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OP-ED: "Black history is some of the most inspiring American history of all"

I reject the nonsense that American History is not Black History. I saw an article making this claim sometime ago. Black history is some of the most inspiring American history of all. Black people, both free and slaves, fought against slavery continually from the day the first slaves were taken from Africa to the Americas. Many fought being taken from Africa or being delivered to the Americas as slaves. Numerous ships carrying slaves to America had revolts or were…

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Added by The Establishment on July 3, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: “Looking Back at Huey Newton’s Thoughts on Gay Rights…”

In the wake of The Supreme Court's legalization of same-sex marriage across the US, and in light of Obama's endorsement of the LGBTQ movement, take a look back at Huey P. Newton’s Thoughts on Gay Rights. Hip Hop and Politics profiled a speech that the late activist and Black Panther co-founder gave August 15 1970 regarding the the women’s liberation and gay…

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Added by The Establishment on July 3, 2015 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: "The Supreme Court Might Destroy Affirmative Action Because This White Woman’s Grades Weren’t Good Enough"

The Supreme Court may soon destroy affirmative action in the United States all because of one white woman whose grades simply weren't good enough. Abigail Fisher, a white Houston student, sued the University of Texas for race discrimination after she was "wrongly" rejected - blaming the university's affirmative action program. Her argument: “There were people in my class with lower grades who weren’t in all the activities I was in, who were being accepted into UT,…

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Added by The Establishment on July 2, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: Rose-colored Colorblindness - Same Hate, Same Target, Different Decade, New Generation

The story of a black church in America being turned into a crime scene at the hands of a hate-driven terrorist attack is all too familiar. It is part of the historical narrative of America’s race relations struggle. However, this narrative of blatant racial hate we see playing out before our eyes in Charleston, S.C. is not new, but it is new to the latest generation of minorities labeled as Late-Generation X, Millennials and Generation Z. Images from the…

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Added by The Establishment on July 1, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Freedom Fighter Bree Newsome Releases Statement

Yesterday, Bree Newsome - the courageous activist who removed the Confederate Flag that flies in front of the South Carolina Statehouse - released a statement via Blue Nation Review. In the letter, she explains her reasons for removing the flag; and calls us all to action, saying: "I…

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Added by The Establishment on June 30, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: #NotTooProudToFight Hashtag Highlights #intersectionality of Fight For LGBTQ Equality With Fight Against Racism For Queer People of Color

As Darnell L. Moore puts it (via MIC), "If LGBTQ people have reason to be proud today, it is because of the radical responses of the tenacious freedom fighters, black and brown folk among them, who refused to be mistreated and shamed by the state or society.". However as Moore (a Brooklyn-based…

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Added by The Establishment on June 29, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: "We Can't Wait Any Longer" - Activist Bree Newsome Removes Confederate Flag In Front of South Carolina Statehouse

Since the shooting of nine black churchgoers in South Carolina two weeks ago, there have been renewed calls for the removal of the Confederate Flag in front of the South Carolina Statehouse (a constant reminder of racism and white supremacy). This past Saturday one woman took matters…

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Added by The Establishment on June 29, 2015 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: "Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage Nationwide"

The United States Supreme Court has now legalized gay marriage nationwide, a giant leap that follows the thirteen year fight of gay activists across race lines. Under the 14th amendment, states are now required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize any same-sex union legally performed in another state. As reported by the Huffington Post, the justices outlined several reasons for extending marriage rights to same-sex couples: "They wrote that…

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Added by The Establishment on June 26, 2015 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

OP-ED: The Charleston Church Shooting Is Another Reason Why South Carolina Needs To Get Rid Of The Confederate Flag

Dylann Roof, 21, white, walked into the oldest church in the south, Emanuel AME Church, setting off fire killing nine people. “You rape our women and are taking over our country,” was his justification. But in Roof’s case, we didn’t know who he was. The day of his birthday, it wasn’t reported that he received a 45-caliber pistol from his father. No one published a story in the news when Dylann first received a jacket with flags of Apartheid-era South…

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Added by The Establishment on June 19, 2015 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: It’s Deeper Than Hair - A Tumultuous Journey to Self-Love

For some, the larger their coarse, coily hair becomes, the more uniquely beautiful they feel. For me, it was like being forced to exist in society wearing fewer clothes as time passed until I was finally wearing absolutely nothing. No two journeys (yes, it is a journey) in the pursuit of natural hair are the same, but I never would have thought mine would be like this.

