by on January 27, 2018
MINSK, BELARUS - JANUARY 26, 2018: A member of the Minsk Jewish community at the Minsk Ghetto Victims Memorial in a former Jewish cemetery on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day. (Photo by Viktor DrachevTASS via Getty Images) Elderly survivors were gathering Saturday at the former Auschwitz death camp and political leaders warned that the Nazi genocide must continue to serve as a warning as the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In Warsaw, Poland, U.S. Secretary of...
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by on February 5, 2018
Black Lives Matter, and our teachers should affirm that This is the 50th anniversary of one of the most intense years of the civil rights movement: 1968 was the year Dr. Martin Luther King was killed for confronting racism and classism; Tommie Smith and John Carlos were suspended for raising a fist at the Olympics; and the Ocean Hill-Brownsville teachers strike laid bare deep distrust between the union and communities of color. Yet last week, the union representing the teachers of near...
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by on December 2, 2017
(Photo/Eric Draper/White House) I have been helping immigrants apply for citizenship for more than two decades. Something I learned over the years is that applications for citizenship go up dramatically during presidential elections and fall just as dramatically the following year. This makes sense because people want to vote for the next president, and they rush to get their naturalization forms in. Then, typically, the number of applications drops precipitously after the election. Th...
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by on January 13, 2018
The other history of DC Comics Some of the most interesting glimpses into superhero universes have taken place from less conventional perspectives, from the gumshoe detectives of Gotham Central to the blue-collar construction workers of Damage Control. This winter, 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley will reexamine some of the most iconic moments of the DC Comics universe through the personal stories of John Stewart, Extraño, Vixen, Supergirl, Katana and Renee Montoya — all heroes f...
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by on January 28, 2018
THE EMAIL ARRIVED just as Megan Squire was starting to cook Thanksgiving dinner. She was flitting between the kitchen, where some chicken soup was simmering, and her living room office, when she saw the subject line flash on her laptop screen: “LOSer Leak.” Squire recognized the acronym of the League of the South, a neo-­Confederate organization whose leaders have called for a “second secession” and the return of slavery. An anonymous insider had released the names, addresses, emails, pass...
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by on February 5, 2018
This week would've marked her 105th birthday — it's time to move beyond the quiet seamstress narrative. This is how you know her: She was the tired seamstress who refused to give up her seat, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955. Maybe you remember Rosa Parks as that quiet, older woman being honored at an awards show. Or maybe you remember seeing pictures of her shaking a President’s hand. But at this year’s Golden Globes, when Oprah Winfrey talked about Recy Taylor, a woman from A...
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by on February 12, 2018
Doug Jones in Alabama. Ralph Northam and Justin Fairfax in Virginia, Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver in New Jersey: All Democratic wins made possible by Black women's historical capacity for building organizational and structural power. This power -- which was originally cultivated to protect and preserve Black bodies, to protect and preserve Black life -- has commanded victories for the Democratic Party in 2017 and is poised to influence the midterms in 2018. A timeline of current events cente...
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by on November 29, 2017
"The Cosby Show" matriarch's new role ensures that black history is never forgotten. Photo: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times You may know Phylicia Rashad from The Cosby Show and from her most recent role as Diana DuBois on the Fox hit show Empire, but the acclaimed actress has added a new title to her remarkable resume.  Rashad is now the ambassador of the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund (AACHAF), a $25 million initiative aimed at preserving African American histor...
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by on January 14, 2018
We asked escort Amber Ashton about industry racism and the WOC-elevating the hashtag she started. When a sex worker from the UK created a hashtag this November after being frustrated at the lack of diversity on her Twitter timeline, she didn’t anticipate how much it would resonate in the industry. “Let's flood the TL with glorious images & occupy some space,” she tweeted, ”Respond to this thread w/ a hot photo, your website, or advert & the #WOCW! Then RT other babes & watch the TL flo...
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by on February 5, 2018
In the aftermath of the chaos that erupted in Philadelphia as Eagles fans tore through the streets celebrating their Super Bowl victory, many could not help but notice the difference in how the public and officials reacted to riots by fans compared to those prompted by civil unrest.  Rioters toppled structures, tore down light poles, and vandalized vehicles and storefronts as they celebrated the Eagles' Super Bowl victory. "Somehow, it seems there's a line drawn in the sand where destr...
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by on February 19, 2018
As Jersey City's police department reels from the guilty pleas of 11 people who have admitted taking corrupt payments related to off-duty jobs, a former cop says in a new lawsuit that he was ostracized and eventually fired after reporting an illegal off-duty detail 10 years ago. Juan Ramos, right, a former Jersey City cop, is suing the city claiming he was the victim of retaliation. With him is his attorney, Lou Zayas. Juan Luis Ramos, 44, alleges in the seven-count lawsuit, filed in D...
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by on November 29, 2017
When it comes to Black social justice groups, the FBI’s motto is, “Monitor now, ask questions later.” A protester during a silent demonstration after a white Ferguson police officer shot and killed Michael Brown in St. Louis, Missouri, March 14, 2015. / REUTERS The FBI is once again targeting Black Lives Matter and also expressed fear of “black supremacist extremists” launching violent attacks at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, according to FBI and Department of Ho...
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