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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...

Mississippi Lawmaker’s ‘Misguided’ Approach to Reduce Fraud in Social Programs is Unnecessarily Punishing the...

The Mississippi state legislature recently passed the formerly titled "HOPE Act" — now the Medicaid and Human Services Transparency and Fraud Prevention Act — allegedly aimed at eliminating fraud and increasing scrutiny over assistance...

Questioning the Role of Contemporary Black Fraternities and Sororities in the Black Community

They have existed among us for more than a century. They emerged at a time when there was a particular need for unity, affirmation and self-determination given the dominant society’s denial of the inherent...

Digital Redlining: How Major American Communication Companies Are Controlling Who Gets Broadband Access or...

The good news? Your daughter’s school has been designated an “Apple Distinguished School” and, as such, she and all of her peers will receive brand new iPads for their individual usage. The bad news? Once...

AFRICOM’s Oily Skin: Why the U.S. Still Wants Its Military In Africa  

With the recent United Nations Security Council's adoption of resolution 2349 condemning terrorism and encouraging military cooperation in Africa’s Lake Chad Basin, an international spotlight will once again be cast upon the contested region near Nigeria’s...

Schools in This NYC Consortium Promote Discussions, Slash Testing and Black Students Are Thriving 

For more than two decades, corporate reformers have campaigned for accountability in education, insisting schools are best run like corporations and students best served by high-stakes testing policies that dictate promotion to the next...

Nollywood Is Coming of Age and Everyone Should Take Notice

It is certainly no secret that the proud nation of Nigeria, a major oil producer and Africa’s leading economy, has recently experienced its share of problems. President Muhammadu Buhari’s two-month absence due to an...

African-Americans, School Choice and the Culture of Academic Success

When it comes to K-12 education, African-Americans have seldom had much of a choice. This was exemplified by the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education that declared separate...

Science Fiction, Afrofuturism and How African-Americans Are Creating Their Own Deep Space

In a critically acclaimed 1998 episode of the future-based series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Captain Benjamin Sisko — portrayed by African-American actor Avery Brooks — experiences a vision where he sees himself as...

Ava DuVernay Once Sought Approval From Hollywood, Now She’s Blazing Her Own Path

On a star-studded night in the final week of February, a select group of elegant Black bodies will, once again, pepper the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, a space traditionally unwelcoming to their artistic expression...

How an Ex-Black Panther Waged a Successful, Four-Decade Revolution In Publishing Without Planning To

Paul Coates never planned to become a member of the Black Panther Party. Recently returned from a three-year military stint in Vietnam, the Philadelphia native and avid reader relocated to Baltimore in 1968, where...

Once Lost Under the Umbrella of the American Indian Wars, the Rebellion of the...

The year, 1835. The setting, the Florida territory on the eve of the Second Seminole War. Tensions between the region’s native inhabitants and an encroaching American government have escalated upon President Andrew Jackson’s order...

Can Anyone Hear My Plea? Race, Criminal Justice and the 97 Percent Who Never...

Of all the compelling information, interviews and realities contained in Ava Duvernay’s riveting, Oscar-nominated documentary on mass incarceration, "13th", one particular statistic stands out: A startling 97 percent of those incarcerated never received their...

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