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Viola Davis made history during yesterday's 67th Emmy Awards, as the first black woman to take home the title of Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama series. But she didn't just take home the award for her role in How to Get Away With Murder, she delivered a tear-jerking, empowering speech that lifted up her community, which has been kept out of leading roles for too long.  "The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else, is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there."–Viola Davis Boom. Chills. Read More
On October 14th, Sundance Selects' documentary, A Ballerina's Tale, will hit theaters and VODs nationwide. The film follows Misty Copeland's journey as the first African-American woman to join the American Ballet Theater, and it promises to be "more than just a ballet success story." Take a look:  Copeland made headlines on June 30, 2015 after the prestigious ABT promoted her to the principal dancer spot. In its 75 years of operation, never once had a black woman headlined a performance. Read More
Alex T. Williams, a PhD student in communications at the University of Pennsylvania has noticed a trend in today's media. Williams isn't the only one, though. In fact, it doesn't take a genius to see the lack of minorities in our newsrooms.  So what's the deal? Isn't it 2015? Why aren't we progressing and providing a different angle and perspective in the media?  Williams believes there are three key factors: 1) Minority students are less likely to work for their campus newspaper, because they either attending a college without a newsroom or threatened by being the minority. Read More
The weekend is coming. We're super stoked to go home and curl up in our beds with some Outlander before it comes back (shout out to BUSTies Holly and Princess), but first, here are five feminist news stories you might have been too busy being a killa' queen this week to catch:  Rihanna is Making History as the First Black Representative of Dior It's ridiculous that it took Dior seventy years to have a black representative, but we’re pretty psyched that it finally happened. Read More
It seems like worldwide ideals of beauty have been all over the news lately. Ester Honig, for example, asked 40 Photoshop techs in 25 different countries to edit her according their culture's standard to prove that there isn't one standard of beauty that extends around the world. Now, Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc has taken Honig's project to the next level by traveling the world to capture women of all creeds in a series called The Atlas of Beauty. Read More
  Barbie is now accessorizing with a cute clutch, small computer, stilettos...and Wifi hardware? Matel has created a new Barbie that can intelligently respond to its owner’s voice. Think Siri from your iPhone, but packed into a disproportionate doll wielded by small children with formative brains. It works by processing the child's voice and sending it through the internet to create a response. Then, at the end of the day the guardian of the child can (optionally) receive an e-mail with the day's conversational highlights. Read More
You’ve no doubt seen her somewhere—maybe in one of two episodes of ANTM, in pics on  her popular Instagram account, or in the giant Desigual ads on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Chantelle Winnie is a modeling force to be reckoned with, and it’s in part due to her rare skin condition, vitiligo. We’re so bored with used to the homogeneity we see among runway models, so Winnie’s quite obvious physical difference is a welcome departure. What was once a hindrance to her well being is now her source of empowerment. Read More
Award-winning actor and advocate Geena Davis is set to launch a film festival this spring  that celebrates women and minority characters: Films will only qualify for the competition portion if the cast is gender-balanced and the script was written, directed, and led by a woman or minority person. The festival kicks off May 5th-9th in Bentonville, Arkansas, and will include a number of legendary actors and artists—like Angela Bassett, Eva Longoria, and Julianne Moore, to name a few. Read More
You may or may not be familiar with the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign. If you aren’t, it was a thing on Twitter recently where people tweeted pictures of themselves or their loved ones holding signs that said why we need diverse books. However, it’s sort of lost momentum, and I don’t know about you, but I haven’t noticed a change in the literary landscape as far as representation is concerned. In fact, other than Orange is the New Black, I haven’t seen much of any representation in any form of media recently. And as a consumer, that makes me livid. Read More
One of the most talked about issues in American politics is immigration. Sadly, a conversation that should be about reform is overshadowed and misguided by racist, anti-immigration activists.  Because of xenophobic attitudes towards immigrants, our nations discourse around immigration is focused on brutal acts of exclusion as opposed to empathy and inclusion. In order to move towards a real solution to the nation's questions about immigration, we must experience a shift in how we perceive it, which requires a focus on what immigration has awarded to and continues to provide for America. Read More