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Blue Origin launches six tourists to the edge of space after nearly two-year hiatus

The man Kennedy selected in 1961 to be the first Black American astronaut candidate finally reached space at 90 among a group of six people launched in a tourism rocket.


Kamala Harris to speak at SEIU convention set to elect the union’s first Black president

Kamala Harris will deliver the keynote address at the Service Employees International Union convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

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He feared coming out. Now this pastor wants to help Black churches become as welcoming as his own.

While he once listened to homophobic sermons, Rev. Brandon Thomas Crowley now preaches acceptance to his congregation.

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Watch: Brown at 70—A Reality Check on School Segregation

Dr. Camika Royal, Sharif El Mekki, Dr. Kelly Hurst, and Dr. Gary Orfield joined Word In Black to talk about modern school segregation.

Students at Boston College raise their arms during a solidarity demonstration on the school's campus.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Why the trope of the ‘outside agitator’ persists

Code Switch breaks down how language influences public perceptions of protests like those on college campuses.

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Rap Is Art, Not Evidence

A new documentary chronicles efforts to keep rap lyrics from being used by prosecutors, combatting a long-standing trend of criminalizing rap.

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Rev. William Lawson, civil rights leader who worked with Martin Luther King Jr., dies at 95

A civil rights leader who worked to end segregation and stood by Martin Luther King even when others wouldn’t had passed.

It was a Democrat, Joe Biden, who selected Kamala Harris as the nation's first Black vice president and Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black woman on the Supreme Court. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

The Party of Lincoln Is Dead

The party of Abraham Lincoln that fought the Civil War to preserve the American union is not the same Republican party which exists today. The majority of historical Republican legislative and policy accomplishments for Black people rests on the Civil War and the short period following. The Republican party’s Compromise of 1877 effectively marked its abandonment of Black people.


Your Right to Peacefully Protest Is Under Attack Across America

In today’s political climate, the right to assemble has become more restricted as law enforcement tries to maintain control. Protests in Texas and a SCOTUS decision point to this.

Police walk outside the Tops grocery store in Buffalo, N.Y. on May 15.Joshua Bessex / AP file

Plans unveiled for memorial honoring victims of racist mass shooting at Buffalo supermarket

Jin Young Song and Douglass Alligood revealed their design for a permanent memorial for the victims of the 2022 Buffalo shooting.

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W.E.B. Du Bois’ ‘The Philadelphia Negro’ offers lasting lessons on gentrification in Philly’s Black neighborhoods

Beth Daley examines the insight into gentrification in W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Philadelphia Negro 125 years after its publication.

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A Virginia county board votes to restore Confederates’ names to schools

Several schools in the Shenandoah County School District will return to their former names honoring confederates after having been renamed.

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New ‘Doctor Who’ star Ncuti Gatwa feels ‘sad’ for critics of show’s diversity

As a queer black man, Ncuti Gatwa has faced backlash after being cast as the new Doctor Who, but he isn’t letting it get him down.

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UN experts warn against racial discrimination in Italy law enforcement

A United Nations report revealed a pattern of racial profiling and abuses of authority by Italian police leading to racial disparities.


Airman fatally shot by Florida deputy who was in wrong apartment, family attorney says

23-year-old Roger Fortson was fatally shot and killed by a Florida police officer who forced his way into Fortson’s apartment while responding to a call about a domestic disturbance.

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Flavor Flav vows to fund the US women’s water polo team for 2024 Olympics: ‘That’s a Flavor Flav promise’

After seeing a tweet about the team’s financial woes, rapper Flavor Flav offered to sponsor their trip to the Olympics.


Betty Brinn Children’s Museum Wonder Wagon

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum (BBCM) will be bringing their mobile museum to ABHM on Saturday, May 11th from 10 AM to 1 PM. BBCM Wonder Wagon will bring hands-on activities developed in collaboration with ABHM to our space!


The Other Side of the Game: Black Athletes and Mental Health 

While so many Black youth find a home on a sports team where they excel, the glory of it all often hides the mental health struggles they may be dealing with.

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Same Game Different Smoker Opening Exhibition

Same Game Different Smoker, a national exhibit that explores the troubled relationship the tobacco industry has had with the Black community for 400+ years, is coming to Milwaukee.

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IRS acts to address wide disparity in audit rates between Black taxpayers and other filers

The IRS has announced that it is taking steps to address a wide disparity in audit rates between Black taxpayers and other filers. They also pledge to pay more attention to the wealthy and major companies.

Chemicals used to straighten hair can increase the risk of uterine cancer (Tomas Anderson/Alamy Stock Photos)

FDA misses own deadline to propose ban on cancer-linked formaldehyde from hair relaxers

The Food and Drug Administration had planned to propose a ban on a toxic chemical found in relaxers often used by Black women.