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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Sep 13, 2019 at 04:15. 2 comments

Through Thick and Thin: New Black-ish Episode Will Feature Girlfriends Reunion

Through Thick and Thin: New Black-ish Episode Will Feature Girlfriends Reunion

It’s the cross-over many Tracee Ellis Ross fans (uhhh, all of us) have been thirsting for for years: watching her Black-ish and Girlfriends universes colliding.

Golden Brooks, Persia White, and Jill Marie Jones will guest-star on an upcoming episode of the hit ABC show—the first time all four Girlfriends stars have reunited on the small screen since the show went off the air in...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Sep 13, 2019 at 02:00.

Burning Cane—One of This Year’s Most Acclaimed Black Films—Joins the UrbanWorld Lineup

Burning Cane—One of This Year’s Most Acclaimed Black Films—Joins the UrbanWorld Lineup

Dubbed “one of the most exciting black films of the year,” festival-circuit darling Burning Cane will be screened at this year’s 23rd UrbanWorld Film Festival, which will take place in New York City from Sept. 18-22.

The much-buzzed-about film stars Wendell Pierce as a Louisiana preacher in a film that examines the impact religion has over one rural community. The lyrical debut, shot by...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Sep 13, 2019 .

Memphis Police Charge 3 Mississippi Men With Civil Rights Intimidation in Parking Garage Attack

Memphis Police Charge 3 Mississippi Men With Civil Rights Intimidation in Parking Garage Attack

Three Mississippi men have been charged with civil rights intimidation and attempted robbery after allegedly attacking two black men in a downtown Memphis, Tenn. parking garage earlier this month.

According to the Associated Press, citing court documents, Christopher Elder, Joshua Matheny and Michael Matheny confronted both victims on Sept. 2.

One of the victims, Shane Smith, told a local ABC...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Sep 12, 2019 at 23:00. 1 comments

Kobe Bryant Clarifies Comments After Appearing to Shade a Middle School Girl for Dancing Instead of Balling

Kobe Bryant Clarifies Comments After Appearing to Shade a Middle School Girl for Dancing Instead of Balling

Kobe Bryant is doing some serious damage control setting the record straight after an Instagram post that appeared to show him throwing a 7th-grade girl under the bus went viral on Wednesday night.

In case you missed it, Bryant now coaches AAU basketball for middle school girls. Early Wednesday, the former Los Angeles Laker posted a photo of him and his daughter’s basketball team scowling at...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Sep 12, 2019 at 03:00. 3 comments

Alaska School District Says Non-White Swimmer Disqualified for ‘Suit Wedgie’ Was Targeted for Her Curves

Alaska School District Says Non-White Swimmer Disqualified for ‘Suit Wedgie’ Was Targeted for Her Curves

The Anchorage School District in Alaska is appealing a recent decision to disqualify a champion 17-year-old swimmer because a referee thought her school-issued swimsuit showed too much of her buttocks.

As the Washington Post reports, the Dimond High School student—one of the top swimmers in the area—had decisively won her 100-yard freestyle event last Friday before an official alerted her she...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Sep 11, 2019 at 22:00. 3 comments

Eye in the Sky: LAPD Makes Drone Usage Permanent

Eye in the Sky: LAPD Makes Drone Usage Permanent

Anyone who’s lived in L.A. knows that helicopters—particularly, ones manned by the LAPD—are a staple of the city’s skies. Now, a small fleet of drones will be permanently added to the department’s surveillance arsenal, raising concerns from civil liberties advocates.

The permanent addition of drones was approved unanimously by a five-member civilian police commission on Tuesday, reports the...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Sep 07, 2019. 3 comments

How Buuuuuute: YG and Kehlani Are Officially Official

How Buuuuuute: YG and Kehlani Are Officially Official

New York Fashion Week is upon us, which means beautiful clothes, beautiful people, and lots of whispers about who showed up with whom, where, wearing what. One such pairing that’s gone from whispers to the spotlight is YG and Kehlani, photographed holding hands on Thursday in New York City.

