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Hollywood’s Race Problem

By Kia Makarechi, www.HuffingtonPost.com In bleak situations, incremental improvements can be mistaken for big time progress. So it goes with Hollywood’s consistent inability to include actors of color. Popular critical consensus suggests that we may have as many as four black Best Actor nominees: Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”), Idris Elba (“Mandela: Long Walk…

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‘Because You’re Black’

By Nathan Place and Erin Durkin, NYDailyNews.com At the Framboise Patisserie in Middle Village, Queens, the pastries are elegant, the cakes are custom-made — and city officials say the hiring is discriminatory.“I can’t hire you because you’re black,” Jamilah DaCosta, 25, said she heard when she applied for a job working the counter at the…

Hate Crime Punished With Excecution

By Julie Carr Smyth, TheBigStory.ap.org A white gunman who spewed racial slurs before fatally shooting a black man and a police officer in a 1994 rampage that prosecutors called one of Ohio’s worst crimes was put to death Wednesday with the state’s last dose of its execution drug. (…) Mitts was convicted of aggravated murder…

Act Like a Slave?

By Jamil Smith, Tv.Msnbc.com When James Baker heard the words “Nature’s Classroom” in reference to the Massachusetts location of his 12-year-old daughter’s forthcoming four-day field trip, he thought she and her fellow students would “just be going to learn what side of the tree moss grows on.” Instead, as he and his wife Sandra described…

Nelson Mandela and life long friend Ahmed Kathrada

New Mandela Film Well Received in South Africa

By Ron Allen, NBCnews.com, TheGrio.com I think he would be pleased.” The words of Ahmed Kathrada, one of Nelson Mandela’s closest confidants, giving what he thinks would be Mandela’s assessment of the new film based on his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. “This will be the first fairly complete resume of his life from childhood onward,” Kathrada…

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What is a “Black Name”?

By Jamelle Bouie, TheDailyBeast.com Reddit isn’t just a clearinghouse for interviews, animal pictures, and crazy stories. It’s also a place where people ask questions and have discussions. (…) One user wondered about “black” names, posing a question to the “Black American parents of Reddit,” as he put it. “Before racism is called out, I have plenty…

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Tiana Parker Hair Controversy

By Rebecca Klein, HuffingtonPost.com Controversy continues to brew over an Oklahoma charter school’s dress code banning “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks and other faddish styles.” The policy rose to national prominence last week when 7-year-old Tiana Parker spoke out about being reprimanded by Deborah Brown Community School officials for wearing dreadlocks. State legislators are…

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Teenage Waitress Receives Racist Tip

An image of a receipt left by a customer with a racist remark toward a Black waitress has gone viral after she shared it on social media.

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Freedom House Church Not So Free

By Carrie Healey, TheGrio.com The lead pastor of Freedom House Church in North Carolina sent an e-mail to her congregation requesting that “only white people” serve as greeters. Carmen Thomas, an African-American member of the church, reached out to WBTV upon receiving the e-mail. “I was floored,” Thomas said during an interview with the local station.…

‘The Butler’: Lifting the Veil on Black Life

By Henry Louis Gates Jr., TheRoot.com I watched Lee Daniels’ The Butler in a standing-room-only theater on Martha’s Vineyard, with a thoroughly integrated audience of well-educated black and white people, whose ages ranged from teenagers and college students to midcareer professionals and retirees. The audience sat riveted over the entire course of the film, alternatively moved to laugh…

Bill de Blasio with his wife and son in his "Cheerios"  campaign ad (www.billdeblasio.com)

Politics Gets Its Own Cheerios Ad

The black son of a white candidate tackles stop and frisk in a campaign ad. By Keli Goff, theRoot.com Earlier this year, Cheerios generated extensive media attention — and countless racist comments online — for becoming the first major American brand to feature a mixed-race family in a television advertisement. Now an ad for a political campaign is poised…

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NAACP: Stop-and-frisk Ruling a ‘Groundbreaking Victory’

By Lily Workneh, TheGrio.com Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled Mondy morning that New York City’s Police Department’s stop-and-frisk practice violated constitutional rights – and the NAACP is pleased with her decision. (…) “This is a groundbreaking victory,” said NAACP President Ben Jealous. “Judge Scheindlin recognized what the NAACP has been saying for years: the racial profiling tactic…

‘Race-switch’ Robbers Found Guilty On All Counts

By Selim Agar, Nypost.com The trio of black robbers who donned Hollywood-grade masks to appear Caucasian during the stickup of a Queens check cashing joint were found guilty on all counts in Brooklyn federal court today and each face life in prison. (…)Drawing their criminal inspiration from the Ben Affleck flick “The Town,” the crew…

Alex Haley, author of The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Roots: Saga of an American Family

On This Date in History: Alex Haley Was Born

From the African American Registry Alex Haley was born on this date in 1921. He was an African American author, whose books helped popularize the study of Black history and genealogy. Born in Ithaca, New York, Haley was educated at Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College and at Elizabeth City Teachers College. He served in the…

Henrietta Lacks (HeLa): The Mother of Modern Medicine” by Kadir Nelson, oil on linen, 2017. Collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Kadir Nelson and the JKBN Group LLC.

A Family Consents to a Medical Gift, 62 Years Later

By Carl Zimmer, New York Times Henrietta Lacks was only 31 when she died of cervical cancer in 1951 in a Baltimore hospital. Not long before her death, doctors removed some of her tumor cells. They later discovered that the cells could thrive in a lab, a feat no human cells had achieved before. Soon the…

Ohio Organization Raising Funds to Buy George Zimmerman a New Gun

By Carrie Healey, TheGrio.com The Buckeye Firearms Foundation started a fund to buy George Zimmermann “a new gun and fight attacks on the Second Amendment.” (…) “This move to prevent Mr. Zimmerman from claiming his property is an unacceptable abuse of power,” the Buckeye Firearms Foundation wrote in their post. ”And the threats of federal…

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Oprah: Trayvon Martin The ‘Same Thing’ As Emmett Till

By Jack Mirkinson, HuffingtonPost.com In a brief clip that aired on Monday’s “Today”, Oprah Winfrey compared the killing of Trayvon Martin to that of Emmett Till, the young black boy whose brutal murderhelped fuel the civil rights movement. It was one of her first public comments about the case, which has seen African Americans and…

Ku Klux Klan Recruits Members for Neighborhood Watch Program

Lilly Workneb, TheGrio.com Members of the Ku Klux Klan in Springfield, Mo. surprised some local residents with flyers in their front yard promoting a Klan-sponsored neighborhood watch program. The flyers were discovered by residents on Sunday morning, who woke up to find the piece of paper in a plastic bag and weighted down by a small rock…

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‘Fruitvale Station’ Shows Black Male Humanity

Jessie Washington, Huffington Post Oscar Grant did not deserve to die. This is the central message of “Fruitvale Station,” a film dramatizing the real-life case of the young unarmed black man shot in the back by a white police officer in 2009. It’s a common message, often heard in film and life in general. But…

Why ‘National Dialogue on Race’ Is Needed

Many have disagreed with the concept. But a dialogue could go a long way toward jump-starting healing. By Peniel E. Joseph, theRoot.com Trayvon Martin’s tragic death has inspired nationwide demonstrations and calls for action that have reverberated all the way to the White House. President Obama’s spontaneous and heartfelt words about the plight of race relations in America…

Holder Wants Texas to Clear Voting Changes With the U.S.

By Charlie Savage, the New York Times Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced on Thursday that the Justice Department would ask a court to require Texas to get permission from the federal government before making voting changes in that state for the next decade. The move opens a new chapter in the political struggle…