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Before Kaepernick, The 'Syracuse 8' Were Blackballed By Pro Football | WBUR - KOLUMN
06/04/2019
Before Kaepernick, The 'Syracuse 8' Were Blackballed By Pro Football | WBUR - KOLUMN

Before Kaepernick, The 'Syracuse 8' Were Blackballed By Pro Football | WBUR - KOLUMN

Karen Given and, Shira Springer, WBUR Members of the Syracuse University football team boycotted the 1970 season because of racial discrimination. (Courtesy Syracuse 8). Featured Image They met in secret, away from their white coaches and teammates. “We used to meet at midnight,” former Syracuse...

"Authorities investigating Flint's water crisis have seized from storage the state-owned mobile devices of former Michig...
06/04/2019
Ex-governor Rick Snyder's phone seized in Flint water investigation

"Authorities investigating Flint's water crisis have seized from storage the state-owned mobile devices of former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and 65 other current or former officials.

Documents The Associated Press obtained through a public records request show the search warrants seeking the devices were sought two weeks ago by the attorney general's office and signed by a Flint judge."

Mobile devices of ex-Gov. Rick Snyder, other Michigan officials have been seized in the Flint water investigation.

Forbes: "The Sankofa program takes six 11-to-16-year old students, who work at the  farm year-round—specifically every...
06/02/2019
A Farm That Teaches Low-Income Kids About Food Deserts -- And Self-Sufficiency

Forbes: "The Sankofa program takes six 11-to-16-year old students, who work at the farm year-round—specifically every other weekend while the kids are in school, plus breaks. During summer vacation, they’re there weekdays. Most, though not all, of the students are from low-income families."

Sankofa Farms in Cedar Grove, NC., aims to teach students about how to address food deserts, instructing them in everything from beekeeping to operating tractors, tilling the land, building animal pens and financial literacy.

Smithsonian: "The ten-page manuscript is typewritten, on yellowed legal paper, and folded in thirds. But the words, an e...
06/02/2019
A Long-Lost Manuscript Contains a Searing Eyewitness Account of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921

Smithsonian:

"The ten-page manuscript is typewritten, on yellowed legal paper, and folded in thirds. But the words, an eyewitness account of the May 31, 1921, racial massacre that destroyed what was known as Tulsa, Oklahoma’s “Black Wall Street,” are searing.

“I could see planes circling in mid-air. They grew in number and hummed, darted and dipped low. I could hear something like hail falling upon the top of my office building. Down East Archer, I saw the old Mid-Way hotel on fire, burning from its top, and then another and another and another building began to burn from their top,” wrote Buck Colbert Franklin (1879-1960)."

An Oklahoma lawyer details the attack by hundreds of whites on the thriving black neighborhood where hundreds died 95 years ago

NOLA: "Leah Chase, New Orleans’ matriarch of Creole cuisine, who fed civil rights leaders, musicians and presidents in...
06/02/2019
Leah Chase, New Orleans’ matriarch of Creole cuisine, dead at 96

NOLA: "Leah Chase, New Orleans’ matriarch of Creole cuisine, who fed civil rights leaders, musicians and presidents in a career spanning seven decades, died Saturday (June 1) surrounded by family. She was 96."

Rest in power and peace, and in knowing you lived an honorable life.

Mrs. Chase fed civil rights leaders, musicians and presidents in a career spanning seven decades.

"GO-GO has taken on a new mantle: battle hymn for the fight against a gentrification wave that's reshaping the city."
05/31/2019
DC's go-go sound becomes anti-gentrification battle cry

"GO-GO has taken on a new mantle: battle hymn for the fight against a gentrification wave that's reshaping the city."

Go-go music, a distinctive Washington, D.C.-specific offshoot of funk, becomes a battle cry against gentrification

Fast Company: "While everyone loves a good mystery, what makes this podcast (and TV series) truly groundbreaking is that...
05/29/2019
Here’s a kids’ podcast that tells native stories with native voices

Fast Company:

"While everyone loves a good mystery, what makes this podcast (and TV series) truly groundbreaking is that all the indigenous characters are voiced by indigenous actors, and Alaska Native voices are featured across the production, including in story development and creative direction.

