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Life and Style Skin tone, adoption and black children: Is colorism an issue?

African-American children make up 30 percent of the 500,000 children currently in the American foster care system, despite being only 14 percent of the U.S. population. On top of being over-represented, these youths are less frequently selected for adoption compared to other kids. Could the skin tone of black children play a role in whether…

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Stereotypes Hurt Black-Teen Programs

New research shows that people might not be inclined to give to organizations that help African-American youths past elementary school age. According to the study, the stereotypes thrust upon black teens may be working overtime to turn off potential donors to the very projects designed to support these young people. Researchers at the University of…

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Trayvon Martin, My Son, And The Black Male Code

I thought my son would be much older before I had to tell him about the Black Male Code. He’s only 12, still sleeping with stuffed animals, still afraid of the dark. But after the Trayvon Martin tragedy, I needed to explain to my child that soon people might be afraid of him. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/24/trayvon-martin-my-son-and_1_n_1377003.html?ref=black-voices

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Happy Birthday, Aretha Franklin, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Tony Cade Bambara, and Debi Thomas!

Learn about the lives and accomplishments of these talented American women! https://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/one-best-singers-ever-aretha-franklin https://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/lisagay-hamilton-actress-depth https://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/toni-bambara-writer-and-activist https://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/debi-thomas-olympic-skater-and-surgeon  

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Tonight: Premiere of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on PBS

Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker, with his fair skin and blue eyes, had long wondered about his heritage. He learned the truth when he appeared on an episode of the new PBS series Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. In Booker’s episode Gates talks him through the findings of his genealogy test. His…

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Blacks, Abortion in ‘Gates of Hell’

What’s behind the new film about black terrorists who kill off abortion doctors? Gates of Hell is a feature film set in 2016 that looks back to the year 2014 as it chronicles the crimes of a murderous band of black domestic terrorists known as Zulu 9, who see abortion as a form of black…

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Today We Celebrate the Life of Dorothy Height, National Leader in the Struggle for Justice

Dorothy Irene Height (March 24, 1912 – April 20, 2010) was an American administrator, educator, and social activist. She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years. In 1957, Height was named president of the National Council of Negro Women, a position she held until 1997. During the height of…

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How to Talk to Young Black Boys about Trayvon Martin

Eight talking points about the potentially fatal condition of being black, by Touré https://ideas.time.com/2012/03/21/how-to-talk-to-young-black-boys-about-trayvon-martin/#ixzz1q2hIi8nU

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Florida’s Disastrous Self-Defense Law

The Stand Your Ground law gives citizens the right to use force in public if they feel threatened. Citizens feel threatened all the time, whether it’s from the approach of an aggressive panhandler or squeegee pest or even just walking down a poorly lighted street at night. In tightly congested urban areas, public encounters can…

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Deryl Dedmon Pleads Guilty In Mississippi Hate Crime Hit-And-Run Of James Craig Anderson

Dedmon, 19, admitted that he and a group of white teens were partying in Puckett, a small town outside the capital city, when he suggested they find a black man to harass and went to Jackson because of its majority-black population. They found Anderson before dawn outside a hotel. He was beaten before Dedmon ran…

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Teacher sues CPS after suspension for slur during ‘teachable moment’

Lincoln Brown, 48, says he used the n-word in front of his majority African-American class at Murray Language Academy on Oct. 4 last year after one of his students passed a note to a girl with rap lyrics including the n-word. He discussed the use of the racial slur in Huckleberry Finn in an attempt…

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Slavery Homework Problem: Another Georgia Elementary School Under Fire For Math Problem Referencing Slaves (VIDEO)

“A plantation owner had 100 slaves,” the question read. “If three-fifths of them are counted for representation, how many slaves will be counted?” A school spokesperson said the question was meant to educate students on both social studies and math, and that the teacher would not be punished. The incident is reminiscent of a similar…

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The Bullet Next Time: An Open Letter to My Unborn Son

A father instructs his son on the dangerous and degrading realities of life as black male in America. https://www.urbancusp.com/newspost/the-bullet-next-time-an-open-letter-to-my-unborn-black-son/

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Racism Is the Problem Here

The Stand Your Ground law does not permit the use of deadly force against an initial aggressor unless “the person reasonably believes that he or she is in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm and that he or she has exhausted every reasonable means to escape such danger.” Ordinarily, one would expect that…

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Is Trayvon Martin this generation’s Emmett Till?

Trayvon Martin may very well become this generation’s Emmett Till. The February 26th shooting death of the 17-year-old Martin by George Zimmerman — a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida — has captured national attention and garnered universal outrage. Nearly six decades ago, Emmett Till was murdered at a time when the lives of…

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Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law

There’s been a lot of talk about Florida’s Stand Your Ground (SYG) Law since the death of Trayvon Martin.  So I decided to take a look at this law (which approximately 20 other states have adopted).  The law allows gun owners to shoot (and kill) in self-defense if they feel threatened. Before Stand Your Ground,…

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Family Tree’s Startling Roots

Thirty-nine lashes “well laid” on her bare back and an extension of her indentured servitude was Elizabeth Banks’s punishment for “fornication & Bastardy with a negroe slave,” according to a stark June 20, 1683, court document from York County, Va. That record and others led to the recent discovery that Banks, a free white woman…

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“Uncle Tom’s Cabin” Published This Date in 1852

Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly is an anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. was the best-selling novel of the 19th century and the second best-selling book of that century, following the Bible. It is credited with helping fuel the abolitionist cause in the 1850s. The book and the plays it inspired…

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Reel Soul on “Blaxploitation” and Action Films

This webisode of Reel Soul takes a look at the “Action” Genre and as it turns out, both of our selections came from the Blaxploitation era.  That era of Black film is a complicated one from almost any vantage point one wishes to take. For some, it was a powerful response from a populace informed by both…

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African American Smokers at Higher Risk Than Whites

Smoking among African Americans is a serious problem as this population suffers disproportionately from deadly and preventable diseases associated with smoking.  Compared to white Americans, African Americans are at increased risk for lung cancer even though they smoke about the same amount. African American communities are bombarded with cigarette advertising. Money spent on magazine advertising…

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High School Student Told To Read Langston Hughes Poem ‘Blacker

A Virginia high school English teacher is under investigation for allegedly asking the only black student in the class to read a poem in a “blacker” manner. Jordan Shumate, a ninth-grader at George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, Va., says he was reading aloud Langston Hughes’ “Ballad of the Landlord” when teacher Marilyn…