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Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley: Let’s Not Be Food ‘Lab Rats’

Bob Marley’s son Ziggy is also a musician–and passionate about what we put into our bodies.

Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, was arrested for perjury.

Shellie Zimmerman Arrested: George Zimmerman’s Wife Charged With Perjury

The wife of George Zimmerman, who is facing murder charges, has also been arrested after lying to courts about their finances.

JC in Beloit 1998, Courtesy of Troy Freund

Remembering Dr. James Cameron, 1914-2006

Activist and founder of America’s Black Holocaust Museum, Dr. James Cameron, will always be remembered for his work.

Dred Scott, a slave whose suit for freedom led to one of our most important Supreme Court decisions ever.

First Statue In U.S. Honoring Dred Scott Unveiled Friday In St. Louis

The man who bravely argued that Black people are humans and deserve to be treated as such will be honored with a new statue at a college.

A 1998 Lynching in Texas

James Byrd, Jr. was walking home from a family celebration when three men offered him and a ride before brutalizing and murdering him.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Paris with her famous black friends

Room4Debate: May a White Person Use “Ni**ga in a “Friendly” Way?

Two articles examine the world in which a white actress thinks it is acceptable to use the N-word.

Louisiana prisoners

Plantations, Prisons and Profits

Louisana is no stranger to prisons, thanks to its extensive private prison system that regularly employs slave labor.

Zimmerman arrives at jail 6:3:12

Obeying Judge’s Order, Zimmerman Turns Himself In and Is Back in a Florida Jail

A Florida judge revoked George Zimmerman’s bond after discovering the man accused of murdering Trayvon Martin lied about his finances.

H. K. Edgerton, a native of Asheville, North Carolina, is a southern heritage activist, passionate about honoring those who fought for the Confederacy. (Hunter McRae/Savannah Morning News)

Sneak Peek of the Documentary – ‘Colored Confederates: Myth Or Matter Of Fact?’

Ken Wyatt tackles the question of whether slaves fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War in his documentary.

Filmmaker Zina Saro-Wiwa explores her own transition

Black Women’s Transitions to Natural Hair

Zina Saro-Wiwa explores the trend for Black women like herself to let their hair go natural in the face of racism.

Milwaukee Black Historical Society Genealogy Classes

Beginning Genealogy Classes Fee: $25.00 for members $45.00 for non-members Saturday, June 9, 2012 Session 1: Identifying your Goals Get Organized and Cite your Sources Writing your Family History Using a Pedigree Chart and Family Group Sheet Saturday, June 30, 2012 Session 2: Selecting Record Types Searching on the Computer and Reading Census Records Saturday, July 28, 2012…

Dr. Christian Head

Black Doc Sues UCLA, Cites Racist Treatment

Dr. Christian Head is suing his employer, UCLA, after workplace racism culminated in undeniably racist imagery.

Wasting Time Is New Divide in Digital Era

Drew Kelly, The New York Times In the 1990s, the term “digital divide” emerged to describe technology’s haves and have-nots. It inspired many efforts to get the latest computing tools into the hands of all Americans, particularly low-income families. Those efforts have indeed shrunk the divide. But they have created an unintended side effect…. As access…

James Chaney, civil rights hero and martyr

Remembering James Chaney, Voting Rights Hero and Martyr

James Chaney’s work toward racial equality, including voter rights, ultimately made him a target for racist groups.

Daisy Bates is the subject of La Cruise's documentary

Sharon La Cruise remembers forgotten female civil rights hero in ‘Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock’

Civil Rights activist Daisy Bates is the subject of filmmaker Sharon La Cruise’s PBS documentary.


Making Schools Work

David L. Kirp argues that integrated schools don’t just help Black students and other students of color succeed.

Room4Debate: Are rising obesity costs the new second-hand smoke?

by Caryn Freeman of the The growing obesity epidemic is impacting Americans in ways they may not yet be aware of. The costs associated with taking care of the transportation, health and safety of America’s consistently growing obese population are all being passed on to taxpayers. A new substructure to accommodate obese Americans in…

Hypocrisy: ‘Think Like A Man’ is banned in France for ‘lack of diversity’

By Chris Witherspoon of the   Think like A Man is arguably the most successful black film of 2012, raking in $85 million in U.S. ticket sales since being released in April. However, the film has been met with harsh criticism oversees, and is banned in France, due to the predominately African-American film’s “lack…

Room4Debate: Should a Child be Punished for Wearing Blackface?

 From the Huffington Post Sean King, a Colorado Springs second-grader at Meridian Ranch Elementary school, found himself in hot water last when he was pulled out of class for dressing like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while also wearing black face paint for a school project. Now, Sean and his family want an apology from…

Room4Debate: Is Segregation Back in U.S. Public Schools?

From the New York Times Last week marked the 58th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, which declared racial segregation of public schools unconstitutional. But segregation, now due largely to geography, still remains an issue for most school systems, from New York City to Charlotte, N.C., and beyond. How can we integrate…

NAACP backs same-sex marriage as civil right

By the The NAACP passed a resolution Saturday endorsing same-sex marriage as a civil right and opposing any efforts “to codify discrimination or hatred into the law.” The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s board voted at a leadership retreat in Miami to back a resolution supporting marriage equality, calling the position…