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Excerpts via NPR:"Sugar Hill was a wealthy, Black Los Angeles neighborhood whose residents played a role in lifting raci...
05/05/2021
Beneath The Santa Monica Freeway Lies The Erasure Of Sugar Hill

Excerpts via NPR:

"Sugar Hill was a wealthy, Black Los Angeles neighborhood whose residents played a role in lifting racially restrictive covenants — only to eventually be erased by another force of racial segregation."

"Berkeley Square was part of a larger neighborhood called Sugar Hill, which was named after a wealthy Black section in Harlem. By the 1940s, Sugar Hill was home to some of the most prominent figures of Black Los Angeles - doctors, entrepreneurs, oil barons, even Hollywood stars like "Gone With the Wind's" Hattie McDaniel. On screen, she may have played a housekeeper or an enslaved person, but here in Sugar Hill, she hosted extravagant soirees in her sprawling mansion where people like Duke Ellington and Ethel Waters would perform."

"This thriving community in Sugar Hill existed despite a powerful tool that white residents were using to keep neighborhoods white - the racially restrictive covenant."

Sugar Hill was a wealthy, Black Los Angeles neighborhood whose residents played a role in lifting racially restrictive covenants — only to eventually be erased by another force of racial segregation.

Via Native Hope:"The interior secretary is forming a commission to study the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous w...
05/05/2021
Deb Haaland Is Plowing Ahead With Tackling Violence Against Native Women

Via Native Hope:

"The interior secretary is forming a commission to study the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, weeks after launching a unit to investigate cases."

The interior secretary is forming a commission to study the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, weeks after launching a unit to investigate ...

“It is my wish that the United States would honor this treaty.” —Chief John Spotted Tail (Sicangu Lakota, citizen of the...
04/24/2021
The 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie, Never Honored by the United States, Goes on Public View

“It is my wish that the United States would honor this treaty.” —Chief John Spotted Tail (Sicangu Lakota, citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe), great-great-grandson of Spotted Tail, one of the treaty’s original signers”

On October 26, delegations from the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Yankton Sioux Tribe, and Northern Arapaho Tribe traveled to Washington, D.C., to see the Treaty of Fort Laramie installed at the National Museum of the American Indian. Signed in 1968...

Carline Ray, jazz Instrumentalist.
04/24/2021

Carline Ray, jazz Instrumentalist.

🕯❤Via article:“I recognized she was in a state of distress [and] I knew why she was in a state of distress immediately, ...
04/24/2021
Black woman protecting another from police standoff goes viral: ‘Power of Black sisterhood’

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Via article:

“I recognized she was in a state of distress [and] I knew why she was in a state of distress immediately, so I just, in that moment, wanted to focus on her,” Robles, who has degrees in human service and social work, tells Yahoo Life.

“In my head, when I got out of that car, I knew I was either going to get them [to go] away, or one of us was going to die today. ... I knew that they potentially were going to give me a hard time [and] that was going to be one of their options."

“How you doing, Sis? You OK? What's up? Can I sit with you?” Phoenix Robles, the activist, photographer and social worker could be heard asking as she filmed a lone, peaceful protestor, in a now-viral video.

Heads Up, Baltimore!
04/17/2021

Heads Up, Baltimore!

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03/31/2021

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¡Feliz Cumpleaños, César! Your unfailing faith in ordinary people doing extraordinary things inspires our work everyday.

Native Hope
03/09/2021

Native Hope

#NativeAmericans #NativeHope #InternationalWomensDay #womenshistorymonth

03/06/2021
Our Black Union

Remembering the remarkable Florence "Flo-Jo" Griffith Joyner.

December 21, 1959 - September 21, 1998

Wow. Just Wow!

Today We Remember Olympic Medalist Florence Griffith Joyner, the One and Only "Flo-Jo" (December 21, 1959 - September 21, 1998)

Gold Medal – First Place 1988 Seoul 100 m
Gold Medal –First Place 1988 Seoul 200 m
Gold Medal – First Place 1988 Seoul 4×100 m
Silver Medal – Second Place 1984 LA 200 m
Silver Medal – Second Place 1988 Seoul 4×400 m

World Championships
Gold Medal – First Place 1987 Rome 4×100 m
Silver Medal – Second Place 1987 Rome 200 m

Heads up artists and creatives...Via Son of Baldwin:"Fam,They out here straight jacking our sh*t like it's no problem. A...
03/02/2021
Jeresneyka Rose was surprised to find Walmart carrying her artwork

Heads up artists and creatives...

