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NBA plans to paint 'Black Lives Matter' on courts

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:52 PM

US media reports say that NBA is planning to paint the slogan in all 3 arenas at Disney World in Orlando

MAKING A STAND. The NBA is reportedly painting 'Black Lives Matter' on all of its courts in Disney World in Orlando. Photo from Instagram/@lakers

[OPINION] I can’t breathe: How racial justice is connected to climate justice

Jun 30, 2020 - 3:50 PM

'In the picture of how racial supremacy and environmental decay are put together, violence is front and center'

[ANALYSIS] The racial and genocidal underpinnings of the American Way of War

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Racism has been a central feature of the way the United States has waged its wars

Unilever to rename skin-lightening cream in India, Bangladesh

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:45 PM

(UPDATED) Unilever is dropping 'Fair' from the name of its Fair & Lovely cream, saying it is 'committed to celebrating all skin tones'

[OPINION] Why you can't support both #BlackLivesMatter and Duterte’s drug war

Jun 24, 2020 - 2:59 PM

'If you are performatively hashtagging about the murders of Michael, Breonna, and Trayvon, you cannot congratulate the murders of Kian, Jefferson, Carl, and over 20,000 other Filipinos'

'Fortnite' removes police cars with eye on U.S. race protests

Jun 22, 2020 - 6:57 PM

Fortnite's virtual world previously contained police cars, but those could no longer be seen in the latest version of the game

FORTNITE PLAY. Gaming fans play "Fortnite" at the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3, in Los Angeles on June 11, 2019. File photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

How U.S. disinformation threatens Black Lives Matter

Jun 21, 2020 - 5:57 PM

Disinformation experts say campaigns from far-right white supremacist conspiracy groups threaten US anti-racism protests

PROTEST. A man speaks into a bull-horn in front of the Wendy's restaurant set ablaze overnight on June 14, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Rayshard Brooks, 27, was shot and killed yesterday by police in a struggle following a field sobriety test at the Wendy's. Photo by Dustin Chambers/Getty Images for Coda Story.

Pompeo says U.N. vote on race, policing in U.S. is 'hypocrisy'

Jun 20, 2020 - 9:46 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says UN should look at racial disparities in Cuba, China, and Iran instead of US

PROTEST. A protester holds up a sign on the recently rename Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House as the sun sets during continued demonstrations on June 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images/AFP

Warner Records signs 12-year-old Black Lives Matter protest singer

Jun 20, 2020 - 3:37 PM

Keedron Bryant's viral a cappella gospel song 'I Just Wanna Live' is about his fears growing up as a black man in the US

Black U.S. State Dept official quits after Trump race response

Jun 19, 2020 - 4:09 PM

The Washington Post says, Mary Elizabeth Taylor, assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, submits her resignation

RESIGNS. File photo of Mary Elizabeth Taylor, assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs. Wiki Commons

U.S. embassy in Seoul removes Black Lives Matter banner

Jun 16, 2020 - 1:42 PM

The Black Lives Matter banner is taken down on June 15, with CNN quoting an anonymous source saying the request to do so came from the office of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

BLACK LIVES MATTER. A 'Black Lives Matter' banner is displayed on the US embassy in Seoul on June 14, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

[OPINION] Black lives should matter to us too

Jun 15, 2020 - 5:03 PM

'There are 3 million Filipinos in the US for whom racism is a daily experience. I personally experienced this racism.'

