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Serena Williams

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Big News

Serena Williams is frustrated with the fact that white and Asian men dominate tech jobs, which is why she’s joining the board at SurveyMonkey to address lack of diversity in the industry. “I feel like diversity is something I speak to,” Williams told BBC News. “Change is always happening, change is always building. What is important to me is to be at the forefront of the change and to make it easier for the next person that comes behind me.” According to BBC, Williams will also be tackling sexism within the tech world. “60% of women working in Silicon Valley experience unwanted sexual advances,” BBC reports, many of which have led to “high-profile lawsuits.”

Ben Carson says “poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind.” Dang. Where the hell have we been? Never short on stunning words, Carson dropped this particular gem during an interview released by SiriusXM Radio Wednesday night. “You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they’ll be right back up there,” he continued. “And you take somebody with the wrong mindset, you could give them everything in the world, they’ll work their way right back down to the bottom.” He then suggested “a lot of it has to do with what we teach children. You have to instill into that child the mindset of a winner.” Mkay.

Big Lies

Brussels really doesn’t f*** with Donald Trump, which makes sense, since he did reportedly liken living in Brussels to being in “a hellhole” last year. According to NBC News, upon Trump’s arrival, protestors chanted things like “If you don’t want Trump in Belgium clap your hands” and “hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go.” (Lol.) Capital police say 9,000 people showed up to the protest.

“He wants Europe to spend more money on war when he should be investing in peace,” said Ludo De Brabander, a rally organizer. “If all the EU member states pay two percent of their GDP on military spending, that’s billions of dollars that should be spent helping the poor, not investing into a war machine.”

Big Facts

Though news outlets are reporting the death of Kendra Shanice Reid as a suicide, details remain questionable. ESSENCE reports that Sandy Jones—a spokesperson from the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner—says suicide “has not been confirmed.” The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will reportedly release autopsy reports upon the case’s completion. Reid’s death certificate reportedly states Reid’s death as “asphyxiation by hanging.”

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