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Harvard Law Student and Single Mom Briana Williams Gets Law Degree After Taking Final Exam While in Labor

If one were to adhere to commonly accepted narratives about women, education, career, and motherhood, one would believe that getting pregnant and having a baby as a single mother is a surefire way to "ruin one's life." Briana Williams thought that was nonsense, and she wasn't about to let a tiny thing like "going into labor" keep her from taking her final exam at Harvard Law School.

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“He Went to the Weakest Links”: Salma Hayek Says Harvey Weinstein Purposely Tried to Discredit Women of Color

"We are the easiest to get discredited."

Prior to Rose McGowan, Weinstein had only publicly denied accusations from Hayek and Lupita Nyong'o, both of them women of color.

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This Pregnant Black Woman in Prison for Using Her Legal Firearm to “Stand Her Ground” Reveals the Racism of the Gun Lobby

There are so many things wrong with the U.S's gun laws, but one of the biggest things wrong with them is the same thing that's wrong with all of our laws. The same thing that's wrong with just about every public institution: racism. Laws are all very well and good when they are applied equally to everyone. In the case of Siwatu-Salama Ra, a prominent environmental activist in Michigan, that is not happening.

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Introducing “The Kent Test” for Female Characters of Color in the Stories We Tell

There's a new pop culture test in town. Like the Bechdel-Wallace test and the Mako Mori test before it, The Kent Test, which was introduced yesterday to celebrate International Women's Day, seeks to offer a way to measure the participation of women in the stories we tell. More specifically, it seeks to provide a more in-depth measurement of how women of color are used and portrayed.

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Women of Color UNITE: How One Producer and Her Tax Return are Changing the Face of Entertainment

Within the entertainment industry, being a woman of color can be a tricky thing. When people talk "inclusion" they often talk about including "women" and "people of color," as if those are always two separate categories. And so what ends up happening in practice is "diversity hires" being granted to either men of color, or white women, with women of color too often getting lost in the shuffle. Producer Cheryl L. Bedford is looking to flip that script.

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Lena Waithe Centers “a Queer Black Girl” in Her Latest Comedy Twenties for TBS


Apparently working on two shows, one of which she created, isn't enough for Emmy Award-winning writer Lena Waithe. Now, another one of her shows has received a pilot order, and if all goes well, the result will be a show that puts a queer girl of color at the center of the storytelling.

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Exclusive: Black Panther: Long Live the King #5 Preview Showcases a Female Chief as Written by a Black Woman

Long Live the Chief.

One of the best things about Black Panther fever lately is that it's, in large part, powered by women of color. T'Challa is great as he comes into his own as a leader after the death of his father, but he'd be nothing without Ramonda, or Shuri, or the Dora Milaje. In this exclusive preview of Black Panther: Long Live the King #5, we get to spend time with a female chief named Ikoko, who does not have time for T'Challa's judgmental attitude.

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New Girl‘s Hannah Simone Set to Star in Greatest American Hero Reboot

Believe it or not, she's walkin' on air...

Some shows and films seem perfect the way they were. Others...seem more ripe for a reboot. In the latter category is the 1980s dramedy The Greatest American Hero, which is now getting the reboot treatment, and I am here for it. Especially since it's being re-imagined for an Indian-American woman, with New Girl's Hannah Simone set to star!

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Five Reasons Why You Need to Be Watching S2 of Netflix’s One Day at a Time

I've been a huge fan of Netflix's reboot of the classic Norman Lear sitcom One Day at a Time since its first season. However in the back of my mind, I worried about something that I think everyone worries about when they love something right out of the gate: the Sophomore Slump. Thankfully, I had no need to worry. Season Two of the show recently launched on Netflix, and it improved on an already stellar first season.

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The Case of Elizabeth Key Grinstead, the First Freed Black Woman, Shows the Origin of Racism in the U.S.

Slavery existed long before the transatlantic slave trade and still exists many forms today, but the specific way of how slavery was allowed to perpetuate in this country the way it did was tied to racism. But where did that racism come from?

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Mindy Kaling’s New Comedy Looks Adorable, and Is Rife With Musical Theater

While we're excited to see her in the upcoming Disney blockbuster, A Wrinkle in Time, we've been excited to see when and how Mindy Kaling would be coming back to television comedy now that The Mindy Project is no más. We don't have to wait too much longer. Her latest show arrives this spring!

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C’mon, Marvel! How Do You Not Invite Roxane Gay or Yona Harvey to the Black Panther Premiere?

We were all excited about the Black Panther premiere (I mean, those purple-carpet photos, tho!), and are even more excited for this movie to finally come out! However, as we were looking through the premiere photos, which seemed to include every single black person from all walks of entertainment, including Black Panther comic writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates, there were two faces that were notably absent.

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Chadwick Boseman Talks Matriarchal Leadership, Strong Sisters, and Women Who Challenge the King in Black Panther

Asked about the women in Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman said, "Usually you have the damsel in distress. I don’t think there are any damsels in distress in this movie. That doesn’t exist in this movie."

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Jada Pinkett Smith Has an Awesome Story About Jessica Chastain & Octavia Spencer Getting the Paychecks They Deserve

"It's nice to go out and march. We can do that. It's nice to wear black at the Golden Globes–it's nice to do that. But what are we doing behind closed doors?"

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Here’s an Idea, Hollywood: How About Treating Latinx Characters Like People Instead of Like an “Issue?”

Latinx make up 18% of the U.S. population and 23% of frequent moviegoers (going at least once a month). But only about 3% of speaking characters in films during the last decade were Latinx. As we move into this year's Oscar season, Latinx will, once again, be one of the most underserved and underrepresented ethnic groups in film.

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Katy Jurado: The Trailblazing Queen of Mexican Cinema

The beautiful illustration that is featured in today's Google Doodle is the Mexican actress Katy Jurado. Born today in 1924 to wealthy parents in Guadalajara, Mexico, María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García, later known at Katy Jurado, spent her career playing "femme fatales" in early Mexican cinema in what is now seen as the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. 

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Where Did the Black Action Heroine Go?

Who has inherited the legacy of Pam Grier?

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Hattie McDaniel Biopic Is in the Works—Someone Better Give Gabourey Sidibe a Call

In 1940 Hattie McDaniel became the first black actor to win an Academy Award for her role of Mammy in the iconic film, Gone With the Wind and her story will be brought to the big screen in an upcoming biopic.

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Proud Mary Stars One of Television’s Biggest Stars, yet Sony Isn’t Promoting It

Have you heard about the movie Proud Mary? Do you know when it's coming out? Do know what it is rated? If not, you aren't the only one.

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Cate Blanchett Is This Year’s Jury President at Cannes…So, Why Can’t I Be Entirely Happy About It?

I love me some Cate Blanchett. I love her when she's mainstream, and I love her when she's artsy and weird. She's not only a phenomenal actress, but she's been the artistic director of a theater company, she's been a producer, and she's an outspoken feminist. All of these things make me thrilled that she's just been chosen to be this year's Jury President at the Cannes Film Festival. So...what's this feeling of dissatisfaction that's gnawing at me...?

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