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1942 Year Of Opportunity For Montford Point Marines

1942 would prove to be a year of opportunity for African-American soldiers. On August 26th of that year, 600 recruits, now known to the world as the Montford Point Marines, began training in North Carolina. Until this time, black soldiers had not been allowed in the so-called “toughest outfit” of the segregated United States armed […]

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Africa and Earth Day 2018

Earth Day 2018 Focuses On Ending Plastics Pollution

This year Earth Day’s emphasis will be ending plastic pollution. Earth Day Network, the organization behind World Earth Day, is leading a push for the elimination of single use plastics and uniform regulation of plastic disposal. EDN hopes to achieve its goal by educating the world about the dangers associated with plastic use and disposal. […]

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Columbite Tantalite: a short film by Chiwetel Ejiofor

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South Africa’s First Black President and Anti-apartheid Icon Nelson Mandela Dead At Age 95

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, South African anti-apartheid revolutionary icon, politician, philanthropist and first black president died December 5 at the age of 95. Mandela had been recovering at home in recent months from a lung ailment. He led South Africa’s transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, to the country’s current multi-party democratic government. Dismantling the institutionalized system of racism called apartheid […]

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Half Of a Yellow Sun

Nollywood’s Most Expensive Film Ever: ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’

‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ is Nollywood’s largest production ever with a cost of N1.27billion. The film, featuring Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor, is based on the novel of same name. The film is set during the now-50-year-old Nigerian Civil (Biafra) War. It is especially relevant and timely given Nigeria’s precarious political climate. The author […]

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Black Love Day

(Every Day Should Be) Black Love Day

I always thought I was up on things but I completely missed this one– Black Love Day. It’s been around since 1993  and was created by  Washington DC native, Ayo Handy Kendii. Kendii sought an alternative to the over-commercialized (like every other American holiday) Valentine’s Day. Strategically placed on Feb. 13, Black Love Day has 13 […]

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AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ADINKRA SYMBOLS

The significance of the  adinkra symbols lies primarily in the fact that they are part of an ancient writing system of West Africa. The use of these symbols is important  because most African cultures have maintained an oral tradition. The Akan people, creators of the adinkra symbols, populated the land which is  modern-day Ghana and […]

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Danai Gurira as Michonne in AMC's "The Walking Dead"

Rising Black Star: Danai Gurira

 DANAI GURIRA       Actor, playwright    Born:          Grinnell, Iowa to Zimbabwean parents    Studied:     Social Psychology at Macalaster College                              MFA from New York University’s Tisch                 […]

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Congress pushes Obama to posthumously pardon Marcus Garvey

Eighteen members of Congress have penned a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to grant a posthumous pardon to Marcus Garvey. Garvey, who was born in Jamaica, led the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League organization in the 1920s before he was convicted of mail fraud in what many

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Kanye West’s shameless quest for whiteness

Kanye West has always been a shameless, fame whoring opportunist. You know that some black men in America, with the addition of a little wealth and notoriety, can’t help but sell their (formerly) black souls just to get that much closer to whiteness. Thanks in large part to the highly effective

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Marching bands refuse to perform at Trump’s inaugural parade

Marching bands in the Washington, D.C., area are opting not to apply to be part of the inaugural parade for president-elect Donald Trump. Ballou High School’s Majestic Marching Knights played Destiny’s Child’s “Lose My Breath” at George W. Bush’s second inaugural parade in 2005 and James Brown’s “I Got You (I

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Meagan Good to star in ‘Foxy Brown’ series produced by husband

Foxy Brown, the 1974 cult classic, is coming to Hulu as a television adaptation starring Meagan Good. The iconic role of Foxy, originally played by Pam Grier, has long been considered the perfect representation of a strong, independent African-American woman. In the film, the character of Foxy was out for revenge after

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Lawyers say Castile was ‘negligent’ in own death, high on marijuana

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys for a Minnesota police officer who killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop in July are asking that charges against him be dismissed, saying Castile was negligent in his own death and claiming he was high on marijuana while driving and did not obey the officer’s commands. In court documents

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Self-defense workshop shows black men how to get out of chokehold

Shaun Leonardo has been teaching public self-defense classes for some time, but last year, he started an unusual, yet opportune workshop called ‘I Can’t Breathe.’ After Eric Garner’s death from a police chokehold, Leonardo decided to show participants how to get out of such potentially lethal holds. “It really started when Trayvon Martin was

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Diversity on magazine covers vastly improved in 2016

Last year, only 19.8 percent of magazine covers featured people of color, but that number has vastly improved in 2016, according to Fashionista. In looking at 147 different titles, 27 of 136 covers for 2015 featured people of color, a slight improvement from 2014, in which 27 of 137 covers featured people of

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