By Kim…

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Added by The Establishment on June 19, 2015 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: 9 Dead After White Terrorist Guns Down Church Members At Historic Black Church in South Carolina

Last night, nine people were gunned down by a white male at one of South Carolina's most historic black churches. Church members were gathered at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Church ( in Charleston) for bible service when the lone man - approximately 21 years of age - started shooting. One of those killed in the mass shooting was the church's pastor, state Senator …

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Added by The Establishment on June 18, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: The Dominican Republic's Ethnic Cleansing of Haitians

WTF?! In what can only be described as ethnic cleansing, around 500,000 legally stateless Dominican Haitians, who were stripped of their citizenship in a 2013 court ruling that sparked world wide criticism, could reportedly be deported to Haiti starting today. According to reports,…

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Added by The Establishment on June 17, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: '8 Transgender Women of Color Who Are Doing More Than Just Being Visible'

As the world remains abuzz with images of Caitlin Jenner's Vanity Fair Cover story (the first out transgender woman to cover the magazine), The Root have chosen to direct some of this attention onto 8 remarkable trans women of color who are not only living their…

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Added by The Establishment on June 4, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: Race Forward - Time To Drop Antiquated Racial Designations

America has moved forward on gay rights, legalizing marijuana and other topics. It is time to move forward on race. Who am I to talk about race? To America I am just another black face. But I understand the complicated history of race in America, because my family has lived every facet of it. We are Louisiana Creoles whose history starts in the 1600s here in the Americas. I know where my African and European relatives originated. I have white relatives and relatives…

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Added by The Establishment on June 3, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'Blending French and African Identities'

Check out this new article from The New York Times Lens blog, a write up exploring the balancing act that many first generation French-Africans face juggling their French and African identities. The article, written by Whitney Richardson, features photos from Carolina Arantes' ongoing photo-documentary project “First Generation,”which captures the daily lives of young Afro-French women. The Brazilian photographer states, “I wanted to…

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Added by The Establishment on May 27, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: #SayHerName Rally in NY (Remembering the Black Women Killed By Police)

On Wednesday a vigil was held in Union Square (NYC) to remember the black women and girls killed by police in America - an event which has highlighted the gender-blindness of officers when it comes to police brutality. Family members of some of victims were present, such as those of Tanisha Anderson, Rekia Boyd, Miriam Carey, Michalle Cusseux (pictured). As reported by …

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

OP-ED: With Police Brutality, An Officer's Race Doesn't Matter

The continuous killings of blacks by police is the alarming news story of today. And while most cases have involved white officers shooting and killing unarmed young Blacks in America, the Freddie Gray case included six officers, three of them who were Black. The story in Freddie Gray's death is an everyday incident, similar to an episode of The Wire, as officers would be involved in, rough driving, taking sharp turns to add an extra punishment to the person who…

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Added by The Establishment on May 21, 2015 at 12:05pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Afro Brazilians to Afro Iranians. Black is everywhere

Last year I went to Puerto Rico. What did I expect? Warm weather, great food, late nights, but not black people. I thought that if I saw black people they’d be tourists just like myself. That was the moment when I realized that I forgot that slaves weren’t just taken to the U.S but all of the America’s across the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, Brazil took the most slaves from West Africa. Again, when I think of a Brazilian person, I wouldn’t automatically think…

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Added by The Establishment on May 15, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: "The Grim, Racist (and Likely Illegal) Methods of One Brooklyn Landlord"

The divisive subject of gentrification is the theme of a new interview from New York Magazine. The interviewee being a white Brooklyn landlord who shares some frank and revealing words on New York gentrification and its treatment of the black community. Check out some excerpts from the interview below and read it in full …

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Added by The Establishment on May 13, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Study Debunks The Myth of The Absent Black Father

Published data from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) debunk long existing stereotypes about black fatherhood, proving that black fathers in America play as much of an active role in their children's lives as other races. Although more likely to live separately from their children, the data shows that African-American fathers are just as hands-on when it comes to raising them. Read more on the story …

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Added by The Establishment on May 12, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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