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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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Salim Adofo

IBW Congratulates Commissioner-Elect Salim Adofo on His Victory

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Commissioner Elect Salim Adofo’s Message We did it! We became commissioner! Thank you to everyone that voted for me, donated and supported the campaign in anyway they could. I was told if you talk that Black Stuff you can’t win. I was told if you use the word hotep, wear dashiki’s and one of them little muslim hats people won’t support you. I was told if you “TOO BLACK” people…

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Jair Bolsonaro

Bad News From Brazil: The Right Populist President-Elect Will Be Absolutely Horrid on Drug Policy

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Brazilians elected Jair Bolsonaro, “the Trump of Brazil,” as their next president on Sunday. By Phillip Smith, Drug Reporter — The far-rightist Jair Bolsonaro won Sunday’s presidential election with 55 percent of the vote. The victory by a man called by some “the Trump of Brazil” promises to push Latin America’s largest democracy to the right in many arenas, including drug policy, where his past pronouncements place him firmly in the camp…

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A voter casts a ballot at a polling station in San Francisco, California, on June 5, 2018.

Last-Minute Tips for Figuring Out Your Ballot and Making Sure You Can Vote

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The midterms are here. Here’s everything you need to know to hit the polls and cast an informed vote this election season. By Cynthia Gordy Giwa, ProPublica — While there are often reports of problems that can arise at the polls (maybe you’ve seen news of malfunctioning machines and registration purges in states that have early voting), a few simple steps can help make sure you’re ready to successfully cast your vote. Let’s start with…

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John A. Madison, great-grandson of Dred Scott, points to his ancestor's unmarked grave.

The Real Origins of Birthright Citizenship

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Its purpose 150 years ago was to incorporate former slaves into the nation. By Martha S. Jones, The Atlantic — Birthright citizenship just might be, former slaves believed, the safeguard they needed. In the decades before the Civil War, in an era when a remedy like the Fourteenth Amendment was hard to imagine, free black Americans embraced the view that they were citizens by virtue of having been born on…

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Making Change: A Case for Black-Led Social Change: Panel discussion included, from left to right Keysha Taylor, board char of the African American Community Foundation; Henry Rock, founder of City Startup Labs; Janeen Bryan, a community activist and business owner; and Susan Taylor Batten, president and CEO of the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE).

Major foundations must do more to support black-led organizations, speaker says at Charlotte event

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Susan Taylor Batten, president and CEO of the Association of Black Foundation Executives, said black-led organizations must be central to addressing the legacy of racism in America. By Glenn Burkins, Qcitymetro — If America is to address the crippling legacy of slavery and racism, more money must be directed toward black-led organizations that are battling for social change, said a leading authority on philanthropic giving. Of the billions of dollars…

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Haitians Rise Up Against Corruption, Austerity

Haitians Rise Up Against Corruption, Austerity

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By The Real News Network —  A corruption scandal in Haiti has ignited a massive protest and thrown the Haitian government into crisis. At issue is the misuse of nearly $2 billion from PetroCaribe, a Venezuela-sponsored program that was supposed to help rebuild Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. We speak to Jake Johnston of the Center for Economic and Policy Research

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‘Why is that racist?’ Trump greets young black leaders with freewheeling rant

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The president’s speech to African American millennial supporters was rambling and toe-curling. But he and his audience loved it. David Smith, The Guardian —  Put a 72-year-old man with a white supremacy problem in front of an audience of African American millennials wearing “Make America great again” hats and what could possibly go wrong? Apart from some toe-curling jokes, paeans to Kanye West, rants against Democrats, “globalists” and the…

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Megyn Kelly and Jim Crow, a character worn in blackface used to mock African-Americans.

Megyn Kelly defended blackface on the ‘Today’ show, but here’s the racist history behind it

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By Jacob Shamsian, Insider — “Today” host Megyn Kelly apologized Wednesday for defending blackface, the act of non-black people wearing makeup to make themselves look black. Blackface has a racist history in the United States. It was used in minstrel shows, movies, and other forms of entertainment to dehumanize African-Americans and exclude them from the entertainment industry. Mocking caricatures spread stereotypes about African-Americans that were used to deny them civil…

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Nobody would mistake Cory Booker for a radical.

Cory Booker’s Big New Policy Idea Isn’t Reparations, but It’s the Closest a Presidential Candidate Is Going to Get

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By Jordan Weissmann — Sen. Cory Booker did not come out and propose reparations for black Americans this week. But the policy idea he rolled out on Monday might be the closest thing that we can expect to see from a serious presidential contender going into 2020. The senator from New Jersey, who is gearing up for a White House run, plans to introduce legislation soon that would create a “baby bond”…

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