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Did Africans Sell Africans Into Slavery? Let’s Ask Some Africans

photo credit: Wikimedia CommonsIf there is a historical weapon more powerful and decisive than guns, it is certainly guilt. Those who seek to conquer …

Black History

Witnesses Expose Ronald Reagan’s Dirty Secret in Guatemala

His genocidal campaign against the Maya in Guatemala’s highlands during the 1980s killed at least 70,000 people. But conservative Christians backed …

Who Are The Prisoners The U.S. And Iran Are Exchanging?

On Saturday, Iran released four detained Iranian-Americans and the U.S. released or pardoned seven Iranians, and dropped extradition requests for 14 more, in a highly choreographed prisoner exchange. Iran also simultaneously released a fifth American detainee.<p>The news comes as Iran is poised to …

Pictures of the Week 8.27.15

President Obama Visits Treme in New Orleans

NBA star Derrick Rose accused of rape, reports say

Former girlfriend of Rose’s files lawsuit alleging she was drugged and raped by Rose and two friends as player’s spokesperson dismisses claims as ‘outrageous’<p>Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls point guard, is reportedly being sued by an unnamed woman who alleges she was drugged and raped by Rose and …

'Things will never be the same': the oral history of a new civil rights movement

One year ago, the world turned to Ferguson. From mourning emerged a coalition of activists proclaiming that black lives matter and fighting for life and love. The Guardian spoke to 18 leaders about what has changed and what has not ... yet<p><b>Saturday 9 August 2014: ‘</b>Oh my God, they left him in the …

A Forgotten Slaughter of African-Americans in Texas

Last month marked the 90th anniversary of the Rosewood Massacre in Florida and calls a similar Texas slaughter to mind.<p>The 1923 Rosewood Massacre saw …

The Secret History Of Black Baseball Players In Japan

In the fall of 1936, a 24-year-old black baseball player from rural Louisiana stepped off a boat in Tokyo. His name was James Bonner. An ace pitcher with a vicious submarine pitch, Bonner, according to Japanese newspapers breathlessly heralding his arrival, once threw 22 strikeouts in a single game …

Outrage as 9 Sudanese women face 40 lashes for wearing trousers

Rights groups say arrest of Christians is further evidence of routine discrimination against non-Muslims, frequently punished for ‘indecent dress’<p>A Sudanese Christian woman arrested for wearing trousers has narrowly escaped the punishment of 40 lashes, in a case that human rights groups say is …

Human Rights

Ta-Nehisi Coates: The Confederate flag “represents the lie” at the core of American history

<b>Ta-Nehisi Coates (Wikimedia/Eduardo Montes-Bradley)</b><p>Namely, that “half this country thought it was a good idea to raise an empire rooted in slavery”<p>Scott Eric Kaufman<p>July 14, 2015 5:50pm (UTC)<p>In an interview with Slate's Isaac Chotiner, Ta-Nehisi Coates discussed his new book, "Between the World and …

Ta-Nehisi Coates

El Chapo Escapes from Mexican Prison

“It was always based on a flat lie”: Why neo-Confederates are finally losing the war for American history

<b>A woman waves a sign as she waits for the Confederate battle flag to be removed from in front of the South Carolina Statehouse, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)</b><p>The states’ rights explanation of the Civil War was always doomed, celebrated historian James Loewen tells …

South Carolina

Texas shooting: Islamic State claims responsibility for first US attack as gunmen named

A series of tweets by Islamic State fighters claim that the two gunmen who attacked an event in Garland, Texas, were doing so in the name of Isil<p>Two jihadist gunmen targeting a competition to draw caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed have been shot dead in what is believed to be the first <b>Islamic</b> …

Central Africa launches regional war against Boko Haram

New regional war unfolding in central Africa as Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad unite against Boko Haram – with help from France, America and Britain<p>An MI-24 helicopter gunship, bristling with rockets, clattered over the swirling brown current of the Chari river before landing in <b>Chad's</b> capital, …

The story behind Marshawn Lynch’s unique high-altitude training mask

As Super Bowl XLIX approaches, the overwhelming focus of media attention has been on the Patriots’ inability to properly inflate their footballs and …

Watch this claymation video of Marshawn Lynch's 'Beastquake' run

On Jan. 8, 2011, <b>Marshawn Lynch</b> made one of the greatest runs in NFL history when his impossible 67-yard touchdown propelled Seattle past the New …

The history of Black History Month

On this, the first week of Black History Month, it’s important to take a look back at the circumstances that led to what was initially designed to be …

St. Louis Rams: We did not apologize

Pictures of the Week 12.4.14