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How a Shared Goal to Dismantle White Supremacy Is Fueling Black-Asian Solidarity

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Kat Moon — Black and Asian Solidarity Run at Union Square in New York City on March 21. A large crowd of people came together to show their support for the Asian community after the spa killings that occurred recently in Atlanta. Nikki Ogunnaike had participated in Running to Protest’s rallies before, but never with her friend of more than 10 years, Lisa Lu. But on March 21, the…

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Racism is behind anti-Asian American violence, even when it’s not a hate crime

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By Pawan Dhingra — Over the past year, attacks on Asian Americans have increased more than 150% over the previous year, including the March 16 murders of eight people, including six Asian American women, in Atlanta. Some of these attacks may be classified as hate crimes. But whether they meet that legal definition or not, they all fit a long history of viewing Asian Americans in particular ways that make discrimination and violence…

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How Black Lives Matter Inspired a New Generation of Youth Activists

By Editors' Choice

By Ryan Bort & Kimberly Aleah— Young people across America found their voice in 2020, harnessing social media to lead the fight for change in their communities Khalea Edwards didn’t believe it at first. Someone on a text chain of organizers from Occupy City Hall STL, a movement she helped lead this past summer calling for the resignation of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, informed the group in November that Krewson…

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Black News Channel (BNC) A New 24/7 News Network Scheduled to Launch in November 2019

By News & Current Affairs

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA — In a joint teleconference broadcast live from the Four Season’s Hotel in New York’s Financial District, the Black News Channel (BNC) and the National Newspaper Publishers Association announced the official launch date and time for the nation’s first 24-hour, 7-days a week all-news TV channel that will focus on African American news. The new channel promises to inform, educate, and empower nearly 50 million…

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Where Did We Come From? And who was there in the first place?

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By Heather Gray, Justice Initiative — Preface This will be the beginning of a series about where we came from and/or who was there already. Trump repeatedly says “Go back to where you came from.” So, I have questioned what on earth does he mean by that. All of us homo sapiens in the world came from Africa. But, also, as I started thinking about where I was born and where I…

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Parents Across the Nation Will Gather on International Overdose Awareness Day

By News & Current Affairs

On International Overdose Awareness Day, Parents Across the Nation Gather to Remember and Honor Lives Lost and Educate Communities about Solutions to the Overdose Crisis. By Moms United/A New Path — Moms United to End the War on Drugs representatives are raising awareness about the crisis on accidental overdoses across the nation and around the world. Families will hold rallies and vigils during the week leading up to International Overdose…

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Black Billionaire Robert Smith Pays Off Student Loan Debt of 400 Morehouse Students

Black Billionaire Robert Smith Pays Off Student Loan Debt of 400 Morehouse Students

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By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA — During what will likely be seen as one of the most memorable graduation presents for parents and their children — a quiet African American billionaire delivered a welcomed surprise. At their graduation on May 19, investor and chemical engineer Robert Smith announced he would pay off the student loan debt of Morehouse’s 2019 graduating class. Morehouse’s graduating class is 400 strong. Smith’s graduation gift…

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Buy Black and Bank Black: Movement in the US Gains International Attention

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Atlanta, GA — The “Buy Black” movement draws the attention of a French news outlet. In this video you’ll hear from Killer Mike (Rapper, Activist), Dr. Boyce Watkins (Author, Economist), and Sharif Abdul Malik (Founder, WeBuyBlack) who withdraws money from Bank of America to deposit into a Black owned bank. This video was originally posted on France24.com, September 27, 2016 Also See:  Newark As Model City National Town Hall…

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A child flips the pages of the Bible during Easter Sunday service at Wheat Street Baptist Church. Many of the church's members grew up going here their entire lives.

The History That Shaped The Atlanta Neighborhood Where MLK Was Raised

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By Evey Wilson, WABE — In 1985, Mtamanika Youngblood, a New York native, and her husband bought a home on Atlanta’s Howell Street NE. The two story home was built in 1890 and had good bones, but needed a lot of work. It was located a few blocks away from the already opened Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change that had been founded by King’s widow, Coretta...
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Pan Africanism, Marijuana Policy, Gentrification — December 3rd Edition of Vantage Point Radio

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Topics: The 60th Anniversary of the All African People’s Conference, Ghana • The Marijuana Justice, Equity and Reinvestment Conference • Anti-Gentrification Campaign in Atlanta. Guests: Mwalimu K-Q Amsata (Coord., North American Pan African Federalist Congress, Flagler, FL), Kassandra Frederique (State Policy Director, Drug Policy Alliance, New York, NY) and Kamau Franklin (Founder, Community Movement Builders, Atlanta, GA)

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Lucy McBath speaking to a group of supporters in Atlanta early this month.

‘Democrat. Fighter. Mother.’ Lucy McBath Is Redefining Social Justice in Politics.

By News & Current Affairs

By Astead W. Herndon, The New York Times — An air of solemnity hangs over Lucy McBath’s bid for Congress. It is present in her campaign stump speech, when she recounts the 2012 murder of her son, Jordan Davis, a black teenager who was shot and killed by a white man at a gas station when the 17-year-old refused to lower the volume of the rap music playing in his…

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Black mecca or most unequal US city: will the real Atlanta please stand up?

By Commentaries/Opinions

For more than 40 years, Atlanta has marketed itself as being on the forefront of radical social change – but its reality is much less progressive. By Maurice J Hobson, The Guardian — In the 1960s, it was the “city too busy to hate” and the home of the civil rights movement. In the 1970s, it was “the black mecca of the south” and Hotlanta. In the 1990s, it was Olympic City….

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