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7 Websites to Get Black News the Mainstream Media Ignores
So where do you get your black news outside of BlackExcellence.com, of course? We have comprised 7 black news sites that focus on the black community and some news that the mainstream media ignores.
This is one of the most popular black-focused news platforms where readers can learn stories and watch videos that are usually not covered by the general press. TheGrigo‘s topics include news, entertainment, style, and politics. In addition, the site also has in-depth featuring compelling pieces as well as trenchant points of view. “The goal of TheGrio is to be the news portal that satisfies the desire of African-Americans to stay informed and connected with their community. TheGrio’s editorial mandate is to focus on news and events that have a unique interest and/or pronounced impact within the national African American audience.”
Good Black News is entirely dedicated to positive news in the black community. The platform started as a Facebook page and steadily gained a nice web presence. The topics covered include national and international news, politics, business, arts, entertainment, sports, lifestyle, education, technology, and history. “We believe in bringing you positive news and stories of interest about black people all over the world, and truly hope you will help spread the word so we can build and grow our vision together.”
As a relative newcomer to the scene, Blavity reports on various topics that are relevant to black millennials. Although often overlooked by the mainstream media, the digital media outlet has experienced fast growth and managed to reach millions of views every month. Their most popular pieces are the ones that cover the stories of African Americans in the tech industry. “Blavity is a venture-backed technology and media company aimed at building beautiful products and experiences for black millennials. Founded in July 2014, has quickly grown to become one of the fastest-growing digital media outlets on the web, reaching more than 7M millennials a month.”
The international online magazine focuses on delivering stories of interest for black women. Thus, MadameNoire‘s aim is to serve as a daily inspiration and news source for Millennial women of color. The topics covered range from breaking news, health, and career, to beauty, parenting, and entertainment. “MadameNoire launched in 2010 to serve as a daily source of news and inspiration for smart, stylish black women. The site’s mission is to empower Millennial women of color with engaging content that covers everything from health, fashion, and beauty to career, parenting, entertainment, and breaking news.”
NewsOne is probably the most known news source for the black community. The website presents diverse opinions, photos, videos, polls, and original stories that speak directly to their audience’s needs and values.
“NewsOne.com is your destination for news and information for and about Blacks in America. Filled with original stories, diverse opinions, photos, videos, and polls, let NewsOne be your daily stop and make your voices heard!”
As the NNPA’s (National Newspaper Publishers Association) public new platform, BlackPressUSA showcases the black community’s untold stories in the US and abroad. Users can read the news, along with opinions and analysis. Plus, they post articles on various topics such as politics, international affairs, sports, culture, and entertainment. “BlackPressUSA.com editorial content caters to the African American community and features national and international news, politics, entertainment, sports, technology, health, automobiles, and faith-based commentaries.”
HelloBeautiful is a great resource for women of color who want to find out the latest news in entertainment and culture. Moreover, the site has a visually-appealing look and is very user-friendly. “HelloBeautiful.com is where Black women go to talk about themselves shamelessly. We share, confess, indulge, encourage, and celebrate each other — while indulging our guilty pleasures. HelloBeautiful embraces the diversity of today’s woman and allows her to be perfectly flawed and fabulous.”
These news websites are, besides informative, very inspirational. When browsing on these platforms, you’ll quickly notice that all the topics are relevant to blacks, facilitating meaningful interaction, and strengthening the community.
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Oprah Winfrey Explains Why She Put Breonna Taylor on the Cover of O, The Oprah Magazine
"We can't be silent," Winfrey wrote. "We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice."
JUL 30 2020, 1:05 PM EDT
COURTESY OF OPRAH MAGAZINE
In a heartfelt essay published in the magazine, Winfrey detailed why she chose to put Taylor on the cover and listed ways we can demand justice for her death.
In March, Taylor was shot and killed by Louisville police officers after they entered her home in the middle of the night on a no-knock warrant.
Oprah Winfrey wants us to continue fighting for justice for Breonna Taylor.
In an effort to remind us all that the struggle is far from over, she featured a portrait of the 26-year-old EMT on the cover of the September issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, breaking from the publication's tradition of featuring Winfrey herself.
Last March, Taylor was shot and killed by gunfire from Louisville police officers who entered her apartment in the middle of the night on a no-knock warrant. While one officer has been dismissed from the Louisville Metro Police Department, the two other officers involved are still on the force. No charges have been filed against them.
"She was just like me," Winfrey wrote in an essay for the magazine. "She was just like you. And like everyone who dies unexpectedly, she had plans. Plans for a future filled with responsibility and work and friends and laughter."
Winfrey added that she had spoken to Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, writing, "The day I called, Ms. Palmer was dealing with the emotion of it all. She told me, 'I can't stop seeing her face. Her smile. It's what I miss most about her. I still can't grasp the concept of her being gone. It feels so surreal. I'm still waiting for her to come through the door.'"
She also described the chilling way that Palmer discovered that Taylor did not survive the police shooting. "Ms. Palmer says she received the call from [Kenneth Walker, Taylor's boyfriend], telling her that somebody had kicked in the door and shot Breonna and he didn't know who it was," Winfrey wrote. "She wouldn't learn that the somebody was the police until hours later. When she heard it on the news.
"In the dark of that awful night, she rushed to her daughter’s apartment, seven minutes away. Was not allowed inside. Was told to go to the hospital. The hospital had received no one by that name. Returned to Breonna's to wait outside. Hours passed before she was informed by a police officer that the gunshot victim was still inside. That is how she knew her daughter was dead.
Palmer additionally told Winfrey, "The fact that no one has been charged. It was so reckless. They did all of this for nothing, and she lost her life."
Winfrey continued, "Breonna Taylor was 26 years old. Breonna Taylor loved cars and treated her 2019 Dodge Charger like a trusted friend. Breonna Taylor loved chicken any way you could cook it. Breonna Taylor put hot sauce on everything, especially eggs. Breonna Taylor appreciated every kind of music and the dances that went along. Breonna Taylor treated all her friends like besties. Breonna Taylor was a force in the life of her 20-year-old sister. Breonna Taylor felt meaning and purpose in her work as an emergency room technician. Breonna Taylor was saving to buy a house. Breonna Taylor had plans. Breonna Taylor had dreams. They all died with her the night five bullets shattered her body and her future."
She ended the poignant essay with a call to action. "What I know for sure: We can't be silent. We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice.
"And that is why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of O magazine.
"I cry for justice in her name."
The publication also listed multiple ways that we can all continue to fight for Taylor, including signing the Change.org and Color of Change petitions, heading to StandWithBre.com for guidance on how to contact Kentucky officials, donating to the Louisville Community Bail Fund, and simply using the hashtag #SayHerName on social media.