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Chicago rapper Tink grabbed our attention when she took a stand against police brutality in her song "Tell the Children." She's back with a colorful new music video for "Million."

Bree Newsome, who climbed up the flagpole at the South Carolina state capitol last week to cut down the Confederate battle flag says she has no regrets. Even if it means serving time, Newsome accepts the risk as "part of [her] calling as a freedom fighter".

Beyoncé's "7/11 Pride" video is the best way to celebrate marriage equality in the United States. The historic Supreme Court ruling made marriage legal for same-sex couples in all 50 states.

Kysre and Kalabrya Gondrezick excel in athletics, academics, and pageantry. When the sisters experienced a serious car accident in December 2014 that they learned how to turn a tragic event into something positive.

The Michigan sisters were left in critical conditions after a nearly-fatal car crash, but credit it as a life-chaniging experience. Lisa Harvey-Gondrezick, their mom and coach, was in the driver's seat during the crash.

Fum Fum KO is a filmmaker. She recently began directing and producing a wonderful new documentary web series titled, "Art is Cool," where she interviews and profiles the work of a Black woman artists. The first episode is up, and it features Austin, Texas based mixed media visual artist, Beth Consetta Rubel.

Jennifer Hudson will play Shug Avery in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple set to open December 10th. The cast also features Cynthia Erivo in the role of Celie and Orange is the New Black's Danielle Brooks as Sofia. Hudson gives a preview of her incredible take on the song "Too Beautiful for Words" for the revival musical in the video below.

Bree Newsome continues to amaze us. The courageous activist who took down the Confederate Flag in South Carolina is also an award winning artist and creative. Before becoming one of our heroes, she created a short film titled "WAKE."

Two female pastors in Clarendon County, SC have received violent threats just days apart as reported by WISTV. Pastor Mary Rhodes of Society Hill AME Church and Pastor Valarie Bartley of Reevesville AME Church both received letters where the writer used verses from the Bible to terrorize them for being female pastors.
In 2012, Crystal Pope and two of her friends were stopped and frisked by male NYPD officers. The 25-year-old mother of two, told Fusion she felt violated during the stop-and-frisk. ”We felt really powerless. It was overwhelming. It was degrading.” The police, she says, were searching the area for a male rapist. The officers overstepped their boundaries.

In May, police in Maryland found Romechia Simms pushing her deceased son, Ji’Aire Lee, in a swing on a Friday morning. After receiving calls that she had been doing this for an “unusual amount of time,” investigators were called to the scene.

A Maryland medical examiner has ruled that Ji’Aire Lee died of dehydration and hypothermia after sitting in the swing for two days. The examiner found no signs of trauma on the boy’s body at the time he was found and his death has been ruled a homicide.

The boy's mother who had been diagnosed with depression about three months ago, was treated at a hospital for several days.

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The local state’s attorney’s office will determine whether or not to file criminal charges.

The family has not hired a lawyer yet, Washington Post reports. Vontasha Simms, grandmother of Ji’Aire says, “Right now, we’re waiting to see what happens. It’s just a tough pill to swallow. I don’t know what [the prosecutors] are going to do, but our main concern is keeping [Romechia Simms] emotionally stable. She’s at a fragile point. She goes a few times a week to a mental health facility.”