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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

Left to right: New York congressional candidiate Mondaire Jones, Louisiana Senate candidate Adrian Perkins, and New York congressional candidate Ritchie Torres.

Black millennial men aim to bring new guard to Congress

By News & Current Affairs

These young politicians are following in the footsteps of a shortlist of Black Americans elected to the United States Capitol. By Kelsey Minor, The Grio — You may not know the name Hiram Revels but 150 years ago he became the first Black member of the United States Congress. A Black Republican from Mississippi, Revels was sworn into office although there were heavy objections from the southern White men who…

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Diddy’s “Black America & Coronavirus” Town Hall

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

Video: Streamed Live April 9, 2020 — Sean Combs (Diddy) hosts a virtual town hall joined by Angela Rye, Big Sean, Reverend Al Sharpton, Fat Joe, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Killer Mike, Charles Blow, Van Jones and more. Providing a very needed POV of this pandemic that’s unfortunately affecting the black community at a very high and alarming disproportionate rate. Panelists: Kamala Harris, Sean Combs, Van…

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AOC wants coronavirus ‘reparations’ for minority communities

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Reparations

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called for coronavirus reparations for minorities, claiming higher numbers of COVID-19 fatalities in low-income communities stems from underlying inequality. By Ebony Bowden, New York Post — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called for coronavirus reparations for minorities, claiming higher numbers of COVID-19 fatalities in low-income communities stems from underlying inequality. “COVID deaths are disproportionately spiking in Black + Brown communities,” Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted to her 6 million…

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Meet Rhiana Gunn-Wright, An Architect Behind The Green New Deal

By Editors' Choice

By Donna M. Owens, Essence — Rhiana Gunn-Wright was always curious about policy, even before she fully understood the term. “Growing up I’d wonder about structures—in my neighborhood and schools,” the 29-year-old South Side Chicago native told ESSENCE. “What are the rules, who made the rules? You can’t just look at the surface.” Raised by her mother, grandmother, extended family, and a caring “village,” the Yale grad and Rhodes Scholar…

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'This Is Us': In Wake of El Paso, Eddie Glaude Delivers 'Incredibly Powerful' Statement on US History of Racism and Violence—And You Can't Just Blame Trump

‘This Is Us’: In Wake of El Paso, Eddie Glaude on US History of Racism and Violence

By News & Current Affairs

‘This Is Us’: In Wake of El Paso, Eddie Glaude Delivers ‘Incredibly Powerful’ Statement on US History of Racism and Violence—And You Can’t Just Blame Trump By Jon Queally — Princeton University professor Eddie Glaude received praise overnight for comments made on MSNBC Monday as he called on the American people to acknowledge that while blaming President Donald Trump might be easy to do—especially given the available evidence—for the racist-inspired massacre at…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Houston, We Have A Problem: America, Spacetripping With Trump

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — This is not a drill. “Houston, we have a problem,” or more historically and currently correct, “Houston, we’ve had a problem, here.” It’s not a problem of a ship in space, but rather the ship of state, setting aside its best-documents claims and making a hard right turn towards its worst-practices. And both the captain and crew are unrepentantly and defiantly doing and saying immoral,…

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From left to right: Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib

Do We Want the America of Frederick Douglass or Donald Trump?

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Walter G. Moss — One version of America is that of President Trump, whose recent tweets led the U. S. House of Representatives to condemn his “comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans.” His slogan “Make America Great Again,” his attempts to limit voting, and his pandering to Christian evangelicals are not-so-subtle signals that he perceives himself as defending the fortress of white, primarily male and Christian, dominance…

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NAACP Calls for the House of Representatives to Begin Impeachment Proceedings Against Trump

By News & Current Affairs

DETROIT – During rousing remarks from Rep. Al Green (D-TX), the NAACP national delegation voted on a resolution for the U.S. House of Representatives to initiate Articles of Impeachment for Donald J. Trump during the 110th NAACP Annual Convention in Detroit. “The pattern of Trump’s misconduct is unmistakable and has proven time and time again, that he is unfit to serve as the president of this country”, said Derrick Johnson,…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Embracing the Courageous Four: Radically Reconceiving and Reconstructing America

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

Dr. Maulana Karenga — In spite of the forked-tongue talk, doublespeak and patently racist ranting of the pretending president Trump and the White supremacist mob-like cheerleaders chanting hatred at his rallies, we must not miss the fresh, air-clearing and uplifting wind that is steadily rising and blowing our way. It is the transforming force of the voice, views and defiant struggles of the courageous four “freshmen” congresswomen: Rep. Ayanna Pressley…

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Mary Turner and the Lynching Rampage of 1918

No More Mary Turners

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — Mary Turner was lynched on May 19. 1918 because she dared raise her voice. Her husband, Hayes Turner, was among 13 people lynched in two weeks in and around Valdosta, Georgia. The lynchings took place because one brutal white man, who was known to abuse workers so severely that he was only able to attract workers by getting them through the convict labor system, beat the…

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