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Black Love: A Complementary and Species-Compelling Need

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — This is a reminder and reinforcement for Black Lover’s Day this month and each day all year round. It is not an exaggeration to state that there is no issue of greater importance, urgency or enduring impact in terms of the foundation, functioning and future of us as a community and a people than the quality of male/female relationships. Indeed, this speaks not only to…

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Stop and Frisk Still Could Stop Bloomberg

Stop and Frisk Still Could Stop Bloomberg

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a colossal problem if he has any hope of ever becoming President Bloomberg. And he knows it. It’s stop and frisk. He deservedly took much heat for cheerleading the heinous stop and frisk rousting of tens of thousands of young Blacks and Hispanics on NYC streets during his 12-year mayoral tenure. In almost all cases they committed no…

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Assembly line workers put final touches on 2018 Ford Expedition SUV at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Ky

African-Americans and the driving forces in the American auto industry

By Editors' Choice

By Herb Boyd — When Africans were forcibly brought to America, they worked at the points of production. And whether as a multitude of enslaved workers on small farms, large plantations, in mines or elsewhere, black laborers were vital cogs in creating wealth for their owners. On a national scale, enslaved black laborers provided a workforce vital for the development of the American republic by bringing wage-free economic success and…

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African-American students from Saint Augustine College study while participating in a sit-in at a lunch counter reserved for white customers in Raleigh, N.C.

What People Still Get Wrong About Segregation

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Andrew Joseph Pegoda — During Black History Month and beyond, Americans are generally taught to believe that contact between white and black Americans was gradually prohibited after Reconstruction through a combination of social and legal traditions. Under the regime of Jim Crow segregation, two supposedly “separate but equal” societies gradually emerged — one for white people, another for black people — and lasted until the ’50s and ’60s. The two societies in that infamous phrase were never equal…

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Water is a human right

U.S. Civil Rights and Human Rights Groups Say Water is a Human Right

By News & Current Affairs, PAUD Posts, Press Releases / Statements

U.S. Civil Rights and Human Rights Groups Say Water is a Human Right — Express Solidarity with Struggle for Water Rights in Nigeria. February, 10, 2020, New York — The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) released a Statement today calling for a national and international movement to declare access to water a human right that should not be subject to profiteering by corporate interests. The Statement was released against the…

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Robin Rue Simmons at the Reparations Subcommittee meeting.

Reparations panel hopes to finish work by June

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Bill Smith, Evanston Now — The head of the Evanston City Council’s Reparations Subcommittee, Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, has outlined a scheduled for the committee that calls for completing its work of devising a plan for implementing the reparations program by this June. At Friday’s meeting of the committee Rue Simmons distributed a timeline for its fortnightly meetings, prepared by Acting Assistant City Manager Kimberly Richardson. The…

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Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, NAACP.

NAACP’s Leader: Commemorating our past, starts with cementing our present-day legacy

By Editors' Choice

This month is not only about commemorating our history but cementing and shaping our present-day legacy for future generations. By Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, NAACP — We find ourselves at the beginning of a new Black History Month (BHM) in a distinctive decade during one of the most polarizing times of our lives. Our collective journey to this moment has undoubtedly been challenging. Still, we’ve been victorious on many…

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Lanaisha Edwards

‘This was supposed to be reparations’ Why is LA’s cannabis industry devastating black entrepreneurs?

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Black merchants affected by the war on drugs are denied licenses and thrown into debt as white owners thrive. By Sam Levin, The Guardian — A Los Angeles government program set up to provide cannabis licenses to people harmed by the war on drugs has been plagued by delays, scandal and bureaucratic blunders, costing some intended beneficiaries hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses. Black entrepreneurs and activists across LA told…

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Dr. Willie Wilson

Reparation Bill Becomes Real As it Heads to the House and Senate

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

By TBT News — “Reparation Bill Becomes Real As it Heads to the House and Senate: My background as a former sharecropper from Louisiana who went through the hard knocks of life is the very reason I’m a passionate advocate of Reparations for African American people. My story is fully documented in The Wall Street Journal. “I believe in reparations for ALL citizens of African American descent in this country, but primarily (and to…

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Donald Trump allies hand out cash to Black voters

By News & Current Affairs

By Melanie Eversley, (Politico) — Maybe money can’t buy love, but allies of President Donald Trump may think it can buy votes from Black Americans. Allies of the president are organizing events in Black communities, using their time there to praise Trump and hand out tens of thousands of dollars to those who show up, Politico is reporting. National Diversity Coalition for Trump Facebook page. The first such event took place last month in…

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