Serena Williams is being punished for speaking her truth

(CNN)The unfair treatment displayed toward Serena Williams at the US Open is further proof that, in tennis, women are subjected to a double standard. That standard is particularly glaring in the case of female athletes of color. At Saturday’s match, umpire Carlos Ramos issued Williams a warning for allegedly receiving…

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France’s World Cup win is a victory for immigrants everywhere

(CNN)France’s electrifying 4-2 World Cup win over Croatia represents a victory for Africa and immigrants everywhere. France’s at times toxic debate over immigration anticipated America’s contemporary global debate over immigration, one that scapegoats the most vulnerable populations as thieves, rapists and murderers. England’s decision to leave the European Union, what’s…

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The stark reminder in Kate Spade’s bewildering death

(CNN)Fashion designer Kate Spade’s death by apparent suicide, discovered Tuesday by a housekeeper, has hit a tender nerve, particularly in New York. On Tuesday I saw media crews and onlookers surrounding her apartment building; and on Twitter, there was a steady, sad hum of wonder and lament — equal parts…

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