Oscars to draw up diversity rules for nominees

Jun 14, 2020 - 11:19 AM

The move comes after years of criticism over a lack of diversity among the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' members, and among the Oscar nominees and winners they select

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: Oscar statue at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on February 04, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images/AFP

Thousands march for racial justice in Australia

Jun 13, 2020 - 7:06 PM

The biggest demonstration takes place in the Western Australian capital, Perth, where several thousand people gather in a park waving 'Black Lives Matter' signs and Aboriginal flags

Demonstrators attend a Black Lives Matter protest to express solidarity with US protesters and demand an end to Aboriginal deaths in custody, in Perth on June 13, 2020. Thousands of protestors rallied for racial equality in cities across Australia on June 13 despite official warnings the demonstrations could undermine the country's success in suppressing the coronavirus. Trevor Collens / AFP

How Black Lives Matter is changing entertainment

Jun 13, 2020 - 3:50 PM

Since the death of George Floyd, the reinvigorated Black Lives Matter movement has been rocking the entertainment landscape worldwide – from TV, music, to literature

Scientific journal Nature joins global academic strike vs anti-black racism

Jun 10, 2020 - 7:29 PM

In an editorial, science publisher Nature says it is 'one of the white institutions that is responsible for bias in research and scholarship'

NATURE. A picture taken on November 20, 2017 shows logos of English multidisciplinary scientific journal Nature displayed on computers' screens. File photo by Loic Venance/AFP

[OPINION] Witnessing #JunkTerrorBill alongside #BlackLivesMatter

Jun 10, 2020 - 12:35 PM

'The type of society we want...must first embark as a struggle within all of us'

UK's Johnson says he will not ignore anger over racial injustice

Jun 09, 2020 - 4:10 PM

'We simply cannot ignore the depth of emotion that has been triggered by that spectacle of a black man losing his life at the hands of the police,' UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says

BORIS JOHNSON. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses a news conference on the novel coronavirus outbreak, inside 10 Downing Street in London on March 20, 2020. File photo by Julian Simmonds/AFP

BTS fans match K-pop superstars' $1 million Black Lives Matter donation

Jun 08, 2020 - 5:18 PM

One in an Army says they were able to raise the money from nearly 35,000 donors to match the group's donation

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 21: K-pop boy band BTS visit the SiriusXM Studios on February 21, 2020 in New York City. Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM/AFP

'Time for a change': Anti-racism protesters march across U.S.

Jun 07, 2020 - 1:54 PM

Protests took place from New York to Los Angeles with Washington as the epicenter

UNREST. A protester holds up a sign on the recently renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House as the sun sets during continued demonstrations on June 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images/AFP

BTS, Big Hit Entertainment donate $1 million to Black Lives Matter

Jun 07, 2020 - 1:02 PM

'We stand against racial discrimination,' the group earlier said in its Twitter account

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: (Top) Lil Nas X (C) performs with Jin, V, SUGA, Jimin, RM, J-Hope and Jungkook of BTS onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. gears for weekend protests amid anger at new police abuses

Jun 06, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Massive street demonstrations are set including in Washington DC where tens of thousands of people are expected.

Protestors kneel and raise theirs fists during a vigil at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York, June 5, 2020 against the death of George Floyd and instances of police brutality. The United States has seen more than a week of nationwide protests over the death in police custody of George Floyd, captured in a shocking video showing white officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes as he pleaded for his life. TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

Defiant Australians protest racial injustice despite warnings

Jun 06, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Organizers say they hoped to highlight the high rates of imprisonment among Aboriginal Australians and the large number of deaths in custody of indigenous people – more than 400 in the last 3 decades

AUSTRALIAN SOLIDARITY. Demonstrators attend a Black Lives Matter protest to express solidarity with US protesters in Melbourne on June 6, 2020. Photo by William West/AFP

[OPINION] I'm already a minority. Do I need to learn more about racism?

Jun 06, 2020 - 12:00 PM

'I often feel like I have no right to attest to being part of a minority since I haven't endured the hardships that others have. There are probably a lot of mixed children like me out there who feel this way.'

