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Why Vonderrit Myers matters

The following piece is from MSNBC. It was written by Trymaine Lee. By: Trymaine Lee Vonderrit Myers is no Michael Brown. Myers, the black 18-year old shot and killed by a St. Louis police officer last week, is also no Trayvon Martin or Jordan Davis or any of the others on a growing list of slain unarmed black men who have invigorated a new generation’s fight for racial […]

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How Jimi Hendrix’s race became his ‘invisible legacy’

The following piece is from CNN. It was written by John Blake. By: John Blake Two weeks after closing Woodstock with his reinvention of “The Star Spangled Banner,” Jimi Hendrix decided to offer a free concert for a group he called “my people.” He held a concert for an African-American audience in Harlem, a place […]

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Democratic Candidates Must Work Harder to Lock in Black Voters

The following piece is from The Root. It was written by Charles D. Ellison. By: Charles D. Ellison New polls are showing weaker-than-usual African-American support for Democratic candidates, while the GOP is gaining ground with voters of color.

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The Racist Housing Policies That Built Ferguson

The following piece is from The Atlantic. It was written by Ta-Nehisi Coates By: Ta-Nehisi Coates The geography of America would be unrecognizable today without the race-based social engineering of the mid-20th century.

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Black Turnout in 1964, and Beyond

The following post is from the New York Times. It was written by Alan Flippen. By: Alan Flippen The Times has converted all of its 1964 issues into a digitized, searchable format. Each week, The Upshot will unearth an item from 50 years ago and put it in the light of today. “U.S. Negro Voters Put at 5.5 Million” […]

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On Raven-Symoné and Erasing Black Lesbian Identity

The following piece is from the Huffington Post. It was written by Dinean Robinson. By: Dinean Robinson “I don’t want to be labeled as gay … [and] I’m not African-American. I’m American.” The moment those words blared out of the TV, my Twitter timeline and Facebook newsfeed flooded with angry comments from my fellow black lesbians condemning […]

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Stop Asking if HBCUs are Relevant

The following piece is from EBONY. It was written by David Wall Rice and Shaun R. Harper By: David Wall Rice and Shaun R. Harper For a host of mostly ridiculous reasons—including the fabled post-racialism—questions are repeatedly posed about the relevance and status of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). And frankly, the question is kind […]

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And the Young Ones Shall Lead Them: The Ferguson Rebellion and the Crisis in Black Leadership

The following piece of from EBONY. It was written by Dr. Cornel West and Rev. Osagyeo Sekou.  By: Dr. Cornel West and Rev. Osagyefo Sekou  The blood of Michael Brown has seeded the soil of a great American revolution—sprouting yearlings of new black leadership onto the political and public landscape.  The Ferguson Rebellion has exposed […]

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When teachers expect less of black and brown students

The following post is from The Root. It was written by Danielle C. Belton. By: Danielle C. Belton A recent study by the Center for American Progress released this month highlighted what some might call the “soft bigotry of low expectations” if there was a way to take a jug of Downy fabric softener and make old-fashioned implicit […]

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Feature: The Reel Reason Why We Must Support Independent Films Like ‘Dear White People’

The following piece is from Black America Web. It was written by Christine. By: Christine After what feels like years of anticipation, ‘Dear White People’ is finally hitting theaters. The hilariously witty, informative piece is centered around 4 Black students who attend an Ivy League University. They are constantly having deal with the cultural differences between black […]

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