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Black History Month is on sale for $1. With Apple liberation watches and dashiki covered Bath and Body Works candles. Ho...
02/26/2022

Black History Month is on sale for $1. With Apple liberation watches and dashiki covered Bath and Body Works candles. How do we take it back? Watch the podcast: http://ow.ly/oPSk50I0W6V

Russia initiates raid against Ukraine. Putin warns that any country that dares to interfere would “lead to consequences ...
02/24/2022

Russia initiates raid against Ukraine. Putin warns that any country that dares to interfere would “lead to consequences you have never seen in history.” http://ow.ly/bvWE50I3amo

Skyrocketing gun violence in Chicago continues. Leadership and law enforcement point fingers at each other as violent cr...
02/22/2022

Skyrocketing gun violence in Chicago continues. Leadership and law enforcement point fingers at each other as violent crime rates reach some of the city’s highest recorded levels. Read the story today. http://ow.ly/4J5L50I0VTE

Ukraine-Russia tensions grow to ‘high potential’ of war. The U.S. and other countries around the globe position themselv...
02/22/2022

Ukraine-Russia tensions grow to ‘high potential’ of war. The U.S. and other countries around the globe position themselves for the Ukraine and Russia conflict that has been building up faster in the last week. We speak with Sherice Nelson about the intense situation. Watch the full podcast today!

http://ow.ly/5YCN50I0VGw

02/22/2022

Black History Month is a time of reflection, celebration and honoring ancestors. How did it turn out to be about capitalism? The Black delegation is working to reclaim its meaning and significance. For all who enter, please leave the Apple liberation watches and Bath & Body Works candles at the door. The talk is with Dame Crawford

02/20/2022

Sunday Check In. Just wanted to make sure everyone is doing okay? Ark Republic has a tight-knit collective of both contributors and Ark Republicans . . . folks who support and engage in the mothership.

Stay warm ... Stay loved ... Stay dangerous
xoxo Ark Republic Crew

After months of demands for NJ Gov. Phil Murphy to stop the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission’s vote on granting a cont...
02/17/2022

After months of demands for NJ Gov. Phil Murphy to stop the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission’s vote on granting a contract for a $180 million backup treatment plant in a neighborhood in Newark, he delayed the process. But activists say they need an eco-friendly wastewater facility in an already environmentally taxed neighborhood. Full story here: http://ow.ly/9PeP50HXpyB

02/15/2022

Black women have been an important voting bloc for the Democratic party in the last two presidential elections. However, they have yet to be seated in the most important judgeship in the U.S. With Justice Breyer's announcement, the question is not if President Joe Biden will select a Black woman for the position, but who.?

We talk about it with who says that the Congressional Black Caucus leaders want a “boots on the ground” pick. Watch now: http://ow.ly/VT9m50HVpEx

Valentine’s Day will be sweet for some, sour for others with mask mandate removal in New YorkBefore you dine in NYC toni...
02/14/2022

Valentine’s Day will be sweet for some, sour for others with mask mandate removal in New York

Before you dine in NYC tonight, know this. New York Governor Governor Kathy Hochul followed her tri-state colleagues in beginning to roll out mask removal mandates. Last week, New York’s first woman governor announced that showing proof of a jiggle 💉 along with wearing a mask as a requirement to work or enter businesses ended, right before the holiday.

New Mayor Eric Adams is "erring on the side of caution."

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams wants the state to implement a hybrid model of workflow.

There's still differences in what the post-pandemic America looks like, but one thing is for sure, the economy is hurting and Chuck E. Cheese is still out there.

Read the full headline today. http://ow.ly/b4Re50HUevF

Why are we refraining from using certain words regarding the ongoing health crisis? Because we learned that if you are not an approved agency then your page will get shadow-banned. What does that mean? Thrown in the back of the SEO shuffle of cards of algorithms.

