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Visual artist Bobby Rogers published the powerful portrait series inspired by the Twitter hashtag, #BeingBlackAndMuslim.

Exploring the challenges many people face at the intersection of two marginalized identities, Roger's project brings awareness to challenges black Muslims face.  

Despite their combined history in religion, the ethnic group's converging identities are overlooked in racism and Islamophobia.

The artist hopes “for others to understand the true beauty and resilience of being Black and Muslim," recognizing "blackness as a part of the conversation." huffingtonpost.co.za
In the heart of Sydney's Chinatown, 30-year-old retail assistant Amanda is selling face masks and creams in bright packages. But it is the skin-whitening products that have her attention.

"Chinese people like whitening, [they consider it] beautiful — whitening and brightening because it's good," she says, smiling.

The smile is genuine, as Amanda is a fan herself.

"I use this one in the morning and at night … it can make your skin look very healthy, very clear," she says. "It's very popular."

And this popularity is on the rise with the market for skin lighteners projected to reach $US23 billion ($30.5 billion) by 2020, according to market intelligence firm Global Industry Analysts.

Across Asia, it is normal to walk into a beauty store and see mostly skin-whitening products adorning the shelves. abc.net.au
Fox News' legal troubles grew even larger with new plaintiffs, including an anchor, joining a suit alleging racial discrimination and harassment at the network. The suit is now headlined by Kelly Wright, a black reporter and anchor who has been with Fox News since 2003. Wright's allegations involve, among others, recently fired Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and current network co-president Bill Shine.

The litigation began last month, when two black women filed a lawsuit saying they faced "top-down racial harassment" from Judith Slater, Fox's now-former comptroller. The two plaintiffs, Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright, accused Slater of making a number of racially insensitive remarks.

The suit claims that Wright was shunned from O'Reilly's now-canceled program, "The O'Reilly Factor," and that Shine "has demonstrated an obsession with race when it comes to discussions with Mr. Wright, including regularly asking him, 'how do Black people react to you' and 'how do you think White viewers look at you?'"

In one alleged example, Wright claims that he was rebuffed in his efforts to show a series of positive stories about the African-American community on the "Factor" because, according to the complaint, "it showed Blacks in 'too positive' a light." Wright is one of 13 plaintiffs, all people of color who are either current or former Fox News employees, to sue the network in the last month charging racial discrimination. cnn.com
Fatih Menteş, a police security guard of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has threatened to rape a woman, calling her a “son of a *itch, infidel, prostitute” on social media.

In a post that has since gone viral for its violent and sexist nature, the public post read: “If I catch you, I will rape you,” Menteş allegedly wrote to Filiz Coogan, another Facebook user, on his private Facebook account.

However, the man didn't stop there. To add insult to inury, Faith Menteş continued in an insulting reference to Atatürk: “Atashitist, son of a *itch, dirty honorless, terrorist, infidel, [and] prostitute.”

Coogan attached a screen shot of Menteş’s message, saying she was targeted due to her messages critical of Erdoğan. Following the destructive words was a selfie of the guard, wearing sunglasses and a stoic look. turkishminute.com
French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is “temporarily” stepping down as leader of the National Front party.

It appeared to be an attempt to distance herself from the racist element of her party and appeal to a wider range of potential voters.

The party leader last night came second in the first round of the French Presidential election, putting her through to the final run-off next week.

In a dramatic announcement on the live prime time France 2 television news broadcast at 8pm, the 48-year-old said: "It is essential to take leave of the National Front, and this evening I am no longer the president of the National Front.

"I am only the presidential candidate – I will feel more free, and above partisan considerations."

She said she wanted to use her candidacy to "unite all French people". mirror.co.uk
Six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis and their accomplices during World War Two. In many cases entire towns' Jewish populations were wiped out, with no survivors to bear witness - part of the Nazis' plan for the total annihilation of European Jewry.

Since 1954, Israel's Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem ("A Memorial and a Name"), has been working to recover the names of all the victims, and to date has managed to identify some 4.7 million.

"Every name is very important to us," says Dr Alexander Avram, director of Yad Vashem's Hall of Names and the Central Database of Shoah [Holocaust] Victims' Names. 

"Every new name we can add to our database is a victory against the Nazis, against the intent of the Nazis to wipe out the Jewish people. Every new name is a small victory against oblivion."

The institution, a sprawling complex of buildings, trees and gardens on the western slopes of Mount Herzl, gathers details about the victims in two ways: through information from those with knowledge of the deceased, and archive sources, ranging from Nazi deportation lists to Jewish school yearbooks. bbc.com
Toronto Esports’ Matt “Dellor” Vaughn opted for a very public stream of racial slurs during an Overwatch game. As a 28-year-old adult, Vaughn was playing a ranked match in Overwatch, his opponent, Widowmaker, making a few too many accurate shots. His response was to yell the N-word into his microphone using the game’s voice chat system, as the rest of his team listened on.

What Vaughn seemingly didn’t realize was that he was streaming to his Twitch followers, one of which was quick to capture and upload the rant in its entirety. Toronto Esports responded by releasing Vaughn:

“Toronto Esports is an organization built on inclusivity, and we have always had a zero- tolerance policy for any forms of discrimination,” said President Ryan Pallett. “Immediately upon learning of the incident, the player was interviewed, admitted to the offence, and was notified that his contract with the organization was being terminated”

His laundry list of excuses for why he repeatedly said the N-word—he was tired, his internet was lagging, the Widowmaker was cheating, he was angry—leads to his point: He is not racist, just upset, and so he said the most offensive thing that came into his mind. kotaku.com
Black men tend to be stereotyped as threatening and, as a result, may be disproportionately targeted by police even when unarmed. The results of 7 studies showed that people have a bias to perceive young Black men as bigger (taller, heavier, more muscular) and more physically threatening (stronger, more capable of harm) than young White men.

Both bottom-up cues of racial prototypicality and top-down information about race supported these misperceptions.

Furthermore, this racial bias persisted even among a target sample from whom upper-body strength was controlled (suggesting that racial differences in formidability judgments are a product of bias rather than accuracy).

Biased formidability judgments in turn promoted participants’ justifications of hypothetical use of force against Black suspects of crime.

Thus, perceivers appear to integrate multiple pieces of information to ultimately conclude that young Black men are more physically threatening than young White men, believing that they must therefore be controlled using more aggressive measures.  apa.org
Ukip has insisted beekeepers will be exempt from a controversial proposal to ban the “wearing of face coverings” in public places in Britain.

It came as the party unveiled a string of predominately Islam-focused policies as part of Paul Nuttall’s “integration agenda” platform for the general election in six weeks’ time.

Introducing the event at the Marriott County Hall, Mr Nuttall said: “Today’s message will be a message of positivity, it will not be about negativity.”

“What we will say today is not designed to sow the seeds of division. It is about promoting integration in British society,” he added.

But when quizzed on the party’s proposal to “pass a law against the wearing of face coverings in public places” and whether it would apply to beekeepers, the party’s deputy leader Peter Whittle said it was a “ridiculous” suggestion and confirmed it would be focused on the burqa. independent.co.uk