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CONTAGIOUS POSITIVITY: "11-Year-Old Ramarni Wilfred Joins Mensa; Has Higher IQ Than Einstein"

Meet 11-year old Ramarni Wilfred, one of Britain's brightest kids. After taking a Mensa test, Ramarni - from Romford, England - has now been told that he has a higher IQ level than Steven Hawking, Bill Gates and Albert Einstein. Ramarni, who began reading by age 3 and writing from 18 months, was invited to take the IQ test after he was welcomed to Oxford University's graduation ceremony for a 2:1 awarded essay that he had written. In response to his IQ,…

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Added by The Establishment on April 27, 2015 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: "I Can’t Hide Mine, Please Don’t Hide Yours: An Open Letter to Ben Affleck"

Last week it was revealed that actor and director Ben Affleck had asked producers of PBS documentary show "Finding Your Roots" to edit out the discovery of a slave owning ancestor. The actor states that he now regrets trying to censor the story, adding: "While I don't like that the guy is an ancestor, I am happy that aspect of our country's history is being talked about." Now Michael W. Twitty (a culinary historian focusing on the foodways of Africa, enslaved…

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Added by The Establishment on April 24, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

MAY 2nd AFROPUNK TOWN SQUARE

Brooklyn! Now more than ever, we need to get involved. On May 2nd at 2pm, AFROPUNK will be hosting a Town Square event in Brooklyn to discuss, vision, and plan ways to strengthen and activate our communities. There will be speakers, street performances, and information about AFROPUNK Fest 2015's exciting Earned Ticket Program. If you're interested, CLICK …

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Added by The Establishment on April 24, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

BREAKING: Loretta Lynch Confirmed As First Black Female Attorney General of The United States

Meanwhile, in important news, Loretta Lynch is (finally) confirmed by the Senate as the next Attorney General of the United States. As the successor to the bold, outspoken Eric Holder, Lynch has big shoes to fill, and steps into the role at a time when relations between police and communities are at an all-time low. Over the next 2 years, she will be faced with upholding Obama's landmark immigration reform, justifying the legality of healthcare reform, as well as…

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Added by The Establishment on April 23, 2015 at 3:17pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Police Detective Cleared in the shooting Death of unarmed Rekia Boyd

As the saying goes, "one step forward, two steps back". Two weeks ago Michael T. Slager, a South Carolina police officer, found himself charged for the fatal shooting of unarmed Walter Scott - in simpler terms, charged for making a black man his target practice. A crime that so many men have walked away from scott free; so many Mike Browns; so many Tarika Wilsons. The news of Slager's conviction gave much needed energy to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, reminding…

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Added by The Establishment on April 22, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Hypersexuality: The Opposite Spectrum of Coping Rarely Discussed in Sexual Assault Victims

I remember whenever I thought of rape victims in high school, the movie, "Speak" immediately flashed before my eyes. For those who haven’t seen it, Speak was the film that placed Kristen Stewart on the map and where she also happened to be able to finesse "the Kristen Stewart role" she’s played in every damn movie since. But anyways, I digress, the film depicts a high school freshman, Melinda, who refused to speak ever since she called the cops at a summer party…

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Added by The Establishment on April 22, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "The Myth of Police Reform"

Check out this great article from The Atlantic on police reform in the United States, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. There is now a renewed call for reform following the fatal shooting of Walter Scott in South Carolina by officer Michael T. Slager (now charged with murder). Read some excerpts from the article below…

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Added by The Establishment on April 20, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "Eighth grader records classmates calling him ‘N***a’, fears returning to school"

With the events of last year in Ferguson and New York, and the recent case of Walter Scott in South Carolina, most are aware more than ever that racism remains one of the greatest issues facing America. Now a new report from The Grio is showing just how entrenched the racism is; reporting of an eighth grader,…

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Added by The Establishment on April 16, 2015 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: ColorOfChange Wins Victory Over Officer Slager Fundraisers

This week ColorOfChange won a major victory getting Indiegogo to take down all Officer Slager fundraisers from their site. As with previous incidents of racially motivated murders from Trayvon Martin to Michael Brown to Eric Garner, there has been a wave of far right fundraisers seeking to profit off of the hate. ColorOfChange motivated their 54,000 membership to raise their voices and take action, resulting in the immediate removal of all fundraisers seeking to…

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Added by The Establishment on April 16, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "Texas Bill Would Make Recording Police Illegal"

