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Just days after teachers at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science in D.C. lost their jobs for reportedly teaching Black History lessons to their students, the students showed solidarity with their beloved educators by walking out of their classes to protest the firings of the three teachers. During the protest, the students provided administrators with a list of demands, asking for their new social studies teachers to be treated with respect. The instructors, who incorporated African-American history lessons in to their class curriculum, were reportedly all given pink slips in front of their students. “They were all escorted out by police officers because they were trying to teach us things about our African heritage,” said seventh-grader Kameron Gains-Gillens. Many people don’t understand why it was an issue for the teachers to implement Black history in to their lessons since the middle school’s student population is 90-percent African American and it’s located on the campus of an Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The school has yet to publicly release a statement regarding the dismissals. Read more.


‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ Author To Release 2nd Novel After 55 Years

Notable author Harper Lee, the woman behind the famed novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” recently announced that she will be releasing her second novel this summer. Fifty-five years after her literary debut, Lee will publish “Go Set a Watchman.” “It’s a pretty decent effort,” said Lee. The novel was reportedly written in the 1950’s but Lee thought the transcript had been lost. “I hadn’t realized it had survived, so [I] was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it. After much thought and hesitation, I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication. I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years.” Lee’s classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” explored racism in the South. The 88-year-old’s poignant writing garnered her much success; she won a Pulitzer Prize for the book in 1961 and received a Medal of Freedom in 2007 by former President George W. Bush. Read more.


‘Pretty’ Docu-Series Focuses on Beauty from Black Women’s Perspective

There have been many documentaries coming out lately about the perception of beauty from the perspectives of Black women, including Bill Dukes’ documentaries “Dark Girls” and “Light Girls.” A new docu-series focuses on how culture and race are intertwined with the perception of beauty. “Pretty,” which was released by a digital beauty site devoted to Black hair, explores how the definitions of beauty vary around the world. The series, which made its debut last month, visits a new city every four weeks and follows three or four women with diverse backgrounds. The regions that are featured in the series include Europe, South America, North America, and Africa. Read more.

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