why everyone was so surprised.

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California Woman Has Nineteen Cops Called on Her for “Breaking Into” Her Own Apartment

Dear White People: Please stop calling the police every time you see a person of color that is new to you.

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