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Mitt Romney’s Adopted Black Grandson’s Name Translates ‘Dark’

Many were shocked at news of former GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandson, but now folks are talking about the origin of the child’s name.

Kieran James Romney became Mitt and Ann’s 22nd grandchild. The governor leaked the news by posting a picture on Twitter last Friday. 

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Long-time Photographer Carrie Mae Weems Honored With $625,000 “Genius Grant”

It all started when she got a camera from her boyfriend on her 20th birthday. ”Suddenly this camera, this thing, allowed me to move around the world in a certain kind of way, with a certain kind of purpose,” Carrie Mae Weems later said.

Now, she one of the most well-known photographers in the industry, and as a recipient of the coveted MacArthur Fellowship “Genious Grant,” Weems can create even more wonderful art.

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Samuel L. Jackson Tells Obama to ‘Be F***ing Presidential’

During a recent interview with Playboy Magazine, actor Samuel L. Jackson made it known that he wasn’t really feeling the way the President spoke in public.

Jackson criticized Obama for trying to relate to the average man through his dialect.

From Playboy:

“First of all, we know it ain’t because of his blackness, so I say stop trying to “relate.”  Be a leader. Be f**king presidential. Look, I grew up in a society where I could say “It ain’t” or “What it be” to my friends. But when I’m out presenting myself to the world as me, who graduated from college, who had family who cared about me, who has a well-read background, I f**king conjugate.” 

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Damned If You Do: Banned Books, Rejected Emmys, and the Catch-22 of Being a Black Artist

There exists a certain irony that arises when Black artists attempt to achieve recognition in a country where Western European notions of what constitutes talent still predominates the artistic landscape. Recently, fellow blogger Anti-Intellect wrote a blog over at Funky Dineva challenging the Black community’s apparent outrage at Kerry Washington losing out on a Emmy. Essentially, he asks the question of why we continue to seek validation from white-dominated sources like the Emmys and Oscars, while concurrently snubbing recognition from Black outlets like the BET awards and the NAACP Image Awards? Of course, this is undoubtedly an important question that the Black community must ask ourselves, and the question is largely rhetorical—many of us are still cajoled into believing that our Black talent is not palpable until a white, affluent, and seemingly prestigious institution grants us recognition.

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One Senator Stands in the Way of The First Openly Gay Black Judge

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is opposing a nomination for the nation’s first openly-gay male black federal judge.

William Thomas, a county judge in Florida is being denied the chance to make history by Rubio because he isn’t “tough enough on crime.”

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Hiring Manager Admits to Discriminating Against Candidates Based on Names

When you’re applying for a job, your name says a lot about you. Even if it doesn’t, hiring managers have very little to judge you on besides your qualifications pre-interview (which should be all they judge you on).

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Decrease in Black Enrollment At University of Michigan After Affirmative Action Ban

The University of Michigan has seen a decline in black student enrollment since discontinuing their affirmative action program.

Black enrollment is down 30 percent at undergraduate and law schools. 

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Man Awarded $1 Million After Being Held Under False Charges

Jurors in Chicago awarded $1 million to man that was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to prison for more than a year.

John Collins was arrested on charges of aggravated battery to a police officer in 2006. 

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On This Day: Nelson Mandela Honored With Congressional Gold Medal

Nelson Mandela will go down in history as arguably one of the most brave and influential people in the world.

15 years ago today, the leader and activist was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal. 

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Is Obama Having A Hard Time Because He’s Black?

When Obama got elected, we knew he had his work cut out for him. Cleaning up a series of problems left over from the past eight years was the most immediate challenge.

We also knew that by being the first black president in the history of the United States, he’d upset a few folks.

But how much does race really play in the challenges he’s facing on Capital Hill? According to The Root’s Brian Palmer, race has everything to do with it. 

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