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Misty Copeland Responds To 'Swan Lake' Shade With All The Grace Of Her Dance Moves

Misty Copeland is the symbol to young, black ballerinas who look to her as what they dream of becoming. She is the epitome of breaking barriers in a world that doesn't cater to people who look like her. She is also ... human. The American Ballet Theatre principal dancer portrays the Swan Queen in Swan Lake, arguably the most iconic and coveted role for any...

#MeToo founder Tarana J. Burke lands her own magazine cover. And it's stunning.

#MeToo movement originator Tarana J. Burke took a well-deserved step into the spotlight on her new cover of HANNAH Magazine. Burke's work with the #MeToo movement landed her recognition as a "Silence Breaker" in TIME Magazine's person of the year issue. Although she was not seen on the actual cover of the publication, her work has not gone...

Lena Waithe Lands The Cover Of Vanity Fair And Gets Candid About How She Defines Her Activism

Lena Waithe graced the April 2018 cover of Vanity Fair, and she dripped Black queer magic throughout her interview as she discussed her career, style and LGBTQIA representation with writer Jacqueline Woodson.Waithe revealed her love of television came from her childhood and joked that she consider the TV her third parent because it kept her out of trouble.“I was watching a lot...

Tennessee fined dozens of black braiders almost $100,000 for not having a government license

Hair-braiding is a well-established part of black culture. It is historical. It is us. Black children and adults alike are familiar with having their hair braided whether in someone's kitchen, on the porch or a salon. We'll even pay to get our hair laced. Tennessee is cracking down on that culture. According to Forbes, the Institute for Justice identified...