Saturday, November 18, 2017
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African Migrants

African Migrants Encounter Racism, Abuse, Death Along Libyan Path to Europe

On Nov. 9, in an extraordinary move, the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel penned a powerful tribute to over 33,000 strangers, many of them African, by filling the pages of their popular European daily with...
Kidney transplant

Blocking a Black Father from Donating Kidney Raises Questions About the Intersection of Race,...

The fact that 2-year-old AJ Burgess desperately needs a kidney transplant has never been in dispute. Every day, the Atlanta toddler requires 10 hours of dialysis and five bladder treatments, all administered by his...
Automation and Black Workers

Is Advanced Automation Disrupting the Livelihoods of Black Workers?

Like it or not, cashier-less grocers, teller-less banks and driver-less cars are just a few examples of evolving automated technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) transforming the way American society works, interacts and lives. Given...
Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo Humanitarian Crisis Brings History of Western Interference and Internal Strife...

When it comes to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), it’s hard to imagine things could get any worse. Over the past two decades, an estimated 6 million people have perished in the DRC...
Black Voting

Louisiana Governor and AG Appeal NAACP Victory to Keep Out-Dated At-Large Voting That Has...

Fourteen years ago this week, a white sitting judge in Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish attended a Halloween party at a public restaurant dressed as a prisoner in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs, wearing an Afro...
Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Subsistence Farmers Fight Back Against Foreign Corporate Land Grab

Few westerners could even begin to wrap their brains around the traditional lifestyles of the small farmers of Papua New Guinea. Though some do make a nominal income selling small-scale cash crops like coconut...
Modern-day Slavery

Do Recent Moves by the Brazilian President Show Support for Modern-Day Slavery?

Slavery still exists in Brazil. The Global Slavery Index reports an estimated 161,100 Brazilians are currently living in modern slavery. And between 1995 and 2015, nearly 50,000 Brazilians were released from conditions of slavery,...

Chicago Activists Say Development in the Black Community is Not Building a Planned $95...

The community of West Garfield Park in Chicago desperately needs resources and investment. Consistently one of the highest crime areas in the city, denizens of the predominantly African-American community on Chicago’s West Side have...
Crime Laboratory

The Pursuit of Convictions at Any Cost Too Often Taints Crime Lab Results and...

By all accounts, DNA plays an extraordinary role in our modern American criminal justice system. In crime labs across the country, DNA is used as a critical identification marker to accurately determine guilt or...
South Africa Nuclear Weapons

A Lesson for Today: South Africa and the Racial Double Standards of Nuclear Disarmament

North Korea has a significant nuclear capacity and the United States doesn’t like it. Hostilities between the two countries have continued to mount, with American threats, North Korean missile tests, and the latter claiming...
Organized Labor

The Mounting Attack on Organized Labor and What it Means for African-Americans

In an April 2016 document sent from Tracie Sharp to her powerful States Policy Network (SPN) — a right-wing alliance of 66 think tanks across the country and a sister organization to the notorious...
Hurricanes

Hurricanes Are Being Used to Reshape Cities that Leave Their Residents Behind

We hear the horror stories of those victimized by an epic storm, how they survived the destructive winds, the deadly surge, the massive flooding. With the recent apocalyptic impacts of hurricanes Harvey and Irma,...
Baltimore Housing Authority

Is the Baltimore Housing Authority a Gateway for the Gentrification of the City?

There is little doubt the Perkins Transformation Project will transform the city of Baltimore. In August, the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) selected Beatty Development to lead the team to redevelop the troubled...
Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens Heralds Arrival of New Generation of Black Women in Tennis   

Game. Sloane Stephens has got it. Always has. However, for years, the 24 year-old African-American tennis pro only revealed flashes of her high-level game, succumbing to a string of injuries or the pressure of...
Charter School workers

How a Christian Ministry is Having an Unholy Impact on New Orleans’ School Cafeteria...

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, one of the most destructive storms in American history, hundreds of survivors who worked in the cafeterias of New Orleans’ schools were further victimized by the...

The Opioid Epidemic Is Spreading to Increasingly Diverse Victim Groups

We know there is a problem. Although the Trump administration has yet to file the paperwork to officially declare the country’s deadly opioid epidemic a national emergency, statistics from the recent preliminary report of...

Tanzania Possibly Returns to Anti-Colonial Roots and Enacts Bold Laws to Reclaim More Control...

“Independence means self-reliance. Independence cannot be real if a nation depends upon gifts and loans from another for its development. Even if there was a nation, or nations, prepared to give us all the...

Banking While Black: How Overdraft Fees Keep Poor Blacks In Vicious Cycle of Indebtedness 

Long before he became a prominent national figure, decades before he rose to his current position as director of the NAACP’s Washington bureau and senior vice president for advocacy and policy, Hilary Shelton spent...

Race, Criminality and the Persistent Myth of Black on Black Crime

In America, more frequently than any other race of people, white people kill white people. In fact, Caucasians have a lengthy history of victimizing and killing one another in their communities and, in 2014,...

Discounting Black Children: How the Racially Skewed Economics of Adoption Devalue Black Lives

It’s a menu unlike any other. Or, paradoxically, it’s a menu too much like any other, where economics determines the value of the listed commodities. Except these are not commodities, these are children. And they...

‘I’ll Die for This Damn Sport’: Football, Concussions and Why African-Americans Continue to Brave...

On an episode of the current season of the popular Netflix reality docuseries "Last Chance U," Isaiah Wright — star sophomore running back for East Mississippi Community College — gets pulled from a game in...

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