Michelle Marshall Captures Beauty Of Redheads Of Color

Michelle Marshall has explored a number of different topics through her beautiful photography over the years. In her latest series she explored the MC1R gene.

Red hair is usually the result of a mutation in a gene called MC1R, also known as a melanocortin 1 receptor. Normally, when activated by a certain hormone, MC1R sparks a series of signals that leads to the production of brown or black pigment. Yet, in cases when both parents are carriers of the recessive MC1R gene and said receptor is mutated or antagonized, it fails to turn hair darker, resulting instead in a beautifully fiery buildup of red pigment.

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Toy Company Addresses Diversity in a Different Way

Toy companies have made efforts to represent people from all around the globe but few have address diversity in family units. MyFamilyBuilders is a new toy company that is looking to address not only families from around the world but kids can build multi-racial families, or with two moms, or two dads and so on. They are currently looking for funding via Kickstarter. Click here to see/contribute to their campaign.

Remembering Aaliyah 2015

14 years ago today on August 25, 2001, the Princess of R&B, also known as Aaliyah Dana Haughton died in a tragic plane crash in the Bahamas. Aaliyah was at the peak of her young career, and is listed by Billboard as the 10th most successful female R&B artist of the past 25  years. The death of Aaliyah is one of the most well losses in the history of music, and it’s only appropriate that we remember everything she accomplished in her lifetime. 

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Senators, Professors, Activists, And More Open Up On The State Of Law Enforcement

The Atlantic has been at the forefront of a number of important topics over recent years. With Ta-Nehisi Coates being their national correspondent, they have constantly been able to deliver a perspective and knowledge on topics that has continually outclassed many other publications as a thought leader on important issues. They were able to curate a group of senators, police commissioners, professors, activists, and more to talk about the state of law enforcement in this country.

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British MC ‘Giggs’ Speaks about the Rise of British Music

Since signing to XL in 2010, Nathaniel ‘Giggs’ Thompson has released three albums and worked with artists such as Ed Sheeran, Mike Skinner, B.o.B, and JME. Currently there is a lot of attention being directed at British MC’s and Giggs attributes that to the fact that they have stopped trying to “fit in” with other countries styles, and started to respect themselves, and form their own style.
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LAUSD’s Teachers Are Not Reflective of its Students

As the first day of school approaches for most students in the Los Angeles Unified School District, The Los Angeles Times breaks down some interesting statistics. One fact is that nearly 3/4 of the students in the LAUSD are Latino but the same can’t be said of its teaching staff. Click here to see more.

Comedian Rosie O’Donnell’s Daughter MISSING

It has been reported this morning that world renown comedian Rosie O’Donnell’s 17 year old daughter Chelsea has been missing since Sunday, August 16th. She was last seen Tuesday, August 11th, and New York Police authorities have been looking for her in the Rockland County area.

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Straight Outta Compton Debuts at $56.1 Million

The premiere of hip hop biopic about rap group N.W.A., “Straight Outta Compton” debuted with a whopping $56.1 million during its first weekend. The film was set more than two decades ago, but its themes of racial tension, poverty and police brutality still speak to moviegoers living in a post-Ferguson world. “The movie tapped into something in our culture and that made it more of a must-see,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. N.W.A members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre helped produce the film about the early days of gansta rap and were integral to its marketing campaign. The film draws a diverse audience and is likely one of the most profitable films of the summer. 

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