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A protester holds up a Black Lives Matter sign

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – New survey says white support for BLM has slipped. Some historians say they’re not surprised.

Earlier this summer thousands of Americans spilled into the streets over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and sparked an outcry against racism not seen in this country for decades. But recent polling suggests white support for the Black Lives Matter movement has slipped.

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“I want to make music that helps. ’Cause that’s the way that I help. I’m not a doctor, I’m not a lawyer, I don’t work in the government. I make music.” Taffeta dress by Moschino Couture. Sylva & Cie earrings. Rings and bracelets by Chopard and Tiffany & Co. (worn throughout). Fashion Editor: Carlos Nazario. Hair, Shelby Swain; makeup, Alexx Mayo.Photographed by Hype Williams, Vogue, October 2020

Lizzo on Hope, Justice, and the Election

Lizzo says, … “I want to make music that helps. ’Cause that’s the way that I help. I’m not a doctor, I’m not a lawyer, I don’t work in the government. I make music.”

Kyle Rittenhouse and another heavily armed civilian

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – Kenosha protesters sue Facebook and armed men they say helped incite violence

Four people who were protesting in Kenosha the night of Aug. 25, including the girlfriend of a man who was killed by Kyle Rittenhouse during the unrest, have sued Facebook and three armed men they say fomented violence through social media.

Photo of Miles Hall in his mother's (Taun Hall) hands.

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – CA city announced $4 million settlement over police shooting of mentally ill Black man

Walnut Creek, California announced a $4 million settlement of a federal lawsuit with the family of Miles Hall, a 23-year-old Black man who was shot by police last year while having a mental health episode.

Militarized police show of force

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – Threats To Pull Federal Resources From Cities Because Of BLM Protests Are Damaging

Making threats to pull federal resources from cities does nothing to help those communities impacted by police violence, and could be especially harmful to the safety of these communities which are already facing budget deficits due to COVID-19.

Woman holding sign "Melanin Is Not Your Enemy"

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – Has the skin lightener industry learned from Black Lives Matter?

Black Lives Matter has jolted the skin lightener industry. Manufacturers of skin lighteners joined other corporations in voicing support for the racial justice movement. Critics quickly pointed out the hypocrisy of voicing such support while continuing to sell skin whitening products globally.

A shirt with the words "LET MY PEOPLE VOTE" in bold text.

Working to restore voting rights to returning citizens ahead of the general election

The voting rights for people with some felony convictions have been restored in the state of Alabama. However, many in the Black community still face many barriers to voting. Alabama did not inform citizens of the new 2017 law, so those affected are not aware of their right to vote. This is happening in other states as well.

Samuel L. Jackson at the Point of No Return in Loango National Park in Gabon, in Central Africa.Credit...AP Slave Ships Productions Ltd./Cornelia Street’s Ships Ltd./EPIX

Samuel Jackson Traces the History of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

Samuel L. Jackson hosts a six-part docuseries, “Enslaved,” that premiered last Monday on Epix. The series traces Mr. Jackson’s journey across the globe as he uncovers elements of the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The story also follows Diving With a Purpose, an offshoot of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers, as they search for wreckage of slave ships along the ocean bottom.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. giving a speech.

‘MLK/FBI’ Review: The FBI’s Clownish Surveillance Of A Civil Rights Icon Is More Relevant Than Ever

In MLK/FBI, well-known documentary filmmaker Sam Pollard brings a Martin Luther King Jr. story never before seen on-screen. Using archival footage and interviews with those close to King and the situation, his new film shows how FBI founder J. Edgar Hoover spent years targeting King and the Civil Rights Movement.

Attorney Ben Crump and Tamika Palmer, mother of Breonna Taylor

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – The policing reforms in the Breonna Taylor settlement, explained

From revised search warrant protocols to contracting social workers, the policy changes are a start but could go much further.

