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Megan Thee Stallion op-ed calls for respecting Black women

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An op-ed by Megan Thee Stallion on the need to protect Black women was published Tuesday as rapper Tory Lanez had his first court hearing on felony charges alleging he shot her.



Tory Lanez performs at HOT 97 Summer Jam 2019 in East Rutherford, N.J. on June 2, 2019, left, and Megan Thee Stallion attends the 5th annual Diamond Ball benefit gala in New York on Sept. 12, 2019. Megan Thee Stallion penned an op-ed on the failure to protect Black women on the morning that rapper Lanez had his first court hearing for felony charges that he shot her. She writes in the New York Times Tuesday that she was shocked to become a victim of violence from a man on July 12. She said she at first kept quiet about being shot because she feared backlash, and that fear has been justified. Lanez, appearing by phone at his court hearing, did not enter a plea to two felony counts, and his lawyer declined comment.  (Photos by Scott Roth, left, Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)


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Tory Lanez performs at HOT 97 Summer Jam 2019 in East Rutherford, N.J. on June 2, 2019, left, and Megan Thee Stallion attends the 5th annual Diamond Ball benefit gala in New York on Sept. 12, 2019. Megan Thee Stallion penned an op-ed on the failure to protect Black women on the morning that rapper Lanez had his first court hearing for felony charges that he shot her. She writes in the New York Times Tuesday that she was shocked to become a victim of violence from a man on July 12. She said she at first kept quiet about being shot because she feared backlash, and that fear

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Mary J. Blige on barriers Black women face in breast cancer awareness

Nine-time Grammy winner Mary J. Blige is using her powerful voice to bring attention to the barriers Black women face when it comes to breast cancer screenings — according to the CDC, breast cancer has a 40% higher mortality rate among Black women than White women.. 

Teaming up with the Black Women’s Health Imperative, Blige took part in a PSA where she recounted her own personal experience with breast cancer in an effort to try and inspire Black women to be proactive when it comes to their health.

“I lost my aunt to breast cancer. And that has crossed my mind a bit when I’ve gone in for my annual appointments,” she says in the video. “However, I haven’t let that stop me from being sure about my health and I don’t think anyone else should either. Black women are often very private. We don’t want people knowing our business.

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Gates Foundation Gift to Support Covid-19 Testing at Historically Black Colleges

Several historically Black colleges and universities will share a $15 million dollar donation over the next three years from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support Covid-19 testing on their campuses, the foundation announced Tuesday. It will be the foundation’s largest donation to historically Black colleges and universities to date.

The donation will supplement the Just Project, an initiative from

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

that has provided instruments, kits and Covid-19 testing infrastructure to seven historically Black colleges and universities across the country so far.

The donation will be divided among Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, Meharry Medical College, Morehouse School of Medicine and Xavier University of Louisiana, with each school receiving $1.5 million. Up to four more schools will be added to the donation in the coming weeks.

These schools will act as hubs for other historically Black colleges in their regions, and will process Covid-19

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London Business School and LocalGlobe launch new VC course aimed at women, Black and Asian candidates

With the UK’s Black Tech Fest on this week it’s timely that a new executive education course aimed at those wanting to enter the venture capital industry has been launched to serve previously under-represented groups, especially women, Black, Asian and other minorities.

London Business School and LocalGlobe, one of Europe’s leading seed investors, worked together to created two new programs to provide formal business education for roles across the VC world. The Newton Venture Program courses will cover the full spectrum of investment roles in the venture ecosystem, from VC investors to Limited Partners, angel investors, accelerators, and tech transfer officers. The aim of the programs is to upskill the venture capital sector while broadening the routes through which people can join the industry. 

The courses will aim for a gender split of 50/50, with at least 50% coming from Black, Asian or other minorities. backgrounds, and will be available

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Megan Thee Stallion Posts Op-Ed: ‘Why I Speak Up for Black Women’

On the day that rapper Tory Lanez is scheduled to appear in court on charges of shooting Megan Thee Stallion, Megan has written a powerful op-ed and posted a companion video called “Why I Speak Up for Black Women” in the New York Times. In it, she briefly addresses the incident, but primarily addresses the larger theme of violence and criticism toward Black women.

