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More Discrimination Cited In Housing Practices

Three years since a Wells Fargo Bank loan officer shared the details of how she and her colleagues targeted and directed prospective African American homebuyers into taking out expensive high-interest subprime mortgages to The New York Times, racial discrimination in the housing market is still an issue. According to a new investigative report by the…

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Room for Debate: Are America’s Public Schools Still Unequal and Unjust?

Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund, argues that children of color still do not recieve quality and equal education. In her opinion piece for the Huffington Post, Edelman states that: “Millions of children in America are denied the opportunity to receive a fair and high quality education. In March, the U.S. Department…

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Happy Birthday Billie Holiday!

Billie Holiday was born on this date in 1915. She was an African-American vocalist, one of the greatest jazz-blues singers of all time, also known as Lady Day. Born Eleanora Fagan in Philadelphia, she spent an impoverished childhood in Baltimore before moving to New York City in the late 1920s, when she began singing in…

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This Day in Black History

On this date in 1712, the New York Slave Rebellion occurred. Reacting to harsh treatment by their masters, about 25 Black slaves and American Indians set fire to an outhouse and laid in ambush of their oppressors, killing nine men and wounding several others. The slaves then fled into the woods where within two days…

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Two-tone Twins!

One is black and has big brown eyes. The other is a blue-eyed blonde with the palest of skin. They might share the same cheeky smile, but side by side, they could hardly look less alike. Yet remarkably, Kian and Remee are twins, born a minute apart. The pair owe their appearance to a one…

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Does “George Zimmerman” Dwell Within You?

In a Huffington post opinion piece, Ama Yawson questions whether the Taryvon Martin case has made anyone examine their own prejudices. Yawson states: “The pervasive nature of race and age-based prejudice and stereotyping do not in any way excuse George Zimmerman’s behavior. When such prejudice evolves from a thought in one’s mind to the fatal…

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This Day in Black History

On this date in 1856, Booker T. Washington was born. He was a Black activist and educator, who urged Blacks to gain equality through education and economic advancement. Committing himself to the idea that education would raise him and his people to equality in this country, Washington became a teacher. He first taught in his…

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Ex-New Orleans cops get prison time in Danziger Bridge shootings

A federal judge Wednesday sentenced five former New Orleans police officers to prison terms ranging from six to 65 years for the shootings of unarmed civilians in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The shootings occurred on the Danziger Bridge on September 4, 2005, six days after much of New Orleans went underwater when the…

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The Day That Changed Black America

This date marks the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. He was shot to death at the Loraine motel in Memphis, TN. He was there to support striking Black garbage workers. News of the assassination resulted in an outpouring of sorrow and anger all over the world and riots broke out in…

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Sculptor Elizabeth Catlett Sculptor Dies At 96

Sculptor and printmaker Elizabeth Catlett, a U.S. expatriate renowned for her dignified portrayals of African-American and Mexican women and who was barred from her home country for political activism during the McCarthy era, has died. She was 96. She was known for her commitment to winning greater rights for blacks, women and workers in the United…

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This Day in Black History: The Loss of Carter G. Woodson

Sixty-two years ago today, Carter G. Woodson, passed away in Washington D.C.  at the age of 74. Woodson, who has been dubbed the “Father of Black History”, was the author of over 20 books, the founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, and the founder of what is now know…

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This Day in American History: Martin Luther King Delivers his Last Speech

On this date in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered what would be his last speech. It was in support of the striking sanitation workers at Mason Temple in Memphis, TN, the day before he was assassinated. “Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t…

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Stunning portraits of former slaves photographed seventy years after the Emancipation Proclamation

In the 1920s and 1930s, an interest in slave narratives was rekindled, and as part of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Work Progress Administration, more than 2,000 first-person accounts of slavery were collected, as well as 500 black and white photographs. The collection was compiled in 17 states between 1936 and 1938. Many of…

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A New Study Shows Cervical Cancer Virus Harder To Clear In Black Women

Provocative new research might help explain why black women are so much more likely than whites to develop and die from cervical cancer: They seem to have more trouble clearing HPV, the virus that causes the disease. Doctors have long thought that less access to screening and follow-up health care were the reasons black women…

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Black Women Twice As Likely To Die From Cervical Cancer

Provocative new research might help explain why black women are so much more likely than whites to develop and die from cervical cancer: They seem to have more trouble clearing HPV, the virus that causes the disease. Doctors have long thought that less access to screening and follow-up health care were the reasons black women…

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Autism Up Among Kids of Color

Federal officials announced Thursday that autism cases are on the rise again. The rate of U.S. cases of autism and related disorders has risen to about 1 in 88 children, up from the previous estimate of 1 in 110, the Washington Post reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report containing the data showed…

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Cesar Chavez Day: Honoring The Latino Civil Rights Leader By Continuing The Fight For Justice

When Barack Obama campaigned to be the nation’s 44th president, he used the simple mantra, “Yes We Can” — a translation of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez’s chant, “Si se puede.” Now, nearly four years after the presidential election, Obama’s paying homage to the man whose words helped him win office, decreeing Saturday, March 31st…

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Detroit Students Suspended After Demanding ‘An Education’

About 50 students were suspended Thursday from the all-boys Frederick Douglass Academy in Detroit, Mich. for walking out of classes in protest, demanding “an education.” Among their complaints: a lack of consistent teachers, the reassignment of the school principal, educators who abuse sick time and a shortage of textbooks. Read more of the story here.

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For Our Daughters

The documentary For Our Daughters is a cinematic collage of interviews with 17 African American women from different backgrounds with varying opinions and unique perspectives. Together, these women share stories of resilience, wisdom and a deep rooted concern for Black girls and young Black women of today who are faced with the task of growing…

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Lawsuit alleges NYPD violated civil rights by entering private buildings

Suit filed on behalf of 13 black and Latino New Yorkers says stop-and-frisk extension program has left them living in fear. The New York City police department is facing a federal class action lawsuit over the expansion of its controversial stop-and-frisk program into residential buildings largely populated by African Americans and Latinos. https://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/28/nypd-lawsuit-civil-rights-bronx

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Rep. Gwen Moore recounts her own rape in defense of the Violence Against Women Act

As part of her floor speech pushing to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on Wednesday, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) told the story of her own history of being sexually assaulted during her childhood and then raped as a young woman. “Violence against women is as American as apple pie,” she told colleagues. “I…