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Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 10/12/2012

Teen Vogue hires a black beauty and health director: This Week in Black Awesomeness

 Soledad O’Brien x Jezebel = Awesome
CNN journalist Soledad O'Brien (Charles Sykes - AP)

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien stopped by Jezebel for a live Q&A (with questions from readers!) and she dished on staying neutral while interviewing people with differing political views, the responses to the “Black in America” documentaries, and being a judge on “Iron Chef.”

News Flash: NYPD’s Stop and Frisks lead to racial profiling and civil rights violations.

The Nation posted a recording of a Stop and Frisk provided by Alvin, a teenage boy from Harlem, who recorded the altercation he had with two NYPD officers last year. The video also includes interviews from police officers who are against the practice but feel pressured to do it to move up in the ranks of the police force. There are also clips of Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg arguing that Stop and Frisks are a proactive attempt to cut down on crime. 

If you haven’t watched the video, you should. It is not a happy story, but finally there is some concrete, undeniable proof that the NYPD’s controversial Stop and Frisks lead officers to racially profile young black and Latino men, violating their rights and furthering the culture of distrust between police officers and minority youths.

Black woman becomes Beauty and Health director for Teen Vogue

Great news for every black woman who reads magazines like Seventeen, YM and Teen Vogue as a teenager and automatically skipped over the hair and makeup tips because she just knew there would be nothing there for her. Elaine Welteroth, former senior beauty editor at Glamour, is Teen Vogue’s new beauty and health director.

This is happening just weeks after Keija Minor became the first editor in chief of a Conde Nast publication. Could this mean makeup tips for more hues? Hair advice for teen girls with kinky and curly hair? I cannot wait to find out. Either way, diversity in media is always good. Find out the rest of the details over at The Grio.

 Claressa Shields, Olympic gold medallist, is still a “normal teenager.”

NewsOne recently profiled Claressa Shields, the 17-year-old female boxer who won the gold at the London Olympics, making her the only American boxer to medal this year. Shields was determined to escape the violence and poverty that has plagued Flint since Buick shut down its factories, factories that employed over 30,000 residents at one point.

When her coach, Jason Crutchfield, and his wife, Mickey Rouse, realized Shields was barely getting enough to eat and walking to the gym alone, before sunrise, in order to make it to her tournaments, they took her in. It paid off. Shields’ current record is 29-1.

These days, she’s just a regular teenager doing regular things: trips to the mall with friends, playing with her hair when she talks, training for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. You know, normal.

The 21 Most Influential Black LGBT Icons

Huffington Post’s Black Voices compiled a list of the 21 Most Influential black LGBT icons, including Langston Hughes, Keith Boykin, Wanda Sykes, James Baldwin, Sheryl Swoopes and Audre Lorde. In light of National Coming Out Day and the idiotic backlash surrounding the “Gay Kappa Wedding” video, this list was in­cred­ibly timely. Check out the rest here.

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