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OP-ED: Mayor de Blasio continues push for zoning reform efforts to increase housing affordability

In New York City, Mayor Bill be Blasio is proposing major city zoning reform as a measure to protect and build affordable housing for Brooklynites. The proposal, the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing and Zoning for Quality and Affordability, aims to dismantle the “Tale of Two Cities”, i.e. the availability of affordable housing for lower income New York residence. The policy lays out requirement that developers build 25 to 30% of all new units for affordability in…

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Added by The Establishment on February 5, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

BOOK: Angela Davis' new book "Freedom Is a Constant Struggle - Ferguson, Palestine, and The Foundation Of A Movement" to be released next month

The goddess known as Angela Davis is releasing a new book next month called, "Freedom Is a Constant Struggle - Ferguson, Palestine, and The Foundation Of A Movement." "Freedom", a collection of essays, interviews, and speeches, is a vehicle in which Davis uses to connect the dots between institutionalized state violence and…

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Added by The Establishment on January 28, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

OP-ED: "Black, queer, feminist, erased from history: Meet the most important legal scholar you’ve likely never heard of"

In the 1960s, Dr. Pauli Murray, a black scholar and graduate of Howard University School of Law began the groundwork for what would later become the first winning legal argument that the Equal Protection Clause could and should be applied to cases of gender discrimination, in the ways in which it was applied in racial discrimination cases. In 1971, as part of Notorious RBG's (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) legal work in the Reed v. Reed case, Murray's groundbreaking previous research…

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Added by The Establishment on January 13, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Detroit High School student Taylor Amari Little's The Temple Project raises awareness and goods for homeless

Taylor Amari Little is a 17-year-old student from Michigan, where she is the founder of social justice student organization, Liberation of Hidden Colors, and an executive board member of Diversity Committee at Harrison High School. The Temple Project is Little's most recent endeavor.



TTP's objective is to remind people that the…

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Added by The Establishment on January 11, 2016 at 5:48pm — No Comments

FEATURE: #LoveYourLines redefines the perception of stretch marks

The Fitblr side of Tumblr would tell you that stretch marks are just cool as tiger stripes, and I’m inclined to agree. Stretch marks have long been considered to be an unsightly tell-tale sign of extreme weight loss or weight gain. And, as is the case with cellulite, many women possess stretch marks for any number of reasons—namely the natural changes a body experiences throughout a person’s life. Love Your…

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Added by The Establishment on January 5, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

OP-ED: For Black Boys Who Considered Anime When The Nightly News Was Way Too Much

As an aesthetic, anime is not in my wheelhouse. I am enamored with efficient and concise storytelling, development that doesn’t over explain, but trusts its viewers to put two and two together and doesn’t feel the need to devote 40% of its time recapping itself. So, me watching anime is by design an exercise of patience I did not know I possessed. I’m…

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Added by The Establishment on December 31, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: Sistah Vegan - 'White Fragility: Daring to Critique the Mainstream Food and Sustainability Movement’s White Hero'

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you’ve figure out that I’ve begun to use ‘fake’ advertisements to inspire dialog about the [white] elephant in the [dining] room. Recently, I wrote about what it means to propose permaculture workshops or retreats in ‘sundown’ towns (i.e., assuming everyone is white and will feel comfortable and safe in a ‘sundown’ region of the USA to learn permaculture). The post was called, …

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Added by The Establishment on December 31, 2015 at 6:15am — No Comments

FEATURE: Twitter Mocks Hillary Clinton's Pandering (after she posted a Kwanzaa-themed avatar) & Send Her Suggestions For A #NewHillaryLogo

It's not news that black people become white politicians' "best friends" come election time; however Hillary Clinton has learnt the hard way that there is a fine line when it comes to pandering for votes from the black community. The candidate for US president in 2016 received widespread backlash after posting a Kwanzaa-themed avatar on her twitter account Saturday night, and many argue that it seems to be about doing what her team thinks looks "cool" while being…

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Added by The Establishment on December 30, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Model & Blogger Cipriana Quann Sues NYPD For Alleged False Arrest Outside Brooklyn Nightclub

As reported by the NY Daily News, model and blogger Cipriana Quann is suing the New York Police Department. Quann, editor-in-chief of Urban Bush Babes, claims that she was falsely arrested by police (who were seeking a drug suspect) in May…

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Added by The Establishment on December 30, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Dr. Amie Breeze Harper - The Diversity Strategist, Writer, And Founder of The Sistah Vegan Project

Meet Dr. Amie Breeze Harper - the Critical Race, Decolonial, & Black Feminist Theorist. Harper, who has a PhD in Social Science and an MA in Educational Technologies from Harvard University, is widely known for her work as a diversity and inclusion consultant; as well as being the founder of the Sistah Vegan Project - a blog that the acclaimed writer…

