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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Speaks Out on NYPD Killings, #BlackLivesMatter Protests

Former NBA megastar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been penning semi-frequent op-ed pieces for TIME, and they are often rather insightful. Today,… Read More

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2014’s Injustices Weren’t Backlash — They Were The Status Quo

It was a wave of protest too striking to be ignored: professional athletes donning T-shirts to pay tribute to young black men killed by the police — and demand justice for their killers. In Cleveland, the T-shirt worn during warm-ups by Browns player Andrew Hawkins last weekend named two local young men who both had been holding toy guns when they were mowed down by cops, John Crawford and Tamir Rice. Hawkins wore the shirt in honor of his small son. This is how the police behaved in both those incidents: John Crawford’s girlfriend was interrogated until she broke down in tears, before she even knew of her loved one’s death. Tamir Rice’s sister was handcuffed and put in the back of a paddy wagon while her brother lay dying. … Read More

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The Obamas’ ‘People’ Magazine Interview About Racism Is All Subtext

This morning, the progressive Internet considered two important pieces about race in this post-Ferguson era: “‘Listen when I talk to you!': How white entitlement marred my trip to a Ferguson teach-in” by Brittney Cooper at Salon and “I Don’t Know What To Do With Nice White People” at Jezebel — both challenging essays that call even the most well-intentioned white people to account for aiding and abetting white supremacy.

Both pieces, which I thought were excellent, were getting assailed by racist commenters the last time I checked. … Read More

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Ava DuVernay and ‘Selma’ Stars Wear “I Can’t Breathe” T-Shirts to New York Premiere

 Numerous celebrities spoke out on Twitter following the grand jury decision not to indict the NYPD officer who choked Eric Garner… Read More

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Shonda Rhimes Remixes the Glass Ceiling Metaphor to Thank All the Women Who Came Before Her

Thirty years before she stood at the podium this week, Shonda Rhimes remarked while receiving an award from The Hollywood Reporter for breaking TV’s glass ceiling, there would likely have been only two powerful women in all of Hollywood — and she would have been “serving them breakfast.” But in her incredibly generous and perceptive speech, Rhimes refused to take sole credit for the momentous cultural change that had taken place in the intervening years. She really broke no glass ceilings, she said. … Read More

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Lena Dunham’s BuzzFeed Op-Ed Illuminates the Difficulties of Telling Rape Stories

After Random House announced that it would change the pseudonym Lena Dunham used to describe the man who assaulted her in college— due to his similarity to a real person with the same name — Dunham penned an op-ed for BuzzFeed, recounting the aftermath of writing about assault. She explained that revenge and outing her rapist were never on her agenda. … Read More

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Uber, Ebola, and Other Evils: Links You Need To See

Welcome back to the real world, weekenders. Remember Ebola? There was a panic here in the States because a handful of people, mostly medical professionals, in major American cities had gotten it–Dallas, Manhattan. There are no known cases of Ebola in the US at present. But there are in West Africa. As of December 4, there were more than 17,000 reported cases of Ebola, spread across Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, and will likely blast through the CDC’s prediction of petering out at 20,000. But no one’s really talking about it anymore. Let’s talk about it. … Read More

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