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Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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5 Traits of Great Black Leaders That You Should Emulate

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Determination and Commitment to Goals (Mandela) Changing the world is obviously not an easy thing to do. Along the way there will be setbacks and opposition to any plan, no matter how positive the goal. This is why determination is such a vital trait. The ability to stick to a plan, and persevere despite the […]

6 Black Savants Who Will Amaze You

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Genius comes in many forms. If you look around you can find people with extraordinary intellects and abilities in every community. Here are a few Black people from around the world who possess skills and abilities above and beyond the average person.   1.      Stephen Wiltshire A British artist of West Indian descent, Wiltshire is […]

10 Things People Who ‘Aren’t Black Enough’ Understand

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Stereotypes are used to categorize a particular group of people. Individuals within the group are systematically placed in oversimplified categories. While not all stereotypes are negative, like assuming one possesses an admirable ability to do something — that generally, not everyone can do — they just aren’t all true. The fact that these assumptions solely […]

5 Traditional African Justice Systems More Humane than the Prison Industrial Complex

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Ubuntu is a South African principle that dictates an individual’s responsibility within a corporate sense of identity. The spirit of this principle governs communities throughout Africa and is the foundation on which indigenous methods of conflict resolution are structured. People from all corners of the continent are united by the belief of humanity’s oneness — […]

7 Financial Habits That Keep Black People From Economic Freedom

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Introduction In an open letter addressed to President Barack Obama on Sept. 6, 2011, economist Dr. Claud Anderson offered suggestions to improve the economy for the betterment of the Black community.  “With more than 25 million people unemployed and the actual unemployment rate of Blacks in America over 50 percent, the nation’s economy must turn […]

11 Positive Black Female Characters Worthy of Being Emulated

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Claire Huxtable – Portrayed by Phylicia Rashad Claire Huxtable is the intelligent, eloquent, and beautiful wife of Cliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby) on the long-running NBC television series, “The Cosby Show,” (1984-1992).  As the queen of the Huxtable household, Claire manages to balance motherhood with a successful career as a lawyer. Claire’s positive character is attributed […]

8 High Schools of Excellence for Black Students

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We’ve heard the saying time and time again, “Knowledge is power,” but it isn’t just a cheesy cliche. Your high school education and performance can determine your future career and opportunities in the long run. Seventeen-year-old Kwasi Enin is proof of that. In a rare and unprecedented show of determination, Enin, a student at William Floyd High […]

5 Native American Communities Who Owned Enslaved Africans

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Stories about Black and Native American connections are rarely told within the narrow historical context shared in classrooms, history books and around family tables, but there are some details that reveal a more complete story of enslavement in the Americas. In the 1830s, the enslavement of Blacks was established in the Indian Territory, the region […]

5 Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes on ‘Cosmos’ That Get The Side-Eye

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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is a world-renowned astrophysicist who has won the admiration of the scientific community, and laymen alike, with his inviting and sometimes entertaining personality. People of all ages and ethnic backgrounds are taking interest in learning because Tyson has introduced science into pop culture. On March 9, 2014, Tyson extended his knowledge […]

10 Sobering Poverty Statistics That May Shock You

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Revolutionary South African leader Nelson Mandela understood the collective implications of poverty and the solution to eliminate it. He once said, “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the […]

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