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A protester holds a Black Lives Matter sign in front of the White House.

Why the Black Lives Matter movement doesn’t want a singular leader

By Commentaries/Opinions

“We don’t need someone in the Senate or House to try to build their political career off of this moment.” By Laura Barrón-López — In 2015, thousands of Black activists gathered in Ohio for the first national Black Lives Matter convention to consider where the movement would direct its energy. Attendees in the crowd held up red construction paper to signal “no” to a handful of narrow options, like focusing…

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Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

We are witnessing the birth of a movement — and the downfall of a president

By Commentaries/Opinions

We’ve reached a turning point in the Trump era. The 2020 campaign is in the streets and he’s losing. By Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon — They almost always begin to right wrongs: illegitimate wars; decades of discrimination on the grounds of gender or racial or sexual identity; killings of innocents by police or gun-toting lunatics; oppression by governments wielding unequal laws; the deeply embedded legacy of centuries of racism.…

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Armed protesters provide security as demonstrators take part in an "American Patriot Rally," on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, on April 30, 2020

For many cautious African Americans, the move to reopen America is not a ‘black friendly’ campaign

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

“Nothing about this movement is really black friendly.” By Nick Charles, NBC News — As protests erupt over stay-at-home orders and the clamor to reopen the economy becomes louder, the coalition of people storming state Capitols — some armed with semi-automatic weapons and most not wearing masks or observing social distancing guidelines — have had one thing in common: Almost all of them are white. African Americans, for the most…

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Dr. Liz Caballero putting on her mask before going door-to-door to check on residents in the El Carmelo municipality of Havana, Cuba, March 31, 2020

Belly of the Beast: Cuba’s Untold Stories

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

In the last month, more than a thousand Cuban doctors and nurses have traveled to twenty countries to join the global battle against Covid-19. There’s historical precedence for this. By Reed Lindsay, Belly of the Beast — AVANA, CUBA—Every night at 9 PM, applause erupts across Havana, filling the city’s dark, empty streets. It’s hard to see where the clapping is coming from, but if you look up, you can…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Donald John Trump is Hazardous to Your Health

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — The daily White House coronavirus briefings have made me cringe, scream, shake my head, and even laugh. The President of the United States offers medical advice, minimizes the coronavirus, injects partisanship into his remarks, and generally treated these critical briefings as his daily open mike. He uses his bully pulpit to praise and to scold, saving particular scorn for the media. Not only is this…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Who Gets the Ventilators?

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — The “big and bad” United States is seeing its world dominance recede. We are being vanquished both by a virus and by the ignorance of the “Commander in Chief.” We now know that there are not enough tests to detect the coronavirus, nor enough ventilators to treat all of those who are ill. Medical professionals are talking openly about the choices they will make and…

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White Nationalists Are Running the White House

White Nationalists Are Running the White House

By Commentaries/Opinions

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch report on the leaked emails of Trump senior policy adviser Stephen Miller shows the deep connections he has to racist white nationalists. Story by The Real News Network. Transcript and video below. Story Transcript MARC STEINER: Welcome, everybody, to The Real News Network. I’m Marc Steiner. Good to have you with us. Stephen Miller is a leading policy advisor to Donald Trump. He may also…

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Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk across the South Lawn.

15 American landmarks that were built by slaves

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

By James Pasley, Business Insider — In 2016, former first lady Michelle Obama declared as a sign of how far the nation has come: “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.” She was talking about the White House. And as the first African American first lady speaking to the Democratic National Convention, she struck a chord. Some fact checkers and political pundits may have raced…

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Omarosa Manigault Newman stares into camera as Black photographer Cheriss May takes photo early in the Trump administration

Omarosa’s Final Days at White House Full of Controversy, Accusations

By Editors' Choice

Some say she blocked qualified Black applicants; Others say that’s not possible. NNPA president says she may have been fighting for diversity By Hazel Trice Edney — Omarosa Manigault Newman, who has resigned under duress from her public liaison job at the White House, is leaving true to form – amidst a cloud of controversy and with sparks flying. The White House has confirmed her resignation effective Jan….

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IBW’s Report Card on the Obama Administration’s Drug Reform Policies & Practices

IBW’s Report Card on the Obama Administration’s Drug Reform Policies & Practices

By Black Family Summit (BFS) Posts, Docs, News & Current Affairs, SCPAC Posts

Executive Summary of the Report Card Perhaps no other US government program in recent decades has inflicted more social, psychological and economic damage on African-American communities than the ill-fated War on Drugs. With close to $3 trillion expended to date, millions of people arrested, killed and/or incarcerated, the War on Drugs has been a spectacular failure and an unmitigated disaster for black communities across the country. Over the past year,…

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