Multiple dynamics have played out in the weeks since the July 12 incident, details of which have been gradually revealed, primarily by Megan — who did not initially tell police that Lanez had allegedly shot her — over a series of social media posts. “My initial silence about what happened was out of fear for myself and my friends,” she writes. “Even as a victim, I have been met with skepticism and judgment. The way people have publicly questioned and debated whether I played a role

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Megan Thee Stallion Speaks Up For Black Women in Powerful Essay: ‘We Deserve to Be Protected as Human Beings’

“We were not in a relationship. Truthfully, I was shocked that I ended up in that place. My initial silence about what happened was out of fear for myself and my friends. Even as a victim, I have been met with skepticism and judgment. The way people have publicly questioned and debated whether I played a role in my own violent assault proves that my fears about discussing what happened were, unfortunately, warranted.”

The rapper notes that in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 3 election Black women are “expected to once again deliver victory for Democratic candidates,” noting that Black women have gone from being unable to vote legally to being a “highly courted” voting bloc in just over a century. “Despite this and despite the way so many have embraced messages about racial justice this year, Black women are still constantly disrespected and disregarded in so many

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Megan Thee Stallion Champions the Fight for Black Women in New Op-Ed

Megan Thee Stallion tackled the myriad ways black women remain “disrespected and disregarded in so many areas of life” in a new op-ed for The New York Times.

Opening her piece by noting that black women are once again expected to play a pivotal role in electing Democratic candidates this year, Meg moved between the personal and the global to show how this power at the polls is rarely met with meaningful change in the way black women are treated and viewed by society.

Meg opened by talking about the act of violence perpetrated against her when the rapper Tory Lanez allegedly shot her twice as she walked away from him in July. (Lanez was not named in the piece; he was recently charged with assault in the incident.) Megan said she initially chose to remain silent about the attack out of fears that were ultimately borne out as

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Black Women More Motivated to Vote than Ever Before, Fully Grasp Political Power to Shift Election Results

New Higher Heights National Poll: Black Women More Motivated to Vote than Ever Before, Fully Grasp Political Power to Shift Election Results

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2020

Top Factors Energizing Vote Include Protecting Democracy and Racial Justice

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Black women are more motivated to vote in the 2020 election than ever before, according to a new #BlackWomenVote 2020 nationwide poll released by Higher Heights. The poll’s findings also suggest that a majority of Black women believe that their turnout at the polls will make the biggest difference in this year’s election results.

Black women are more motivated to vote in the 2020 election than ever before, according to a new #BlackWomenVote 2020 nationwide poll released by Higher Heights. The poll’s findings also suggest that a majority of Black women believe that their turnout at the polls will make the biggest difference in this year’s election results
Black women are more motivated to vote in the 2020 election than ever before, according to a new #BlackWomenVote 2020 nationwide poll released by Higher Heights. The poll’s findings also suggest that a majority of Black women believe that their turnout at the polls will make the biggest difference in this
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Opinion | Megan Thee Stallion: Why I Speak Up for Black Women

Maternal mortality rates for Black mothers are about three times higher than those for white mothers, an obvious sign of racial bias in health care. In 2019, an astronomical 91 percent of the transgender or gender-nonconforming people who were fatally shot were Black, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

Beyond threats to our health and lives, we confront so much judgment and so many conflicting messages on a daily basis.

If we dress in fitted clothing, our curves become a topic of conversation not only on social media, but also in the workplace. The fact that Serena Williams, the greatest athlete in any sport ever, had to defend herself for wearing a bodysuit at the 2018 French Open is proof positive of how misguided the obsession with Black women’s bodies is.

I would know. I’ve received quite a bit of attention for appearance as well as my talent. I choose

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Amazon’s Black Friday-like sale is kicking off season

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Make sure to check off this list to get the best deals for Amazon Prime Day.

USA TODAY

For years, Amazon Prime Day’s nickname was “Black Friday in July.”

Now, Amazon is helping to kick off the holiday shopping season in earnest after delaying its annual sale from July until October amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As they do when Prime Day is held in July, other retailers including Target, Walmart and Best Buy are holding big sales of their own to compete with Amazon’s members-only shopping event.

But after Prime Day and the competing sales end, be prepared for round after round of early sales through Thanksgiving and beyond.

With consumers encountering a very different experience during the coming holiday shopping season with restrictions on how many can be in a store at a time and concerns about online orders not arriving on time, experts say it’s critical for

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