Love, love, love this Valentine's Day feature where our Sicilian correspondent Nyawira Mithayo takes us on a trip throug...
02/14/2022

Love, love, love this Valentine's Day feature where our Sicilian correspondent Nyawira Mithayo takes us on a trip through Italy using wine. From Chianti Classico to Nero D'Avolo, and in between the pleasant aroma of Prosecco, Nyawira goes through regions and tastes. Plus, for those who want a nice glass of vino for the lover's day, here's a short treat. But we know, you need to love up on your bae and yourself every day.

Catch this story in FRESH OFF THE PRESS: http://ow.ly/1aij50HUekw

Less than a week after the Brian Flores lawsuit alleges systemic racism in the NFL, his former employer,  hires Mike McD...
02/13/2022

Less than a week after the Brian Flores lawsuit alleges systemic racism in the NFL, his former employer, hires Mike McDaniel. Several reports noted his racial mixture, but McDaniel, who has a biracial father and white mother, says he is not black, he is human.

Reminiscent of O.J. Simpson saying he wasn't black, he's O.J. the McDaniel hire appears to quell Flores' and others accusations around the NFL's inequities in race and hires. Oh, enjoy the , the half-time is Black.

02/12/2022

21 bomb threats were sent to over 20 historically Black colleges and universities just as Black History Month began.

Dr. Sherice Nelson a political science professor and international relations scholar at one of the HBCUs, Southern University A&M, talks about the day her school was issued a threat. Even more, Dr. Nelson talks about a long-standing danger that has been more nihilistic for HBCUs. http://ow.ly/kwh950HTAIz

City leadership claims jab-or-no entry helps curb COVID-19 numbers, others argue it is ineffective and hurts the average...
02/12/2022

City leadership claims jab-or-no entry helps curb COVID-19 numbers, others argue it is ineffective and hurts the average working-class Newark resident.

“Instead of aiming for impractical executive orders the administration should use its platform to advocate for universal health care and institute health and safety committees for business[es] across the city,” Anthony Diaz, co-founder of Newark's Water Coalition and mayoral candidate said.

02/10/2022

Months after Patrisse Cullors, one of the three founding members of BLM, was questioned for her purchase of four homes worth millions, the California Department of Justice wants Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation to explain where $60 million of the $90 million went from 2020 fundraising.

We continue the talks of the disruptions in the organizations, and what does this mean for Black activist campaigns and spaces in terms of funding and support.

Ark Republic digs into this issue with . Check it out in our Podcasts and Programs section

Afghanistan is silently starving, UN calls on international community for emergency help. http://ow.ly/Rfvu50HPLLk
02/10/2022

Afghanistan is silently starving, UN calls on international community for emergency help. http://ow.ly/Rfvu50HPLLk

Ukraine, Russia crisis explained by  Sherice Nelson  Ukraine-Russia border tensions continue, ongoing negotiations to ea...
02/09/2022
Ukraine-Russia border tensions continue, ongoing negotiations to ease rumblings of conflict while military forces still on alert

Ukraine, Russia crisis explained by Sherice Nelson

Ukraine-Russia border tensions continue, ongoing negotiations to ease rumblings of conflict while military forces still on alert

https://www.arkrepublic.com/2022/02/07/ukraine-russia-border-tensions-continue-ongoing-negotiations-to-ease-rumblings-of-conflict-while-military-forces-still-on-alert/

Russia throws a rock then hides its hand in Ukraine-Border crisis. Western allies and Russia in terse talks, but no indicators of countries backing down.

Armani Faison violently dies while in police custody, family sues Philadelphia and corrections officers.http://ow.ly/j8I...
02/09/2022

Armani Faison violently dies while in police custody, family sues Philadelphia and corrections officers.

http://ow.ly/j8IF50HPLtR

Former Miami Dolphins head coach says he is willing to risk his career with class action lawsuit in order to change long...
02/08/2022
Brian Flores versus the NFL. Head coach sues three pro-teams, alleges systemic racism

Former Miami Dolphins head coach says he is willing to risk his career with class action lawsuit in order to change longstanding racism in the NFL. We talk to Ma'at Mys about the complaint and the pro-leagues dirty history of racial bias. https://www.arkrepublic.com/2022/02/08/brian-flores-versus-the-nfl/

Former Miami Dolphins head coach says he is willing to risk his career with class action lawsuit in order to change longstanding racism in the NFL.

