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Orphans of Ebola Are Being Ostracized by Cautious Relatives

West African children whose parents have Ebola generally don’t have a support system because their parent(s) are dead and their extended families are too scared or don’t have the resources to take them in.

Ben Carson Likely to Run for President

Ben Carson, the Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon-turned-Republican star, believes that the “likelihood is strong” that he will end up running for president in 2016.

Mostly Black Cities, Mostly White City Halls

A study and explanation for why primarily black cities still have white representatives in City Hall.

English Professor John Matteson teaches a free course on Literature & Law of American Slavery at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  

From Slavery to Ferguson: America’s History of Violence Toward Blacks

English Prof. John Matteson teaches an 8-week course about the impact of the legacy of slavery on violence in law enforcement, race relations, and families.

Eric Holder Resigning as Attorney General

Eric H. Holder Jr., the first black Attorney General of the USA, will resign his post but remain in office until a successor is nominated and confirmed.

A Family Rooted in Two Realms

By NEIL GENZLINGER,   A lot of people in the television business are said to be curious to see how “black-ish,”ABC’s new comedy, is received when it has its premiere on Wednesday night. What they should really be curious about, though, is where the series goes after its funny but talking-point-heavy first episode. The sitcom centers…

Michael Brown Memorial Rebuilt After Fire

One of the two memorials for Michael Brown built by the community burned completely this morning but was quickly rebuilt. Fergusson residents suspect arson.

John Ridley, Director of "JIMI: All Is By My Side," received an Oscar for the  screenplay of "12 Years a Slave."

Black Lens Program Schedule – Films by African Americans at the MKE Film Festival

This year the Milwaukee Film Festival introduces its program of films by emerging and established black filmmakers, including Milwaukee’s own John Ridley, the 2014 Academy Award-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave. The keynote address on the “State of Cinema” will be delivered by Wesley Morris, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Please come out…

4 Black People Receive the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant

Four black geniuses – a social psychologist, an artist, a jazz composer and a poet receive $625,000, no-strings-attached, from the MacArthur Foundation.

Beating our black children furthers the legacy of slavery

In light of Adrian Peterson’s child abuse indictment, David Love opines, “We must break the cycle of trauma that passes from generation to generation and heal both the victim and the victimizer.”

No ‘Rainbow Families’: Canadian Fertility Clinic Refuses to Match White Patients With Nonwhite Donors

BY: STEPHEN A. CROCKETT JR., A Canadian fertility clinic doesn’t want to create “rainbow families” so it refuses to match clients with donors of different ethnicities, claiming that children should be able to easily identify their “ethnic roots.” A 38-year old white woman named Catherine (she didn’t want to give her last name) told the Calgary…

How Race, Gender And Fatigue Have Affected The Coverage Of Renisha McBride’s Death

By Rahel Gebreyes, HuffPost Live It’s no secret — the Trayvon Martin and Renisha McBride killings have striking similarities. Both were young black victims and in each case, the killers claimed self-defense. But despite the parallels, it appears that the two cases are being treated differently — even within the black community. Although the Martin…

For African-American Women—and All Women—Let’s Make Every Day Equal Pay Day

By Stephanie Schriock and Rep. Terri Sewell, When we talk about the gender pay gap, most of us are already familiar with the fact that women make just 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. While this remains true, not all women are even that fortunate. For African-American women the wage gap is…

One Man’s Epic Quest to Visit Every Former Slave Dwelling in the United States

Joseph McGill, a descendant of slaves, has devoted his life to ensuring the preservation of these historic sites. “Now that I have the attention of the public by sleeping in extant slave dwellings, it is time to wake up and deliver the message that the people who lived in these structures were not a footnote…


By VERENA DOBNIK,   NEW YORK (AP) — Four emergency workers involved in the medical response for a New York City man who died in police custody after being put in an apparent chokehold have been barred from responding to 911 calls, the Fire Department of New York said. The two EMTs and two paramedics…

An Opportunity for Real Dialogue about Milwaukee’s Segregation Issues

Free and Open to the Milwaukee Public (with RSVP only) ABHM is collaborating with the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion in their “Building Thriving Community: Beyond Segregation” Community Dialogues. This dialog project is the response of our two organizations to the yearning for deep conversations on this topic that we’ve both experienced this year. Milwaukee…

In 1948, Alice Coachman became the first black American woman to win a gold medal in the Olympics games in London. She won the Gold medal in the high jump with a record of 1.68 meters.

Alice Coachman, first black woman to win Olympic gold medal dies

A trailblazing athlete is honored upon her death. High jumper Alice Coachman was the first Black woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

Janet Mock Breaks Through the Isolation for Transgender Women of Color

By Jenn M. Jackson the I recently added a new name to my list of inspirational writers: Janet Mock. Her best-selling memoir, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love and So Much More, is a beautiful—at times bumpy—journey through girlhood. Reminiscent of Zora Neale Hurston’s iconic Their Eyes Were Watching God, it is a touching…


63 Abducted Females Escape Extremists In Nigeria

by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — More than 60 Nigerian girls and women abducted by Islamic extremists two weeks ago have managed to escape, officials said Monday, though more than 200 girls who were kidnapped in April remain missing. Nigerian security forces and federal government officials had denied reports of the mass abduction…

Who Were the White Folks of Freedom Summer?

From SNCC leaders to Freedom School organizers, these are their stories. By Diamond Sharp, It’s well-known that 1964’s Freedom Summer, as it came to be called, was an interracial effort, with many white college students joining African Americans to register voters in Mississippi. It was the murder of three civil rights activists—two of them…

New Malcolm X Diary Reveals a Revolutionary Optimist

By Todd Steven Burroughs While many in the civil rights movement community this summer are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, another important half-century milestone—and a significantly blacker, more radical one—was recently acknowledged in New York City: the founding of the Organization of Afro-American Unity, Malcolm X’s political organization. Malcolm X, founder of the…