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ESSAY: Naomi Osaka’s Journey to Self
Black Lives Matter, Health, Sports

ESSAY: Naomi Osaka’s Journey to Self

By Janáe Bradford Naomi Osaka seemed to sense that the optics were unsettling, and out of character. She was a top-ranked professional tennis player still a month before her 24th birthday, and she already had earned more money in one year than any woman athlete in history. Yet, there she’d been for all to see: banging…

Was Ketamine the ‘Weapon’ That Killed Elijah McClain?
Black Lives Matter, Police Reform, Politics and Government, Social Justice, Violent Crime

Was Ketamine the ‘Weapon’ That Killed Elijah McClain?

By Brittney DeZwaan A Denver suburb’s decision to pay $15 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of Elijah McClain acknowledged the role police officers had in his death after they handcuffed and placed him in a chokehold. Three officers were indicted on murder charges in September. But two Aurora paramedics also were…

The Black Lives Matter Feud: Not All About the Benjamins
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The Black Lives Matter Feud: Not All About the Benjamins

By Chrisleen Herard The former vice president had barely clinched the Democratic nomination for president, and George Floyd hadn’t been dead a month when Black conservative Candace Owens added her voice to a chorus of accusers. “They are using Breonna Taylor’s face and George Floyd’s death to funnel MILLIONS to support Joe Biden’s campaign. This…

When Facts Don’t Matter the Way Black Lives Do
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When Facts Don’t Matter the Way Black Lives Do

By Trevon Patterson The facts, they say, don’t lie. These are the facts: Breonna Taylor was killed when Louisville police officers broke down the door of her apartment, her boyfriend fired a shot in their direction, and the police responded with a hail of bullets, one of which ended her life. Kentucky’s attorney general presented…

These Black Women’s Lives Matter As Well
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These Black Women’s Lives Matter As Well

By Arielle Williams Some in Hollywood have launched very personalized initiatives in response to the movements for women’s empowerment, social justice and Black Lives Matter by focusing on crimes of racial and sexual violence against Black women, including women in LGBTQ communities. The actions often are more individualized than sweeping, shaped in part by how…