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Dred Scott, slave catchers and slave patrols

The week after the shooting of Mike Brown, in August of 2014, I wrote about St. Louis, and Missouri’s history as a slave state in “Show Me Missouri …

How Slavery Changed the DNA of African Americans

8.4K<p>SHARES<p>Our genetic make-up is the result of history. Historical events that influenced the patterns of migration and mating among our ancestors …

Black History

Mapping the Great Migration: Black Americans' Exodus To The North

<b>In 1910, 83% of African Americans lived in the South</b>, about the same percentage that had lived there since at least as far back as 1790.<p>In the 60 years that followed, growing racism and a lack of economic opportunities in the South led more than <b>6 million</b> African Americans to migrate north. The pull …

How the New Civil Rights Movement Can Build on the Lessons of the Old

<i>We asked a number of contributors to share their reactions to a post by activist and author Michelle Alexander that we published earlier this month</i> …

Black History

#TheHistorySoundtable II: 70 Recent History Books by Black Women

Co-authored by Sowande’ Mustakeem and Keisha N. Blain<p>In recognition of the dynamic work being done by black women scholars, here is a list of 70 new …

Bill O’Reilly’s slavery denial: Claiming slaves who built the White House were “well-fed” doesn’t soften our brutal history

The Fox News host delivers the worst “well, actually” postscript ever to Michelle Obama’s inspiring DNC speech<p>Bill O'Reilly just wants you to get the facts straight. It's not like he's ever gotten anything wrong or been deliberately misleading before, right? And on Tuesday, had a bone to pick with …

Why many black women feel deeply ambivalent about Hillary Clinton’s historic nomination

Women’s history has a long record of leaving black women behind.<p>Hillary Clinton’s presidential nomination shatters a glass ceiling nearly as old as our nation itself. But over the course of Clinton’s campaign, some black women have been both anxious and ambivalent about the prospect of Clinton as …

Slaves at the White House Did More Than Just Build It

Following Michelle Obama’s reminder to Americans that she wakes up every morning in a house built by slaves, the White House Historical Association …

The best career advice you never hear in graduation speeches

“Follow your passion” is the stupidest career advice I’ve ever heard. Why? Because my passion in life is for singing bad karaoke. My friend Dodgy …

Happiness

Make your iPhone read aloud to you

Turn iBooks into audiobooks.<p>You don't need to pay for an Audible subscription to have your iPhone read books to you. By enabling an accessibility setting, you can make your iPhone read the text of whatever it is you have open, from a book in iBooks to an article you have open in Safari or another …

Apps

TimePorter Apple Watch Travel Case and Charger by Twelve South

Carry everything you need to keep your smartwatch running with the TimePorter Apple Watch Travel Case and Charger by Twelve South. With enough space …

Smartwatches

Comcast will let you watch Netflix like a regular cable channel

The deal with the No. 1 US cable company is the biggest Netflix has ever scored.<p>Comcast customers later this year will be able to watch Netflix shows or movies just like they would click to see a regular channel.<p>The two companies said Tuesday they have reached an agreement to incorporate Netflix …

Televisions

Free app lets you save seven times more photos on your iPhone

When you think of the name “Avast,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? We can guarantee it won’t be iPhone photo storage apps, but the …

A College Without Classes

This article is from the archive of our partner<p>MANCHESTER, Mich. — Had Daniella Kippnick followed in the footsteps of the hundreds of millions of …

This Is What It's Like to Be Homeless in University

Most students aren't sure what they want to do after graduation, and there's something sexy about that. But there's nothing sexy about not knowing where your next meal will come from.<p>I was at a bar awhile back with some of my university friends, sharing beers and relaxing, when a homeless man …

Is Martin O'Malley the Most Promising Presidential Candidate for Student Loan Borrowers?

<i>This post is part of an ongoing series by Credible about how the 2016 presidential candidates would affect student loans and the financing of education for students and borrowers.</i><p>Democrat Martin O’Malley, who has served as both Mayor of Baltimore and Governor of Maryland, has all but announced his …

College & University

Colorado becomes first state to approve bill giving terminally ill access to experimental medication

Colorado became the first state to allow terminally ill patients to have access to experimental medicine not yet approved by the FDA Saturday.<p>Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the so-called 'right to try' bill into law in Fort Collins. The bill's co-sponsor, Democratic State Rep. Joann Ginall, was …

More states grant in-state tuition to immigrants

New Jersey and three other states have recently passed statutes to allow students brought to the United State illegal as children to pay in-state tuition, energizing immigration-rights supporters.<p>The changes last year brings the number of states that now have such statutes to 15, according to the …

Long Beach City College experiments with tiered pricing

Every semester since 2009, Sequoyah Hilt has tried to sign up for a phlebotomy course at Long Beach City College. She never got a seat.<p>Then Hilt heard that the school had openings for her long-awaited class. There was just one catch: The monthlong winter extension course could cost up to $225 per …

College & University

More youths crossing U.S.-Mexico border alone

Unaccompanied teens and even children, many from Central America, often cross into Texas illegally in search of safety.<p>February 21, 2014|By Molly Hennessy-Fiske<p>U.S. Border Patrol officers meet near a border fence and security tower… (John Moore / Getty Images )<p>HARLINGEN, Texas — They come from …

Immigration

China to ease one-child policy

China takes a new step to loosen its one-child policy, allowing millions more parents to have two children<p><b>China</b> has taken a new step to loosen its one-child policy, in a move that will allow millions more parents to have a second child if they wish to.<p>In the first comprehensive set of reforms under …

China

New Yorkers Get Free Power In The Parks

Months after Hurricane Sandy left New York scrambling for power, the city is unveiling 25 solar powered charging stations in parks and public spaces throughout the five boroughs, starting today.<p>The pilot project between AT&T and the city of New York is officially called AT&T Street Charge. (DUMBO …

Grasping for a Vine: Video for Instagram Will Be Sole Reveal at Facebook Event Thursday

Instagram plans to release a video product this Thursday at a press event at Facebook’s headquarters, according to multiple sources familiar with the …