Via Son of Baldwin:

"Fam,

They out here straight jacking our sh*t like it's no problem.

Artists, BEWARE when posting your work online. This is one way white supremacist capitalist patriarchy is getting away with highway robbery.

“I was going through my [message] requests and people, like three people in a row, requested me around the same time, tagging me in a congratulations thing on a collaboration,” said Rose. “I was like, ‘What?’ I looked at it and they were like, ‘I got my Art by Rizzo at Walmart.’ I responded, ‘Thank you so much for tagging me and your support, but they stole my work. I didn’t collaborate with them.'

Based on the specific watermark on the Walmart print, Rose was able to track the theft back to her Twitter account, also @artbyrizzo. 'I drew the picture, and it was phenomenal, one of the best portraits I’ve ever drawn,' said Rose. 'I knew it would kind of go crazy on the internet, but I didn’t want to like, sell it, unless I’m donating it to a nonprofit [Hussle] may have had or to his family. I couldn’t find a legitimate source to donate anything to, so I thought it would be a genius idea — now, not so genius — to give it away for free.'"
https://www.southeastexpress.org/news/jeresneyka-rose-was-surprised-to-find-walmart-carrying-her-artwork/article_f70bffb2-7aab-11eb-8a0b-37c738854670.html

Image description: Artist Jeresneyka Rose is seen seated at a table, outdoors. She is wearing a mask and a head scarf. She is looking at the camera. Her artwork is on the table before her. Behind her, other tables, green lawn, and a pathway.

(H/T Mario Lazell)"

For most fledgling artists, getting their work into a national retail outlet like Walmart would be a major boost for their career. Unless, of course, they didn’t know it was

"In the long, dark history of the United States government's mistreatment of #NativeAmericans, most people are familiar ...
02/22/2021
How the Dawes Act Stole 90 Million Acres of Native American Land

"In the long, dark history of the United States government's mistreatment of #NativeAmericans, most people are familiar with the Trail of Tears, in which approximately 15,000 Native American men, women and children died during forced relocation from their tribal homelands in the American Southeast to Indian Territory in modern-day #Oklahoma."

https://ntvho.pe/3ahm3O3

An alliance between well-meaning social reformers and land-hungry farmers resulted in a federal act that caused Native Americans to lose millions of acres of land they had once owned. Here's what happened.

"Our Native Daughters is a group of four renowned black musicians determined to tell their own history through folk musi...
02/21/2021
Why These Four Banjo-Playing Women Resurrected the Songs of the Enslaved

"Our Native Daughters is a group of four renowned black musicians determined to tell their own history through folk music. The result is a musical work that exudes power and truth."

The new Folkways album "Songs of Our Native Daughters" draws spiritually from slave narratives and other pre-19th-century sources

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer...
02/17/2021

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer...

President Biden has the authority to cancel $50,000 of student loan debt. Senator Chuck Schumer and I are urging him to act. Here's our statement. #CancelStudentDebt

Hear her, Hear her!Sen. Warren:"We told Black students that college was the surest path to build a future – but for a lo...
02/17/2021
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren

Hear her, Hear her!

Sen. Warren:

"We told Black students that college was the surest path to build a future – but for a lot of systemic reasons, they’re getting crushed the worst by student loan debt.

Black Americans know: we need President Biden to use his authority to #CancelStudentDebt."

We told Black students that college was the surest path to build a future – but for a lot of systemic reasons, they’re getting crushed the worst by student loan debt. Black Americans know: we need President Biden to use his authority to #CancelStudentDebt.

Rita Moreno:""I'm probably going to be quoted and inundated with phone calls of people saying, 'You don't like her.' No,...
02/11/2021
West Side Story's Rita Moreno: 'J-Lo can't be sole representative' of Latinos

Rita Moreno:

""I'm probably going to be quoted and inundated with phone calls of people saying, 'You don't like her.'

No, I love her. She's brilliant, she's wonderful, she's gorgeous, and her part in the inauguration was touching, but we can't make her the sole representative of what we are."

Oscar-winning Rita Moreno calls for more and better roles for Latin Americans working in film.

Gordon Parks 📷
02/08/2021
Gordon Parks: Beautiful photos of an ugly history

Gordon Parks 📷

Gordon Parks documented issues that have long been a part of the US. Andrew Dickson looks at the work of a man who saw his camera as a weapon, yet took photos with the eye of a poet.