The theme song, which is featured in the PBS KIDS series and podcast, is sung by members of the Yupik Alaska Native band Pamyua, with music from Gwich’in fiddler Brennan Firth."

The eight-part podcast is a prequel to a PBS Kids animated series coming this summer.

Evergreen⚘
05/28/2019

Evergreen⚘

Nina Simone and Redd Foxx
Photograph by G. Marshall Wilson
1959

WTOP: "The Women’s Army Corps, created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on July 1, 1943, included a little known bat...
05/27/2019
All-black World War II women’s battalion to be honored at Memorial Day parade

WTOP: "The Women’s Army Corps, created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on July 1, 1943, included a little known battalion of African American women."

Surviving members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, an all-black battalion of the Women’s Army Corps during World War II, will be honored on Memorial Day.

Afro-Latino Association for Policy and Advocacy, Inc
05/24/2019
Afro-Latino Association for Policy and Advocacy, Inc

Afro-Latino Association for Policy and Advocacy, Inc

Beginning in the 16th century, about 200,000 slaves were shipped to Mexico by Spanish conquistadors, mostly through the port of Veracruz. Between the 1500s and 1600s, an estimated one of every two slaves en route to the Caribbean was dropped off in Mexico. Many slaves escaped when they landed and sought refuge in the mountainous regions of the state. One revolutionary, only known as Yanga, led attacks against the Spanish army for over 30 years.
After three decades of warring with Yanga, the Spanish decided they had enough and agreed on peace terms with him. On August 10, 1609, San Lorenzo de Los Negros, later known as Yanga, was founded. It is considered to be the first liberated and independent town in the Americas, 11 years before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.
Mexico’s second president Vicente Guerrero and Jose Maria Morelos, a political and military leader, were also Afro-Mexican and played crucial roles in achieving Mexico’s independence from Spain during the Mexican Revolution in the early 19th century. Morelos wrote the doctrine Feelings of a Nation that called for the eradication of slavery, among other constitutional propositions. Guerrero eliminated enslavement in 1830 during his presidency, along with a racial caste system, which, ironically, could be one of the various reasons why there is so little acknowledgment of blacks in Mexico’s history.

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This is heart wrenching. I recommend reading the entire article.
05/21/2019
Black and Brown News

This is heart wrenching.

I recommend reading the entire article.

BBC: "Nearly half had been put in children's homes. Some grew up with their mothers but still faced abuse. Most were lied to about their fathers."

BBC: "Nearly half had been put in children's homes. Some grew up with their mothers but still faced abuse. Most were lie...
05/21/2019
The 'Brown Babies' who were left behind

BBC: "Nearly half had been put in children's homes. Some grew up with their mothers but still faced abuse. Most were lied to about their fathers."

What happened to the babies born to black American soldiers and white British women during World War Two?

05/18/2019
Mr. Sorto's Class

De Nada-You're welcome :)

Lunch Break!!!! We took on #LaDemandaChallenge by ATACA y La Alemana. We hope to make everyone proud 😁😁😁
Raulin Rodriguez y Romeo Santos La Demanda

KIPP DC Dancers
#blueribbonschool
#wellroundedstudents
#secondgraders

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
05/17/2019

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

The new Harriet Tubman mural is nearing completion! We had to share this photo from Maiden Maryland, a lovely shop a couple of blocks from this new mural. The owners brought their granddaughter to see the mural... We think this mural will be providing a lot of powerful moments like this! The mural, created by local (and nationally known) muralist Michael Rosato, is on the side of the Harriet Tubman Museum & Educational Center, Stop #5 along the road trip known as the Tubman Byway. The address is 424 Race Street in Cambridge, MD. Learn more about this museum whose volunteers have been sharing Harriet's legacy for decades and plan your trip at HarrietTubmanByway.org.
This mural was commissioned by the Dorchester Center for the Arts for the 50th Anniversary of the Maryland State Arts Council. It is a partnership project between Dorchester Center for the Arts, Alpha Genesis CDC, The Maryland State Arts Council, and the Harriet Tubman Organization, with additional support from Downtown Cambridge.

