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The Nod: A Subtle Lowering of the Head You Give to Another Black Person in an Overwhelmingly White Place

The following piece is from Medium. It was written by Musa Okwonga. By: Musa Okwonga If you’re a black person who has ever visited a place where there aren’t many other black people, then you will be familiar with The Nod. The Nod is just that: An almost imperceptible lowering of the head toward any other black person […]

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Wall Street lacks diversity

The following piece is from the Chicago Sun-Times. It was written by Jesse Jackson. By: Jesse Jackson Wall Street may lead America in financial rewards, but it is a laggard when it comes to diversity. The lack of diversity among its CEOs and managing partners is notorious. Now a survey by Vettery, a recruiting firm, […]

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This is what the legacy of ‘white privilege’ looks like in Bill O’Reilly’s hometown

The following piece is from the Washington Post. It was written by Emily Badger. By: Emily Badger Levittown, the Long Island community where Bill O’Reilly grew up, holds a unique place in history for two reasons: It was the original subdivision, a mass-produced town of neatly uniform, affordable Cape Cod homes that would serve as a model for […]

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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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