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Body of Missing African American Man Found Hanging From Tree in Mississippi

2 minutes agoNews : Slate: The Slatest

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

A grandmother’s trove of Civil War photos goes to Library of Congress

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

Brian Doherty on How Somalia Lived While Its Government Died

yesterdayNews : Reason

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

Ex-University of Mississippi student charged with hanging noose on statue of university’s first African American student James Meredith

yesterdayNews : The Raw Story

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...

Glenn Ligon explores race in America

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.

Strengthening the Connections Between African Americans and National Parks

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

Cookie Lyon of Fox's 'Empire' Sheds Rare Light on Black Women's Incarceration and Reentry

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 discusses drugs, slavery and 'Delicious Foods'

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...

The Root Hosts manCODE Event in NYC

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.

Okla. Civil Rights Activist Nancy Randolph Davis Dead at 88

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.

Michigan Cops Had Perfectly Good Reason For Beating Up Unarmed Black Guy, Probably

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

Why Hasn’t Ted Cruz Responded to ‘The New Yorker’s’ “Uppity” Slur?

“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

Making It Rain On Them… History Is Made As Black Swimmers Sweep 100 At NCAA D1 Championship

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...

Fighting To Reclaim The Future Of Oakland's Young Black Men

4 days agoNews : Huffington Post

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

Oklahoma student expelled for racist song to appear with black senator

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.

2.2 Million Black Americans Can’t Vote

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

Advancing Awareness and Action Against Hepatitis C among African Americans

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

Jim Crow in the Holy Land

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…

Miss Japan Is Black & Japanese, Which Is Not Japanese Enough For Some

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...

Complex genetic ancestry of Americans uncovered

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.

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