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Hidden Figures: The History Of Black Woman Preachers

Each semester I greet the students who file into my preaching class at Howard University with a standard talk. The talk is not an overview of the …

Black History

To Be Young, Missing And Black

The Yellow River in rural Newton County, Georgia, has many secrets. Its banks and unassuming-yet-dangerous waters wind quietly for 76 miles east of Atlanta, providing refuge and nurture for indigenous flora and fauna. It gave up one of its secrets on March 3 to a local fisherman: the body of a …

Social Media

This white writer wrote a slave narrative because James Baldwin dared him

William Styron’s “The Confessions of Nat Turner” was criticized for being a ‘caricatured’ representation of the famous slave rebel<p>T<i>he Confessions of</i> …

Black History

Who’s to Blame for a Generation of Angry White Men?

The media is missing the point in its sympathetic coverage of white male killers, the biggest threat to women, people of color, Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ …

Race & Ethnicity

Loíza: The Heart of Puerto Rico’s Black Culture

Black residents of the island discuss what it means to be Black or Afro-Puerto Rican on the island. NNPA Newswire Special Correspondent Tatyana …

Caribbean

Google Has a Striking History of Bias Against Black Girls

My first encounter with racism in search was in 2009 when I was talking to a friend who causally mentioned one day, “You should see what happens when …

Women of Color

Fifty years ago some called D.C. ‘the colored man’s paradise.’ Then paradise erupted.

On June 17, 1963, the body of murdered civil rights leaderMedgar Evers was borne through the streets of Washington, bound for a historic black church on 14th Street.<p>People bared their heads and wept as the hearse passed, followed by hundreds of mourners. Evers had been assassinated in Mississippi …

Black History

Ditch the Racially Coded Language, Lamar Jackson Is No One's Wide Receiver

There are many unknowns leading up to April's NFL draft, but one thing should be clear.<p>Lamar Jackson isn't a wide receiver. Not even close.<p>A Heisman Trophy winner who can effortlessly sling a pigskin 50 yards with a flick of the wrist while eluding a pass-rusher should not catch passes for a living.<p>…

NFL

I downloaded 14 years of my Facebook data and here's what happened

Facebook has an impeccable memory.<p>After downloading my stored data on the site — I've been a member since 2004 — I was presented with an enormous amount of personal details that have been collected about me over the years.<p>It had the phone number of my late grandmother who never had a Facebook …

Facebook

Paula Mae Weekes, The 1st Woman President of Trinidad and Tobago, Takes Office

by Tiffany McGee via thegrio.com For the first time, the twin island Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago has a…

Caribbean

A huge new Stanford and Harvard study proves that US inequality isn’t just about class

For decades, an increasingly loud chorus has claimed that economic inequality is primarily driven by class, with other possible reasons for disparities, such as race, playing a lesser role. They say that it is counterproductive to focus on inequality between races—instead, it is better to consider …

Income Inequality

Study Shows Wealth Doesn't Protect Black Boys From Falling Into Poverty

A new study reported by the <i>New York Times</i> shows that even when black boys are raised in wealthy households, they are more likely to earn less in …

Demographics

Fake women’s health centers target black women

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on the first reproductive rights case of the Trump era and since Neil Gorsuch took the bench. It …

Health Care

Parkland Survivors Call Out Media For Ignoring Gun Violence In Black Communities

A group of students who survived last month’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, slammed the media for not dedicating enough coverage to gun violence in black communities.<p>David Hogg, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a gunman shot and killed 17 people on Feb. 14, …

Guns

Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys

A study of 20 million children shows the fragility of the American Dream.

Racism

The first black woman aviator had to leave the U.S. in order to achieve her dreams

They called her “Brave Bessie” and although her story inspired generations, her path ended in tragedy<p><b>By Erin Blakemore</b><p>“NEGRESS AN AIR PILOT,” blared …

A Quiet Exodus: Why Black Worshipers Are Leaving White Evangelical Churches

FORT WORTH — Charmaine Pruitt wrote the names of 12 churches on a sheet of paper, tore the paper into 12 strips, and dropped them into a Ziploc bag. It was Sunday morning and time to pick which church to attend.<p>This time of the week two years earlier, there would have been no question. Ms. Pruitt, …

Fort Worth

Obama's legacy: He sparked hope -- and got blindsided

<b>(CNN) —</b> Barack Obama has been out of the White House for only a little more than a year. But it's not too soon for historians to begin to assess the impact of his momentous presidency. Soon after the election, I convened a conference at Princeton University to start the discussion, and now some of …

Political Science

What Does Dressing ‘Professionally’ Mean for Women of Color?

The rules aren’t the same for everyone.<p>They said they would help us understand what was “professional.”<p>It was my first year of law school, and, like many of my classmates, I had never held a full-time office job. I’d had summer internships, but those hadn’t required me to wear anything more formal …

Serena Williams Says Black Women Are Dying Because Doctors "Aren't Listening To Us"

In a recent interview with BBC Sport, America's top tennis player sounded off on an issue close to her heart. Serena Williams criticized doctors for …

How Native American Slaveholders Complicate the Trail of Tears Narrative

When you think of the Trail of Tears, you likely imagine a long procession of suffering Cherokee Indians forced westward by a villainous Andrew …

For Women and Minorities to Get Ahead, Managers Must Assign Work Fairly

Organizations have been trying to improve diversity in the workplace for decades — with little success. The most common techniques, such as one-time sensitivity trainings, haven’t worked. The numbers of women and people of color in leadership roles are still staggeringly low across industries. Also …

Women of Color

The Politics of Poor Whiteness

<i>*This post is part of our roundtable on Keri Leigh Merritt’s</i> Masterless Men<i>.</i><p>Occasionally a book comes along at a timely historical moment. Keri Leigh …

I'm Raising A Biracial Daughter In Japan, Where She's Surrounded By Blackface

I live in Tokyo, in a homogenous society where 98.5 percent of the population is Japanese. My wife Haruki is Japanese, and my 4-year-old daughter Kantra is the only black girl in her preschool class. I remember when the Japanese delivery nurse called her Halle Berry immediately after my wife gave …

Origins of Black Wall Street | Investopedia

<i>An excerpt from Shomari Wills' nonfiction book which tells the untold stories of six African American entrepreneurs who fought unimaginable odds to</i> …

Black disabled folks have been separated from the Black community since slavery

<b>by Leroy F. Moore Jr.</b><p>What did it mean when non-disabled slaves were set free?<p>Leroy F. Moore Jr., founding member of the National Black Disability …

Marcus Garvey: A New Biography on the Jamaican Black Nationalist

<i>This post is part of our blog series that announces the publication of selected new books in African American History and African Diaspora Studies.</i> …

Parents of abducted Nigerian girls plan to join Bring Back Our Girls campaign | Reuters

DAPCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Parents of schoolgirls newly abducted in northeastern Nigeria plan to join the Bring Back Our Girls movement that gained global prominence in a bid to win freedom for their girls, a community leader said on Friday.<p>A view shows the school in Dapchi in the northeastern …

Africa

The Africans Who Called Tudor England Home

Hundreds of Africans lived freely during the reign of Henrys VII and VIII.<p>No monarchy in the history of the Kingdom of England has garnered a cult …

White homeowner who complained of ‘hoodlums’ found guilty of murdering unarmed black man

In a case that drew comparisons to the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer, a white North Carolina man was found guilty of murder Thursday for gunning down an unarmed 20-year-old black man after complaining about “hoodlums” outside his house.<p>A jury in Wake County, …

Crime