Tag: Black Women

Trooper Who Arrested Sandra Bland is Fired, Charged With Perjury

State trooper Brian Encinia, who arrested Sandra Bland on July 10, 2015 in Prairie View, Texas, was indicted by the Waller County grand jury on Wednesday for perjury.The grand jury has charged him for allegedly lying in an affidavit about Bland’s traffic stop, which ultimately resulted in the 28-year-old Black…

Black Marine Pushes Corps to Expand Hairstyle Policies

By Sheryl Estrada Staff Sgt. Cherie Wright. Photo credit: DVIDS Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller approved on Monday locks and two-strand twist hairstyles for women serving in the Marines. Staff Sgt. Cherie Wright played a major role in theapproval. Wright was an advocate and a sponsor…

Hair Braiding Hindered by Iowa Laws

The Institute for Justice (IJ) is again joining Black women in the fight to deregulate state laws that restrict African-style hair braiding services. The IJ, along with hair-braiding entrepreneurs Aicheria Bell and Achan Agit of Des Moines, Iowa, filed a civil suit in Polk County District Court on Oct. 28…

Yale Fraternity Party: ‘White Girls Only’

By Sheryl Estrada Yale University. Photo by Shutterstock. Sofia Petros-Gouin, a Columbia University freshman, visited friends at Yale University over the weekend. She attended a Halloween party at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity house on Friday and saw a white SAE member standing at the crowded entrance, telling a…

Natural Hair: To Straighten or Not To Straighten

By Sheryl Estrada Angela Green, weeknight anchor for WNCT in Greenville, N.C., stands by the advice she gave an intern to straighten to her natural hair “just to please everybody.” In acell phone videoposted on her Facebook page last week labeled “Natural hair or nah” Green askedviewers to weigh in…

Viola Davis' Historic Win Advocates for Black Actresses

By Sheryl Estrada Viola Davis at the 67th Annual Emmy Awards. Photo via YouTube. Actress Viola Davis, who was nominated for an Academy Award in 2009, has been candid about the challenges women face in the industry including ageism and scrutiny over body image. For example, a study published in…

'Slave Trade' Video Game Sparks Backlash

By Sheryl Estrada (YouTube) We live in a world where an “educational” video game that depicts the 18th-century slave trade included a mini game, “Slave Tetris,” in which one had to stack Black slaves in a ship to win points, like Tetris the puzzle video game from the ’80s. Serious…

Oldest U.S. Veteran Emma Didlake Dies at Age 110

By Sheryl Estrada Emma Didlake In 1943, Emma Didlake, a 38-year-old Black woman, the wife of a coalminer and mother of five kids, living in Lynch, Ky., decided she wanted to serve her country. So she joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps without telling her husband, Oscar. “There wasn’t no…