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Video Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

A group portrait of the first African-American legislators in the 41st and 42nd Congress. Library of Congress

How Reconstruction Still Shapes American Racism

By | Commentaries/Opinions

By Henry Lewis Gates, Jr., Times — During an interview with Chris Rock for my PBS series ­African American Lives 2, we traced the ancestry of several well-known African Americans. When I told Rock that his great-great-­grandfather Julius Caesar Tingman had served in the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War — enrolling on March 7, 1865, a little more than a month after the Confederates evacuated from Charleston, S.C. —…

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Mark Thompson

Why is SiriusXM Considering Firing Mark Thompson?

By | News & Current Affairs

By Talib Kweli Greene, Medium — In January of 2018, Steve Bannon, the architect of Breitbart.com’s alt right rise to the Trump White House, a man who told a gathering of white nationalists in France to wear the title of racist as a badge of honor, was fired from his job at Sirius XM after Jewish actor Seth Rogen cancelled Sirius XM appearances in protest of Bannon’s hateful rhetoric. Many…

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‘The neo-Nazi terror group National Action has called for a ‘white jihad’.’ A National Action march in Darlington, County Durham.

White supremacy feeds on mainstream encouragement. That has to stop

By | Editors' Choice

Rather than making concessions to bigots, politicians must confront them. It’s the only way to end the violence. By Gary Younge, The Guardian — On 19 April 1995, Timothy McVeigh blew up the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring another 684, in the deadliest act of domestic US terrorism to date. A white supremacist, among other things, he was radicalised by what he…

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Combating Gentrification with Beloved Streets, The Mueller Report — March 25th Vantage Point Radio

By | Gentrification, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio | No Comments

3/25/19 Vantage Point Radio with Dr. Ron Daniels — Topics Combating Gentrification with Beloved Streets • The Mueller Report. Guests Melvin White (President/CEO, Beloved Streets of America, St. Louis, MO) Mark Thompson (Host of Make It Plain, SIRIUS XM, New York, NY)

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Harvard University Sued Over Earliest Photos of American Slaves

By | News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Harvard University sued over allegedly profiting from what are believed to be the earliest photos of American slaves. By Joey Garrison, USA Today — Video — A lawyer says Harvard University has the opportunity to “remove the stain from its legacy” by honoring a Connecticut woman’s request to turn over photos of two South Carolina slaves she says are her ancestors. (March 20) AP, AP BOSTON – In 1850, a…

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Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates Is an Optimist Now A conversation about race and 2020

By | Editors' Choice

By Eric Levitz, New York Magazine — In recent days, as Democrats debated the definition of “reparations,”Joe Biden rationalized his opposition to integration, and socialist congresswomen started demanding the rebirth of a nation, inquiring minds wanted to know: What would Ta-Nehisi say? Throughout the Obama years, Ta-Nehisi Coates provided politics-watchers with a regular source of historically grounded, bracingly well-written punditry and reporting. But since 2016, the writer’s ambitions have led him off of…

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Rescuing Black Detroit, Legalizing Marijuana in New York State — March 18th Edition of Vantage Point

By | Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio | No Comments

3/18/19 Vantage Point Radio with Dr. Ron Daniels — Topics: Rescuing Black Detroit, Legalizing Marijuana in New York State: A Reparatory Justice Framework. Guests: Korey Batey, Founder, Detroit Ain’t Violent (D.A.V.I.S.) Initiative, Detroit, MI and Kassandra Frederique, New York State Director, Drug Policy Alliance, New York, NY

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Gary Byrd

An Origin Story of Gary Byrd, From “Disc Journalist” To “World African Griot”

By | Editors' Choice

By Todd S Burroughs — Gary Byrd turned 70 on Thursday, March 14, 2019. I thought this was as good an excuse as any to pull this out of my 2001 doctoral dissertation–an attempt to define Black (American) media ideology–to say an early “Happy Birthday.” Any mistakes are mine, and I welcome corrections from Byrd and all others. Happy Birthday, Brother Byrd!  A Byrd Flies In Buffalo A major portion…

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Minority Cannabis Business Association

MCBA Releases Model Municipal Social Equity Ordinance for Nationwide Adoption

By | Editors' Choice

Portland OR, March 11th – Members of the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) unveiled their latest model policy recommendation to lawmakers and cannabis regulators, this time releasing a Model Municipal Social Equity Ordinance to be adopted by local governments throughout the country. The Model Ordinance was drafted by a team of attorneys and drug policy reform advocates from MCBA, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) and the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA)…

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