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Black on Black Shaming: A Response to Romany Malco Sympathizers

Sometimes Black folks are so hard on Black folks.

 To much attention and fanfare, actor Romany Malco published an article last week in Huff Post outlining his take on the Trayvon Martin case. In a crisp and spirited litany, Malco aligned himself with the chorus of folks who have decided that the Trayvon Martin case is not just an issue of racism, but really about the failure of the Black community to take responsibility for our communities, the images of ourselves we give economic support to, and how we educate ourselves. Malco writes:

I believe we lost that trial for Trayvon long before he was killed. Trayvon was doomed the moment ignorance became synonymous with young black America . We lost that case by using media outlets (music, movies, social media, etc.) as vehicles to perpetuate the same negative images and social issues that destroyed the black community in the first place. When we went on record glorifying violent crime and when we voted for a president we never thought to hold accountable. When we signed on to do reality shows that fed into the media’s stereotypes of black men, we ingrained an image of Trayvon Martin so overwhelming that who he actually may have been didn’t matter anymore.

Though his statement appears powerful, it actually was nothing new.  In short, Malco reiterates a conversation we’ve all heard before at the dinner table. It is often launched at Black youth in particular. Mistakenly, it’s a position even I used to believe. Namely this idea that instead of hollering racism, it’s up to Black people to get ourselves together. It’s essentially Black on Black shaming, and it’s not necessarily “wrong,” it’s just intellectually lazy, relies on myths of Black deficiency, and ignores the necessary context of how racism has operated and continues to operate in this country.

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Jay-Z Sounds Off on Zimmerman Verdict: ‘This Guy is a F—ing Mall Cop’

Jay-Z recently sounded off on the George Zimmerman verdict.

In a two-part interview posted on his YouTube channel, Jay expressed outrage at the blatant racism surrounding the trial and verdict. But he also expressed hope that a younger generation will learn and grow from witnessing this injustice.

He also called George Zimmerman a “f—ing mall cop.”

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WATCH: Amazing Trailer for ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’

A trailer has been released for the upcoming film “Half of a Yellow Sun,” and it is absolutely riveting.

Based on the best-selling novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “Half of a Yellow Sun” is an epic love story involving two twin sisters in newly independent 1960s Nigeria.

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Tracy Martin Calls for Racial Profiling Amendment at Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys

The first ever meeting of the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys convened on Wednesday, and  the Trayvon Martin tragedy and Zimmerman verdict loomed large over the precedings.

Martin’s father Tracy Martin was the meeting’s guest honor.

He spoke passionately of the need for a statute or amendment that would address racial profiling.

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Black Former Contestants Sue American Idol over Racism for $25 Million a Piece

Ten black former contestants of American Idol are suing the show for $25 million.

The suit alleges that American Idol produces targeted the contestants because of their race, and then illegally dug up their criminal records in order to expose and disgrace them on national television.

They claim the criminal records of white contestants were never investigated.

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Orlando Shaw – Man Who Fathered 22 Kids by 14 Women – In Talks for Reality Show

Orlando Shaw – a man who fathered 22 children by 14 different women – may be getting his own reality show.

Shaw became an internet sensation after video of an interview with Nashville’s NewsChannel5 went viral.

Since then, he’s gotten an agent and is fielding offers from Hollywood.

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Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice is 1st Female President of Morehouse School of Medicine

Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice has been appointed the new President of Morehouse School of Medicine.

And it is a historic achievement.

Dr. Rice is the first African American woman to lead a free-standing medical school.

From the Grio:

When asked about the secret of her success the Harvard-educated obstetrician and gynecologist says in no uncertain terms that it is her “passion.”

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STUDY: Black Students at White Colleges Fear Loss of Their Cultural Identity

According to a recent study, Black students at predominantly white universities fear the loss of their cultural identities.

Participants confessed to feeling burdened by pressure to assimilate into the dominant culture.

They also expressed frustration with the lack of culture understanding displayed by classmates, and the tendency for them to be singled out because of their race.

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New Poll Shows Very Stark Racial Divide on Zimmerman Verdict

Polls often tell us things we already know, and yet the results are still noteworthy.

A Washington Post-ABC news poll revealed that while the vast majority of blacks survey strongly disapprove of the Zimmerman acquittal, a slim majority of whites agreed with the verdict:

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The Nation: From the Deep South to the Midwest, a Generation Demands Justice

A recent article over at The Nation shines a light on how young people from across the country are uniting, organizing, and demanding justice.

Among those featured are our very own Black Youth Project 100 – 100 young black activists from across the country convened by the Black Youth Project to mobilize communities of color beyond electoral politics.

BYP100 member Rahiel Tesfamariam eloquently explained the collective’s formation and mission:

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