[07.27.16] PushBlack Now

1. Braiding Hair Without A License is No Longer Illegal in Iowa. [via Blavity]

A new Iowa law has made it legal for hair stylists to braid without a cosmetology license. Before this law, it was a misdemeanor punishable by one year in prison if a person was caught braiding without a cosmetology license. This is an important step to making the braiding industry more equitable in Iowa, as it costs $22,000 and takes 2,100 hours of training to pass a cosmetology exam.

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2. Black Man Playing ‘Pokémon Go’ Had Guns Drawn on Him by Police. [via Mic]

We can now add Pokémon Go to this list of activities black people cannot do without threat of police violence. Joseph Ekakitie, a senior defensive end for the University of Iowa football team was playing Pokémon Go when he was surrounded by four officers with their guns drawn.

“Today was the first time that I’ve ever truly feared for my life.” -Joseph Ekakitie

We are beyond happy to hear that Joseph survived the situation, however, we are reminded that even playing a mobile game can be a death sentence for black people. As Pokémon Go becomes more and more popular, we want to remind folks to stay safe.

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3. WNBA Reverses Fines for Players Wearing Black Lives Matter Shirts. [via Blavity]

Last week, the WNBA fined players from the New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury, and Indiana Fever for wearing black warm-up shirts in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Since then, the WNBA has reversed its decision and reversed the fines.

“We commend Lisa Borders for recognizing how the players of the WNBA felt and the sensitive time that we’re living in and being willing to re-evaluate their decision,” New York Liberty President Isiah Thomas said.

Here at PushBlack, we unapologetically support black athletes standing up against police brutality and institutional racism.

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