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The Gift of Gab: How Actress Gabrielle Union’s First Book Inspired Conversations across College Campuses

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Recently, hashtags such as #MeToo have sparked conversation and allowed sexual assault survivors to stand in solidarity with one another and share their experiences without shame. Last month, college students from schools in the Atlanta University Center (AUC)— which houses Spelman College, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University, created the hashtag #WeKnowWhatYouDid to bring attention to rape in the AUC and call out those who got away assaulting other students. The hashtag started after several students posted the names of alleged rapists across the three campuses in hopes of forcing AUC administrators to take action against the accused.  Signs bearing the phrases, “No More Secrets,” “Morehouse Protects Rapists” and “Spelman Protects Rapists” were also posted, but were later removed by campus police. Rape and assault at…

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MTV Suspect’s iO Tillett Wright Answers One Question about ‘Darling Days’

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The crap we go through while establishing our identity (shakes head back and forth). We often face ridicule for being different or criticized for being too much like Joe Shmoe walking down Park Avenue. You can’t win. Oftentimes people assimilate to the status quo or to what society labels as “normal.” Yeah, these people might lead fulfilling lives but do they change the trajectory of history? No, because never has an average person with average ideas and average goals ever changed the world. Nonconformists move society forward, or at least lead it down a different path. Activist, actor, writer, poet and MTV host iO Tillett Wright is one of those nonconformists. Wright’s debut memoir, Darling Days (Ecco Press, September 27, 2016) chronicles his…

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TED Talks: Cameron Russell on How Physical Appearance Impacts our Happiness

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Have you ever woken up in the morning, looked at your crazy bedhead, and wished you were a prettier, sexier version of yourself? The idea that external beauty will make a person happy is nearly universally accepted as truth, but in her TED Talk from TEDxMidAtlantic in 2012, activist and Victoria’s Secret model Cameron Russell takes the other side of the argument. She frankly admits that she won “the genetic lottery,” benefitting from a culture biased to value beautiful, young, slender, white women, and also draws attention to the ways physical appearance negatively impacts the lives of non-white people every day. It’s one of the most popular TED Talks of all time for Russell’s startling honesty and her ability to…

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12 Martin Luther King Jr. quotes that are amazingly appropriate for our time

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The world knows the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ’s famous “I have a dream,” speech. The idea of judging someone not by the color of their skin has become a defining cultural sentiment. But Dr. Martin Luther King was also a revolutionary who wasn’t afraid to speak truth to power in soaring rhetoric that remains timeless today. During these difficult times, he still has much to teach us and is a continuing source of inspiration. So, in honor of his birthday, and beyond “I have a dream,” here are 10 of his lesser-known, but amazing prophetic quotes that speak to the present day. We will be … attending rallies without end unless there is a significant and profound change…

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