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February 23, 2017

Same Violence, Different Challenges: Relationships and Dating Abuse in the LGBTQ Community

Same Violence, Different Challenges: Relationships and Dating Abuse in the LGBTQ Community

According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, approximately 39 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer (LGBTQ) men and slightly more than half of LGBTQ women experience abuse from their partners. Many LGBTQ youth face obstacles that heterosexual couples don’t, which is why it’s so important to discuss the challenges they may face in the context of relationships. By understanding how much harder it can be for young people to report abuse if they identify as LGBTQ, we can begin to make meaningful changes that will remove those obstacles [...]

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February 22, 2017

On Being Black, ‘Woke,’ And Dating White People


05/10/2017 04:16 pm ET Updated May 15, 2017 On Being Black, ‘Woke,’ And Dating White People Does dating a white person really make someone “less black”? By Zeba Blay

NETFLIX Sam and Gabe from “Dear White People,” which explores interracial relationships.  

Once upon a time, Barack Obama dated a white girl. But he didn’t just date her ― he wanted to marry her, and proposed to her, twice, before her disapproving parents reportedly put an end to the relationship.

When details of this story came out last week, some outlets reported it with the thinly-veiled implication that Obama, so beloved for having married an exceptional [...]

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January 17, 2017

Erykah Badu Named Essence Black Women in Music Honoree

The official Grammy Week event will be held Feb. 9 in Los Angeles.

Erykah Badu will be the woman of the hour when Essence honors the four-time Grammy Award winner at its eighth annual Black Women in Music celebration. The magazine’s invite-only gala will take place Feb. 9 in Los Angeles.

The Grammy Week event, presented in collaboration with The Recording Academy, will also salute the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards airing on Feb. 12. As part of the Black Women in Music festivities, Roc Nation-managed Nigerian artist Tiwa Savage will perform.

READ MORE Queen Latifah, Andra Day, Jazmine Sullivan And More Celebrate Essence Black Women In Music

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November 17, 2016

The Black Women Behind Some of Technology’s Most Influential Companies

Sherrell Dorsey

4/25/16 3:00am

Filed to: CULTURE 311 Top row: Cassidy Blackwell; Chanelle Hardy; Bari A. Williams; Jasmine Lawrence. Bottom row: Stacy Brown-Philpot; Erica Baker; Zuhairah Washington; Omosola Odetunde. Courtesy of those pictured

The statistics are clear: There is a stark shortage of women in leadership roles at top technology companies in Silicon Valley and beyond. When it comes to addressing the lack of black women in managerial or senior roles within the industry, the numbers are grim.

Despite their gross underrepresentation, several black women are paving pathways for innovation and increased diversity at their respective companies. [...]

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