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The Voting Rights Act at 50: New Study Released on Race and Voting


By Diamond 10:57 am March 4, 2015 A new study from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 50 Years of the Voting Rights Act: The State of Race in Politics, looks at the impact of race in voting since the passage of the Voting Rights Act. From the Joint Center: Key findings: The black/white racial […]

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Ya Tú Sabes: Being Boricua and Morena

Zoe Mungin

By Diamond 11:13 am February 4, 2015 By Rana Zoe Mungin The key, ultimately, is to blend. Granma speaks Spanish, but she’s dark enough that no one asks, just assumes, really, that she’s the same: black, Afro American, whatever you’re willing to say. Her people are from PR, but she was born on St. Croix, […]

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Watch: Viola Davis takes down the house at the SAG awards

By Diamond 1:36 pm January 26, 2015 Viola Davis made poignant points about black women and beauty ideals while accepting the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series award.

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How do you ask someone about their race?

By Diamond 12:18 pm January 22, 2015 “Ever been asked, “So… what are you?” Here’s how to throw self-censorship out the window and open up a deeper conversation. And it might just lead you to re-examine why you are even asking the question in the first place.” — Amani Hayes – Messinger

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Is Race a Myth?


By Diamond 1:11 pm January 13, 2015 Race is a social construct explains, Jenée Desmond-Harris over at Vox. This video breaks it down. Read the original piece at Vox. Photo: Screenshot/Youtube

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Raven-Symone pins open letter in response to cyber-bullies

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:57 pm October 27, 2014 Actress Raven-Symone penned an open letter in response to bullying she has received after she told Oprah during an interview that she does not consider herself African American. The former Cosby kid posted the letter to her Facebook page.

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Charles Barkley: ‘unintelligent blacks hold race back’

By BYP @blackyouthproj 11:25 am October 27, 2014 Sports commentator Charles Barkley hasn’t come across a sensitive topic that he will not touch, and now he has voiced his opinion on what he calls a “dirty, dark secret” in the African-American community. During an interview with a radio station in Philadelphia, Barkley expounded on claims […]

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California prisons agree to end lockdowns based on race

By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:24 pm October 24, 2014 The settlement of a federal civil rights lawsuit has California prisons agreeing to no longer base lockdowns on inmates’ race or ethnicity. 

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‘Django’ actress Daniele Watts, boyfriend charged with lewd conduct

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:16 pm October 22, 2014 A “Django, Unchained” actress who claimed she was racially profiled by police in Hollywood last month has been charged with one count of lewd conduct. Daniele Watts, and her white boyfriend Brian James Lucas, could face a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. 

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Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood to host first annual 5k this November

By BYP @blackyouthproj 11:39 am October 13, 2014 The Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s south side will be hosting its first 5K in November. The event, called Ditch the Weight and Guns 5K Walk and Run organized by Andrea Natay. She hopes that the event will draw nearly 1000 participants.

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