Black Woman Arrested After Climbing The Statue of Liberty In Protest

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Therese Patricia Okoumou was arrested after climbing the base of the Statue of Liberty in protest of the immigration crisis and family separations. Okoumou protested for three hours and reportedly said she wouldn’t come down until all the migrant children were released. She is currently in federal custody and possibly faces charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct and interfering with government functions. (The Root)

Claws has been renewed for a third season on TNT. Niecy Nash, Karrueche and the rest of the cast celebrated the news with an Instagram post. “We was excited for Season 2 and now we coming back with a SEASON 3!” the caption read. “Blessings on top of blessings!! We thank all the fans and supporters.. this wouldn’t be possible without y’all!” Season 3 is set to premiere in 2019. (Instagram)

Solange is sponsoring 12 high school students from Houston on a trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Through Project Row Houses, a nonprofit organization that uses art to help empower and benefit the community, the student will have an opportunity to discover historical Black experiences. The students will also have the opportunity to visit the 11th Street Bridge Project and the National Portrait Gallery. (MadameNoire)

West Virginia native Dr. Patrice Harris has become the first Black woman elected to be president of the American Medical Association. Harris is expected to begin her tenure in June 2019 and will serve as the Association’s 174th president. (Ebony)

Donald Trump’s shortlist for Supreme Court Justice nominees includes his dream pick, Amy Coney Barrett. The 46-year-old Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals is said to be a mother, a woman of faith and a conservative which intrigues Trump. He is set to announce his pick on July 9. (CNN)

A New York private school has ended a policy that segregates students by race after parents revolted. According to a letter by Director Phil Kassen, Little Red School House’s code was put in place “to better support our students of color” and “create the most supportive environment possible for all students.” (NBC New York)

Howard University alum Damon Lawrence has opened a hotel in New Orleans that pays homage to Black culture. “The Moor,” owned by Homage Hospitality, has beautiful archways and carved work to emphasize the Moorish aesthetic. “When we think about the Moors we think about their impact globally and it coincides with the multi-cultural history of New Orleans perfectly,” he says. Lawrence is looking for opening locations in Washington D.C., Brooklyn, and Detroit. (The Shade Room)