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LeBron James wears ‘I Can’t Breathe’ t-shirt for warmups
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers wears an ‘I Can’t Breathe’ shirt at the Barclays Center.
New York Mayor Details Talk with Biracial Son on Dealing with Police
BY: STEPHEN A. CROCKETT JR., theroot.com New York mayor Bill de Blasio made waves with the police union last week after comments that his biracial son needed to take special precautions when dealing with police. According to the Huffington Post, De Blasio commented that after the Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict an…
Daniel Pantaleo’s ‘Apology’ to Eric Garner’s Family Was Just Plain Sorry
BY: JOHN MCWHORTER, theroot.com We’ve heard much over the past week about how Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson’s description of Michael Brown as a “demon” suggests that Wilson didn’t see Brown—and by extension doesn’t see black people in general—as fully human. And while these are different cases, in the wake of the failure to…
Ferguson Activists Predict Uphill Battle
By: Ryan J. Reilly and Jennifer Bendery, huffingtonpost.com WASHINGTON — Activists involved with the Ferguson, Missouri, protests followed their presidential meeting on Monday with words of caution: There’s a long fight ahead to make crucial changes to police practices in the St. Louis region and across the country. Several of those who met with President Barack Obama said…
‘Icon Of Hope’
By Lilly Workneh, huffingtonpost.com As photos around the web show images of nationwide protests in reaction to the events in Ferguson, Missouri, one particular image has received widespread attention. Earlier this week, freelance photographer Johnny Nguyen captured a photo of 12-year-old Devonte Hart during a Ferguson-related rally in Portland, Oregon. Hart, an African-American boy, was…
Why blacks are urging a Black Friday boycott
A loose network led by African Americans in the film and arts world has emerged from the fog of tear gas to call for a quiet riot in response: a boycott of Black Friday shopping.
Social Worker/PhD Student Makes the Largest Donation So Far to Our Book Fundraiser!
Lanetta Greer of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, fosters ten troubled teenaged girls AND is finishing her PhD dissertation AND teaches social work part time at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Ms. Greer sees a connection between the betrayal and trauma her girls experienced and the lynching that James Cameron experienced at sixteen. He was nearly beaten to death by…
Head Griot Reggie Jackson Presents about Ferguson in Racine
Reggie Jackson, chairman of the board of America’s Black Holocaust Museum, gave a presentation on the officer-involved shooting in Ferguson, and some of the people involved.
Don’t Label Me Gay or African-American
Raven Symone discusses how labeling is a serious issue and how she doesn’t appreciate today’s society labeling her and her lifestyle choices.
MO Governor Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Grand Jury Decision
Gov. Nixon issued an executive order declaring a 30-day state of emergency in Missouri to protect the citizens and businesses from the potential “violence and damage” he presumes if the grand jury fails to indict Officer Darren Wilson. Wilson shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August 2014.
EBONY To Honor Top 100 Black Influencers Of 2014
By Jessica Dickerson, thehuffingtonpost.com Ebony Magazine has a history of celebrating influential African Americans. As usual, the magazine’s annual ‘Power 100’ list of standout figures in the Black community does not disappoint. Fourteen categories from “Cultural Influencers” to “Community Crusaders,” list dynamite game changers who make it impossible to imagine 2014 without. Lupita Nyong’o, Ta-Nehisi…
NFL Commissioner Suspends Adrian Peterson Without Pay for Remainder of the Season
Football player Adrian Peterson was suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2014 NFL season for hitting his child with a switch. Peterson will appeal.
KKK Threatens ‘Lethal Force’ Against Ferguson Protesters
BY: LYNETTE HOLLOWAY, theroot.com As a nation awaits a grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting case that has divided some Americans along racial lines, members of a Missouri-based KKK chapter have been distributing fliers that promise to use “lethal force” against “terrorists masquerading as ‘peaceful protesters,’’’ Vice News reports. The fliers, reportedly…
Why Do We Still Care About the Confederate Flag?
150 years after the Civil War ended, the Confederate flag is still one of the nation’s most divisive emblems. Is it treasonous or just hateful to display it?
It Looks Like the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Will Be Announced Monday
BY: LAUREN VICTORIA BURKE, theroot.com According to sources familiar with a Wednesday conference call that included key elected officials, the St. Louis County grand jury’s decision in the case of Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson is expected to be announced publicly Monday. And sources close to the investigation state that they are not expecting Wilson to be…
Who Were the Great Black Historians?
Meet the people to whom all black—and American—history buffs owe a great debt.
The 5 Worst States for Black People
Taking into account stats on education, health, incarceration rate, economics and general misery, these are some of the worst states for black people to live in.
The Birth Of ‘Dear White People’
First person narrative by Justin Simien on the process that lead to his movie ‘Dear White People’, the history behind the title, and intention behind the film.
Army Updates Regulation That Had Sanctioned The Term ‘Negro’
By Diane Jeanty, huffingtonpost.com The Army updated controversial regulations Thursday that had said it was acceptable to refer to African-American service members as “Negro.” As CNN first reported, the Army’s Oct. 22 “Army Command Policy” document contained a section on “race and ethnic code definitions,” which read, “A person having origins in any of the black…