This week in black women: Luvvie, 6th-grade superstars, The Lion Queen, and more.

November 8, 2017

Indictments fell like leaves. Baseball finally ended. And black women had another week of being intelligent, talented, innovative, and fearless. This is the second edition of “This week in black women,” a weekly column dedicated to signal-boosting the black women who make the world spin. This week, we shoutout a Hollywood hotshot, a writer making big moves, children inspiring millions from their classroom, and a judge doing work. Celebrate them!…

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Inconvenient truths about Rose McGowan and that raised fist at the Women’s Convention.

October 30, 2017

For the first time in 40 years, women will gather in Detroit for the Women’s Convention. And it’s going to be one powerful weekend. Organized by the team behind Women’s March, the convention will bring together nearly 4,000 women, femmes, and allies for a weekend of presentations, workshops, and movement building toward systemic change. According to the event site, “Participants will leave inspired and motivated, with new connections, skills and…

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A powerful, poignant post about men’s role in the #MeToo movement went viral.

October 23, 2017

Actor Jim Beaver. Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images. In a heart-wrenching Facebook post, actor Jim Beaver (“Supernatural,” “Deadwood”) described being molested by a superior while serving in the U.S. military. But, as he poignantly noted, the #MeToo movement wasn’t created for people like him. And that’s OK. The #MeToo hashtag has flooded Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in recent days as millions of women have shared their personal experiences with sexual…

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A mom took this viral photo of her son with autism and the barber who went the extra mile.

October 18, 2017

A lot of kids hate getting their hair cut. If the boredom doesn’t cause them to wriggle out of their seats, then the clippers are too loud, or they just don’t like the way it feels. For children on the autism spectrum — about 1 in every 45 kids — those problems are greatly intensified. 6-year-old Wyatt from Quebec, for example, deals with both hyper- and hyposensitivity. Having his hair…

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Why don’t women come forward after sexual assault? This comment nailed it.

October 16, 2017

“Why didn’t she say anything sooner?” It’s the question that frustrates sexual assault prevention advocates and discredits the victims who bravely come forward after they’ve been targeted. Stars Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow — who both disclosed to The New York Times they’d been sexually harassed by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein years ago — are among the latest women now having to trudge through a predictable wave of victim-blaming following…

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Forced to resign from his church for speaking out against racism, Rob Lee has no regrets.

September 11, 2017

Pastor Robert Lee IV took the stage at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards to share a simple message. Lee, a descendent of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, was there to introduce Susan Bro, the mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer. On stage, he denounced the use of his ancestor as “an idol of white supremacy, racism, and hate” and claimed it was his “moral duty to speak out against…

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Heineken’s new ad gets totally political, and it’s surprisingly great.

August 21, 2017

You won’t find parties, loud music, or scantily-clothed women in Heineken’s latest ad campaign. Instead, the beer company went in a wonderfully different direction. The company’s #OpenYourWorld campaign is the exact opposite of what we’ve come to expect from decades of beer ads. The premise of the new ad is simple: get two people who disagree with each other on a particular issue, place them in a room together, and…

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