Trudeau takes a knee with Canada protesters for racial justice

Jun 06, 2020 - 9:54 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shows solidarity with US protesters marching against racism and police brutality

TAKING A KNEE. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (2nd L) takes a knee during in a Black Lives Matter protest on Parliament Hill June 5, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada.  Photo by Dave Chan/AFP

Trump sparks controversy saying 'great day' for George Floyd

Jun 06, 2020 - 9:12 AM

The remarks Donald Trump made during a televised White House briefing come 11 days after George Floyd's death and spark confusion as to why Trump thought it was a great day for Floyd

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump holds a Bible while visiting St. John's Church across from the White House after the area was cleared of people protesting the death of George Floyd June 1, 2020, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Virus doctors, nurses march with racism protesters

Jun 05, 2020 - 2:05 PM

'They are the heroes now,' says a New York doctor referring to those who join the 'Black Lives Matter' rallies in the US

Nurses and healthcare workers attend a ‘Black Lives Matter’ rally in front of Bellevue Hospital on June 4, 2020, in New York City. Johannes EISELE / AFP

Tens of thousands turn out for Vienna Black Lives Matter protest

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:49 AM

Several demonstrators say it is one of the largest protests Vienna has seen in years

MARCH. Protestors attend a Black Lives Matter march in Vienna, Austria, on June 4, 2020, in solidarity with protests raging across the United States over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died during an arrest on May 25. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

'Now is the time': John Boyega speaks at Black Lives Matter march in London

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:13 PM

'We have always been important,' the 'Star Wars' actor says during a gathering at Hyde Park

British actor John Boyega speaks to protestors in Parliament square during an anti-racism demonstration in London, on June 3, 2020, after George Floyd, an unarmed black man died after a police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest in Minneapolis, USA. - Londoners defied coronavirus restrictions and rallied on Wednesday in solidarity with protests raging across the United States over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died during an arrest on May 25. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

‘Speak Now’: Taylor Swift lends platform to movements in US, Philippines, Hong Kong

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:43 PM

The singer tweets resources to the Black Lives Matter movement in the US, as well as the anti-terror bill movements in the Philippines and protests in Hong Kong

SILENT NO MORE. The country-turned-pop star was once proud about staying apolitical – that thankfully isn't the case now. Photo from Taylor Swift's Instagram

TikTok says glitch made #BlackLivesMatter, #GeorgeFloyd posts appear unseen

Jun 03, 2020 - 4:29 PM

TikTok says it's a display issue, with the posts actually receiving views despite seemingly not having any on the view counter

TIKTOK. This photo taken on November 21, 2019, shows the logo of the social media video sharing app Tiktok displayed on a tablet screen in Paris. (Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


Grindr to remove ethnicity filter from gay dating app

Jun 03, 2020 - 12:34 PM

The move, Grindr says, is a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement

GRINDR. This picture taken on March 27, 2019 shows the Grindr app on a phone in Los Angeles. Photo by Chris Delmas/AFP


4 U.S. police wounded by shooting in protest-hit St Louis

Jun 02, 2020 - 6:41 PM

The injuries of the 4 officers were 'non-life threatening,' St Louis police chief Colonel John Hayden says

BIKE PATROL. St. Louis City Bike Patrol Officers mobilize as protesters demonstrate against police brutality and the death of George Floyd through downtown St. Louis on June 1, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images/AFP

Trump threatens military mobilization against violent U.S. protests

Jun 02, 2020 - 1:07 PM

Despite the president's rhetoric, the June 1 protests appear largely peaceful in major cities, though some looting was reported in New York and Los Angeles

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump holds a Bible while visiting St. John's Church across from the White House after the area was cleared of people protesting the death of George Floyd June 1, 2020, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

New Zealand PM chides Black Lives Matter marchers over virus rule breach

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:26 AM

Jacinda Ardern is concerned that large crowds – estimated at about 2,000 in Auckland – could undermine New Zealand's success in fighting the virus

SAFETY FIRST. In this file photo taken on April 20, 2020 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at a post-Cabinet media conference at Parliament House in Wellingto. Photo by Mark Mitchell/AFP

Biden condemns 'institutional racism,' Floyd death as he reignites campaign

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:04 AM

(UPDATED) 'Hate just hides. Doesn't go away. And when you have somebody in power who breathes oxygen into the hate under the rocks, it comes out from under the rocks,' Joe Biden says of Donald Trump

