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When I, a Black person, was told I didn't know enough about another culture to have opinions on slavery

Last week, something Trumpian must have sparked a race between major publications to put out the most fucked up writings on the topic of slavery.



On Tuesday, The New York Times compared Saartje Baartman–an enslaved Black woman who, in addition to the many other horrors she suffered both before and after her death, was forced to perform in freak…

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Added by The Race Card on May 23, 2017 at 5:08pm — No Comments

URGENT: Olympia, WA students reportedly attacked by police for protesting teacher's anti-Black statements

At Evergreen State College, a Day Of Absence was supposed to be an intentional day of caucusing to discuss intersectional issues organized by the school’s Director First Peoples Multicultural Advising Services, Rashida N. Love. A normal practice on campus for students, teachers, and staff of color, Love sent a detailed email to staff and faculty alerting them of the upcoming event, its intentions, and sign-up information for those choosing to…

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Added by The Race Card on May 23, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Black woman entrepreneur opens low-cost organic grocery online store

In this weeks news of Black women who said “fuck it—i’ll do it”, LA native, Howard University grad, and entrepreneurial activist Olympia Auset has created community-centered access to quality, whole foods through her business, SÜPRMARKT. Offering low-cost organic food options for low-income communities in LA, SÜPRMARKT is a weekly farmer’s market-type of pop up that…

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Added by Robust on May 23, 2017 at 1:53pm — No Comments

NYC students tackle the segregated public school system with poetry & spoken word

Just 1 in 5 Black and Hispanic students in New York City are "college ready" after four years of high school. 235,000 kids go to schools where 100% of the students qualify for free lunch. 1/2 of schools have 12 or fewer white students. These are just a handful of statistics from the New York City Department of Education that are listed on the #TeensTakeCharge website explaining why the organization…

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Added by The Establishment on May 23, 2017 at 1:28pm — No Comments

BATTLE OF THE BANDS Brooklyn 2017

BROOKLYN GET READY



BROOKLYN! Think you’ve got what it takes to play the big stage at AFROPUNK? Here’s your shot.



Simply upload your track, and get your fans to vote for you. The top 16 bands will battle it out over four nights at our semi-final shows at The Knitting Factory between July 26 - 29, with the winner of each semi-final show going on to our final on August 11. The winner of the final will perform at this year’s AFROPUNK, taking place on…

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Added by AFROPUNK on May 23, 2017 at 1:14pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Industrial hip-hop band Death Grips are working on a new album, reveal 22-minute apocalyptic track

As fans eagerly anticipate a follow up to Sacramento-based Death Grips' Bottomless Pit dropped last year, the industrial hip-hop/punk band just shared a new extended track to hold them over. Confirming that they are also working on a new album, Death Grips released “Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix)” in a short Facebook post yesterday:…



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Added by Sound Check on May 23, 2017 at 11:44am — No Comments

#MenAreTrash & #NotInMyName: South African women are not here for your sh*t anymore

This past weekend, hundreds gathered in Pretoria to make one huge statement against violence against women and children. Operating as a group called #NotInMyName, these protestors—most of which are men—followed a woman symbolically dressed in white through Pretoria to take a stand against the violence they’ve enabled or ignored for too long. "The time to take collective responsibility for our shameful action is now," protestor Kholofelo Masha told AlJazeera.…

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Added by The Establishment on May 23, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: R&B singer Leandra McNair shares nostalgic, DIY visual for 90s vibe single, ‘U I Wanna C’

R&B singer Leandra McNair channels 90s vibes in her brand new music video, ‘U I Wanna C’. An infectious, listenable single in its own right, c harkens back to 90s DIY visuals in strangely nostalgic ways, reminiscent of the opening credits of decade-defining shows like ‘Moesha’ and ‘Felicity’. Dressed in chunky jewelry and red lipstick, ‘U I Wanna C’ follows a day in Leandra McNair shoes as she takes in the city and daydreams about that someone special.



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Added by Sound Check on May 23, 2017 at 11:40am — No Comments

Reclaiming the Bicha Preta - Black queer identity in the Brazilian publishing world

Marcelo Ricardo is an Afro-Brazilian poet and short-story writer based in Salvador, Bahia. He began writing at the age of 14 and recently published an anthology of short stories and poems in 2016. Through his work he brings to the forefront the dynamics of the black queer experience in Brazil alongside the movement for reclaiming the “Bicha Preta”



Bicha Preta - formerly perjorative; can be loosely translated as black…

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Added by The Race Card on May 22, 2017 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Killer cop Betty Shelby is already back on the job. smh

When Tulsa, Oklahoma cop Betty Shelby was acquitted of first-degree manslaughter last Wednesday in the death of Terrence Crutcher, that was bad enough. To make matters worse, a juror later revealed that the group voted not guilty in the case because they were getting hungry and…

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Added by The Race Card on May 22, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

UK soul singer Rukhsana Merrise drops an anti-capitalist anthem with her high-energy single "Money"

