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Racial Healing and Sisterhood on Two Wheels

A new cycling organization, Black Girls Do Bike, seeks to give Black women a space to come together as well as break into a sport typically dominated by White men.

Some students have formed groups for what they call multigenerational African Americans, in an attempt to take up space and be counted on elite campuses where Black students overall are underrepresented, regardless of where they or their parents were born. (Chantal Jachan for NBC News)

A debate brews among Black Ivy League students over representation on campus

In the wake of affirmative action’s demise, some students may struggle to find other students who look like them on campus.

Demonstrators march during a protest on Jan. 28, 2023, in Atlanta, over the death of Tyre Nichols, who died after being beaten by Memphis police. (Alex Slitz/AP)

Former Memphis police officer accused in death of Tyre Nichols pleads guilty

Desmond Mills Jr., one of the five officers accused in the January murder of Tyre Nichols, has decided to plea guilty as part of a deal made with prosecutors.

The skeletal remains of a nomadic warrior discovered in Outer Mongolia in 1925 are displayed at the American Museum of Natural History, Oct. 17, 2023, in New York.

It’s Time To Talk About Museums’ Unethical Collection Of Indigenous And Black Human Remains

Sean Decatur, the first Black president of the American Museum of Natural History, is pulling from its collection artifacts that were stolen from Black and Indigenous remains in a significant move towards decolonization.


Philadelphia picks winning design for Harriet Tubman statue after controversy over original choice

Artist Alvin Pettit honors Civil War hero Harriet Tubman with a 14-foot bronze statue he created to honor her memory.


Reckoning with Family Secrets in Best Seller, In the Pines

Grace Elizabeth Hale, an award-winning historian from the University of Virginia, has written a book about the 1947 lynching in Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi. Hale’s book, “In the Pines: A Lynching, A Lie, A Reckoning,” is more than just historical research. She discovered her grandfather, Oury Berry’s lie.


Opinion Piece: The Hidden Ghosts of America’s Slave Past

Colin Dickey, historian and author, talks about Charleston, South Carolina’s lack of reckoning with its racist past during its ghost tours.

Singer Gloria Gaynor was one of the powerful Black women on the disco scene (GIORGIO ERRIQUEZ)

The Day Disco Was Demolished

PBS will air a new documentary about disco, a genre that welcomed musicians of different races and sexual orientations.

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Fitting Race in a Box

Changing how the U.S. Census asks about race could have an unexpected impact, even if some people think it is currently insufficient.

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A Landmark of Black Cinema, Restored for a New Age

Viewers had a never-before chance to watch a racially aware film by a filmmaker who is considered Britain’s first Black director.

Patient Victoria Grey on the day she received an infusion as part of the CRISPR trial (Sarah Cannon Research Institute)

A new cure for sickle cell disease may be coming. Health advisers will review it next week

A medical breakthrough may offer a cure for sickle cell anemia, a disease that disproportionately impacts Black people.

Man at a book fair

Scholastic Reverses Controversial Decision to Separate Books on Race, Gender, and Sexuality 

A company that introduces new books to students has walked back a decision to separate potentially controversial titles at book fairs.

Shanice Stewart and her son, Brandon

Mother held at gunpoint with 8-year-old son wants police to pay for his therapy

A Black boy still experiences emotional distress after he and his mother were racially profiled by unapologetic police.

Herman Bekele, 14, from Annandale in Virginia. (Andy King/Discovery Education)

US student, 14, wins award for developing soap to treat skin cancer

Heman Bekele, a ninth grader from Annandale, Virginia, wins the 3M Young Scientist Challenge with his innovative pitch of a soap that can help fight skin cancer.

Dwight Harvey, educator

Educator Dwight Harvey Seeks Change In Approach To Discipline In Youth Corrections And Beyond

Thanks to one California educator, restorative justice has become a promising alternative for incarcerated youth.

Trial is set to begin after five Black University of Washington police officers filed a lawsuit against the institution in 2021 alleging they were discriminated against because of their race. (Screenshot/ 5 Seattle)

Trial set to begin after five Black University of Washington police officers sue school for racism

The trial is set to begin for five Black police officers from the University of Washington who have cited over 100 incidents of discrimination by non-Black colleagues.

Queer Black students flaunt their pride on Out Loud Day. (Visual Vic/Getty Images)


For Black queer students who can’t observe Coming Out Day, HBCUs’ Out Loud Day offers an alternative celebration that highlights their intersecting identities with less of the pressure.

Race can add another layer to bullying for children of color (Pexels/RDNE Stock Project)

Schools Aren’t Prepared to Handle Racist Bullying

The overlap between racism and bullying and the impact of both can make it difficult for school officials to intervene effectively.

Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson Says Paris Museum’s Botched Wax Figure Needs ‘Important Details’ Updated: ‘Starting With My Skin Color’

Musée Grévin in Paris revealed a wax sculpture of actor Dwayne Johnson that inaccurately represents his skin color.

Althea Gibson in 1956 by Fred Palumbo

Althea Gibson, Wilmington trailblazer and tennis legend, to be featured on US currency

Tennis player Althea Gibson is among the women who will be honored with the U.S. Mint’s upcoming quarter releases.


What Black women should know about hair relaxers and their health

Chemical hair relaxers are now being linked to increased rates of uterine cancer. The study follows almost 45,000 Black women and their frequency of uterine cancer having used chemical hair relaxers.