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The New Jim Crow

Drug Policy as Race Policy: Best Seller “The New Jim Crow”

The lifelong exclusion many offenders face includes  job discrimination, elimination from juries and voter rolls, and even disqualification from food stamps, public housing and student loans. “It’s easy to be completely unaware that this vast new system of racial and social control has emerged,” she said. “Unlike in Jim Crow days, there were no ‘Whites…

Reel Soul with Vaun Monroe

At the Movies with “Reel Soul”

Hosted by filmmaker Vaun Monroe and culture critic Lee Bey, the purpose of the web-based show is twofold: 1.  To bring to your attention Black film and television that is worthy of your time and 2.  To identify excellent Black film and television and make a case for its excellence. We will examine Black film…

Minnesota School District Agrees to Protect Students from Anti-Gay Bullying in Settlement with SPLC

Minnesota’s largest school district has agreed to adopt a wide-ranging plan to protect LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) students from bullying and harassment, in a settlement that will resolve an SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) lawsuit. Read more about it and watch poignant video testimony from a 15 year old student.


History Now: Sharpton Recreates Selma To Montgomery March

The recreation of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to protest new voter suppression laws began yesterday.

Black Students Face More Harsh Discipline, Data Show

Black students, especially boys, face much harsher discipline in public schools than other students, according to new data from the Department of Education.

On the date in 1857, the Supreme Court decided landmark Dred Scott case

The Court ruled that Blacks “are not included, and were not intended to be included, under the word ‘citizens’ in the Constitution… On the contrary, they were at that time (1787) considered as a subordinate and inferior class of beings…so far inferior, that they had no rights, which the White man, was bound to respect.”…

Glenn Grothman, Wisconsin Senator, Proposes Law That Declares Single Parenthood Child Abuse

One Wisconsin senator made a wild claim when he pushed a bill that would define single parent households a factor in child abuse.

Black Filmmaker Wins Big With ‘Undefeated’

The Root talks to T.J. Martin, the first African American to win an Oscar for a full-length documentary.,1

On This Date In History: Runaway slave is first to die in American Revolution

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Henry ‘Box’ Brown (Virginia Slave Who Escaped To Freedom In A Box) Film Biopic Currently In The Works

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Enslaved Africans’ sculptures brings slave history to life in Yonkers

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City of Chicago’s 175th Birthday

Today marks the 175th Birthday of the city of Chicago, first settled by Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, a black man. A good day to check out Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History. Read more:

On this date in American history: The “Weeping Time”

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Jeremy Lin’s Triumph Over Stereotype Threat

Why low expectations based on our race or gender can be so hard to overcome. Read the article:

Happy 145th Birthday to Howard University!

Swann Galleries African Americana Auction Becomes Annual Rite

Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin challenges affirmative action in higher education

Biracial Man, 24, Goes From Homeless to Mayor

Children in LGBT families of color face double stigma

KKK flyers distributed to homes in Georgia town

Happy Birthday, Harry Belafonte, life-long advocate for human rights!

HON. LAURA RICHARDSON of California in the House of Representatives Thursday, March 1, 2012. Ms. RICHARDSON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to ask the House to join me in extending warm wishes to Mr. Harry Belafonte, a great American who celebrates his 85th birthday today. Harry Belafonte is not only the consummate entertainer, but he…