Greetings ZReaders,

It has not been an easy few days for Black women. Rachel Dozeal has reemerged with an African name, Shea moisture tries an ad that “tries it,” and Jessie Williams leaves his pretty brown wife, allegedly for a non-Black woman. My summary of how sistahs in my circle reacted:

I’ve been moved by the number of you who have expressed interest in contributing to ZNews. I’ve spent a lot of time last week reading samples and considering some great pitches. We’re still accepting work, so if you or anyone you know is a talented written or visual storyteller, so just has something eloquent to say, kindly reach out.

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Shea Moisture reaches out to white women in hair products ad. Black women protest: For years, women of color embraced Shea Moisture for hair products catering to naturally coily and curly hair. But Shea Moisture moved to broaden its reach to include women of all backgrounds and hair types. Marketing that expanded reach while appealing to its loyal customers, it turns out, can get a bit complicated.

They’re Calling this 23-Year-Old Novelist the Next J.K. Rowling: Nigerian-American author Tomi Adeyemi got a seven-figure publishing deal with Macmillian and a massive deal with Fox Studios for her fantasy novel about a young girl’s battle with a prince over bringing magic back to West Africa.

I Moved Abroad With Over 200K In Debt & Returned Home Debt Free:  Struggling is not living. Eat, sleep, work, pay bills became my routine. And I was barely getting by or scratching the surface of my debt, so I decided to do something different.

Portraits show Iran’s hidden minority of Afro-Iranians: German-Iranian photographer Mahdi Ehsaei has spent the last three years documenting a lesser known community in his home country: Iranians of African heritage.

Fortune 500 companies are still hesitant about settling in Africa: Investor interest in Africa may have been piqued since the start of the 21st century, but many of the world’s Fortune 500 still seem reluctant to actually move to the continent.

All Your Favourite Cartoon Characters Are Black: Bugs Bunny, black. Scrappy Doo, black. Elmo, definitely black. On the surface it’s an extremely funny and silly thing to think about— there’s also a layer of sadness that goes beyond silliness.

To Be Black, Female and Fed Up With the Mainstream: Linda La Rue’s exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum questions what women’s liberation, primarily a white, middle-class movement, have to offer African-American women.

Why is Media Matters stealing credit for the work of Black organizers? Appropriation: It’s not just limited to hairstyles and music. It’s also present in social justice work, specifically the takedown of Glen Beck and Bill O’Reilly.


This Powerful Photo Series Is Showing What It Is Like To Be Black And Muslim In The US

King Mswati III of Swaziland is Africa’s last absolute monarch wants to make the country the first in Africa to outlaw divorce

Kobe Bryant Recalls Meeting Beyonce, Cites Michael Jackson as His Biggest Inspiration at Tribeca Film Festival

African governments have a new way of controlling the media—starve them of ad revenue

Jeremy Lin Reveals a Sad Truth About Asian Men That’s Rarely Talked About




The number of active tech hubs in 93 cities in 42 countries of Africa.


The number of time Barack OPbama mentioned Trump in his first public appearance since he left office.


Atlantic Fellowship for Health Equity in South Africa: Tekano is seeking applications for its fellowship programme to develop progressive leadership to tackle the deep social and economic inequities that characterise South Africa and impact on the health of our people.

The Monarq Incubator: Diverse teams outperform homogeneous teams. For this program, we seek to source and invest in exceptional companies that have at least one woman in the leadership team, holding significant influence and equity. The ideal candidate is working full time on their company and the applicant is a high-level woman involved in the fundraising effort.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is seeking applications for its Indigenous Fellowship Programme 2018. The programme contributes to build the capacity and expertise of indigenous representatives on the UN system and mechanisms dealing with human rights in general and indigenous issues in particular, so they are in a better position to protect and promote the rights of their communities at the international level.