TMZ shared a video of the two arriving together at the Kith show; a photographer can be heard asking...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Sep 07, 2019.

A$AP Rocky’s Swedish Lawyer Shot in Apparent Attempted Homicide

A$AP Rocky’s Swedish Lawyer Shot in Apparent Attempted Homicide

Henrik Olsson Lilja, the lawyer who represented A$AP Rocky during his assault case in Sweden, was shot in the head and chest on Friday morning in what Swedish authorities believe was an attempt on his life.

Lilja’s identity as the victim of the shooting was confirmed by Mia Edwall Insulander, secretary-general of the Swedish Bar Association to CBS News. Insulander said Lilja survived the...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Sep 06, 2019. 21 comments

Australian TV Show Previews Hit Piece on Meghan Markle, Immediately Gets Dragged All Over Al Gore’s Internet

Australian TV Show Previews Hit Piece on Meghan Markle, Immediately Gets Dragged All Over Al Gore’s Internet

Meghan Markle has been no stranger to racist—and frankly, confounding—commentary since she and Prince Harry started dating. But the Australian version of 60 Minutes decided to kick things up a notch, sharing a preview of an upcoming episode featuring the Duchess of Sussex on its social media accounts Thursday morning.

“#Megxit! How Meghan Markle lost her sparkle. From adored to insufferable in...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Sep 06, 2019. 8 comments

Full-Time Petty: Nicki Minaj Announces She’s Retiring and Starting a Family

Full-Time Petty: Nicki Minaj Announces She’s Retiring and Starting a Family

Bye-bye, Barbie?

On Thursday afternoon, apropos of absolutely nothing (as these things go), Nicki Minaj announced her retirement from rap (we think).

“I’ve decided to retire & have my family,” Minaj wrote on Twitter. “I know you guys are happy,” she added, a line presumably directed at her haters (Cardi? Some blogger? Remy Ma’s cousins? Idk).

 The news came as a surprise—Minaj and Megan Thee...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Sep 06, 2019.

Toni Morrison's Hometown to Recognize Her Birthday as 'Toni Morrison Day'

Toni Morrison's Hometown to Recognize Her Birthday as 'Toni Morrison Day'

Toni Morrison’s hometown of Lorain, Ohio, passed a resolution this week declaring her birthday, Feb. 18, as Toni Morrison Day.

As the Morning Journal reports, the Lorain City Council passed the resolution on Tuesday honoring the author, who passed away in August.

“Her books told powerful stories of black lives in America, from the time of slavery through modern days and have been sources of...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Sep 05, 2019. 6 comments

Ari Lennox Not-So-Cordially Invites Homophobes and Transphobes to 'Unfollow and Unsubscribe'

Ari Lennox Not-So-Cordially Invites Homophobes and Transphobes to 'Unfollow and Unsubscribe'

If you can glean one thing from singer Ari Lennox’s presence, it’s that she doesn’t suffer fools. This aspect of her personality shines through in her songs, as well as her occasional Instagram livestreams and her tweets.

Over the weekend, Lennox ruffled some drab and dour hate-dusted feathers when she, without reservation or apology, declared that she hated homophobic and transphobic people.

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Sep 05, 2019.

What We Did on Our Hot Girl Summer Vacation

What We Did on Our Hot Girl Summer Vacation

Ah, the week after Labor Day—allegedly marking the start of fall, though I’ve been telling everyone willing to listen (to date, three people) that September is, in actual fact, a summer month. But since the world insists on spinning on an axis of delusion and lies, we are gathered here to mourn a single, tragic fact: hot girl summer is no more.

The phrase was ubiquitous and, once we entered...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Sep 04, 2019.

