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How One Former Fugitive Visualized His Path from the FBI’s Most Wanted List to...

When Malik Wade closes his eyes, it often has little to do with sleep. Instead, the San Francisco native visualizes an extraordinary world, one where the less fortunate succeed despite overwhelming odds, where impoverished...

Crude Reality: How Baltimore’s Current Path of Oil Transport Could Ignite a Major Urban...

In the wee hours of the morning on July 6, 2013, in the idyllic lakeside town of Lac-Mégantic in Quebec, Canada, something wasn’t right. Hours earlier, the weary conductor of a 72-car freight train carrying...

Has the Case of College Professor Lisa Durden Proven that the Free Speech Movement...

It’s no secret Lisa Durden loves to talk. The Newark, N.J., native and self-proclaimed “Top Talker” has made a career of it as a popular media personality, commentator, celebrity blogger, motivational speaker and host...

How America’s Lack of Historical Knowledge is Aiding Its Decline

A popular maxim attributed to 18th-century statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke warns, “Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.” It is an adage both empirical and intuitive, one justified as much...

Unbowed by Politically Motivated Punishment, Michigan Activist Jumps Straight From Prison Back Into Fight...

“They thought they had defeated me. … Matter of fact, they thought they had buried me. When someone throws dirt on you, they don’t ever expect you to rise again. But they didn’t bury...

Brazil’s Ongoing Race Problem: Recent Study Uncovers Shocking Treatment of Darker-Skinned Children in Interracial...

“The most shocking story I heard was told by a young woman, a university student who came to see me… she was phenotypically ‘Black’ but her mother was ‘white.’ She told me that when...

The Numbers Say the Ethiopian Economy Is Doing Very Well. Reality Says Many Ethiopian...

For some, the emergence of Ethiopia as Africa’s third-largest economy is cause for celebration. The ancient nation skirting the continent’s horn recently surpassed its southern neighbor Kenya as the largest economy in East Africa...

Lead Astray: New Evidence Links Children with Higher Lead Exposure to School Suspensions and...

When people are in pain or suffering from illness, they are more likely to act in destructive ways that carry negative consequences for both themselves and others. Children are particularly susceptible as they act...

Has Anyone Seen America’s Black Governors?

An alarming event took place in Louisiana 145 years ago. Though the former Confederate state was on the losing side of the Civil War a few years prior, little could have prepared the state’s plantation...

Former Prosecutor, with a Criminal Record, Fights to Keep Defendants Out of Prison

When you walk into a courtroom, there is the common perception that the individual wearing the flowing robe and sitting on the elevated bench before you— the one yielding the gavel who everyone rises...

Examining the Movements for Civil Rights and Black Power

“I was especially concerned to try to convey its long continuous movement, flowing like a river, sometimes powerful, tumultuous, and roiling with life; at other times meandering and turgid, covered with ice and snow...

Children Being Housed In Adult Prisons Is an Ongoing Tragedy In America

On the eve of Oct. 17, 2016, 15-year-old Jaquin Thomas was found hanging in his cell at the Orleans Justice Center, an adult prison facility in New Orleans. The teen’s reported suicide came three...

Police Brutality, the Jersey Four and the Longest Protest You’ve Never Heard About

The fact police shot 14-year old Radazz Hearns seven times as he ran from them on August 7, 2015, in Trenton, N.J., has never been in question. The scared teen bolted when an unmarked...

Fifty Years Ago, An Urban Rebellion In Newark Sparked the Long Hot Summer of...

“I was coming up Court Street, going toward Martin Luther King Boulevard,” recalls Junius Williams, an attorney and longtime resident of Newark, N.J. “I had three other guys in the car with me, and...

Despite Ending Anthem Protest, Colin Kaepernick’s Commitment to Social Justice Is Stronger Than Ever

“I thought I was from Milwaukee. I thought my ancestry started at slavery and I was taught in school that we were all supposed to be grateful just because we aren’t slaves. But what...

A Half-Century After His Untimely Death, Iconic Soul Man Otis Redding Still Soars

Fifty years ago, on the frigid and stormy afternoon of Dec. 10, 1967, 26-year-old former Air Force pilot Richard Fraser radioed Dane County Regional Airport near Madison, Wis., for clearance to land an eight-passenger Beechcraft...

Murder, Forced Labor and the Forgotten Black Boys of Florida’s Dozier School for Boys

In 1957, 11-year-old Johnny Lee Gaddy started skipping class. Embarrassed by his persistent stutter, Gaddy chose to avoid the relentless teasing from classmates at his Dade City, Fla., elementary school. One evening the police...

Afro-Colombians Face Genocidal Attacks from United States-Backed Death Squads

On December 20, 1996, in the Colombian riverside village of Riosucio, the mass killings of Afro-Colombians began. At the time, though the country’s relentless civil war between the government and rebel groups had raged...

The Lasting Legacy of the 1992 Watts Gang Truce

Los Angeles, April 1992. All eyes are on the affluent suburb of Simi Valley as an all-white jury deliberates the fate of four police officers in the vicious videotaped beating of Black motorist Rodney...

African-Americans, Vaccines and a History of Suspicion

A good parent is not sure what to believe. On one side, doctors tell us vaccinations are safe and necessary for our children. They’ve been in existence for hundreds of years, most people get...

With Our Health and Billions at Stake, Black People Need to Join the Clean-Energy...

Despite the Trump administration’s disdain for renewable energies and promotion of fossil fuels like coal, the current revolution in clean energy is showing no signs of slowing down. The Solar Foundation recently reported the...

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