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White Monarchy Nearly Killed Meghan Markle. It Has Killed Countless Others.

By Editors' Choice

By Eisa Nefertari Ulen — Racism enters Black bodies. Enduring racial discrimination lowers heart rate variability and increases heart rates. Racism is fight or flight. The internalization of anti-Black racism accelerates biological aging by shortening telomeres, the protein DNA structures at the end of each chromosome, and so racism causes early death. Black folk carry the allostatic load of racism, meaning the stress of racism is a burden so great, it disrupts the immune, endocrine…

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What Reparations for Slavery Might Look Like in 2019

What Reparations for Slavery Might Look Like in 2019

By Reparations

The idea of economic amends for past injustices and persistent disparities is getting renewed attention. Here are some formulas for achieving the aim. By Patricia Cohen, The New York Times — If you’re surprised that the issue of reparations for black Americans has taken so long to resolve, blame the president. President Andrew Johnson. As the Civil War wound down in 1865, Gen. William T. Sherman made the promise that would come to be…

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Oprah donation will help fund Newark after-school program

Oprah donation will help fund Newark after-school program

By News & Current Affairs

By News 12, Newark, NJ — Oprah Winfrey surprised students and teachers Friday at Newark’s West Side High School with a donation for $500,000. The visit and the donation was a surprise to many of the students – who still remained shocked Monday morning. “When Oprah came Friday, it was so surreal…everyone lost their minds,” said one student. The money will help fund the school’s Lights On program…

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Meghan Markle's wedding was a rousing celebration of blackness

Meghan Markle’s wedding was a rousing celebration of blackness

By Commentaries/Opinions

By allowing her wedding to be more than a pageant of tradition, Markle has started as I hope she means to go on. By Afua Hirsch, The Guardian — Prince Charles walks Meghan Markle down aisle to marry Prince Harry – video Sometimes Twitter is capable of poetry. In this case, I read it between the lines, on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Windsor, in the juxtaposition of two separate…

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