At Least 7 Reported Dead in Bahamas Following Hurricane Dorian’s Devastation

At Least 7 Reported Dead in Bahamas Following Hurricane Dorian’s Devastation

As Hurricane Dorian finally pulled out of the Bahamas Tuesday night, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis had a grim assessment of the devastation caused by the storm, which had pummeled the islands for three straight days.

“We are in the midst of one of the greatest national crises in our country’s history,” Minis said, according to CBS News. “It is going to require a massive coordinated effort to...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Sep 04, 2019. 5 comments

A Master Class in Sisterhood: Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff Shine in Post-Match Moment

A Master Class in Sisterhood: Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff Shine in Post-Match Moment

There’s no doubt Naomi Osaka’s play was brilliant. But on Saturday, it managed to be the least remarkable thing about her.

Osaka, the world’s top-ranked woman tennis player, handily defeated 15-year-old Coco Gauff in the third round of the U.S. Open, 6-3, 6-0, to continue her defense of the Open title. But it was what Osaka did afterward—what she and Gauff shared with the world—that will burn...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Sep 03, 2019. 1 comments

Simone Biles Speaks Out on Brother's Murder Arrest: 'My Heart Breaks for Everyone Involved'

Simone Biles Speaks Out on Brother's Murder Arrest: 'My Heart Breaks for Everyone Involved'

Gymnast Simone Biles released her first public statement Monday following the shocking arrest of her brother, Tevin Biles-Thomas, in connection with three murders in Cleveland.

“Still having a hard time processing last weeks news,” wrote Biles on Twitter. She also posted a screenshot of a prepared statement: “My heart aches for everyone involved, especially the victims and their...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 31, 2019.

Milwaukee Community Offers $25,000 Reward After Young Activist Is Killed in Drive-By

Milwaukee Community Offers $25,000 Reward After Young Activist Is Killed in Drive-By

Last Saturday, Quanita “Tay” Jackson was organizing a youth basketball tournament in Moody Park, Milwaukee. The purpose of the event was to promote peace; though only 20-years-old, Jackson had already made a name for herself as an anti-violence activist and organizer.

A day later, Jackson was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting, across the street from the park she had been dancing and...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 31, 2019. 12 comments

‘It Consumes You’: Tennessee Man Sues Popeyes for Running Out of Beloved Chicken Sandwich

‘It Consumes You’: Tennessee Man Sues Popeyes for Running Out of Beloved Chicken Sandwich

Craig Barr of Chattanooga, Tenn., is suing Popeyes for false advertising, deceptive business practices, and wasting “countless time” in his pursuit of their very good chicken sandwich, which was put on hiatus after hordes of fried-chicken-enthusiasts caused the franchise to sell out of the beloved sandwich.

According to the lawsuit, Barr was wandering the desert like Moses in search of...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 30, 2019. 6 comments

Sweet on Coco: 15-Year-Old Phenom Advances to 3rd Round of U.S. Open, Will Meet Naomi Osaka

Sweet on Coco: 15-Year-Old Phenom Advances to 3rd Round of U.S. Open, Will Meet Naomi Osaka

It’s been a smashing summer for Coco Gauff.

The 15-year-old tennis player burst onto the scene at Wimbledon in July, when she beat one of her idols, Venus Williams, advancing all the way to the 4th round of the tournament.

Now, having entered the U.S. Open as a wild card, Gauff has stamped her ticket to the third round, defeating Hungary’s Timea Babos on Thursday with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win.

After...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 29, 2019. 22 comments

In Death Threat Against Ilhan Omar, Writer Vows to Shoot Congresswoman at Minnesota State Fair

In Death Threat Against Ilhan Omar, Writer Vows to Shoot Congresswoman at Minnesota State Fair

Dogged by death threats and public attacks, Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar revealed in a chilling Twitter post on Wednesday why she requires a security detail.

“I hate that we live in a world where you have to be protected from fellow humans. I hated it as a child living through war and I hate it now,” the Somali-American politician wrote.

Along with the tweet, Omar shared a photo of a...

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