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H&M Criticized For Racially Insensitive Ad Featuring A Black Child Wearing A ‘Coolest Monkey in the Jungle’ Hoodie

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Multi-national clothing company, H&M has faced immense criticism and backlash for a racially insensitive online advertisement which features a Black child wearing a green ‘Coolest Monkey in the Jungle’ hoodie. H&M’s marketing mishap is particularly disturbing considering the long and horrific history of the racial slur. Since the 1800s, white individuals have augmented racial hierarchies by comparing Black individuals to …

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Recy Taylor, Rape Survivor and Civil Rights Activist, Dies Days Before 98th Birthday

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Recy Taylor, daughter of Alabama sharecroppers, passed away ten days before her 98th birthday in her Abbeville nursing home. Taylor had become a prominent civil and women’s rights activist after surviving a traumatic rape during the Jim Crow era. In 1944, 24-year old Recy Taylor was brutally raped by six white men while walking home from church in Alabama. With …

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Black Lives Matter Activist, Erica Garner, Dies At 27

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Erica Garner, 27, passed away on December 30th following a medically induced coma. Garner, mother and activist, had become a prominent figure in the Black Lives Matter Movement after her father, Eric Garner, was killed by New York Police Officers, Daniel Pantaleo and Justin Damico. Eric Garner’s 2014 death incited numerous protests after a witness uploaded footage of Pantaleo and …

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George Lopez Under Fire for Racist Joke

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Photo by Jason Karsh via Flickr On Saturday, George Lopez delivered a racially charged joke at his Phoenix standup comedy show. Lopez stated, “There are still two rules in a Latino family: don’t marry someone black and don’t park in front of our house.” Immediately following the joke, a woman sitting near the stage began to flip Lopez off. Angered …

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Bruins Protest Presidential Election Results

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Hundreds of UCLA students convened in front of Kerckhoff Hall on November 10 to protest Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election. Rally participants expressed deep fear and anger over the hatred of the new president and his followers, validated marginalized identities who are in particularly increased physical and emotional danger, and attempted to prepare supporters for four years …

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Former KKK Member Allowed On Historically Black University Campus Amid Protests

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Photo via Flickr Students at Dillard University protested former KKK leader David Duke’s appearance at a senatorial debate held on the historically black campus in New Orleans Wednesday night. Police responded by pepper spraying the protesters and arresting six, one of them a student, for blocking traffic. The protests were led by Socially Engaged Dillard University Students. When their formal …

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Marvel Announces Cast of Upcoming Black Panther Film

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Photo by  Bryan Ward via Flickr Following the widely successful release of Captain America: Civil War, Marvel has begun to announce the cast of the upcoming Black Panther movie. Black Panther, a character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, is a superhero with enhanced strength, endurance , and reflexes. According to the comics, he is part of the royal …

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Tragic Flooding in Houston

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Photo by Martin Katerberg via Flickr The Houston area continued to recover Tuesday, April 19th after historic flooding swept across Southeast Texas, where at least six people are reported dead and at least 1,000 homes swamped. All of the deaths are caused due to drownings when people drove their cars into flooded roads. The National Weather Service issued a flash …

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The Media Misrepresent the Revolution

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Photo by Steve Rhodes via Flickr “We want Freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our Black community”; this is the first point of the Black Panthers’ 10 point program. The 10 points were centered around bettering the Black community and dissociating from the broader white community.   The leaders of the Party were able to see the …