Baltimore Sun: "John Hopkins Hospital has filed more than 2,400 lawsuits in Maryland courts since 2009 against patients ...
05/17/2019
The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Sun: "John Hopkins Hospital has filed more than 2,400 lawsuits in Maryland courts since 2009 against patients with unpaid bills, including a large number of residents from distressed neighborhoods surrounding the East Baltimore medical campus."

The number of lawsuits has been increasing, from 20 in 2009 to a peak of 535 in 2016, a new report found.

AJC Sepia
05/16/2019
AJC Sepia

AJC Sepia

'Critter Fixers' will star Drs. Vernard Hodges and Terrence Ferguson, who hope not only to teach the public about what they do but also to inspire African American kids who might be interested in becoming a vet.

AFROPUNK
05/16/2019
AFROPUNK

AFROPUNK

Thirty-four Black women will graduate with the West Point Class of 2019, making this the largest graduating class of Black women they’ve ever had!

“Last year’s graduating class had 27,” said Demaro. “And the expectation is next year’s class will be even larger than this year’s.”

Congrats!!!

I smell an all-Black ‘Cadet Kelly’ remake a-brewing…

FYI - Program note worth sharing...BBC Radio DramaMonday, May 13, 2019 9:15 am (ET)Madame TempyThe true story of Tempy S...
05/13/2019
BBC Radio 4 - Drama, Madame Tempy

FYI - Program note worth sharing...

BBC Radio Drama
Monday, May 13, 2019 9:15 am (ET)

Madame Tempy
The true story of Tempy Smith who fled Mississippi with her musical family and became a millionaire in Harlem in the 1920s.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00051py

This story was inspired by Sylvia Smith Lewis's grandmother, Madame Tempy Stuart Smith.

Kevin Blackstone: "...a lot of people talk about baseball not having as many black players as it used to. But you know w...
05/10/2019
Racial divides on display as Red Sox players of color boycott White House visit

Kevin Blackstone:

"...a lot of people talk about baseball not having as many black players as it used to. But you know who didn't come to this White House? The progeny of enslaved Africans from this country, the progeny of enslaved Africans from the Caribbean, the progeny of enslaved Africans from South America.

They all didn't come.

So, in one way, it created some unity, I think, among black American players and black players from the Caribbean and from South America."

Longstanding U.S. tradition sees champions in many sports visit the White House as a celebratory honor. But in this bitterly polarized era, meeting the president is no longer a routine practice. Many star athletes have opted out of the experience based on their political and philosophical perspectiv...

Black and "Latino."
05/09/2019

Black and "Latino."

05/09/2019
University of Florida

University of Florida

Sixty-one years ago George Starke Jr. became the first African American student to attend the University of Florida. At Friday's commencement ceremony he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws. Thank you, Dr. Starke, for making it great to be a Florida Gator. #UFgrad

Greensboro:"Locklear said her peers’ comments were the fault of an American public school system that doesn’t teach ...
05/06/2019
Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Greensboro:

"Locklear said her peers’ comments were the fault of an American public school system that doesn’t teach the roles of American Indians in an accurate way. Educators see long-term problems with glossing over Native American history starting in elementary school.

“Not only is it not accurate, there is a significant portion of information missing,” said Locklear, now the program director for the First Americans’ Teacher Education Program at UNC-Pembroke."

New documentary ‘Decade of Fire’ examines infamous ’70s Bronx blazes
05/06/2019
New documentary ‘Decade of Fire’ examines infamous ’70s Bronx blazes

New documentary ‘Decade of Fire’ examines infamous ’70s Bronx blazes

LONGWOOD, the Bronx — Those of a certain age remember when the South Bronx was burning for most of the 1970s and now a new documentary, "Decade of Fire," is trying to shed light on some of the reasons why. The film details how the South Bronx was literally on fire practically every day during the ...

