Rekia Boyd. Kimberlee ­Randle-King. Natasha McKenna.Their names and their stories — as well as those of other black women who have been killed by police or died while in their custody — are the focus of several days of activity this week meant to highlight what some activists say has been missing from the national discussion on race and criminal justice: Black women are dying, too, not just black men.


Some photos from #SayHerName a vigil in remembrance of Black women and girls who were murdered by police. The event was brought together by Kimberlee Crenshaw and the African American Policy Forum. Stop Patriarchy was an official sponsor of this event, along with many other organizations. The program was incredibly moving, emotional, and powerful. Representatives of the sponsoring organizations accompanied family members of those whose lives were stolen by police, and read pieces on what these people were like in their lives, and the circumstance of their murder. Many of the families had never done anything like this before. They were all extremely grateful to see so many people out there standing with them, and fighting to STOP murder by police.


Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. It’s observed every year on May 17 in honor of May 17, 1990, the date the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. It’s the largest day of LGBTI solidarity in the world, and this year’s theme is celebrating and supporting LGBTI youth. Learn more here

Morgan Freeman Defends His Marijuana Use: “I’ll Eat It, Drink It, Smoke It, Snort It”

(HollywoodReporter) Morgan Freeman doesn’t understand why marijuana isn’t legal.

During a recent interview with the Daily Beast, the actor detailed his support for the movement to legalize pot, reasoning that pot has “many useful uses,” unlike alcohol.

“They used to say, ‘You smoke that stuff, boy, you get hooked!’ ” Freeman said with a laugh. “My first wife got me into it many years ago. How do I take it? However it comes! I’ll eat it, drink it, smoke it, snort it!”

“I have fibromyalgia pain in this arm, and the only thing that offers any relief is marijuana,” he continued. “They’re talking about kids who have grand mal seizures, and they’ve discovered that marijuana eases that down to where these children can have a life. That right there, to me, says, 'Legalize it across the board!’ ”

National Geographic, Time both have science-of-pot cover stories this week

(Cannabist) Have a look at your local bookseller’s magazine rack this week. It might even be worth an Instagram — for history’s sake.

Two of America’s most fabled magazines’ current cover stories are exploring the known and unknown science of marijuana. On National Geographic’s cover: “Weed: The New Science of Marijuana.” On Time magazine’s cover: “The Highly Divisive, Curiously Underfunded and Strangely Promising World of Pot Science.”

That the two magazines, with nearly 210 years of publication shared between them, are coincidentally running these stories simultaneously says something about the ever-shifting national conversation surrounding cannabis.

Miley Cyrus has taken her LGBT advocacy to the next level by launching the Happy Hippie Foundation, an organization that will fundraise for LGBT youth, homeless youth, and other marginalized youth populations.

As part of the launch, Miley is also introducing a series of music video collaborations with artists like Laura Jane Grace, Joan Jett and Ariana Grande.

“Pointless judgment and its effects are unfortunately something that is way to common. All humans have valid feelings and rights! I want to use my voice as a megaphone to young people everywhere and encourage human evolution,” says Cyrus in her announcement. “No one should have to hide who they really are, no matter what his or her name, gender or status.”

Check out the full list of organizations she’s working with here! This is clearly still developing, but let’s see what she can do.