Texas Judge Rules School Legally Punished Black Student Over Locs

A Texas judge ruled Thursday that a Houston-area school district legally punished 18-year-old student Darryl George, who was suspended multiple times for wearing his hair in locs. Administrators at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu removed George from class on August 31, citing a dress code that limits the…

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Wendy Williams Diagnosed With Frontotemporal Dementia and Aphasia

Former talk show host’s care team shared health update ahead of two-part Lifetime documentary, Where Is Wendy Williams? Wendy Williams‘ has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia. Her care team revealed the diagnosis, which was given to her last year, in a statement on Thursday, saying she…

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Police Claim It Was Not Related To School Fight

On Feb. 7, Nex Benedict was involved in a fight at Owasso Public High School in Oklahoma. The 16-year-old, who identified as nonbinary, was rushed to a hospital a day later and died. Relatives of the 10th-grader, who used they/them pronouns, said Benedict had been bullied over their gender identity,…

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Antisemitism, anti-Palestinian racism and Europe

In May 2023, we published an essay in De Nederlandse Boekengids/The Dutch Review of Books about the responsibility of Europe and European institutions towards the situation in Israel and Palestine. This was a few months after the last Netanyahu cabinet took power in January 2023. We wanted to highlight what…

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‘Who TF Did I Marry’ TikTok Summary: Reesa Tessa’s 50-Part Story

“Hi and welcome. We all know why you’re here.” With those nine words, TikTok user @ReesaMTeesa turned her storytime about meeting, dating, and divorcing a man she called a “pathological liar” into TikTok’s newest hit reality series. It’s called “Who TF Did I Marry,” and even though it essentially involves…

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Ruby Franke Given Maximum Sentencing For Child Abuse

Infamous mommy vlogger Ruby Franke was sentenced to up to 60 years in prison on Tuesday, months after pleading guilty to four counts of second-degree felony child abuse. Utah Judge John J Walton sentenced Franke to four consecutive prison terms — each of which can require up to 15 years in…

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A tradition of moral defiance

Alexei Navalny is being mourned as Russia’s most daring, sophisticated and Western-looking politician. Yet Navalny’s political struggle with tyranny, which ended in an Arctic penal colony in what looks like state-sponsored murder, makes his ‘life and fate’ very Russian – part of a tradition of moral defiance against cruel and…

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