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Queering Black History & Getting Free


By Diamond 12:23 pm February 17, 2015 By Dominique Hazzard I am a queer black woman. By this I mean that the words to describe my sexuality exist outside the margins, between the approved boundaries, beyond the limits of most imaginations. A queer thing is a thing that existing words cannot yet adequately describe, a […]

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Parents: Howard University Middle School Teachers Fired For Teaching Black History

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By Diamond 4:19 pm February 2, 2015 Parents and students at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science (MS)², a charter school located on the campus of the historic HBCU, say that the principal fired teachers for teaching black history. Today middle school students held a protest to demand changes to the curriculum. 

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Registration for the ‘Freedom Dreams…Freedom Now!’ conference now open!


By BYP @blackyouthproj 2:02 pm April 11, 2014 Registration is now open for the “Freedom Dreams…Freedom Now” event in Chicago! The event will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic summer of 1964, often referenced as Freedom Summer.

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Woody Allen produced Cotton Club play has no black actors


By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:00 pm April 10, 2014 Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” opens Thursday night in New York City. The musical is based on the Cotton Club, a New York nightclub based in Harlem back in the early 20th century. Despite the club being rooted in African American history, Allen hired no black actors […]

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Biographies of black historical figures for children out this month

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:14 am January 13, 2014 This month, a few new biographies of famous black thinkers and doers will hit bookstore shelves. The books are geared towards children, and come complete with flaws and all. 

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Tens of Thousands Gather in D.C. for 50th Anniversary March on Washington

On Saturday thousands marched to the Martin Luther King memorial and down the National Mall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington.

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Russell Simmons Says He’s In Contact w/ Harriet Tubman’s Descendants

Russell Simmons has apologized again for releasing a skit centered around the creation of a Harriet Tubman sex tape, and say he’s been in contact with descendants of Tubman.

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Harry Lennix Calls The Butler ‘Historical Porn’; Sounds Off on Media Depictions of Black Men

In a Shadow and Act interview with actor Harry Lennix, Lennix pulls zero punches; blasting media depictions of black men, and specifically Daniel’s script for The Butler: “He ‘niggers’ it up and he gives people these, stupid, luddite, antediluvian ideas about black people and their roles in the historical span in the White House and it becomes… well… historical porn. I refused.”

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Oprah on Jay Z-Belafonte Beef: ‘There Are Multiple Ways to Protest’

According to Oprah, a generational gap is at the heart of the disagreement between Jay Z and Harry Belafonte; both of them are protesting in their own way.

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Jackie Robinson Statue Vandalized w/ Swastika, Racial Slurs

This morning, news surfaced that a statue of Jackie Robinson was vandalized with racial slurs and swastikas.

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