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In “black-ish,” Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross lead a family wrestling with racial issues. From left, Marsai Martin, Marcus Scribner, Yara Shahidi and Miles Brown as their children.

A Family Rooted in Two Realms

By NEIL GENZLINGER, New York Times A lot of people in the television business are said to be curious to see how “black-ish,”ABC’s new comedy, is received when it has its premiere on Wednesday night. What they should really be curious about, though, is where the series goes after its funny but talking-point-heavy first episode. The sitcom…

A rain-soaked memorial on Sept. 10, 2014, at the location in Ferguson, Mo., where teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by police Officer Darren Wilson in August. 

Michael Brown Memorial Rebuilt After Fire

One of the two memorials for Michael Brown built by the community burned completely this morning but was quickly rebuilt. Fergusson residents suspect arson.

John Ridleyyhyhs

Black Lens Program Schedule – Films by African Americans at the MKE Film Festival

Every year, Milwaukee Film Festival introduces its program of films by emerging and established black filmmakers Find 2014’s lineup.

MacArthur 2014 “genius” grant recipients Jennifer Eberhardt, Terrance Hayes, Steve Coleman and Rick Lowe 

4 Black People Receive the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant

Four black geniuses – a social psychologist, an artist, a jazz composer and a poet receive $625,000, no-strings-attached, from the MacArthur Foundation.

Beating our black children furthers the legacy of slavery

In light of Adrian Peterson’s child abuse indictment, David Love opines, “We must break the cycle of trauma that passes from generation to generation and heal both the victim and the victimizer.”

Dr. Calvin Greene, the administrative director at the Regional Fertility Program, told the Calgary Herald that his stand on race mixing is firm and has been policy since the clinic opened in the 1980s.

No ‘Rainbow Families’: Canadian Fertility Clinic Refuses to Match White Patients With Nonwhite Donors

A white woman who was looking into in vitro fertilization was shocked when she was told she could only use sperm donors who were white,

Renisha McBride and the man charged with second-degree murder in her death, Dearborn Heights, Mich., resident Theodore P. Wafer (From the Dearborn Heights Police)

How Race, Gender And Fatigue Have Affected The Coverage Of Renisha McBride’s Death

The combination of sexism and racism has a real impact on Black women as exemplified by the silence around Renisha McBride’s death.

Rep Terri Sewell

For African-American Women—and All Women—Let’s Make Every Day Equal Pay Day

Black women make just 64 cents for every dollar earned by their white male counterparts and we need better policies and leaders to change this.

Joseph McGill, Civil War re-enacter, sleeps overnight in slave dwellings to raise awareness about the importance of preserving the artifacts and revisiting the history of enslavement.

One Man’s Epic Quest to Visit Every Former Slave Dwelling in the United States

Joseph McGill, a descendant of slaves, has devoted his life to ensuring the preservation of historic sites that once homed slaves.


By VERENA DOBNIK,   NEW YORK (AP) — Four emergency workers involved in the medical response for a New York City man who died in police custody after being put in an apparent chokehold have been barred from responding to 911 calls, the Fire Department of New York said. The two EMTs and two paramedics…

An Opportunity for Real Dialogue about Milwaukee’s Segregation Issues

Free and Open to the Milwaukee Public (with RSVP only) ABHM is collaborating with the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion in their “Building Thriving Community: Beyond Segregation” Community Dialogues. This dialog project is the response of our two organizations to the yearning for deep conversations on this topic that we’ve both experienced this year. Milwaukee…

In 1948, Alice Coachman became the first black American woman to win a gold medal in the Olympics games in London. She won the Gold medal in the high jump with a record of 1.68 meters.

Alice Coachman, first black woman to win Olympic gold medal dies

A trailblazing athlete is honored upon her death. High jumper Alice Coachman was the first Black woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

Janet Mock

Janet Mock Breaks Through the Isolation for Transgender Women of Color

Janet Mock has challenged us all to question our perceptions of challenges facing transgender girls and women of color.


63 Abducted Females Escape Extremists In Nigeria

by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — More than 60 Nigerian girls and women abducted by Islamic extremists two weeks ago have managed to escape, officials said Monday, though more than 200 girls who were kidnapped in April remain missing. Nigerian security forces and federal government officials had denied reports of the mass abduction…

Heather Booth

Who Were the White Folks of Freedom Summer?

These white allies joined in the fight for civil rights in the Freedom Summer of 1964.

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X

New Malcolm X Diary Reveals a Revolutionary Optimist

The Diary of Malcolm X was recently published after being converted from microfilm. The activist’s daughter, Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, was the editor.

Clarence Mitchel, Jr., the NAACP lobbyist behind the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, with President Lyndon B. Johnson who signed the Act.

Who Was the Unsung Hero of the 1964 Civil Rights Act?

Activist Clarence M. Mitchell Jr.’s name might not be known in every household, but his actions with the NAACP changed history.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the premiere of the film "Half of a Yellow Sun," based on her novel, in Lagos, Nigeria.

New Wave of African Writers With an Internationalist Bent

Discover the names and stories of African writers who are garnering attention and awards for their work.

The "Book of Negroes" mini-series is based on a bestselling historical novel of the same name. The Book of Negroes itself is an actual document kept by the British Army during the Revolutionary War. Aunjanue Ellis and Cuba Gooding, Jr. star.

First Trailer for Mini-Series of Acclaimed ‘The Book of Negroes’

Trailer and photos for the star-studded production, based on a true story, which debuts October 13, 2014. Adapted from Lawrence Hill’s award-winning bestseller.

Right: Hank Thomas was 19 years old when he was arrested in 1961 due to the Freedom Rides.
Left: Hank Thomas at 73 years old, is now retired and owns two Marriott Hotels in Atlanta, GA

An Original Freedom Rider Reflects on the Struggle

Hank Thomas was arrested in 1961, when he was just a teenager, for riding segregated buses in a south that ignored desegregation laws.

Lauryn Hill a hiphop artist

How Hip-Hop Has Become a Gateway to Black Poetry

An episode of Left of Black delves into the world of hip hop and its connections to poetry and Black culture.