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Added by The Establishment on December 29, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Police Will Not Face Charges Over The Killing of Tamir Rice

A US grand jury has decided that Cleveland policeman Timothy Loehman, the white officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November 2014, will not face charges for what can only be described as murder - as well as others involved in the case. Did they expect us not to notice because it's the holidays? Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty recommended the grand jurors' decision. "Mr. McGinty said that no matter how tragic the circumstances involving Tamir’s…

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Added by The Establishment on December 29, 2015 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Picture The Homeless - The Grassroots Organization (Founded And Led By Homeless People) That Fights For Social Justice

Check out Picture the Homeless - a grassroots community organizer focused on Civil Rights, housing, and education; founded and run by homeless people. Formed due to the increased harassment of homeless and African American men by police in New York, Anthony Williams and Lewis Haggins - two homeless men - founded the Bronx based nonprofit in 1999. Picture The Homeless state: "When Nicole Barrett was injured with a brick on the streets of New York in November of 1999,…

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Added by The Establishment on December 28, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Young, black activists emerge amid repeated police controversies in Chicago"

Since the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald last year (shot and killed by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke), young, black activists have been at the forefront of frequent protests in the city - described by the Chicago Tribune in a recent article as "a younger generation taking…

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Added by The Establishment on December 24, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Rita Bosaho of Progressive Political Party Podemos Becomes Spain's First Black Woman MP

“Why is it so striking that a black woman could end up in parliament? What does that say about us all being integrated?” states Rita Bosaho. Representing the Spanish political party Podemos, Bosaho (who was born in Equatorial Guinea and moved to Spain more than 30 years ago) has now become Spain's first black woman MP - in an election that saw a record number of women voted into the country’s lower parliament. …

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Added by The Establishment on December 23, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

KNOW YOUR BLACK HISTORY: Immigrants and Allies - Juan Cortina, Mexico and the Fight for Black Freedom

Hate speech against Mexicans and Mexican-Americans is well publicized this presidential cycle. But it is important to remember that Mexico and its people have historically sympathized with the plight of black Americans. As a black Creole who has Mexican relatives, I feel it is important to acknowledge how much history Mexicans, Afro-Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and black Americans have in common. It is time to acknowledge Mexican hero Juan…

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Added by The Establishment on December 22, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: Natural Hair Blogger Felipe Monteiro Talks About Men With Natural Hair In Brazil

You may or may not have noticed, but there's been a steady rise in the amount of men who are talking about their hair care on social networks. Three years ago, I was frustrated by the lack of male natural hair care references on Youtube (especially in Brazil), in which I could watch videos about caring for kinky and curly hair; so I ended up like many men watching video tutorials by black women. I was inspired nonetheless (after all, our hair is the same). It was…
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Added by The Establishment on December 21, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Sandra Bland: An American Tragedy"

"An American Tragedy!" That's the title of Bryan Smith's new in-depth article on Sandra Bland and the aftermath of her tragic death (found dead in a Texas jail after being threatened, assaulted, and arrested by Texas Trooper Brian Encinia during a traffic…

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Added by The Establishment on December 17, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "Why You Should Never Assume That A Black Person Can't Be Latino"

"Not all Latinos are the same, as projects like #DefineBlack and #LatinosBreakTheMold are proving. Latinos come in many different races, and from many different parts of the world. It's that diversity that makes the Latino identity so dynamic. Assuming that someone isn't Latino simply because they don't look "traditionally" Latino is problematic," states writer Zeba Blay in a new article for Huffington Post (titled, "Why You Should Never Assume That A Black Person…

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Added by The Establishment on December 17, 2015 at 12:07pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "This 116-Year-Old Brooklyn Woman Is the World’s Oldest Person"

Meet Susannah Mushatt Jones, the oldest verified person in the world. The Brooklyn resident was born in Alabama on July 6, 1899, and became the world's oldest person this year on June 17th (after the death of Jeralean Talley, who was six weeks older than her). Profiling the 116-year-old for NYMag, Christopher Bonanos writes: "One hundred and sixteen years ago, Susie’s tenant-­farmer father, Callie, could theoretically have voted, though Alabama’s poll taxes and…

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Added by The Establishment on December 17, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

PHOTO ESSAY: Over 10,000 Participate in Brasilia's First Black Women's March Against Racism, Violence and for Well Being

Activists from the Black Women’s Movement in Brazil and a wide array of social organizations marched on Wednesday November 18th 2015 to commemorate the first National Black Women's March Against Racism, Violence and for Well Being. Over 10,000 activists from all over Brazil…

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Added by The Establishment on December 15, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

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