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US billionaires became $2.1 trillion richer in 19 months of pandemic

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Jon Queally, Common Dreams — American billionaires grew in number and expanded their collective fortunes by $2.1 trillion since Covid-19 sparked a worldwide pandemic nineteen months ago, according to a new analysis unveiled Monday. “Targeted tax increases on billionaires, including the proposed Billionaire Income Tax, would rebalance the tax code and reduce these glaring abuses in who pays for the services we all depend on.” An overall 70% surge of…

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Former General, Sec. Of State Colin Powell

A Life of Service: Remembering former General, Secretary of State Colin Powell

By News & Current Affairs

By Derek Major, Black Enterprise — Colin Luther Powell, the first Black Secretary of State, whose leadership in several Republican administrations shaped foreign policy, died at the age of 84 due to complications from COVID-19. Powell’s family announced the news on Facebook Sunday night, adding that the former General was fully vaccinated. “General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away…

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Jeffery Robinson, Robin Rue Simmons, Nkechi Taifa

“The Winds of Change Are Shifting”

By Reparations

Now that the idea of reparations is gaining traction, Rappaport panelists grapple with the challenges and possibilities. By Jamie Ehrlich, BC Law — Three of the country’s most esteemed visionaries and activists engaged with students and community members in September about reparations in America, which seek to redress grave injustices stemming from slavery. The event, “Reparations: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities,” was co-sponsored by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public…

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Book Launch: Taifa Trilogy of Tales for a New Generation

Book Launch: Taifa Trilogy of Tales for a New Generation

By News & Current Affairs

Free Virtual Event! Oct 18, 2021 at 6:00 PM EDT — Discussion will range from the senseless banning of Nkechi Taifa’s and other books by a school district this summer, to the environment when her books were first published in 1983 and 1992, and why they are still relevant today. RSVP by clicking here. Also See: “The Taifa Trilogy,” Nkechi Taifa’s Three Africentric Children’s Classics are Back in Print Nkechi…

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Nkechi Taifa

“The Taifa Trilogy,” Nkechi Taifa’s Three Africentric Children’s Classics are Back in Print

By News & Current Affairs

Nkechi Taifa, internationally renowned human rights activist and lawyer, founder, principal and CEO of The Taifa Group and the author of her top-selling, acclaimed memoir Black Power, Black Lawyer, announced today that she has reissued three of her popular children’s books—Shining Legacy, The Adventures of Kojo and Ama and Three Tales of Wisdom. “I am so proud to bring these books back on the market for a new generation to enjoy,” she…

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The interior of the Lloyd's of London building is seen in the City of London financial district in London, Britain, April 16, 2019.

London’s finance district, steeped in slavery, confronts its past

By Reparations

By Carolyn Cohn and Huw Jones, Reuters — British ships ferried over 3 million enslaved African people across the Atlantic Ocean. Lloyd’s of London insured many of those vessels, the people chained below deck sometimes categorized as “perishable goods”, alongside cattle, by the market’s underwriters. Lloyd’s involvement in the trans-Atlantic slave trade is not included in the market’s permanent exhibition at its modernistic City tower but that is set to…

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Dr. Eric Williams

The Politician-Scholar

By Reparations

Eric Williams and the tangled history of capitalism and slavery. By Gerald Horne, The Nation — Before he became a celebrated author and the founding father and first prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Eric Eustace Williams was an adroit footballer. At his high school, Queen’s Royal College, he was a fierce competitor, which likely led to an injury that left him deaf in his right ear. Yet as Williams’s…

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Former vice president Mike Pence gives a speech in Budapest on Sept. 23.

The GOP alliance with Europe’s far-right deepens

By News & Current Affairs

What was once a notional solidarity between nationalists on both sides of the Atlantic is turning into something more durable. By Ishaan Tharoor, The Washington Post — Toward the end of last month, a major right-wing summit in Hungary had a conspicuous guest. Former vice president Mike Pence joined Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and a coterie of other illiberal, nationalist leaders from the continent in a two-day conference in Budapest…

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A South Sudanese boy belonging to a cultural dance group uses moistened ground chalk to mark traditional tribe paintings on his face

World’s languages traced back to single African mother tongue: scientists

By News & Current Affairs

Scientists say they have traced the world’s 6,000 modern languages — from English to Mandarin — back to a single “mother tongue,” an ancestral language spoken in Africa 50,000 to 70,000 years ago. New research, published in the journal Science, suggests this single ancient language resulted in human civilization — a Diaspora — as well as advances in art and hunting tool technology, and laid the groundwork for all the…

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View of the Confederate memorial, with an added Confederate flag made out of flowers, Jasper, Alabama, 2010.

White America’s “hidden wound” threatens to destroy the country — and not for the first time

By News & Current Affairs

Half a century ago, writer Wendell Berry saw this coming: What white people can’t talk about is destroying them. By Kirk Swearingen, Salon — Words matter; poetry has power. It’s not for nothing that authoritarians first go after the intellectuals, the journalists, the poets. Consider these well-wrought statements: All men are created equal Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness Liberté, égalité, fraternité Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice…

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John Henrik Clarke

The Impact of Marcus Garvey by Dr. John Henrik Clarke

By Commentaries/Opinions

When Marcus Garvey died in 1940 the role of the British Empire was already being challenged by India and the rising expectations of her African colonies. Marcus Garvey’s avocation of African redemption and the restoration of the African state’s sovereign political entity in world affairs was still a dream without fulfillment. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, the United States would enter, in a formal way, what…

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Thomas Sankara

Thomas Sankara trial in Burkina Faso: Who killed ‘Africa’s Che Guevara’?

By News & Current Affairs

Thirty-four years, almost to the day, since the shocking killing of Burkina Faso’s then President, Thomas Sankara, 14 men are going on trial, accused of complicity in the murder of the man known as “Africa’s Che Guevara”. By Jewel Kiriungi, BBC News — The charismatic Pan-Africanist was shot dead aged 37 by soldiers during a coup on 15 October 1987, which saw his close friend, Blaise Compaoré, come to power….

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