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This black-owned business creates school supplies celebrating black culture

School is almost back in session, and this year, you could be laced up with some of the <b>most creative</b> school supplies that anyone in your lecture …

President Obama just commuted 214 people — here's one former inmate's story

The United States makes up 5 percent of the world's population and 25 percent of the world's prison population. Many of the people commuted were …

U.S. Department of Justice

How to check yourself when you're feeling negative

When I'm feeling negative after a bad day or even week, my inclination is to go into a dark room and sit there with some red grapes, a bottle of …

#FBNoExcuses calls out Facebook's lack of diversity in hiring efforts

Tech and engineering professionals went in on Facebook after they released their diversity reports on Thursday. The statistics revealed that a large …

Ready to abandon your comfort zone? Remember these 3 tricks

I mean seriously:<p>Doing the exact same thing every day for the rest of your life gets old.<br>• Living on the same side of town in the same apartment for …

Motivation

Why does Hollywood center white people in movies about people of color?

An odd trailer for a new Chinese blockbuster <i></i>came out Thursday. <i>The Great Wall</i> is a science fiction/action film about the Great Wall of China. While …

#StopAskingPermission: The happy slave narrative ends with Bill O'Reilly

Remember the <i>Scandal</i> episode when Papa Pope reminded us all of our reality as black people?<p>Photo:Pinterest No matter how many degrees we have, no …

Michelle Obama

Who is Tim Kaine? What you need to know about Hillary Clinton's VP pick

On Wednesday night, Virginia senator Tim Kaine officially accepted the vice-presidential nomination at the Democratic convention. Kaine, a native of …

15 Creatives in the Bay Area you should know about

Sometimes the Bay can feel like the cute step-sister of Los Angeles. We get a friendly smile and a side hug as people pass through to pick up the …

How to minimize the struggle and make time for self-care

"As soon as I [insert something that you're prioritizing over yourself], <i>then</i> I can take care of me." We all have jobs, bills and responsibilities, …

Terrie Williams on the psychological impacts of racism

Blavity sat down with mental health advocate and author Terrie Williams to talk more about the ways in which the mental health of our communities are …

DNC Day 4: Clinton accepts the nomination, Charleston shooting survivors speak and more

And that's a wrap. Hillary Clinton is officially the Democratic presidential nominee. She accepted the historic call from her party on Thursday as …

Government

TBS is developing a Notorious B.I.G. inspired comedy series

TBS has a new scripted comedy in development deeply rooted in hop hop greatness. The name of the show is <i>Think B.I.G.</i> and the plot is based on lyrics …

GoFundMe freezes $184k in donations raised for homeless teen

When police officers found 19-year-old Fred Barley sleeping in a tent outside of Gordon State College a few weeks ago, his life forever changed. This …

Homelessness

17 #BlackWomenDidThat tweets proving black women are historically ahead of the game

When one door closes, a black woman sticks her foot in and kicks it back open. We have always made a way out of no way. Whether it's civil rights, …

13 reasons why Donna Brazile and Marcia Fudge did not come to play with y'all

There's so much #BlackGirlMagic at the DNC that I don't know where to start. From the Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake hitting the gavel …

Hillary Clinton

Crystal Pepsi makes a comeback with the help of big name 90's artists

Pepsi is playing not one game with the relaunch of Crystal Pepsi.<p>Photo: giphy The brand is giving soda lovers the ultimate throwback with a “The …

Pepsi

Shad Moss says he can't relate to the struggle for black people to vote because he's mixed

Shad Moss, known to most as Bow Wow, had an interesting and confusing conversation recently on our timelines. It started out about politics and his …

Diversity

'Mothers of the Movement' give powerful DNC speech, speak about the need for change

A powerful moment took place on the second night of the Democratic National Convention, as the mothers of black people killed either by police or due …

Hillary Clinton

Black Twitter's dramatic retelling of "Contagious" by Mr. Biggs and Arthur Read

This throwback Thursday presentation is brought to you by @StrangeKeith on Twitter with a little help from some friends and Arthur Read. A dramatic …

R. Kelly

Netflix & Motown are bringing the soul back to cartoons

Netflix is bringing Motown soul, through animation, to its platform. The still untitled show will come from the mind of <i>Beat Bugs</i> writer-director Josh …

Animation

Bernie Sanders most vocal supporter, Nina Turner banned from giving speech at DNC

If you haven't heard of Nina Turner before this week, you're probably living under a rock. The once vocal Hillary Clinton supporter who switched …

Middle-class

Why President Obama's DNC speech is worth listening to over and over again

Exclusive image of Obama supporters in January.<p>Photo: Tumblr The day when he takes that final wave while boarding the presidential helicopter with …

Donald Trump

"Rap & Roll" artist Kurt Rockmore on music, family and art

Blavity's Creative Society sat down with rapper Kurt Rockmore to learn more about his music and motivations. Rockmore was born and raised in the …

The smartest person in the Marvel Universe is a 9-year-old black girl

Marvel's Moon Girl Lunella Lafayette has a new title — the smartest character in Marvel. Every fangirl and boy I know has had the debate at least …

10 Things You MUST Know Before You Start Your First Job

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="701"]<p>Photo: Teen Vogue[/caption]<p>YOU WON’T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING<p>No, for real, almost nothing. You may come out …

Diversity

A brief history of black beer in the U.S.

You may or may not know this, but today we are living in an American craft beer revolution. According to the Brewer’s Association, as of September …

Baltimore system decides no one killed Freddie Gray, all charges dropped against officers

Although the medical examiner ruled his death a homicide, it looks like the criminal justice system is deciding that no one is responsible for …

Justice

Hillary Clinton makes history, wins Democratic nomination

History was made Tuesday night when Hillary Clinton won the Democratic party nomination. She is officially the first female nominee of a major …

Government

Artist Ebin Lee reflects on art as resistance and a form of therapy

<b>Ebin Lee</b> is an artist, illustrator and designer based in Portland, Oregon. Lee's work centers around race, mental health and anxiety. Lee's most …