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People await help with unemployment claims at an event in Tulsa, Okla., on July 24.

The Top 1% of Americans Have Taken $50 Trillion From the Bottom 90% — And That’s Made the U.S. Less Secure

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

A new report shows that a $50 trillion redistribution of income to benefit the richest has made America less healthy, resilient, and secure. By Nick Hanauer and David M. Rolf, TIME — Like many of the virus’s hardest hit victims, the United States went into the COVID-19 pandemic wracked by preexisting conditions. A fraying public health infrastructure, inadequate medical supplies, an employer-based health insurance system perversely unsuited to the moment—these and other afflictions are surely contributing…

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Vantage Point: Black Native American Freedmen Demand Justice

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point September 14, 2020 — On this special edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Ronald Graham and Marilyn Vann. Topic Black Native American Freedmen Demand Justice Guests Ronald Graham, President, Muscogee Creek Freedmen Band, Oklahoma City, OK Marilyn Vann, President, Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes, Oklahoma City, OK Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI,…

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Nigerian migrants arrive in Lagos from Libya. Nigeria has, in the last two years, evacuated thousands of its citizens from Libya and Lebanon after they suffered several forms of abuses, including enslavement. Trafficking has resulted in at least 80,000 Nigerian women being held as sex slaves and forced labour in the Middle East.

The Exploitative System that Traps Nigerian Women as Slaves in Lebanon

By News & Current Affairs

By Sam Olukoya, IPS – “I need help, right now I cannot walk properly,” trafficking victim Nkiru Obasi pleaded from her hospital bed in a video she posted online. The young Nigerian woman had been injured in the Aug. 4 Beirut blast, which ripped through the Lebanese capital, killing 190 people injuring a further 6,500 and damaging 40 percent of the city. However, it’s not…

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Dr. Benjamin Chavis

Civil Rights Icon Dr. Benjamin Chavis to Host Weekly Black Talk Show on PBS

By News & Current Affairs

By Hazel Trice Edney — Civil rights icon Dr. Benjamin Chavis, former NAACP executive director and current president/CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), will become host of a weekly Black-oriented public affairs talk show on PBS (Public Broadcasting System) in October. As racial tensions and disparities have skyrocketed in almost every category of American life, Chavis and the show’s producer Clara Wilkerson says it’s time for a program…

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Romeline Moreau, left, and Kayla Sergeant studied the African diaspora while in high school in Brooklyn. Both say the Advanced Placement program helped focus their career plans.

New College Board curriculum puts the African diaspora in the spotlight

By News & Current Affairs

The Advanced Placement program could elevate Black studies in high schools nationwide. By Erik Gleibermann, Washington Post — As the country grapples with issues raised by the emerging racial justice movement, the influential College Board is launching an ambitious national curriculum on race with an Advanced Placement program on the African diaspora. Given AP’s importance on high school transcripts and in college admissions, the program has the potential to make…

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Black Labor Day Forum: The Theft of Black Labor and Extraction of Black Wealth

By Events, NAARC Posts, News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Streamed September 7, 2020 — The Institute of the Black World 21st Century in collaboration with the National African American Reparations Commission present a Black Labor Day Forum “The Theft of Black Labor and Extraction of Black Wealth: How the Exploitation and Oppression of Black People Built Capitalist America – The Case for Reparations and HR-40”. Participants include Don Rojas, Nkechi Taifa, Esq., Dr. Ron Daniels, Bill Fletcher, Dr. Julianne…

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Vantage Point: Challenges and Opportunities for Black Labor

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point September 7, 2020 — On this Black Labor Day edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Bill Lucy and Bill Fletcher. Topics Challenges and Opportunities for Black Labor Guests Bill Lucy, Founder, President Emeritus, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Washington, DC Bill Fletcher, Labor/Social Justice Activist, President, Emeritus, Trans Africa Forum, Washington, DC. Also See Ways to listen Live (Radio) —…

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Black Labor & White Wealth: A Labor Day Weekend Conversation on Reparations with NAARC

By Events, NAARC Posts, News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Streamed September 6, 2020 — A Labor Day Weekend Conversation on Reparations with the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC). Hosted by Fund for Reparations NOW! (FFRN!) Participants  Include: David Gardinier, Founder, Fund for Reparations Now (FFRN!) Dr. Ron Daniels, President, IBW21, Convener, NAARC Dr. Julianne Malveaux, NAARC Commissioner, Political Economist and President Emeritus, Bennett College for Women Dr. Iva Carruthers, NAARC Commissioner, General Secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference Don…

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Andrew Holness

Jamaica election: Andrew Holness’ JLP re-elected amid rise in Covid-19 cases

By News & Current Affairs

Andrew Holness has been prime minister since March 2016 Jamaica’s ruling party has been re-elected with a landslide victory. By BBC — The centre-right Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) won 49 of 63 seats in Thursday’s parliamentary election. Prime Minister Andrew Holness called for the early vote last month in what analysts saw as a bid to capitalise on people’s satisfaction with his economic agenda and early response to the virus….

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Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles

California moves to consider reparations for slavery

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Don Thompson, AP — California lawmakers are setting up a task force to study and make recommendations for reparations to African Americans, particularly the descendants of slaves, as the nation struggles again with civil rights and unrest following the latest shooting of a Black man by police. The state Senate supported creating the nine-member commission on a bipartisan 33-3 vote Saturday. The measure returns to the Assembly for a…

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Eric Lewis, hereditary prince of the First Peoples of Moruga, at La Retraite Beach in in Trinidad and Tobago, to the east of which lie Trinity Hills.

Trinidad and Tobago – Protecting the iconic Three Sisters

By News & Current Affairs

A draft management plan for the Trinity Hills environment project in Trinidad & Tobago suggests urgent action is needed to prevent losses to the sanctuary and forest reserve. By Jewel Fraser, IPS — Trinity Hills in Trinidad and Tobago’s southeast region, also affectionately known as the Three Sisters, is home to a wildlife sanctuary that serves as a sort of incubator for fauna to reproduce and replenish the surrounding forest…

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Vantage Point: State of Black America Report • Reflections on the Founding of a Black Political Party

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio August 31, 2020 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Marc Morial and Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Ph.D. Topics National Urban League’s State of Black America Report Reflections on the Founding of the National Black Independent Political Party The Professor on the Soap Box Guests Marc Morial, President/CEO, National Urban League, New York, NY Dr. Gwen Zohorah Simmons,…

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