29 Feb, 2024

History of Lynchings in the South Documents Nearly 4,000 Names

An updated report on the brutal history of lynching and white terrorism experienced by Blacks in America. A block from the tourist-swarmed headquarters of the former Texas School Book Depository sits the old county courthouse, now a museum. In 1910, a group of men rushed into the courthouse, threw a rope around the neck of […]

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Reclaiming ALL of Black History

You cannot add a “but” onto Black Lives Matter. You can’t align yourself to a multi-faceted, all-inclusive movement and still carry prejudices that put you at odds with it’s leaders. You can’t claim to want to fight against white supremacy while harboring the exact patriarchal, misogynist, homophobic, hetero-normative beliefs that characterize their oppression. While Black […]

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Black Robes, White Justice: An Open Letter to the St. Louis County Circuit Court

  To the Honorable Maura McShane, Justice, St. Louis County Circuit Court: Greetings. I recently learned that you denied the request of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to convene a new grand jury in the Ferguson case and appoint a neutral, special prosecutor to independently oversee the grand jury process. I write this missive to […]

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The Darkness of Light / The Problem with ‘Light Girls’

This critique is not meant to discredit the experiences of the women interviewed, but to analyze the discussion and look further into the source(s) of colorism. After watching Bill Duke’s documentary Light Girls, there seemed to be a few things left unsaid. It didn’t shed a lot of light on the larger issues of black […]

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An Interview with Ackee & Saltfish and Strolling Film-Maker Cecile Emeke

Introduction: I was able to catch up with the UK native, Cecile Emeke, an amazing film maker of the youtube series “Strolling”. In her video she gives voice to black youth in the UK to tell their stories of topics surrounding Black culture and Blackness. These stories are ones that are not often heard compared to […]

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FBI Says Explosion Outside NAACP Office in Colorado Deliberate

An explosion outside an NAACP office building in Colorado on Tuesday morning that rattled neighbors was caused deliberately, officials say. An improvised explosive device was detonated against the exterior wall of the NAACP building on South El Paso Street in Colorado Springs around 10:45 a.m. Mountain time. No one was injured, said Amy Sanders, a […]

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To Be Seen, Not Heard: A Critique of Selma

Recent film Selma, produced by Oprah Winfrey and directed by Ava DuVernay, has joined the ranks of 12 Years a Slave, Cesar Chavez, and other films which downplay the role women of color played when it came to suffering discrimination, as well as fighting for civil rights. Though what makes Selma special is the two […]

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The Respectabilty Myth : How Black Folks “Do Better” than Einstein and Still Get Unfair Treatment

  In the midst of Black America’s thunderous howl of outrage at police injustice, there remains a sect of blacks who believe we are to blame for our own relentless slaughter. These people say if we stopped shooting each other, whites would stop shooting us.They say if black women were to cover up more, they […]

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Seattle Officer Who Broke Handcuffed Woman’s Eye Socket Will Not Face Charges

Officials recently announced criminal charges would not be filed against a Seattle police officer who broke a woman’s eye socket while arresting her over the summer, multiple local TV stations reported. The June 22 incident, which was filmed on the officer’s dashboard camera, occurred when Officer Adley Shepherd responded to a domestic violence call and attempted to arrest 23-year-old Miyekko […]

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