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10 Must-See Documentaries That Celebrate the African-American Experience

The stories of Black life in America are most popular this time of year as we celebrate the accomplishments of Black people in February. The following list builds upon the 8 Black Documentary Films Everyone...

With No Black Candidate on the Ballot, Democrats Can’t Afford to Ignore African-American Voters

  For more than half a century, African-American voters have overwhelmingly supported the Democratic Party and its candidates for office, especially in presidential elections.  The party’s civil rights platform resonated with the Black community —...

With a Year Left in Office, People are Asking “What’s Next for Obama?”

With less than a year left in office, people have begun speculating as to what President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle will do once this final term in office is over. The Obamas...

#StopKillingOurKids: A Mother’s Response to the Tamir Rice Decision

For a time, I could not fathom the fears and worries that mothers of young Black sons shoulder.  Mothering a daughter, I could not imagine the immense terror one may feel each time another...

12 New Year’s Resolutions Every African-American Should Make in 2016

It’s that time of year again where we contemplate the lifestyle changes we will make in the new year. Rather than the usual resolutions that everyone makes this time of year, like going on...

16 Most Memorable Black Twitter Moments of 2015

For the last three years, at least, Black Twitter has been drawing attention to the issues of critical importance to the African-American community, and having a bit of fun while poking at the irony...

Should Black People Reconsider Their Views on Organ Donation?

On OWN’s The Haves and The Have Nots, veteran actor Patrick Faucette’s character Tony Watson resorts to some very devious methods to acquire a kidney from his estranged child who is lying in a...

‘The New Normal:’ South Carolina Flood Victims Face Long Recovery

Earlier this month, parts of South Carolina were ravaged by floods. "We haven’t seen this level of rain in the Lowcountry in 1,000 years,” said Governor Nikki Haley. The rains have slowed, the flooding has...

New Exhibit Captures Life, Education of African-Americans in the Rural South

In 1929, Dr. Horace Mann Bond, social science researcher, historian and father of the late Julian Bond, participated in a field study of Black student achievement in North Carolina, Alabama, and Louisiana.  Visiting more...
FBI lost, mislabeled evidence for years

FBI Director Says Lack of System for Accurate Reporting on Police Killings Is an...

Since the 2014 officer-involved shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, community activists have been calling for federal accountability and oversight into the policing practices and reporting of killings by local law...

A Concerned Mother Asks ‘Who’s Looking Out for Black Girls?’ As Her Daughter Is...

Jackie Stewart sits outside the principal’s office at her daughter Mariah’s school for the fourth time since school began on August 27. It is only the end of September.  A look of annoyance crosses...

Connecticut College Student Criticizing Black Lives Matter Stirs Controversy, Shows Ignorance

"Aisha, always write the truth. The truth will always win.” ~ told to the author of this piece on September 28, 2015 by Sarah Collins Rudolph, survivor of the 16th Street Church Bombing in Birmingham,...

Prescription Drug Hike Could Effect Blacks Most

The New York Times recently reported the purchase of an antiviral drug by an ex-hedge fund manager would lead to an increase in cost from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill, a 5,500...

YouTube Sensation Dixon D. White Answers the Question: ‘What’s Wrong with White Men?’

    In a 2012 piece, Jamie Utt poses the following question in response to the mass shooting in Colorado: “Why is no one asking what’s wrong with White Men in the United States?”   Utt makes...

Climate Change: Artists and Activists Challenge the Often Ignored Impact on Black Communities

A group of artists and activists have been taking the discussion of climate change and pollution in communities of color on the road.  While climate change has become a key campaign issue for 2016,...

Which Party Will Get the Black Vote in 2016? ‘It’s Nearly Impossible to Predict’

Though more than a year away, many are trying to predict who will win the Presidential primaries in both parties and go on to run in the national election. With Barack Obama no longer on...

‘I Can’t Breathe’: African-Americans, Race Trauma and PTSD

A white man walks into a church in Charleston and sits quietly among a bible study group for an hour before mentioning something about the raping of white women by Black men. He then...

Miley Cyrus’ Comment About Nicki Minaj Proves That White Women Still Don’t Get It

So, this happened last night— upon accepting the award for best Hip Hop video for "Anaconda," Nicki Minaj blasted Miley Cyrus for comments she made earlier in the press regarding the feud between Minaj...

‘Take Our Country Back’: Is Donald Trump’s Campaign a Platform for White Supremacy?

In early 2007, it was clear. The Republican Party was going to face a Democratic presidential candidate unlike any they have ever faced before: the first woman or African-American.  Not only would the candidate...

Three Ways Sandra Bland Is Being Remembered

Since July, Sandra Bland’s name has been on the lips of many in the Black Lives Matter movement and others who believe her death remains suspicious.  While her death has been ruled a suicide,...

Filmmaker Keith Beauchamp Discusses 20-Year Journey to Make Emmett Till Movie

Sixty years ago on August 21, 1955, 14 year-old Emmett Till, an African-American from Chicago, arrived in Money, Mississippi to visit relatives for the summer. Ten days later Till’s body, battered and disfigured, was...

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