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May 28, 2019 / By Vanessa Mbonu
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Dave Shopland/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (10249458y) Serena Williams (USA) wearing a flamboyant Nike dress in her 1st round match French Open Tennis Championships, Day2 , Roland Garros, Paris, France - 27 May 2019

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Dave Shopland/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (10249458y)
Serena Williams (USA) wearing a flamboyant Nike dress in her 1st round match
French Open Tennis Championships, Day2 , Roland Garros, Paris, France – 27 May 2019

 

The Root: Did You Know Lady Liberty Was a Monument to Slavery Abolition, Not Immigration?

 

The new Statue of Liberty Museum, which opened Thursday in New York Harbor, brings to light a little-spoken-of aspect of the statue’s history: Lady Liberty was originally intended celebrate the end of slavery, not the arrival of immigrants.

 

The Grio: Serena Williams slays French Open in outfit emblazoned with female empowerment themes

Serena Williams gave them something to talk about when she sashayed her way onto the French Open court with a Black Woman Magic inspired ensemble embossed with powerful words.

 

Blavity: Mississippi Federal Judge Blocks The State’s Recent Attempt At Banning Abortions

A Mississippi federal judge halted the state’s controversial anti-abortion ruling, calling the ban unconstitutional. CBS News reports U.S. Judge Carlton Reeves criticized the law for “preventing a woman’s free choice, which is central to personal dignity and autonomy.” In a ruling issued on Friday, Reeves struck down the latest ban because the law does not take into account how women’s bodies work.

 

The Crisis: Justice for Danye

Oct. 17, 2018, began like any other pre-dawn Thursday morning, except that the light in Danye Jones’ basement bedroom was still on when his stepfather, Derek Chatman, entered the North St. Louis County home after his overnight shift. Annoyed, Chatman yelled Danye’s name. No response.  Danye’s mother, Melissa McKinnies, ran downstairs from her bedroom to investigate the racket.

 

 

Hello Beautiful: Michelle Obama Will Headline ESSENCE Festival This Year

Although her time in the White House is long over, Michelle Obama has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. After a life-changing year including record breaking sales of her memoir, Becoming and a nation-wide book tour that’s just as successful, our forever First Lady is slated to join one of the largest celebrations of Black culture ever by appearing at this year’s ESSENCE Festival.