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Vantage Point: The Black Agenda – Does Biden Have Our Back?

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Monday, August 16, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with special guests Earl Ofari Hutchinson and Bill Fletcher. Topic President Biden and the Black Agenda Does He Have Our Back? Special Guest Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Host, Hutchinson Report, KPFK, 90.7 FM, Los Angeles Bill Fletcher, Author, Commentator, Veteran Labor and Social Justice Leader, Washington, DC Plus The Professor on the…

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Grief belongs in social movements. Can we embrace it?

By Editors' Choice

A Black activist reflects on intergenerational trauma, community, and coming to terms with death in movement building. By Malkia Devich-Cyril, In These Times — The morning my mother died was cold and dark, and the snow fall outside was frenzied and piling high. I’d put my headphones on in the night to block out the loud hiss and moan of my mother’s oxygen machine. I was tired. Less than six months after…

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Educator and civil rights activist Robert "Bob" Moses

3 Bob Moses Civil Rights Quotes

By Black World History

Born January 23, 1935 in Harlem, New York, Robert Parris Moses was an American educator and civil rights activist, known for his work as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee on voter education and registration in Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement, and his co-founding of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. On July 25, 2021, Bob Moses has joined the ancestors. In his memory we’re sharing a few…

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Charles Barron

Charles Barron is back: His unique rise to power, East New York’s forgotten socialist dynasty, and the never ending narrative wars

By Editors' Choice

How the Barrons have been shattering narratives for two decades By Michael Lange — “The socialist left is on the rise, particularly in neighborhoods where Black and Latino residents are being gentrified out of existence” declared Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. Jeffries, the fourth ranking House Democrat (and potential future speaker of the house), represents New York’s 8th Congressional District, which includes predominantly black neighborhoods like Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, and East New York….

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The effects of Black Lives Matter protests

By Editors' Choice

By Jerusalem Demsas — Research shows places with BLM protests from 2014 to 2019 saw a reduction in police homicides but an uptick in murders. There’s long been a fierce debate about the effect of Black Lives Matter protests on the lethal use of force by police. A new study, one of the first to make a rigorous academic attempt to answer that question, found that the protests have had…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

“Rising in Resistance with Paul Robeson: Athletes Joining the Struggle for Racial Justice”

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

Dr. Maulana Karenga — The recent wave of walkouts and walkaways from playing and practice in protest against the savage shooting of Jacob Blake, first by the Milwaukee Bucks and followed by others in solidarity, i.e., the NBA, the WNBA, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer, is clearly worthy of rightful notice, prolific praise and a good measure of celebration. But it is also worthy…

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The Great NBA Awakening

The Great NBA Awakening

By Commentaries/Opinions

NBA players realized the power of protest with last week’s strike. We’ve reached a new point in player activism. Where does it go from here? By Tyler Tynes, The Ringer — In March 2018, the horror had a different face. A different name. A Sacramento man, barely grown from a boy, stolen from his family just as the flowers were blooming in springtime. He was Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old Black…

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A protester carrying a U.S. flag leads a chant during a Black Lives Matter march in Valley Stream, New York, July 13, 2020

As BLM Goes Global, It’s Building on Centuries of Black Internationalist Struggle

By Editors' Choice

By Brandon R. Byrd, World Politics Review — At approximately 8:19 p.m. on the evening of May 25, Derek Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department, brought his weight down upon George Floyd’s neck. Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, arrested for the alleged crime of using a counterfeit $20 bill, struggled for breath—for life—for more than five minutes. Lying prostrate on the hot concrete, his arms handcuffed behind…

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Vantage Point: COVID-19 and Institutional Racism Continued and Hip Hop Activist for Social Justice

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

Vantage Point Radio July 27, 2020 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Dr. Leon McDougle and Paradise Gray Topics COVID-19 and Institutional Racism Continued Hip Hop Activists for Social Justice Guests Dr. Leon McDougle, President-Elect National Medical Association, Columbus, OH Paradise Gray, X-CLAN Founder, The Black Watch Movement, Pittsburgh, PA Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on…

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John R. Lewis, a civil rights titan and a formidable member of Congress for three decades, died at the age of 80 on July 17.

John Lewis, front-line civil rights leader and eminence of Capitol Hill, dies at 80

By News & Current Affairs

By Laurence I. Barrett, The Washington Post — John Lewis, a civil rights leader who preached nonviolence while enduring beatings and jailings during seminal front-line confrontations of the 1960s and later spent more than three decades in Congress defending the crucial gains he had helped achieve for people of color, has died. He was 80. His death was announced in statements from his family and from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi…

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Deante Campbell of Sanford joins student protesters during a demonstration June 4 against institutional racism at South Portland Police Station.

Teenagers lead the way in Black Lives Matter movement

By News & Current Affairs

Nationally and in Maine, young people of color are leading protests and asking their local leaders to address systemic racism. By Megan Gray, Press Herald — Mariam Beshir spent the days leading up to her graduation from Gorham High School organizing a Black Lives Matter march in her town. She wanted to celebrate. But she knew that Tamir Rice should have graduated from his own high school this year if…

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The Black Women Who Paved the Way for This Moment

The Black Women Who Paved the Way for This Moment

By Commentaries/Opinions

Today’s protests build on a long tradition of activism. By Keisha N. Blain. The Atlantic — In cities across the United States, black activists are denouncing state-sanctioned violence and demanding radical changes to American policing. Black women leaders occupy a central role in these movements. Utilizing public spaces—such as city parks and streets—they are advocating for equality and justice and giving voice to historical truths many Americans find uncomfortable. From…

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