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Andrea Harris

Andrea Harris and the Fight for Minority Business

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux —  Andrea Harris was not well-known, but she should have been.  She was the co-founder of the North Carolina Institute of  Minority Business Development, an advocate for social and economic justice, a champion for historically Black colleges and universities, and a Bennett Belle (Class of 1970) who passionately loved her college.  After a brief illness and a stroke, she made her transition on May 20.  The…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Ida B’s Pulitzer — Both Too Late and Right on Time

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Dr. Julianne Malveaux — Exactly one hundred and thirty-six years to the day after Ida B. Wells was thrown off a Chesapeake and Ohio railroad train, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize special citation for her “outstanding and courageous reporting on the horrific and vicious violence against African Americans in the era of lynchings.”  The creator of the New York Times’ 1619 Project, Nicole Hannah-Jones, received a Pulitzer on the…

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Lorraine Hansberry at an NAACP rally in New York City, 1959.

Lorraine Hansberry’s Radical Imagination

By Commentaries/Opinions

For the playwright and activist, neither liberal reform nor countercultural art were enough. The very foundations of American democracy needed to be transformed. By Elias Rodriques, The Nation — In October of 1964, three months after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, Lorraine Hansberry’s play The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window opened on Broadway. At the time, Hansberry was already famous for A Raisin in the Sun, but the intervening years had…

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The Essence of Susan L. Taylor: Phenomenal Black Woman – Vantage Point with Dr. Ron Daniels

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio March 30, 2020 — On this Phenomenal Woman: Women’s History Month special edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with special guest Susan L. Taylor and guest Yusef Muhammad. Topics The Essence of Susan Taylor: Phenomenal Black Woman Coronavirus Alerts and Preparedness Guests Susan L. Taylor, Former Editorial Director, Essence Magazine, Founder/CEO, National CARES Mentoring, New York, NY Yusef Muhammad, Former President,…

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Joe Biden’s Running Mate Should Be a Woman of Color

By Editors' Choice

Joe Biden’s Running Mate Should Be a Woman of Color Such as Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams or Val Demings, Strategists Say. By James Walker, Newsweek — Joe Biden would do well to pick a woman of color as his running mate if he becomes the Democratic Party nominee, strategists said. The former vice president must avoid picking another white male, or a candidate who appeals to groups that already favor…

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Celebrating Women Who Are Winning this International Women's Day

Celebrating Women Who Are Winning this International Women’s Day

By Editors' Choice

By Afrocenchix — Editor’s Note: Yvette Modestin who is acknowledged in this article is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of the Black World (IBW) and Founder of Encuentro Diaspora, Boston, MA. This years theme for International Women’s Day is “#EachforEqual.” The theme calls on all of us to stand on the right side of history: to address inequities, broaden perceptions and celebrate women’s achievements. At Afrocenchix…

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Elizabeth Warren

International Women’s Day Reminds Us That Women Who Lead Get Things Done

By Commentaries/Opinions

By PoliticusUSA — International Women’s Day is on Sunday. It will remind us that women who lead get things done. This is true even if at the moment in America, election to the presidency remains an unbreakable glass ceiling. This past week, we saw two great women, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, suspend their presidential campaigns. This means that glass ceiling remains intact and it means that even before a…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Sisters in STEM — Challenges and Triumphs

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — Few in these United States had heard of Katherine Johnson, the gifted mathematician who finished high school and college at 18. How could we know when scientists are often stereotyped as old white men wearing white lab coats, with glasses sliding down their noses? You might not have known unless you’d picked up Margot Lee Shetterly’s book (2015), Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American…

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Shirley Chisholm

What Shirley Chisholm can teach 2020 candidates as they exit

By Editors' Choice

By Anastasia Curwood, HNN — On Super Tuesday, about a third of Democratic voters will be casting votes for the candidate of their choice. The mainstream media and the candidates themselves have talked a lot about “electability,” assuming that voters should only, and would only, vote for a candidate they think can win. But primaries are about more than selecting a nominee for the general election. In fact, in 1972,…

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