It is believed first Memorial Day was held in Charleston, South Carolina, May 1, 1865. It was initiated by freed African Americans to honor 257 Union troops who lost their lives while they were being held by Confederate forces at the Hampton Park Race Course. Show More Summary
On This Week Sunday morning, Ohio Governor and potential 2016-er John Kasich (R) addressed yesterday's acquittal of Officer Michael Brelo in the 2012 shooting death of an African American couple, commending the city of Cleveland for avoiding violence, and pledging that the state was focused on improving the tensions between law enforcement and the African-American community.
Just days after a former Virginia House Delegate took a hit on social media for posing in an Antebellum family portrait with the teenaged mother of his child, Joe Morrissey announced plans to marry the 19-year-old African American woman, reports Richmond Magazine.
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Rick Famuyiwa is one of the most profitable voices in African American cinema at the box office with such titles as The Wood ($6M cost, $25M domestic) and Brown Sugar ($8M cost, $27.4M domestic). However, when he went to shop his comedy...Show More Summary
With his open contempt for African Americans, Mark Fuhrman proved he’s as racist as he ever was – and Fox News loves him for it. The fact that Fox routinely trots out Fuhrman to comment on racially sensitive cases speaks volumes about Fox News. Show More Summary
Lu Vason was not the Hollywood image of rodeo. He grew up in Berkeley, he didn't ride or rope, he worked for a while as a barber and beautician, he was neither lean nor mean and he was African American.
During a heated House Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) responded sharply to a black conservative sheriff who blamed the African American “underclass subculture” for police violence.
An enormous "African American flag" with stars and stripes in black, green and red will greet visitors to the Havana Biennial, which opens Friday with a collection of works highlighting the US-Cuban thaw. The flag, by black AmericanShow More Summary
Braxton Family Values gears up for a brand new season tonight on WE. The live-action African American reality series features the Braxton women—sisters of hit r&b singer Toni Braxton. Tonight’s Braxton Family Values begins season five, and fans are already talking about the upcoming premiere. Show More Summary
This post is a commentary on the controversy around Saida Grundy’s tweets. Recently, Grundy, posted tweets about the legacy of racism. The gist of Grundy’s tweets was that there is a legacy of racism and privilege that is not addressed in American society. At the AAUP blog, Arianne Shavisi summarizes the tweets well: “Grundy … […]
Two African American men suspected of stealing beer from a supermarket were reportedly shot by a police officer in Olympia, Washington.
Univison, the leading media company serving Hispanic Americans, today acquired The Root, a leading online news destination for African Americans. The Root, co-founded by Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and media mogul Donald Graham in 2008, will now have access to Univision’s digital production facilities and publishing infrastructure. Show More Summary
President Obama said there's a "direct line between supporting the right of the Jewish people to have a homeland and... the right of African Americans to vote and have equal protection under the law" in interview w Jeffrey Goldberg where he says "Jeff" more times than "Palestinian," 6-4
Taye Diggs recently got cast as the first African American to take on the role of Hedwig in Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch. That said, it looks like Diggs sort of related to the material a bit. While spotted by cameras, Diggs answered...Show More Summary
For the first time, a cohort of African Americans is dying by their own hands at a rate higher than their white peers. Researchers have found that between 1993 and 2012, the suicide rate for very young black children, between the ages of 5 and 11, nearly doubled. Show More Summary
A common mutation in a gene that regulates cholesterol levels may raise the risk of heart disease in carriers up to 49 percent, particularly among men and African Americans, according to a new study.
Blacksphere executive director Kevin Jackson told Fox & Friends Thursday morning that the national focus on relations between police and the African American community was inappropriately racializing cops' response to crime, especially when that crime was occurring in minority-heavy neighborhoods.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul reaches out in his most direct way yet to African Americans in a new book that highlights his libertarian policies on government surveillance, the economy and criminal justice...Show More Summary
Sean “Diddy” Combs has been vocal about the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the past, taking the nation's justice system to task for non-indictments in the deaths of unarmed black men. In reaction to the recent death of New York rapper,...Show More Summary