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Julian Marley, son of late reggae icon Bob Marley, celebrates his father's 69th birthday at the National Stadium in Kingston, 2014.

UNESCO Adds Reggae Music to Global Cultural Heritage List

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Reggae was often championed as a music of the oppressed, with lyrics addressing sociopolitical issues, imprisonment and inequality. By TeleSUR — Reggae music – whose calm, lilting grooves found international fame thanks to artists like Bob Marley – has won a coveted spot on the United Nations’ list of global cultural treasures. UNESCO, the world body’s cultural and scientific agency, added the genre that originated in Jamaica to its collection of “intangible…

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Black Americans’ Homes Undervalued by Billions

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By Teddy Grant, Ebony — Black Americans’ homes are routinely undervalued in the real estate market, according to a report by Brookings Institution and Gallup that was released Tuesday. In the report “The devaluation of assets in Black neighborhoods: The case of residential property,” homes in neighborhoods with a Black majority that are owner-occupied are appraised for lower prices, averaging $48,000 per home, writes Curbed. Such low appraisal prices translate…

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Marc Lamont Hill

CNN Fires Marc Lamont Hill After Israel Comments

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By Ibn Safir, The Root — Yesterday, in a speech before the United Nations, CNN commentator and Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill advocated for armed resistance against Israel, stating that a free Palestine should be expanded “from the river to the sea,” a phrase popular with opponents of Israel’s statehood. After his speech, he clarified on Twitter. “I support Palestinian freedom. I support Palestinian self-determination. I am deeply critical…

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Seventy percent of people of African descent stopped by police in Italy saw that action as racially-motivated.

People of African descent face ‘dire picture’ of racism in EU

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Almost a third of people of African descent have experienced racial harassment in past five years, survey finds. By Jennifer Rankin, The Guardian — Almost a third of people of African descent polled in a new EU survey say they have experienced racial harassment in the last five years, a report that claims racial discrimination is “commonplace” across 12 European countries reveals. People of African descent face “a dire picture”…

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The human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes virtually all cervical cancers.

Black women in Alabama dying of preventable cancer at alarming rate

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Human Rights Watch report blames restrictive insurance policies, lack of physicians and poverty for failure to treat cervical disease. Jessica Glenza, The Guardian — Cervical cancer, a disease researchers believe is on track to be eradicated within 20 years in some industrialized nations, is killing a disproportionate number of women across the American south. Black women in Alabama are dying of cervical cancer at more than twice the national average, a trend…

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How a ‘segregation tax’ is costing black American homeowners $156 billion

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A new Brookings/Gallup report finds residential property in majority-black neighborhoods is consistently undervalued. By Patrick Sisson, Curbed — Black Americans, long accustomed to facing more hurdles on the road to homeownership, may consistently find their investments in residential property undervalued, according to a new joint Brookings Institution and Gallup study. According to “The devaluation of assets in black neighborhoods: The case of residential property,” owner-occupied homes are undervalued by the real estate market across…

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How African-Americans Are Dominating The Digital World By Pursuing A ‘For Us, By Us’ Mentality

How African-Americans Are Dominating The Digital World

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#Consumers2Creators: How African-Americans Are Dominating The Digital World By Pursuing A ‘For Us, By Us’ Mentality. By Brianna Rhodes, Blavity — Nielsen’s 2018 report, “Consumers to Creators: The Digital Lives of Black Consumers”, revealed that 54 percent of African-Americans are 34 and younger, meaning the majority were born and raised in the era of rapid digital media advancements. The report makes a case that a “Black Renaissance” is…

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Noose found at MS State Capitol

Seven nooses, signs found at Mississippi State Capitol

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The nooses and signs were found one day before the U.S. Senate runoff. State Capitol police took the nooses and signs down and are investigating. By Morgan Howard, WLBT Jackson, MS — Seven nooses and several signs were found at the Mississippi State Capitol Monday, prompting more nationwide attention and outrage ahead of Tuesday’s election. Early Monday morning, two nooses were found at the Capitol. According to the Associated Press, five more…

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Rights group calls for US reparations over 1989 Panama invasion

Rights group calls for US reparations over 1989 Panama invasion

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By AFP — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has called on Washington to compensate victims and families of the 1989 invasion of Panama, accusing US forces of multiple rights violations as they moved to overthrow dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega, according to a newly released document. A 91-page report issued Friday says the United States “is responsible” for violating civilians’ rights “to life, liberty (and) security.” The report says…

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RiseUp Detroit (Teaser) – The Revolutionary evolution of Black Detroit during the 60’s

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RiseUp Detroit chronicles the Revolutionary evolution of Black Detroit during the 60’s. Featuring activists JoAnn Watson, Frank Joyce, Helen Moore, Rev. Dan Aldridge, Elliot Hall, Esq., Charles E. Ferrell and others. Produced by Junius Williams, for the Center for Education and Juvenile Justice. In partnership with Wayne State University, Rutgers University (Newark), Washington University (St. Louis). Research by Peter Blackmer. Video and Editing by 248 Pencils.

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