02/07/2022

Russia’s President Putin is not backing down in removing troops from the border. While negotiations continue, the Russian head-of-state remains steadfast in demands that NATO and other forces allied with the West refrain from attempting to stop him in controlling the border dispute with Ukraine. Now, sanctions mount from Western powers in the potential of the Eastern European country’s invasion of Ukraine.

On Ark Republic news, we speak with international relations scholar and political science professor, Dr. Sherice J. Nelson.

When you bite into the delicious Tuscany olive or Sicilian orange, know that the backstory in harvesting it is like rott...
02/04/2022

When you bite into the delicious Tuscany olive or Sicilian orange, know that the backstory in harvesting it is like rotten tomatoes. Read this great story: The Italian government turns a blind eye as the well-known Sicilian migrant work camp, Campobello di Mazara, burns. Again, this leaves immigrant workers scrambling for legitimacy. http://ow.ly/7M8t50HzxbA

Masters of their destiny. Musicians land ownership of their work after tooth-and-nail battle. Anita Baker and De La Soul...
02/03/2022

Masters of their destiny. Musicians land ownership of their work after tooth-and-nail battle. Anita Baker and De La Soul became one of the few recording artists to gain full control of their music—emancipating them from the machine. 🗞️ http://ow.ly/Yv8J50HxOjU

The count for HBCUs receiving bomb threats has risen to 21. Not so ironic, the day before and on the first day of Black ...
02/02/2022

The count for HBCUs receiving bomb threats has risen to 21. Not so ironic, the day before and on the first day of Black History Month, almost two dozen historically black colleges and universities either evacuated or asked students to shelter in place as they checked for bombs on their campuses.

Albany State University
Bethune-Cookman University
Bowie State University
Morgan State University
Coppin State University
Delaware State University
Kentucky State University
Xavier University of Louisiana
Edward Waters University
Alcorn State University
Mississippi Valley State University
Spelman College
Jackson State University
Tougaloo College
Howard University
Southern University and A&M College /
Philander Smith College
Arkansas Baptist College
The University of the District of Columbia
Harris-Stowe University
Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi

Initially, we reported 22, but Florida A&M did not receive any bomb threats.

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Ark Republic in partnership with Lisa Durden Unlimited Productions, presents, the panel discussion titled: “Puerto Rico: Nearly A Year After Hurricane Maria,” Moderated By Lisa Durden – TV Personality with esteemed panelists: Lydia J. Valencia – CEO, NJ Puerto Rican Congress, Masiel Valentin Esq. – Manages, PR Hurricane Maria Relief Fund of Newark, Evelyn Mejil – Chair and Organizer, The Unity March for Puerto Rico, Alvin M. Suarez – Director and Drummer, “Los Ciegos Del Barrio” Band, and Khadijah Catherine Costello Taylor – CEO, Newark Speaks 2 U. This public dialogue will focus on how the hurricane revealed the disparity in how the US responds to natural disasters according to race and class, and highlight the lingering after-effects. This event is FREE and open to the public, 6:30pm, THURSDAY, September 6, 2018 @ Express Newark​ Lecture Hall Room 213, 54 Halsey Street, Newark NJ. Click link to RSVP:
Please share!!! The 14th Annual National Black Writers Conference will be presented on Thursday, March 22 through Sunday, March 25, 2018 at The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY,1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11225. Dozens of writers, scholars, and other literary professionals will be in attendance at this one-of-a-kind 4-day literary conference, participating in panel discussions, roundtables, workshops, author readings,film screenings, a poetry cafe, and more! The 2018 conference theme is Gathering at the Waters: Healing, Legacy and Activism in Black Literature. This exciting annual event is a "must-attend" for writers of all genres--come and share in the joy of literary expression!
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