JOE. File photo taken on March 12, 2020 of former US Vice President and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden during a press event in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo by Saul Leob/AFP

Music industry pledges anti-racist 'Black Out Tuesday'

Jun 01, 2020 - 11:11 PM

Atlantic Records, Capitol Music Group, Warner Records, Sony Music, and Def Jam are among the organizations expressing support to demand structural social change and an end to police brutality

Jamie Foxx, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Michael B Jordan join Black Lives Matter protests

May 31, 2020 - 6:55 PM

The stars take to the streets as they call for justice for justice for George Floyd

U.S. policeman suspended over choking death of black man

Aug 03, 2019 - 10:47 AM

Expectations for the outcome are high, particularly in the African-American community and especially since Pantaleo has not faced charges for his involvement in the case

JUSTICE. A man protests the grand jury decision to not indict New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Eric Garner's death on December 3, 2014 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. File photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP

Justin Bieber dukung 'Black Lives Matter'

Sep 24, 2017 - 1:02 PM

"Kita semua adalah anak-anak Tuhan dan kita semua setara," kata Justin Bieber

BLACK LIVES MATTER. Justin Bieber menyuarakan pendapatnya mengenai rasisme. Foto oleh Stuart Franklin/Getty Imagers/AFP

In political turn, Justin Bieber rallies for Black Lives Matter

Sep 24, 2017 - 11:04 AM

'We're all God's children and we are all equal,' says Justin

CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 08: Musician Justin Bieber attends a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 8, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images/AFP

Pepsi drops ad accused of mocking 'Black Lives' protests

Apr 06, 2017 - 9:10 AM

The spot provokes an outcry and widespread derision on social media claiming Pepsi is seeking to profit from the social justice movement

CONTROVERSIAL. A scene from the Pepsi ad shows model Kendall Jenner (L) giving a policeman a can of Pepsi. Frame grab courtesy Pepsi

VLOGS: 'US elections 2016 proved racism, sexism, white supremacy'

Nov 09, 2016 - 10:10 PM

Members of the minority communities in the US react to Donald Trump s victory Since everyone s voice matters hear theirs

Obama opens new African American Museum amid racial strife

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:50 PM

African American history is not somehow separate from our larger American story It is central to the American story says US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama speaks during the opening ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture September 24, 2016 in Washington, D.C. / AFP PHOTO / ZACH GIBSON

Do 'Black Lives Matter' to Filipinos? A call for empathy

Jul 20, 2016 - 7:00 PM

We have a responsibility as the model minority to bridge the growing divide between blacks and whites in America

NBA: Anthony says athletes must 'demand change' after shootings

Jul 09, 2016 - 2:19 PM

NBA star Carmelo Anthony urged athletes to step up and demand change following the shooting deaths of two black men at the hands of police and the slayings of 5 law enforcement officers in Dallas

STAND UP. Carmelo Anthony thinks athletes should use their influence to affect change. File photo by Justin Lane/EPA

Protests in US cities as Dallas shooting rocks race relations

Jul 09, 2016 - 2:03 PM

3rd UPDATE Leaders of the Black Lives Matter protest movement condemn the Dallas violence but vow to uphold planned weekend marches

Obama to head to Dallas as shooting rocks US race relations

Jul 09, 2016 - 9:30 AM

US President Barack Obama who has ordered all flags on government buildings lowered to half mast for 5 days has made it clear that violence against police had no possible justification

GOING BACK. In this file photo, US President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference after a meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (both not seen) in Warsaw, Poland, July 8, 2016. File photo by Jakub Kaminski/EPA

Beyonce says she's not 'anti-police'

Apr 06, 2016 - 10:01 AM

I m an artist and I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood Beyonce says of her new song Formation

Beyoncé takes US by storm with new activist role

Feb 09, 2016 - 8:18 AM

Beyoncé has suddenly transformed from crowd pleasing entertainer to outspoken spokeswoman for the burgeoning Black Lives Matter movement