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#BlackWomensEqualPayDay Is Calling Out the Wage Gap That Black Women Face

July 31 marks the day that black women get paid the equivalent of what white men were paid the previous year.

Today is Black Women's Equal Pay Day—the day that marks the point in the year, when black women are finally paid the equivalent of what their white, male counterparts earned last year.

Black women are using this day to call out the racial and gender inequality, that leaves black women—the most educated demographic in the nation—earning 67 cents on the dollar relative to white males. Though the gender gap exists across all races, black and Hispanic woman are hit the hardest. According to a report from the Pew Research Center, while white women earn and average of $17 per hour, black women earn $13.

Though black women continue to earn multiple degrees and work more hours on average, The National Women's Law Center, reports that black women could potentially lose around $840,000 over a 40 year career based on the current wage gap.

Black women continue to create movements that call for change in the workplace. Earlier this year, many women used the hashtag #BlackWomenAtWork to bring attention to the racism we face in the workplace.

Today, black woman of various professional backgrounds are calling out the glaring income disparity and sharing statistics, personal essays and thoughts using the hashtag #BlackWomensEqualPay.

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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