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Shingai Shoniwa On Finding Independence In The Music Industry As A Black Woman

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The former Noisettes frontwoman has fought to come back to herself after navigating a white- and male-dominated music world that never quite understood her or, perhaps more accurately, never cared to.

Baratunde Thurston On 'How To Citizen' And The Importance Of Stepping Into Power

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In the latest installment of "Getting Through...," the activist and writer talks about how being a citizen is to "invest in relationships with others and with ourselves."

Can A Novel Capture How Badly The Internet Has Broken Our Brains?

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Two new books, Lauren Oyler's "Fake Accounts" and Patricia Lockwood's "No One Is Talking About This," try make sense of our lives with social media.

'The Bachelor' Cast And Fans Push Franchise To Reckon With Its Race Problem

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After Chris Harrison's controversial remarks on "Extra," progressive viewers, contestants and recappers say they want accountability not just from the host, but from the franchise as a whole.

Tanya Selvaratnam’s Intimate Partner Violence Story Embodies Me Too’s Latest Wave

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In her new memoir, “Assume Nothing,” Selvaratnam reflects on her abusive relationship with former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Oge Egbuonu’s New Documentary Is 'A Love Letter To Black Women'

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The yogi and filmmaker talks about her new film, "(In)Visible Portraits," and why telling Black women’s stories is more important than ever.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises To Stop Publishing 6 Books Due To Racist, Insensitive Imagery

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“And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo” are among the works that Dr. Seuss Enterprises will cease to publish.

Can We Please Stop Talking About Cancel Culture?

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The Dr. Seuss debacle is a case study in the right-wing grievance industry reframing normal, age-old processes as sinister suppression.

Stunning Photos Show A Man In COVID-19 Isolation — 1 Minute At A Time

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"My only two rules were that I had to set alarms for random minutes of each day, and I had to photograph the exact task I was doing when they went off," says photographer Justin J. Wee.

Scholastic Stops 'Captain Underpants' Spinoff Book Distribution For 'Passive Racism'

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Author Dav Pilkey issued an apology for “The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen From the Future," which he said is "harmful to my Asian readers."

‘Gold Diggers’ Captures The Weight Of The Model Minority Myth

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Sanjena Sathian’s riveting debut novel is already being developed into a TV series by Mindy Kaling’s production company.

Erica Chidi Is Helping Black Women Understand Their Bodies In A Broken Health Care System

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The health coach co-founded Loom to help women have healthy and empowered sexual and reproductive lives.

Emilia Ortiz Is Providing Self-Care Practices — With Guidance From Her Ancestors

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The Brooklyn-based mental health advocate is creating space on Instagram to honor the spirit of radical resistance and the collective healing of her Afro-Puerto Rican ancestors.

Céline Semaan-Vernon Is Using Fashion To Spark Social And Environmental Change

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The advocate and designer is changing the way we think about fashion’s impact on the world around us.

Mariah Moore Is Fighting For Trans People In New Orleans

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The 32-year-old activist uses her political savvy and compassion to get trans and gender-nonconforming people in Louisiana the care they need.

Janaya Future Khan Is Reinventing The Sunday Sermon With A Focus On Social Change

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The activist is using Instagram to spur Black Lives Matter supporters into action.

Emily Barker Wants Accessibility To Become The Norm

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The Los Angeles-based model is building a career around making art and advocating for people with disabilities.

Mandy Harris Williams Is Challenging You To #BrownUpYourFeed

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The artist has been dissecting algorithm bias on social media, and she wants users — especially Black and brown people — to reclaim their space online.

Jermaine Fowler Is Telling His Truth And Baring It All In His Quest To Dominate Hollywood

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The “Coming 2 America" actor’s path began on the stage with stand-up comedy. Now he’s starring alongside comedy greats.

Tessa Forrest Is Getting Vulnerable On Instagram — One Quote At A Time

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The graphic designer behind Subliming.jpg is figuring out how to connect with the world through art — both on and off of Instagram.

Isaias Hernandez Is Educating The Masses About Veganism And Environmental Justice

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With @QueerBrownVegan on Instagram, the 24-year-old environmental educator is guiding his followers toward a path of less food waste and more solutions to injustice.

Da’Vine Joy Randolph Is The Comedic Genius We’ve Been Waiting For

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The “High Fidelity” and “Dolemite Is My Name” actor is making a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s funniest talents.

Sydney Freeland Is Writing TV Dramas With Native American Families At The Center

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The Navajo filmmaker and writer has been working on several TV series — hoping to create new narratives around Indigenous experiences.

Alok Is Pushing Art And Activism Beyond The Gender Binary

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The nonbinary poet and activist has helped redefine the fashion industry by challenging heteronormative beauty standards.

Joshua Kissi’s Images Of Black Life Are Disrupting The Photography Industry

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The Ghanaian American photographer is increasing Black visibility in the media with Tonl, See In Black and other projects.

KevOnStage Is Leveling The Playing Field For Black Comedians

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Kevin Fredericks’ “Keep Your Distance” comedy show opens up new audiences for Black comics.

Jasmyn Lawson Is Working To Get Iconic Black Shows And Films Back On Your TV

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The Netflix executive loves the intersection of internet and entertainment — and is finding ways to make sure Black audiences are being served the content they deserve.

Bowen Yang Is Adding Fresh Irreverence To Late Night Comedy

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The "SNL" actor and host of popular podcast "Las Culturistas" is leading TV's changing comic tide.

The Culture Shifters Who Are Shaping Our Future

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Our annual list of artists, activists, entertainers and entrepreneurs who are changing the way we think about the world around us.

TV Writer Cord Jefferson Is Challenging Audiences To Think More Deeply

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From "Succession" to "Watchmen," the Emmy Award-winning writer is changing the TV landscape — and empowering others to do the same.

Zenat Begum Is Redefining What A Coffee Shop Can Be — And The Community It Serves

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Playground Coffee Shop is fighting food insecurity, centering its Black and brown neighbors and holding the restaurant industry accountable.

The Digital NFT Art Craze That's Earning Some Creators Millions

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Non-fungible tokens have captured the attention of artists and collectors alike -- with one digital art piece selling this week for nearly $70 million.