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Summer M.

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EEOC Claims BMW, Dollar General Discriminate Against Blacks

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claims that BMW and Dollar General have engaged in discriminatory employment practices against blacks: The commission said BMW effectively fired 70 black employees with criminal histories from a facility in South Carolina, even though many had been there for years. One woman with 14 years under her belt was […]

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Sesame Street Teaches Kids About Incarceration

We talked a lot about the criminal justice system and prison industrial complex, especially as it pertains to black youth. The astronomical number of people who have been incarcerated and the effects their imprisonment has on those individuals, their families, and the communities they leave and sometimes return to is part of that discussion. Yet […]

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New Poll Says Blacks Are Less Concerned about Violations of Privacy

A new poll conducted by the Pew Research Center revealed that blacks have less of an issue than others with the government encroaching upon citizens’ privacy: “Fully 45 percent of all Americans say the government should be able to go further than it is, saying that it should be able to monitor everyone’s online activity […]

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Multiple Shootings in Chicago

Summer has not even officially begun and yet reports of multiple people dying or being injured by gun violence that we often associated with warmer weather have started coming in. Just yesterday in Chicago, 11 people were injured and one person was killed. Here’s just a sample of what’s happening primarily on the city’s south […]

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Cicely Tyson, Other Black Actors Shine at Tony Awards

Veteran actor Cicely Tyson won her first Tony Award last night. Tyson was one of four black actors to bring home a trophy after last night’s show celebrating the best of the Broadway stage. Tyson had not appeared on Broadway in three decades. She won the award for best actor for her role in The […]

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Trayvon Martin Trial Begins Today

Jury selection for the Trayvon Martin trial begins today. George Zimmerman, who has admitted to fatally shooting Martin, is on trial for second-degree murder and is facing at least 25 years, should he be convicted: A key part of the prosecution’s case will likely be a recording to police dispatchers in which Zimmerman said that […]

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Today in Post-Race History: The Essential Tyler Perry

Right so, according to my Facebook page and Twitter account, Tyler Perry and Oprah (aka Madea and Miss Sophia) tried to get all Watch the Throne on us and collabo on some crappy TV shows. Essentially, Tyler created a couple of shows for his BFF’s fledgling network, a bunch of people watched them and concluded […]

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Why Did You (Really) Get Married?

Graduation season is well underway. And I applaud those who are donning caps and gowns in this unpredictable weather. We are also at the beginning of the traditional wedding seasons, wherein our time at work will be spiced up by YouTube videos of newly married couples rocking the reception or toddlers getting it in on […]

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From the Black People are Awesome Files: (And I Miss My) Uncle Charles, Y’all

Charles Ramsey is my dude. He’s currently in the throes of his fifteen minutes of fame, since he had the nerve to care about his neighbor, who turned out to be Amanda Berry, a girl who had been kidnapped a decade ago. Since his interview on local Cleveland television, Charles Ramsey has been autotuned, memed, […]

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Today in Post-Race History: Fear of a Black President

I fear I’m simply going to repeat here what someone else has already said. But sometimes you have to say it, anyway. Last week, the FBI placed Assata Shakur on its most wanted terrorist list. She’s the first woman to be added to the document, but this clearly isn’t some sort of advancement for women, […]

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