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This morning, the Supreme Court announced that they will allow the Trump administration’s transgender military ban to go into effect. The decision was 5-4 and was decided on ideological lines, reports CNN. The Court’s liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer, dissented. Brett Kavanaugh was one of the five justices in favor of the ban. The Justice Department asked for the Court to allow the ban while pending appeals from the lower courts in December, and the Court has now...
According to The Associated Press, French police have detained Chris Brown and two other people in his entourage on aggravated rape and drug infraction charges. TMZ reported that a 24-year-old woman made claims that Brown, with the help of two others, assaulted her on the night of January 15th in a suite at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Paris. Investigators have two days to decide whether they will free him or file preliminary charges. Variety reported on January 7 that RCA Records signed a new record...

As of Friday, RCA Records and its parent company, Sony Music, have removed R. Kelly from their website’s roster of signed musicians. This signals the label has parted ways with the musician without making any external announcements about it (thus far). For many, this has been a long time coming. Kelly has been the focus of much controversy for over 20 years. In 1995, Kelly (age 27) married the late musician Aaliyah, who was only 15 at the time. In 2000, he was charged with child...
  California Senator Kamala Harris announced this morning on Good Morning America that she is officially running for president. Harris, who said she was honored to be making the announcement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is one of now four women who have announced that they’re considering a bid for the presidency. Representative Tulsi Gabbard is now officially running, and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand have formed exploratory committees. If she were to win the nomination, Harris would be the first black woman nominated to...

Mary Ellis lived an extraordinary life. She was an active flyer and British ferry pilot during the second World War. Later, she flew jet engines for the Royal Air Force, a claim only a handful of women would ever proudly hold. Mary would put her life on the line to do what she loved. Completely fearless, she knocked down whatever barriers faced her. Refusing to let anything, be that sexism or enemy fire, stop her from getting in her plane cockpit: “I am passionate for anything fast...
On Wednesday, City Girls—with some assistance from Cardi B—released the visual for “Twerk,” and it did not disappoint. The video had been anticipated since November, when Yung Miami, one half of City Girls, issued the “City Girls 25K Twerk Challenge” in search of the world’s best twerker. The top 20 hopefuls would be “flewed out” to her hometown of Miami to be featured in the video, and the winner would be awarded $25,000. For those who are less familiar with City Girls and more familiar with...
“I always have trouble pronouncing you people’s names.”  Homeroom, first day of school, senior year. He said “Die-azz” when it’s actually “Dee-ess.” I corrected him, and that was his response. I don’t even think he said he was sorry. I always knew I was different. It was obvious, in my elementary school class pictures. I always stood out because I was too dark to really be white, but not dark enough to be black. But for years, I didn't think much about it. Looking back, I sometimes...
For the 46th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, Refinery29 has launched a new, interactive map that categorizes abortion access in each state. The Abortion Map allows users to see what rights are available to them in each state, and how many legal clinics there are. Another great feature of the map is that it shows the number of "crisis pregnancy centers," which NARAL describes as “fake health-care clinics that lie to, shame and intentionally mislead women about their reproductive-health-care options...
Jennifer Siebel Newsom is an award-winning filmmaker, an activist for gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights, the mother of four young children, the creator of the non-profit organization The Representation Project, and the wife of new California Governor, Gavin Newsom. Siebel Newsom is referred to as California’s First Partner on the California Government’s website and on her Twitter account. Siebel Newsom wrote in a tweet  that she prefers "First Partner" to "First Lady" because “being First Partner is about inclusion, breaking down stereotypes, and valuing the partnerships that...
On January 9th, comedian and SNL alum Sasheer Zamata performed a set at the L.A. club Dynasty Typewriter and not only called out Louis C.K. in regard to his being sexual harasser, but also called out the “lazy-ass” writing in his return to stand-up. Zamata was responding in particular to a set of Louis C.K.’s that leaked in January after an audience member recorded the entire hour of standup in mid-December, Vulture reported. Some of the subjects of Louis C.K.'s roasting were the surviving teens of...