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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

FEATURE: 'Young, Black and Victorian' - Photographs of Victorian Women of Color

Check out these captivating photographs of Victorian women of color. The images, posted by Dangerous Minds, date from 1860 to 1901 and show an array of Victorian fashion. Sadly the names of most of the women are unknown. Explore the collection below.…

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Added by The Establishment on March 12, 2015 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

FEATURE: One Group Is Trying To Rename Bridge In Selma Still Named After A KKK Member

On March 7, 1965, demonstrators (peacefully protesting discrimination with voting rights) were brutally attacked by Alabama State Troopers. That day, known as "Bloody Sunday", was commemorated last week by President Obama and residents of Selma, Alabama; and saw the president walk the same bridge that demonstrators had 50 years before. One problem! The main bridge that those demonstrators walked along is still named after Edmund Pettus - former Grand Dragon of the…

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Added by The Establishment on March 11, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "10 Female Revolutionaries That You Probably Didn't Learn About In History class"

As Films For Action state, history often glosses over "the contributions of female revolutionaries that have sacrificed their time, efforts, and lives to work towards burgeoning systems and ideologies" and so the community-powered learning library has highlighted 10 women whose remarkable contributions to revolution is often lost in the barage of "his story". Check it out …

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Added by The Establishment on March 10, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Unconquerable Beauty' - black feminine protest using hair styles

Hair styles, hats and hair adornments have been used since before the ancient Egyptians as a form of protest, to show social standing, power, and reflect current styles and trends.

By Nick Douglas, AFROPUNK Contributor

. Marie Leveau 

Mythological…

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Added by The Establishment on March 9, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Young entrepreneur creates Afrostream, the African equivalent of Netflix

Afrostream, the start-up online streaming platform of "black content" (for audiences in Europe and Africa) has partnered up with video-on-demand service provider, MYTF1VOD, to provide African, African American, and African-Caribbean movies - making it the African equivalent of Netflix. The CEO of Afrostream, Tonjé Bakang (pictured), says: "Black cinema has consistent US box office success. It is an integral part of the cinematic landscape and entertainment options,…

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Added by The Establishment on March 6, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

BREAKING: Justice Department will not seek Federal Civil Rights charges against Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown

After the November non-indictment of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown Jr., hope remained in a Justice Department inquiry into the killing. As of today, the DOJ has announced they will not seek charges against Darren Wilson. In an 86 page report, the department states that they have found “no evidence upon which prosecutors can rely to disprove Wilson’s stated subjective belief that he feared for…

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Added by The Establishment on March 4, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "These Two Teens Aren't Just Sisters - They're Twins"

Meet 18-year-old twins Lucy and Maria. Yes, twins! Hailing from Gloucester in England, the twin sisters are two of five children born to a white father and biracial mother. Although their siblings share the features of both parents, Lucy and Maria took the physical attributes of either parent. Read more on their story …

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Added by The Establishment on March 3, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: "Meet the Badass Activist Collective Bringing Direct Action Back to Black Communities"

Meet the BlackOUT Collective, a "badass" Black Direct Action collective that provides training and support in communities that "prioritize the liberation of black people" - with the belief that “direct action works. We have seen it work for hundreds of years.” AlterNet recently interviewed the founding members of the organization, check out the interview …

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Added by The Establishment on March 3, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

BHM: Faces from the new civil rights movement - Alexis Templeton and Brittany Ferrell of Millennial Activists United

We are actually living within the birth of a revolution currently within the USA, the future of this country is beginning to shift as Black people in this country begin to pick up and tie loose ends where the Civil Rights movement left off in the fight for equal rights. The spark that began this flame of what has now been been titled the Black Lives Matter movement, a statement that demands the world to acknowledge that all Black lives…

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Added by The Establishment on February 27, 2015 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Septima Poinsette Clark: The Queen Mother of The Civil Rights Movement

"I just tried to create a little chaos. Chaos is a good thing. God created the whole world out of it. Change is what comes of it." - Septima Poinsette Clark

In 1955, on the eve of her famous act of defiance, Rosa Parks attended a citizenship workshop led by Septima Poinsette Clark. These workshops were designed to train young activists, and train people in their rights as citizens. Parks said of Septima, "At that time I was very nervous, very troubled in my mind…

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Added by The Establishment on February 27, 2015 at 12:18pm — No Comments

BHM: faces from the new civil rights movement - Jonel Edwards and Sherika Shaw from Dream Defenders

As part of AFROPUNK's spotlight on The New Civil Rights Movement, I caught up with Dream Defenders organizers, Jonel Edwards and Sherika Shaw. Amidst their hectic week, they took some time out to educate us on how they found themselves at the forefront of a movement and what’s next for their individual and organizational missions.…

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Added by The Establishment on February 27, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Ugandan Lawyer Victor Ochen nominated for 2015 Nobel Peace Prize

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) have nominated Ugandan lawyer and activist Victor Ochen (pictured above with Desmond Tutu) and his African Youth Initiative Network for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, making him the youngest African at 33 to be nominated for the award. The AFSC say, “Victor Ochen has consistently shown both commitment and…

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Added by The Establishment on February 26, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "10-Year-Old Math Genius Studying for University Degree"

Meet Esther Okade, a British whiz kid who is currently studying to complete her University maths degree at the age of 10. The child prodigy (who wants to run her own bank one day) enrolled for her university course three weeks ago and currently stands at the top of her class - scoring 100 per cent on a recent exam. According to The Root, the mathematician's 6-year-old brother, Isaiah, is also "showing his own genius in high-school-level math". Read more on the story…

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Added by The Establishment on February 25, 2015 at 10:46am — 1 Comment

Black History Month: Faces From The New Civil Rights Movement

Kajieme Powell was murdered August 19th, 2014. Today’s #FacesofTheMovement post is very special. Qjuana is one of the people that many may not “know,” but she is necessary and appreciated.

Not only has Qjuana almost single-handedly…

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Added by The Establishment on February 25, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: National/International Reparations Summit

The National/International Reparations Summit is set to take place April 9th. Hosted by the Institute of the Black World, the four day event…

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Added by The Establishment on February 23, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Black History Month: The Story of Ella Baker, The Mentor of the People

"Strong people don't need strong leaders." The organizers of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) called Ella Baker "Fundi." It's a Swahili word meaning an artisan who has mastered their craft and shares their knowledge freely with the community. Though she wrote only a few articles in her lifetime, and gave only a handful of major speeches, Ella Baker was one of the core activists working tirelessly behind the scenes in the Civil Rights Movement to…

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Added by The Establishment on February 20, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

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