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Negro League Players Honored by President Obama

Yesterday, President Obama honored former Negro League players for their contributions to African American history.

Veterans of the league were celebrated for their strength and endurance, and for paving the way for future African Americans professional athletes.

Minnie Forbes, the only living female owner of a Negro League team, compared how different the White House event was to the conditions teams faced in the 1940s and 50s.

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Black August

My generation has started both online/offline revolutions in 2013. Yes, that’s right. The twerking, selfie photo obsessed, and tweet happy children of the late eighties and early nineties have found it in our hearts and minds to stand for the social, political, and spiritual liberation of all oppressed people. In an age where folks shun us for our sagging pants, we’ve learned how to elevate above the rhetoric through our work on the ground. Whether it’s the Dream Defenders occupying the Florida State Capitol building to push for a change in public policy, or the Bois of Baltimore providing a safe space for womyn who identify as masculine-of-center to build an uplifting and transformative movement; young people of color have made it very clear that we are willing to fight for what we believe in.

This year many folks in Generation X are observing Black August. Don’t believe me? Just check #blackaugust on Twitter to see the discourse. This month and year mark the 33rd anniversary of the existence and observance of Black August, the movement that honors the radical resistance, resilience, and collective action of Afrikan peoples of the Diaspora. From the Haitian Revolution, to Underground Railroad, to the March on Washington, to the Watts uprisings, people of color have been resisting colonization for centuries. As we continue to develop and grow our revolutionary movement built on the foundation provided by our foremothers and forefathers, we must  not forget the sacrifices that were made by them.

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Donald Trump Confused about Why Blacks Can Say ‘Cracker’ but Whites Can’t Use the N-word

During an episode of Fox & Friends, Donald Trump complained that African American Democrats can say “cracker”, but when a white person uses the N-word it’s a scandal.

This came after a report of Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) making a comment about the tea party being the “same white crackers” who fought against the civil rights movement.

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U.S. Distributor for Australian Film ‘The Sapphires’ Apologizes for Racist, Sexist DVD Cover

According to the Huffington Post, the U.S. distributor for the Australian film ‘The Sapphires’ has since apologized after the film’s DVD cover was blasted as racist and sexist.

Though the film centers around the true story of a 1960s Aboriginal girl group, the cover relegates them to a blue-tinted background and places their white manager in the center.

From The Age:

London-based American blogger MaryAnn Johanson wrote on her site flickfilosopher.com on Tuesday that the artwork “is a problem”, suggesting Anchor Bay had both “dick-washed and whitewashed The Sapphires”.

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Two Texas Women Sue State Troopers After Roadside Body Cavity Searches

Two women are filing a lawsuit after being subjected to roadside body cavity searches by Texas State Troopers.

The searches were performed during  routine traffic stops by female officers. And though the practice seems outrageous, it’s being asserted by lawyers and civil rights advocates that roadside cavity searches are actually standard policy in Texas.

Victims Angel and Ashley Dobbs recounted their harrowing story:

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14-Year Old Shaaliver Douse Shot and Killed by NYPD

14-year old Shaaliver Douse was shot and killed by police after ignoring commands to drop his weapon.

Last Sunday, The Bronx teen was allegedly seen by police shooting at an unidentified man. After their demands that he drop the weapon were ignored, Shaaliver was killed by a gunshot to the lower jaw.

Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD say the shooting was justified; but Douse’s family are devastated, and they aren’t buying the official police story.

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CeCe McDonald Pens Letter from Prison About Trayvon, Racism, and Survivor’s Guilt

Cece McDonald is a black transgender youth currently serving a 41-month sentence for stabbing a person who attacked her and her friends.

She recently penned a letter from prison where she discusses the justice system, and how it feels to be a survivor.

The letter, which was featured on ColorLines, says in part:

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Cops Gone Wild: When Policing Goes Horribly Wrong

 From “Stop and Frisk” to the militarization of police departments across the country, more and more stories of police abuses are coming to light. Yesterday a 14 year old was killed by rookie NYPD officers and a few days prior in Cook County, a 95 year old WW2 vet was killed by Park Forest police officers for supposedly threatening staff with his cane. Last month, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and the private company that provides medical care to county prisoners paid $1 million in a wrongful-death settlement this year to the children of a Tampa man who spent approximately 36 hours in jail without treatment while suffering a fatal stroke.

Watch these 3 videos below to see even more proof of police officers gone wild



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Oprah Winfrey: Trayvon Martin Parallels Emmett Till

Oprah Winfrey is currently getting rave reviews – and Oscar buzz – for her role in the upcoming Lee Daniels film “The Butler.”

During a recent interview, Winfrey discussed the new film and how it will impact audiences, considering the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin.

From the Grio:

“It’s so easy during this time… Trayvon Martin paralleled Emmett Till, let me just tell ya. In my mind. Same thing.

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BEYOND JAY-Z / BELAFONTE BEEF TO ACTION: A Conversation Between Bakari Kitwana and Mark Anthony Neal

Following a week-long media frenzy surrounding the rift between icons Jay-Z and Harry Belafonte, Bakari Kitwana of Rap Sessions and Mark Anthony Neal of Left of Black sat down to unpack the shortcomings of the recent Jay-Z/ Belafonte debate.

Rather than perpetuating the beef between the Civil Rights Generation and the Hip-Hop Generation, they insist the moment should be seen as an opportunity to chart a course for moving beyond media sound bites to action.

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