05/05/2019
Support Black Group Economics Now

Correcting U.S. history narrative. This is a must watch...

Omar Ibn Said was 37 years old when he was taken from his West African home and transported to Charleston, South Carolina, as a slave in the 1800s. Now, his one-of-a-kind autobiographical manuscript has been translated from its original Arabic and housed at the Library of Congress, where it “annihilates” the conventional narrative of African slaves as uneducated and uncultured

Health alert...Yes. Please get your blood pressure checked.NBC: "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preven...
04/30/2019
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt

Health alert...Yes. Please get your blood pressure checked.

NBC: "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African American men are at greatest risk of having a stroke in the U.S. and are more likely to have a stroke at a younger age."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African American men are at greatest risk of having a stroke in the U.S. and are more likely to have a stroke at a younger age.

NBC's Geoff Bennett has the details tonight on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.

Hartford Currant: "Going to a public school with a lack of African American studies being taught in school system made m...
04/30/2019
Nana Camille Yarbrough

Hartford Currant:

"Going to a public school with a lack of African American studies being taught in school system made me feel irrelevant and unheard...Going to a predominately black and Hispanic school and having all white teachers has been very difficult because I can’t relate to them and I have to listen to their white ideology. The history of racism should be a discussion of the curriculum because America was founded on racism which still affects African Americans.''"

The Undefeated: "Perhaps John Singleton’s biggest contribution to popular culture isn’t the gripping, relatable port...
04/29/2019
The Undefeated

The Undefeated: "Perhaps John Singleton’s biggest contribution to popular culture isn’t the gripping, relatable portrait that is his 1991 instant classic Boyz n the Hood. It’s that he introduced so many talented players to the Hollywood cinema landscape — both on camera and behind the scenes."

As the first black filmmaker nominated for best director at the Oscars, Singleton helped pave the way in Hollywood.

PBS Distribution
04/27/2019

PBS Distribution

The powerful story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs comes to life in Tell Them We are Rising, directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson. Stream now on Prime Video: https://amzn.to/2KUUS0X

5 Latino-Run Bookstores in New York That You Can Support
04/26/2019
5 Latino-Run Bookstores in New York That You Can Support

5 Latino-Run Bookstores in New York That You Can Support

Despite competition from behemoths like Amazon, independent bookstores are thriving. A recent American Booksellers Association report found that since 2009, the number of independent bookshops has increased 31 percent. Sales have also grown in the last five years. This growth is partially because so...

🔥💧Fuego y hieloFire & Ice.Nice. Christine Teigen. Way nice.
04/25/2019

🔥💧
Fuego y hielo
Fire & Ice.

Nice. Christine Teigen. Way nice.

KOLUMN Magazine
04/24/2019
KOLUMN Magazine

KOLUMN Magazine

The success of the formation of the all black female battalion was thanks to Mary McLeod Bethune, an African American civil rights activist who at the time, appealed to the then-first lady of America, Eleanor Roosevelt, to create more meaningful roles for black women in the army to help balance out the shortage of soldiers. KOLUMN Magazine & WRIIT

"The company has a white problem across the board. Did you know that there’s not one black creative executive working ...
04/24/2019
All Digitocracy

"The company has a white problem across the board. Did you know that there’s not one black creative executive working at CBS Television Network or CBS Television Studios? Of the network’s 36 creative executives — all upper management roles that deal with content development, casting, current production, daytime and alternative programming — there are only three women of color, none black.

There is not one executive of color working in casting at CBS. The one Latinx executive hired in casting last year lasted eight months. He works at Netflix now."

“In every job I’ve had at CBS, co-workers have confused me with other black women in the office, as if we’re interchangeable. I don’t think most people understand just how demeaning these daily micro-aggressions are. Or maybe they do and don’t care.”

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