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Muslim Public School Holidays Will Be Observed In New York City, Says Mayor de Blasio On The Brian Lehrer Show

Muslim families in New York City have been requesting official recognition for Islamic holidays in public schools for years now, but they may finally see some changes under new Mayor Bill de Blasio.<p>On Monday he discussed the issue on the Brian Lehrer Show, declaring that he planned to move forward …

Female Prison Population Changes Drastically As Percentage Of Blacks Drops Sharply, Report Finds

The percentage of African American women versus white women behind bars dropped nearly in half between 2000 and 2009, according to a report by The Sentencing Project.<p>"The good news in this report is that [though these are] problems that many people viewed as seemingly intractable, it appears that …

From the archive, 29 March 1972: Is America ready for a black female president?

She strides down the shabby streets of Manhattan's Lower East Side, opens the door of a shop selling magic potions and voodoo charms, and marches inside. "Hello mom, hello sister, I'm fighting Shirley Chisholm, the only black woman in Congress. I'm running for the Presidency of the United States …

Black Women's Hair And The Human Zoo: Admiration, Exploitation And Othering

On Thursday, the dichotomies between exploitation and admiration were challenged in an art exhibit titled "You Can Touch My Hair."<p>Antonia Opiah, founder of un-ruly.com, a site dedicated to black hair, held the interactive exhibit in the heart of New York City, encouraging strangers to touch black …

You Can Tell People What Not To Say To Black Women, But It's What They Don't Say That Bothers Me

During my gap year in 2005, I applied to Oxford University. After a lengthy interview process and practical exam, I was rejected. Internally I wrestled as to why. Did my interviewer think I was too “sassy”? Precocious? Aggressive? What did I do wrong? It wasn’t until I got a phone call from a good …

Laura Mvula on why she, like many black women, shaves her head

Singer Laura Mvula opens her makeup bag and talks the Guardian through her beauty evolution and inspirations, including one terrifying incident with chemical relaxers …<p><b>So, Laura, let's start with one of your most defining features, your hair</b><br>There's a story here. I begged my mum for years to let me …

How many successful black businesswomen can you name?

Ethnic minority businesses contribute in the region of £40bn to the UK economy. However government research shows that while almost a third of black people in England want to start their own business, only 4% actually manage to do so – a level lower than any other ethnic group.<p>Despite this, if you …

Whoopi Goldberg: Debate over black women on 'SNL' is '15 years late'

Whoopi Goldbergthinks it took America an awfully long time to realize that"Saturday Night Live"has a diversity problem.<p>NBC's comedy-variety show has been afflicted this season with a debate over the lack of black women in its cast. The show even lampooned the issue last week, with Kerry Washington …

Obama Selfie Photos Perpetuated Stereotype Of Michelle As An Angry Black Woman

Unless you live under a rock, we're sure you came across the series of photos of President Obama snapping selfies with fellow world leaders at Nelson Mandela's memorial service on Tuesday.<p>Naturally, the internet exploded with commentary and criticism, wondering why the president thought it was …

Kanye Is the Voice of Frustrated Black America

<b>No matter what any of his more</b> ardent and equally ill-informed fans might suggest, Kanye West's complaints about the fashion industry are as bogus as a pair of counterfeit Gucci sunglasses picked up in Chinatown. His constant shouts of being outright wronged due to racism have been discounted by …

Jessica Williams On 'Girls' And Asking 'What Do I Mean As A Black Woman?'

Within weeks of taking finals at Cal State Long Beach, Jessica Williams moved from Los Angeles to New York to star in "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" -- becoming the long-running show's first African-American woman in a correspondent role. Now 24, the Comedy Central star and "Girls" actress spoke …

The SNL Debacle: Are Black Women Socially Invisible?

<i>This post is largely adopted from this previous post on Psychology Today.</i><p>This Saturday, Saturday Night Live (SNL) will add its fifth ever Black female to its full-time cast (Sasheer Zamata). This addition comes after a highly publicized critique of SNL's lack of Black female cast members that …

Remembering Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

Inside Flipboard / December 6, 2013<p>Nelson Mandela, the human rights leader, Nobel Laureate and first black African president of South Africa, died …

Educated black men remembered as 'whiter'

Related images<br>(click to enlarge)<p>A new study out today in <i>SAGE Open</i> finds that instead of breaking stereotypes, intellectually successful Black …

Obamas Talk Education and Inequality at Summit

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama outlined their efforts Thursday to increase access to higher education, using a White House …

First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts a Discussion on Education

Yesterday, to support the President’s “North Star” Goal -- that by 2020, Americans will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world -- First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a discussion with education stakeholders about the challenges and best practices regarding education …