As reported in the Huffington Post, a new bill "introduced in the Texas House of Representatives would make it illegal for private citizens to record police within 25 feet". In light of recent events (including last week's fatal shooting of unarmed Walter L. Scott by a white officer) this news is shocking to say the least. A petition has now been created to fight the bill by non profit organisation Brave New Films, which you can sign…

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Added by The Establishment on April 11, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: "South Carolina Officer Is Charged With Murder in Black Man’s Death"

Yesterday a white police officer, Michael T. Slager, in North Charleston, South Carolina, was charged with murder after being caught on video fatally shooting unarmed Walter L. Scott (pictured). The incident took place on Saturday, the result of a scuffle - after a traffic stop - in which Slager claimed he had feared for his life after Scott stole his taser gun. However the surfaced video has refuted his claim that Scott took his…

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Added by The Establishment on April 8, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Cuba Offers Free Medical School To Blacks And Latinos"

In September 2000, on a visit to New York City for the Millennium Summit of the United Nations, Cuban president Fidel Castro announced in a speech that free medical education in Cuba would be granted to black and latino students from low-income communities in the US - with the condition that graduates return to the US to aid underprivileged areas. The pioneering …

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Added by The Establishment on April 7, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The original Statue of Liberty was a Black Woman?

Was the original Statue of Liberty a statue of a black woman? According to Urban Intellectuals, that would be a "yes"; it reports that the original statue (a tribute to black slaves) presented to the United States was intended to celebrate the "part that Black soldiers played in the ending of Black African Bondage in the United States" and that it was the idea of French historian Edourd de Laboulaye, chairman of the French Anti-Slavery Society, and sculptor Frederic…

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Added by The Establishment on April 6, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Denitia and Sene release new EP, 'Side FX'

Check out the new 4-track EP from AFROPUNK Fest alums Denitia and Sene. Titled 'Side FX' , the EP sets a minimal and pure tone - perfect for those late-night come downs.  Listen below!

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

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Added by The Establishment on April 3, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Day of action against police violence on Tuesday April 14th #ShutDown14

"The Police Are STILL Killing Unarmed People -- This Must STOP!", says The Stop Mass Incarceration Network. The organisation - which was started after a Call issued by Cornel West and Carl Dix in September 2011 - is calling for a day of action against police violence on Tuesday April 14th. More info here. …

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Added by The Establishment on April 3, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Driving while Black - Chris Rock Posts Selfies of Himself Getting Pulled Over

With a number of tweets, Comedian Chris Rock has put a new spotlight on the police treatment of blacks, documenting three traffic stops that he has faced in just seven weeks. In one of the tweets, he writes: "I'm not even driving stop by the cops again". Check out the tweets below. 

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by The Establishment on April 2, 2015 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: "Martese Johnson: My Wounds Will Heal, but the Trauma Will Stay Forever"

“I trust the scars on my face and head will one day heal, but the trauma of what those officers did will stay with me forever" - those are the words of Martese Johnson, the University of Virginia student whose violent arrest by Alcoholic Beverage Control agents was caught on cellphone video last week. Johnson issued the words during a news conference through his attorney, adding “I was shocked that my face was slammed into the pavement across the…

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Added by The Establishment on March 23, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants?"

"Africans are immigrants. Arabs are immigrants. Asians are immigrants. However, Europeans are expats." These are words published in a recent article from the Guardian about the word 'expatriate' and the exclusivity of the noun when it comes to describing a migrant who is white. Check out the full article …

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Added by The Establishment on March 16, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The Return of Reconstruction and The Search for a Place In-Between

A schizophrenic remembrance of Reconstruction has almost paralyzed our national discourse on race, but now it’s time we address its legacy on invasive police surveillance of brown communities and a seemingly unsolvable immigration crisis. The ghost of Reconstruction reminds us that brown citizenship has always been tied to economics, with little regard or consideration of humanity; we are valuable enough to exploit, but not protect. This essay series seeks…

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Added by The Establishment on March 13, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Looking For Humanity in the Wake of Violence

This morning, shots were fired on two officers in Ferguson during a protest surrounding the resignation of embattled Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson. The revelatory DOJ report issued last week found concrete evidence of a system of racial bias in Ferguson policing, giving weight to the protests that have erupted nationally since the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. this summer. Checking the #FergusonShooting hashtag for actual information on the shooting is…

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Added by The Establishment on March 12, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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