Breonna-mural

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – Breonna Taylor’s Family to Receive $12M Settlement From Louisville

In the aftermath of the botched police raid in which Ms. Taylor was killed, the city also agreed to institute changes aimed at preventing future killings by officers.

City records show how officials sought to frame the narrative around Daniel Prude’s death in the hours and days after his encounter with the police.

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – Documents Reveal How the Police Kept Daniel Prude’s Death Quiet

A Black man, Daniel Prude, died of suffocation in March after police officers had placed his head in a hood and pinned him to the ground. The public had never been told about the death, but that would change if police body camera footage of the encounter got out. A mass of city documents released on Monday show how prominent Rochester officials did everything in their power to keep the troubling videos of the incident out of public view.

8 year old boy reading Hidden Figures

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – Black lives matter in children’s books, too.

“When a child sees themselves reflected in the books that they read, when the books are a mirror to them, they feel valued.” Black main characters are slowly growing more prominent in children’s books research shows. The Roseman’s Young, Black & Lit is making certain free books that feature black characters reach children.

Slave memorial in Zanzibar

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – Black Lives Matter but slavery isn’t our only narrative

Our historical understanding of Blackness is most commonly shaped by the story of the Atlantic slave trade, in particular to the Americas. But this is a linear narrative that is dominated by American voices. It’s not just potentially exclusory; it doesn’t adequately take into account the diversity of black people worldwide. Aretha Phiri asks Michelle M. Wright about her work in disrupting the slavery narrative.

Activist Frank Nitty

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – Interview with Frank Nitty on Showtime’s ‘The Circus’

In an episode of Showtime’s The Circus entitled “Law And Disorder,” the show visited Kenosha, WI, the site of civil unrest after the shooting of Jacob Blake. Watch this gripping interview with Activist Frank Nitty.

The aftermath of the Oklahoma City Bombing.

The Exception to Exceptionalism: Why marginalized communities feel a collective guilt in America

When the federal building in Oklahoma City was bombed in 1995, the authorities and all media outlets immediately blamed it on “Islamic terrorists.” Members of the Muslim community around the country were attacked, verbally and physically. When Black people protest and one sets a building on fire, all Black people are blamed collectively.For White people the rules are generally the opposite.

Leimert Park sidewalk

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – Black Lives Matter brings new vitality to LA neighborhood

The police killing of George Floyd and the surge of activism around Black Lives Matter has suddenly made this LA shopping district once again a destination for discussion, gatherings and commerce.

Multi-Ethnic Group of Children Holding Empty Billboard

Court blocks DeVos from diverting COVID-19 relief from public schools

A federal court ruled that Secretary of Education DeVos violated the language of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – by siphoning off relief funds to private schools, to the detriment of underserved children in public schools, including children from low-income families, children with disabilities, children of color and English language learners.Now public schools will receive the full federal emergency aid to which they are entitled.

Top 25 University heads

Faces of Power: 80% Are White, Even as U.S. Becomes More Diverse

The most powerful people in the United States pass our laws, run Hollywood’s studios and head the most prestigious universities. They own pro sports teams and determine who goes to jail and who goes to war. A review by The New York Times of more than 900 officials and executives in prominent positions found that only about 20 percent identify as Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, multiracial or otherwise a person of color.

Oxford BLM protester

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – Black Lives Matter protest in Oxford to demand reparations

Crowds of activists from Black Lives Matter will gather in the heart of Oxford to call for reparations to be made to African nations and descendants of slaves.

Laramie Eppler, left, Brad Pitt and Tye Sheridan in “The Tree of Life.” Though the film is about a white family, the behind-the-scenes talent would satisfy Oscar rules for diversity.Credit...Fox Searchlight Pictures

The Oscars’ New Diversity Rules Are Sweeping but Safe

#OscarsSoWhite hashtag became a rallying cry, the academy began taking great strides to diversify a membership that had been largely white and male for nine decades. This week, the academy unveiled an even more ambitious diversity initiative with the intention of reshaping not just how movies are rewarded, but also who’s hired to make them in the first place.