02/08/2021
American Experience | PBS

Monday, Feb 15, 2021 on PBS

Marian Anderson faced a crowd of more than 75,000 people. When she began to sing, a hush of reverent silence descended on the audience.

Watch VOICE OF FREEDOM Mon Feb 15 at 9/8c on PBS → pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/voice-freedom

"Malcolm X's mother, Louise Norton Little (1897-1989). Louise Little was a brilliant woman, multi-language speaking, and...
02/05/2021

"Malcolm X's mother, Louise Norton Little (1897-1989).

Louise Little was a brilliant woman, multi-language speaking, and had been for years, with her husband Earl Little, a devoted activist of Marcus Garvey's Pan African Movement (Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League)."

Malcolm X's mother, Louise Norton Little (1897-1989). Louise Little was a brilliant woman, multi-language speaking, and had been for years, with her husband Earl Little, a devoted activist of Marcus Garvey's Pan African Movement (Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League).

"In a moment when we face overlapping crises of public health, economic inequality, and systemic racism, it's the inspir...
02/05/2021
Ayanna Pressley: 'I am Not Here to Occupy Space, I'm Here to Create It'

"In a moment when we face overlapping crises of public health, economic inequality, and systemic racism, it's the inspiration of the ancestors, and a deep connection to community, that I draw on to give voice to the urgent fight for justice and equity."

https://www.instyle.com/politics-social-issues/badass-women/ayanna-pressley-truth-to-power-essay

In this essay, the Massachusetts Congresswoman reflects on the "sheroes" who motivate her drive for justice.

'12 Historic Afro-Latina Figures You Didn’t Learn About In History Class.'***The article is dated 2018. The information ...
02/05/2021
Meet the Afro-Latinas You Didn't Learn About in School

'12 Historic Afro-Latina Figures You Didn’t Learn About In History Class.'

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The article is dated 2018. The information is timeless.

Discover the amazing work of women including Dominga Cruz Becerril, Mamá Tingó, and María Elena Moyano.

Excerpt:"Slavery in America is usually associated with Africa and the American South. But Ohio State University historia...
02/05/2021
Enslaved Native Americans Played Central Role in 1600s New England Households

Excerpt:

"Slavery in America is usually associated with Africa and the American South. But Ohio State University historian Margaret Ellen Newell told VOA that up until 1700, Native Americans comprised the majority of slaves in America.

“The first documented case was in 1605, when an English expedition captured four Wabanakis in what’s now Maine and brought them back to London,” Newell said. “The expedition was run by a man named Ferdinando Gorges, who hoped to establish a colony in northern New England and was looking for captives to use as guides and interpreters.”

In 1614, six years before the Mayflower crossing, English explorer John Smith led two ships to survey the New England coast. As he described in his “Historie of New England,” Smith left shipmaster Thomas Hunt behind to fish and trade with the Natives. But Hunt saw an opportunity in another kind ...

KINDR'D
02/03/2021

KINDR'D

Harry Belafonte taking a ride with his daughter Shari in 1957

Excerpt: "With Tulsa trying to maintain its place as the oil capital of the world, the riot reflected terribly on the ci...
01/31/2021
How the Tulsa Race Massacre Was Covered Up

Excerpt:

"With Tulsa trying to maintain its place as the oil capital of the world, the riot reflected terribly on the city and subsequently wasn’t included in history books or newspapers for decades, nor openly discussed in both the Black and white communities.

Some newspaper accounts from the period were even removed before editions were recorded onto microfilms, according to Tulsa World.

White residents didn’t want to admit that relatives or friends had participated in the massacre and Black residents didn’t want to pass on their pain to their children, says Michelle Place, executive director of the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum."

A search for mass graves of the victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre highlights an event that had been suppressed from history for decades.

Time:"In April 2020, during the first wave of COVID-19, Amsterdam’s city government announced it would recover from the ...
01/25/2021
Amsterdam Is Embracing a New Economic Theory to Help Save the Environment. Could It Replace Capitalism?

Time:
"In April 2020, during the first wave of COVID-19, Amsterdam’s city government announced it would recover from the crisis, and avoid future ones, by embracing the theory of “doughnut economics.”
Laid out by British economist Kate Raworth in a 2017 book, the theory argues that 20th century economic thinking is not equipped to deal with the 21st century reality of a planet teetering on the edge of climate breakdown.

