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Chewing Gum Is Coming Back For Season 3! Praise Beyoncé

A couple of months ago, rumors were flying about that the E4 show, Chewing Gum staring Michaela Coel and Susie Wokoma, was not going to be returning for a third season. Turns out those are lies.

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Just Look at All These Candidates Who Made History Last Night

Last night, dozens of marginalized candidates made history in mayorships, city councils, and state legislatures across the country. We can win this.

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Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem Speak On Weinstein and Who Holds Power

Actress and activist Jane Fonda, along with fellow activist and author Gloria Steinem, spoke to MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes” on Wednesday about the Weinstein situation and whose voices are being heard.

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R. Kelly’s Victim Speaks Out on Years of Abuse

For years it has been very much and open secret that R. Kelly is a sexual predator and it has been turned into a joke. From the Dave Chappelle’s “Piss on You” skit to The Boondocks episode “Trail of R. Kelly” there has been a serious lack of consequences about how R.Kelly has spent his adult life preying on adolescents girls. Now, in a Rolling Stone’s article “Surviving R. Kelly” Kitti Jones, a former girlfriend of R.Kelly is telling her story about abuse at the hands of the R&B idol.

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Francesca Andre’s Short Film Charcoal Explores Generational Effects of Colorism

You can't go very far as a woman of color without encountering the oppressive nature of colorism. While it certainly affects men's lives as well, the way it's tied to beauty standards for women (and the sexism involved in women being taught their only value lies in physical beauty) makes the way in which they interact with it distinct. Filmmaker Francesca Andre explores this in a unique way in her short film, Charcoal.

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All the Things I Loved About Star Trek: Discovery, Despite One Huge Disappointment

Here's the truly disappointing thing.

Last night was the night that Trekkies all over the world were waiting for! Star Trek: Discovery had its two-hour premiere! Two hours, you ask? Yes indeedly. If you were only watching the CBS broadcast, you only saw what ended up being the first half of the pilot. Hour two was uploaded exclusively to CBS All Access, and it was well worth taking in on the new platform.

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Interview: Natalie Morales Describes Her “Weird and Serendipitous” Journey to Battle of the Sexes

After hearing Team Billie Jean and Team Bobby at the Battle of the Sexes press conference this weekend, I had the chance to sit down with one of the film's stars, Natalie Morales, one-on-one.

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Issa Rae Pitches a “Black 90210 or Gossip Girl” and It Sounds Like the Best Show Ever

Attention TV networks and streaming services! Issa Rae has an idea for a new TV show that will almost certainly make you bank. Check out her pitch after the jump, and then get on that shizz before someone beats you to it.

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Things We Saw Today: Lin-Manuel Miranda Honors Grandfather With Commemorative Plaza in Puerto Rico

Shut up. I'm not crying, you're crying. Lin-Manuel Miranda took to Twitter today to proclaim #YoSoyVegaAlta (I Am Vega Alta), which is the town in Puerto Rico where his family is from.

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Gina Rodriguez and Stephanie Beatriz Star In a Totally Made-Up Superhero Movie…As Girlfriends!

Following the advice of Lin-Manuel Miranda, with an assist by @loudlysilent on Twitter. Sí se puede!

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Brie Larson Urges Fellow White People to Check Out Crowdsourced “Syllabus for White People to Educate Themselves”

Brie Larson, our future Captain Marvel, is increasingly using her growing platform to try and do good in the world. Today, she retweeted a tweet from NY Times Magazine staff writer and host of the Still Processing podcast Jenna Wortham that contains a link to an amazing resource: the "Syllabus for White People to Educate Themselves."

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Ava DuVernay to Bring Octavia Butler’s Dawn to Television, and It’s About Time

We're finally getting an Octavia Butler adaptation for television! Thanks, Ava DuVernay!

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Review: Detroit a Powerful Depiction of Racism That Manages to Erase Black Women

4 out of 5 stars.

They say that art imitates life, and at times of sociopolitical turmoil, art tends to take on a more dour, intense tone. Right now, there's Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, a film that takes place in 1960s Michigan, but feels all-too-relevant to the present moment.

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Niecy Nash Reminds Chelsea Handler That Diversity Goes Beyond “Black and White Women”

We've written about TNT's Claws, which stars the incomparable Niecy Nash at the head of a diverse cast of nuanced female characters, has a black female showrunner, and was created, in part, by a woman of color. It's certainly an example of progress. But, as Nash points out in a recent appearance on Netflix's Chelsea, diversity goes beyond "black and white."

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Michelle Obama Addresses Racism and Sexism in Women’s Foundation of CO Talk

Last night, former First Lady Michelle Obama was invited to a conversation being hosted by the Women's Foundation of CO to celebrate its 30th Anniversary. She inspired a crowd of 8,500 while speaking frankly about issues of race and gender.

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Ava DuVernay Continues to Kill It With a S3 Renewal For Queen Sugar and a New Deal with Oprah

If you haven't been watching Queen Sugar, get thee to OWN (or to Hulu, where I've been watching it, because I'm a heathen who doesn't have cable) and prepare yourself for some of the most powerful, thought-provoking, and visually stunning storytelling on TV right now. And there will be plenty more to enjoy, as Queen Sugar just got renewed for a third season!

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Issa Rae as Lovably Adorkable as Ever in First Season 2 Trailer For HBO’s Insecure

One of our favorite breakout shows of last year is back with an all-new season! Check out the first Season 2 trailer for HBO's hit series, Insecure.

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Spineless New Jersey College Fires Black Professor For Expressing an Angry Opinion on Television

Former Essex County College professor and political commentator Lisa Durden was fired from her professorship, because she went on a talk show and expressed a valid opinion in too loud and angry a voice.

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Gina Prince-Bythewood’s More Than Ready to Bring Superheroes to the Big Screen in a Post-Wonder Woman World

We were thrilled to learn that Love and Basketball and The Secret Life of Bees director Gina Prince-Bythewood was taking the helm of the upcoming Spider-Man spin-off film, Silver & Black, becoming the first black woman to direct a big-budget superhero movie. With Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman kicking ass at the box office the way it is, Prince-Bythewood is more than ready to bring superheroes to the big screen.

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The Color Purple and What it Means for Black Women

It comes as no surprise to Black women that a novel by a Pulitzer Prize winner about a silenced Black girl that made millions at the box office by one of the most famous directors of all time could so easily be forgotten. The more things change the more they stay the same.

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