Born and raised in West London, singer-songwriter Rukhsana Merrise's folk, hip hop and soul influences are clear, but fused into her own sound that is truly unique. The artist's single "Money" combines her distinctively powerful voice with a textured but stripped back acoustic production for a timely political message. The track opens with the lyrics: "I find we try to figure it out / Even when in doubt / The truth be told in time / Can't save / Earning minimum wage /…

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Added by Sound Check on May 22, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

WTF: this teen was called into asst. principal's office because her afro was too "extreme"

After rocking her afro for most of the school year, Seventeen-year-old Jenesis Johnson was confronted by a teacher at North Florida Christian in Tallahassee. In front of the class, her teacher asked, "How long are you rocking that hairstyle?“, leading Johnson’s classmates to ask her questions about the maintenance. …

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Added by The Race Card on May 22, 2017 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Afro-Mexican histories and mythologies are explored in artist/musician Ras Levy’s “Mexico Negro” exhibit

Mexican musician, painter and rasta Ras Levy is one of the prolific Afro-Mexican artists who has spent close to two decades promoting the exposure and visual representation of Mexico’s legacy of blackness. Levy’s latest collection, ‘Mexico Negro’, is a series of portraits of acrylic paintings done on wooden canvas and embellished with vinyl featuring Mexican figures, histories, and mythologies that are linked to African heritage, like La Mulata de Cordoba (pictured…

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Added by Eye Candy on May 22, 2017 at 11:46am — No Comments

White terrorism strikes again: 'Alt Reich Nation' member charged with the murder of Black Bowie State student

Orignally reported as a random attack, the FBI is now investigating the fatal stabbing of Bowie State University student Richard Collins III by University of Maryland student Sean Christopher Urbanski as a racially motivated hate crime. The motivation shift comes after UofM Police Chief David Mitchell became aware of Urbanski’s presence in a Facebook group called "Alt Reich: Nation". "Suffice it to say that [the Facebook group is] despicable. It shows extreme bias against…

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Added by The Race Card on May 22, 2017 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Solange on asserting Blackness in white spaces: "tear the got damn walls down"

On Thursday, Solange performed two intimate shows at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York. The performance, titled "An Ode To", was conceptualized, choreographed, directed and composed by Solange, whose Saint Heron platform will also be curating a stage at AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2017. "An Ode… Continue

Added by The Race Card on May 22, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Stunning Photo Series Pays Tribute To Icon Grace Jones on her 69th Birthday



“AMAZING GRACE“ is Amsterdam based visual artist AiRich and stylist Stefhanie Blokland’s tribute to icon Grace Jones for her 69th birthday. Teaming up with model JNM The Naked MC to bring Jones’ electricity and unflinching confidence to life, it was important to the team stay true to Grace’s person throughout production. ”It was almost scary at times because the looks she gave during the shoot made it feel like she truly dipped into Jones' character. It felt like she,…

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Added by Eye Candy on May 19, 2017 at 11:28am — 1 Comment

Malcom X quotes that still ring true - he understood that we can't expect a racist system to dismantle itself

On May 19th, 1925, Malcolm Little, who would later become known as Malcolm X and then el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, was born. Shabazz would go on to become one of the most influential Muslim ministers and human rights activists of all time. His indictments of white America and unapologetic rejection of non-violence in the face of racism garnered him many detractors. This, on top of his high profile split from the Nation of Islam, culminated with his assassination in 1965, but…

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Added by The Race Card on May 19, 2017 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Struggle is not a commodity: on the "woke" social media trend

The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised, Will not be televised, will not be televised. The revolution will be no re-run brothers, The revolution will be live. -Gil Scott-Heron, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised



I’m trying not to be the #wokepolice and pass judgment on people, although I think it’s important that we address a certain issue. Many of us are familiar with the popular poem by Gil Scott-Heron first recorded in 1970 and quoted…

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Added by The Race Card on May 19, 2017 at 10:13am — 1 Comment

Saying "we're all Black" to silence intersectionality is the Black version of "all lives matter"

Like White People, Black men (in the most general sense) only differentiate between others when it serves them in a “positive” way. Hypermasculinity/homophobia/and femmephobia, to an extent, all factor into the ways in which the average Black understands his “manhood”. Men will acknowledge the existence of gender roles when it means they get the big piece of chicken or can sleep around without judgment or accountability—anytime where it can be used to assert dominance and…

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Added by The Race Card on May 19, 2017 at 4:42pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Chillwave R&B Artist KWAYE Drops Stellar 2nd Single, “Little Ones”

With a classic R&B vibe tinged with The Cure, Kwaye's only released 2 singles so far, but both of them are head turners. His latest is the retro “Little Ones,” a song whose dense production and massive hook foreground a powerfully hopeful song about innocence and the nature of prejudice. Kwaye explains to Pigeons and Planes. "We are not born with prejudice—it is learned. Little Ones encapsulates the binding nature of prejudice, and the boundless freedom expressed in the…

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Added by Sound Check on May 19, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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