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Lerone Bennett Jr., Historian of Black America, Dies at 89

Lerone Bennett Jr., a historian and journalist who wrote extensively on race relations and black history and was a top editor at Ebony magazine for decades, died on Wednesday in Chicago. He was 89.<p>The cause was advanced vascular dementia, Ebony said on its website.<p>Mr. Bennett was both lyrical and …

The Obamas’ portraits are not what you’d expect, and that’s why they’re great

By Philip Kennicott<p>Philip Kennicott<p>Art and architecture critic<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Art and architecture critic<p>The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled the official portraits of former president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, both painted by African American artists, and both striking …

Hey, Trump country! Stop being so smug. He is unlikely to soothe your anger.

By Jonathan Capehart<p>Jonathan Capehart<p>Opinion writer focusing on the intersection of social and cultural issues and politics<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Opinion writer<p>After reading the latest op-ed for The Post from Gary Abernathy, publisher and editor of the (Hillsboro, Ohio) Times-Gazette, I’ve got to get this …

Dollar Store

The Hero Cops Who Prevented a Congressional ‘Massacre’

A mass shooting during a congressional baseball practice early Wednesday morning could have been a full-blown “massacre,” Congress members say. …

North Carolina

Paris Decision Was Driven By the President's Rage and Fear

Let me expand on what I said below about President Trump’s climate decision being driven by emotion and rage.<p>A friend wrote in and said: Wait, you …

Maxine Waters, patron saint of resistance politics

“I have to attribute to this president that he so offended me that he inspired me.”<p>WASHINGTON, D.C. — On July 29, 1994 — nearly two and half decades …

Meet the New York Woman Whose Collection of African American History is One of the World's Best

African-American News

Five Techniques for Maintaining a Positive Mindset

Disappointments are a part of life. Here are five tips for staying positive when things don't go your way.<p>My great-grandparents, Cleve and Zelma Carder, lost almost everything they owned during the Dust Bowl years. After losing their homestead and ranch, they packed what they could into a Conestoga …

Happiness

An African-American Jockey Hasn't Won the Kentucky Derby for More Than a Century. Here's Why

In many sports, the professional athletes who broke through the boundaries placed around them for being African-American — like Jackie Robinson or …

Company behind Dakota Access Pipeline spills over 2 million gallons of drilling fluids into Ohio wetlands

Energy Transfer Partners has twice spilled drilling fluids into “pristine” Ohio wetlands this month.<p>Energy Transfer Partners — the company behind the …

Why Tai Chi Is As Good For You As CrossFit

You’ve probably seen groups of people practicing tai chi in a park, so you have some idea what it’s all about. Slow, mindful movements. No weights. …

Tai Chi

Underground defies TV convention with a stunning hour-long Harriet Tubman monologue

Her 1858 speech might feel a little more relevant than expected in 2017.<p><i>Every Sunday, we pick a new episode of the week. It could be good. It could be bad. It will always be interesting. You can</i> <i>read the archives here</i><i>. The episode of the week for April 8 t</i><i>hrough</i> <i>15 is “Minty,” the sixth episode of</i> …

Donald Trump Is the Personification of Toxic Masculinity

President Donald Trump is like an erect penis: He’s single-minded, obsessed with invasion, and dying to shoot. (He’s also wrinkly, rigid, and a …

Donald Trump

Farewell to Roger Wilkins, a Man of Honor in Tempestuous Times

Roger Wilkins left us on Saturday, the day he turned 85 years old. A great champion of social justice, a beloved member of the <i>Nation</i> community, a …

Black History

'Campaign Zero' launches tool on how to fight Trump's agenda

On Monday, Campaign Zero, an anti-police violence resource, launched an online tool that will help activists see where laws that would threaten civil …

C’mon, President Obama—Time to Start Returning Fire

President Barack Obama doesn’t have any official engagements on the horizon and hasn’t said much since returning from vacation, but we should still …

Wiretapping

Is it finally time for Obama to take down Trump?

We’ve all seen the photos on social media of former President Obama — relaxed and chillin’ with family and friends and generally being the coolest …

“Rolled his eyes”: Barack Obama has no words for Donald Trump’s claim that he wiretapped him

<b>(Getty/David McNew)</b><p>The former president believes that Trump is undermining “the integrity of the office”<p>Taylor Link<p>March 8, 2017 7:17pm (UTC)<p>Former President Barack Obama flatly denied the allegation that he wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election. Sources close to Obama told NBC News that …

Obama to receive JFK foundation's 'Profile in Courage' award

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Former President Barack Obama has been named the 2017 "Profile in Courage" award honoree by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.<p>The foundation said Thursday it is recognizing Obama for "expanding health security for millions of Americans, restoring diplomatic relations with …

Petition calls for Obama to run for office in France

Barack Obama might not be the most popular president among a certain segment of America, but the French are electing a new president in April, and …

The Supreme Court just delivered a major victory for gerrymandering opponents

<b>(AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)</b><p>The high court reverses lower court ruling in case against Virginia State Board of Elections<p>Taylor Link<p>March 1, 2017 7:16pm (UTC)<p>In a vital win for Democrats, the Supreme Court reversed a ruling in a federal lawsuit pertaining to redistricting efforts by GOP politicians …

A dozen polls now show Obamacare is more popular than ever

With repeal looming, American voters like Obamacare more than ever.<p>As Republicans inch closer to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, public support for the law is reaching new highs.<p>A new Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds the highest level of favorability toward the ACA in more than 60 …

Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking

WASHINGTON — In the Obama administration’s last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Russians — across the government. …

The erasure of Black History in our classrooms is a crime

It was my first time visiting the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, and the name plate read “Araminta Ross.” I stood in …

Black History

What’s Killing America’s Black Infants?

After she lost her son, Tonda Thompson dreamed of a baby in a washing machine. She’d stuffed in dirty clothes and closed the door. The lock clicked …

49 Years Ago, Harry Belafonte Hosted the Tonight Show—and It Was Amazing

Television made Donald Trump president. The master of <i>The Apprentice</i> created a character named “Donald Trump”—a tough but fair business genius—and …

The Legacy Called Obama

From the moment I awoke, angst wrapped itself around me. This was the day I, and countless people around the world, never wanted to see. This was the day Barack and Michelle Obama would bid our country farewell as President and First Lady.<p>My emotions were scattered. In one moment, I felt a …

Rita Dove: “The first thing that goes when a government becomes a tyranny are words”

<b>Rita Dove (AP/Charles Tasnadi)</b><p>Salon talks to poet Rita Dove about why degrading language and the arts threatens democracy and humanity<p>David Masciotra<p>February 5, 2017 6:00pm (UTC)<p>There are few writers worthy of such high distinction, but to read Rita Dove is to encounter the transformative. Her …

Reporter who witnessed Lewis beating calls Trump tweet 'beyond the pale'

MEMPHIS — Moses Newson is 89 now, but he’s never forgotten the day in 1961 when a South Carolina mob beat future congressman John Lewis for challenging that state’s segregated interstate bus stations.<p>“That’s when I saw the first blood on the Freedom Rides,’’ says Newson, formerly of Memphis, who …