On Thursday, the NAACP reported that the body of a missing African American man in Claiborne County, Mississippi was founding hanging from a tree. The 54-year-old man, Otis James Byrd, was last seen on March 2, when a friend dropped him off at the Vicksburg Riverwalk Casino. Show More Summary
Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield, Ill., draped in black-and-white mourning cloth, following his assassination. ¶ African American mothers holding their babies, likely the first generation born into freedom. ¶ A battlefield in the Virginia wilderness a year after the war, with trees stripped of bark by musket fire. Show More Summary
In most American minds, Somalia raises unsettling images of pirates and warlords, drought and famine, anarchy and downed U.S. helicopters. For those arguing politics, the East African nation is a powerful talisman: Its mere name is deployed to trump any libertarian argument for less-or God forbid no-government. Show More Summary
Federal civil rights charges have been brought against a former student of the University of Mississippi, accused of draping a noose and a flag with Confederate markings last year on a statue commemorating the start of racial integration on campus in the 1960s. The US Department of Justice...
Remember post-racial America? Shortly after we elected the first African American president, some eager folks decided that a couple of hundred years of home-grown racial terrorism hadn’t really done deep and lasting damage to the national DNA.
I spoke with Yosemite Park Ranger Shelton Johnson, the head of the grassroots organization "African American Parks Event", Teresa Baker, and the head of the consulting firm, Earthwise Productions, Audrey Peterman, about the efforts being made to strengthen the connection between African Americans and the U.S. Show More Summary
Lee Daniels's blockbuster Empire, an over-the-top soap opera featuring a prominent African American family in the rap world, has tackled a variety of subjects that most mainstream black shows fear to tread -- such as homophobia and psychiatric...Show More Summary
James Hannaham has made a career out of being unpredictable. The Bronx-born writer has worked as a journalist, critic, actor, comedian and teacher. His first novel, "God Says No," about a young African American Christian man coming to terms with his attraction to men, garnered critical praise...
180 African American men came together in New York City Thursday night to network, share insights and engage with a multi-generational panel of black men from all walks of life. The Root annual event called manCODE, sponsored by Prudential, was meant to provide a ‘safe’ space where men could speak openly about issues of family, business and social justice.
Civil rights pioneer Nancy Randolph Davis, the first African American to enroll in Oklahoma State University, has died at the age of 88, officials confirmed Wednesday, according to Raw Story.
Surprising news from Michigan: On Jan. 28, police in the Detroit suburb of Inkster were caught on dashcam dragging an African American man from his car, putting him in a chokehold, then repeatedly beating and tasering him because, they say, he was resisting arrest. Show More Summary
“Uppity” is, to put it lightly, an ugly word. It’s got a long and unpleasant history in this country of being racially loaded, of being used to connote the idea of ethnic minorities — especially African Americans — getting above their station and challenging a white hegemony that should remain untouched. Show More Summary
Three African American Women Sweep The 100 At NCAA Championship Remember that old myth that black girls don’t swim because we don’t want to mess up our hair? Over the weekend it was shattered to smithereens by three incredible athle...
The Oakland Unified School District’s Office of African American Male Achievement is housed in a one-story portable classroom in the downtown neighborhood of Grand Lake. There are few windows in the barely glorified bunker, which may be for the best: They would just let in the incessant hum of the adjacent MacArthur Freeway. Show More Summary
One of the Oklahoma fraternity members expelled earlier this month for leading a racist chant is expected to hold a news conference Wednesday with one of the state's top African American lawmakers.
5.9 million U.S. citizens are prohibited from voting. And of these a whopping 2.2 million of them are African Americans. When you break it down, 1 out of every 13 Blacks are not allowed to vote. These disenfranchised voters lost
A recent forum convened by HHS focused on strengthening the response to hepatitis C in African American communities, gathering representatives of more than three dozen organizations from across the nation to discuss ideas, opportunities, and strategies to address this significant health disparity. Show More Summary
By Phyllis Bennis | (Foreign Policy in Focus) – The last days of the campaign sounded an awful lot like the Jim Crow South, when African Americans had officially won the right…
The newest Miss Universe Japan isn't Japanese enough for some in her country thanks to her "hafu" ethnicity, meaning she's half Japanese and half African American. But Ariana Miyamoto is still carrying her head and crown high. Read more...
By comparing the genes of current-day North and South Americans with African and European populations, a study has found the genetic fingerprints of the slave trade and colonization that shaped migrations to the Americas hundreds of years ago.