Instead of equating a growing GDP with a successful society, our goal should be to fit all of human life into what Raworth calls the “sweet spot” between the “social foundation,” where everyone has what they need to live a good life, and the “environmental ceiling.”

By and large, people in rich countries are living above the environmental ceiling.

Those in poorer countries often fall below the social foundation. The space in between: that’s the doughnut."

It’s the first time a major city has attempted to put doughnut theory into action on a local level

H/t Son of Baldwin...
01/25/2021
Black, Deaf and Extremely Online

H/t Son of Baldwin...

On TikTok and in virtual hangouts, a younger generation is sharing the origins and nuances of Black American Sign Language, a rich variation of ASL that scholars say has been overlooked for too long.

DemocracyNow:"Native Americans have died from COVID-19 at twice the rate of white people across the U.S. To combat this ...
01/22/2021
As Pandemic Rips Through Indian Country, Indigenous Communities Work to Save Elders & Languages

DemocracyNow:

"Native Americans have died from COVID-19 at twice the rate of white people across the U.S.

To combat this crisis, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has prioritized elders who speak the Dakota and Lakota languages to receive vaccines. 'Knowing that there were a lot of elders who were at really, really high risk, this was a concern from the very beginning,' says Jodi Archambault, a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the former special assistant to President Barack Obama on Native American affairs.

The parents of Nola Taken Alive, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council, both recently died of COVID-19. 'My parents were very humble people,' she says. 'They played a very important role, not only in my siblings’ and our family’s lives, but also to the entire community of Standing Rock.'”

We look at the fight to save tribal elders and Native language speakers as the pandemic rips through Indian Country, with Indigenous communities facing woefully inadequate healthcare, lack of governmental support, and the living legacy of centuries of colonialism. Native Americans have died from COV...

"The Native American Women Warriors and TikTok star Nathan “DoggFace” Apodaca will participate in Wednesday’s virtual “P...
01/20/2021
Women Warriors, Nathan Apodaca to join inaugural parade

"The Native American Women Warriors and TikTok star Nathan “DoggFace” Apodaca will participate in Wednesday’s virtual “Parade Across America” celebrating the inauguration."

Performances will include participants from all 56 states and territories; the Native women warriors group will wear dog tags as jingles in honor of the military

He was head of EEOC. That is not a typo.Via NBC News:"A high-ranking New York Police Department official accused of post...
01/13/2021
NYPD official retiring amid investigation into hateful posts

He was head of EEOC. That is not a typo.

Via NBC News:

"A high-ranking New York Police Department official accused of posting hateful messages online has opted to retire days after the department said it was suspending him without pay.

An NYPD spokesperson confirmed Monday that Deputy Inspector James Kobel, the former head of the department’s workplace discrimination office, had submitted retirement papers.

The NYPD opened an internal affairs investigation into Kobel in November after he was accused of posting attacks on Black and Jewish people, women, and members of the LGBTQ community on a message board where officers would air grievances anonymously.

Kobel was removed as commanding officer of the Equal Employment Opportunity Division and reassigned to the transit unit."

Using a pseudonym, the former head of the department’s workplace discrimination office posted vulgar, racist nicknames when referring to multiple Black public figures.

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“Sometimes people have been in Washington too long and I think Lindsey’s probably one of them,” Harrison told The Hill in an interview following his campaign announcement on Wednesday.
INSTITUTIONALLY RACIST ELITE HIGH SCHOOLS EXCLUDE BLACK AND LATINO STUDENTS https://soundcloud.com/howardjordan2/edited-3222019-jordan-journal-assemblyman-charles-barron-elite-schools Only a tiny number of black students were offered admission to the highly selective public high schools in New York City raising the pressure on officials to confront the decades-old challenging racist New York’s elite public schools. At Stuyvesant High School, out of 895 slots in the freshman class, only seven were offered to black students. The Bronx High School of Science made 12 offers to black students this year, down from 25 last year. Howard interviews Assemblyman Charles Barron sponsor of a bill (Assembly bill #A2173 and Senate Bill #S1415) that would eliminate elite testing in high schools. He has been a community activist for over 45 years. In 1969 he joined the Harlem branch of the Black Panther Party. In 2001, Barron was elected to the New York City Council and served as Chair of the Committee on Higher Education. In 2013 he was elected to the New York State Assembly and is described as “unbought and unbossed.”