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Forgotten Tale Of Japan's First Black Samurai Bound For The Big Screen

The Japanese revered the African former slave in the 16th century.<p>There is very little recorded history on Yasuke, the young African man believed to be Japan’s first black samurai, but his story may soon be told on the silver screen.<p>Lionsgate has asked screenwriter Gregory Wilden, the creator of …

Gaza crippled by electricity crisis as power plant runs out of fuel

<b>(CNN) —</b> Gaza's only power plant has run out of fuel, leaving 2 million residents of the coastal enclave with only four hours of electricity a day in what the UN cautions could be the tipping point to making Gaza "unlivable."<p>The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza blame each …

Israel

All the 'Game of Thrones' deaths, ranked from least tragic to most tragic

Over the past six seasons, a lot of people on "Game of Thrones" have died. It's a game of survival, and you're lucky if you've made it this far.<p>Some of these characters came back from the dead. We barely knew some of them, and we knew a lot of them so well that we shed a tear or two (or …

TV Series
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How We Got Here: Essential Reading to Understand the History of Racism

Born into slavery, Frederick Douglass went on to become one of the most brilliant and influential authors, abolitionists, and general champions of human rights in American history. While his first and most acclaimed book, <i>Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass</i>, describes his brutal life as a …

Black History

After fleeing the Nazis, many Jewish refugee professors found homes at historically black colleges

And they were shocked by race relations in the South<p>When Jewish refugee Ernst Borinski fled Nazi Germany, he found a new home in very strange place: …

This black writer penned plantation fiction while passing as white

Charles Chestnutt wrote enduring tales of the Old South<p>Charles Chesnutt is remembered as one of the best and earliest African American short story …

Black History

In Honor of Black History Month, 10 Heroes You May Not Have Heard Of

These are life stories worth knowing 🙌 🙌.<p>Black History Month is the time to honor the role and achievements of African-Americans in the United States. While some groundbreaking heroes are well-known, there are many unsung heroes worth celebrating—particularly African-American women. Here, we …

Black History

Why Earth’s magnetic poles could be about to swap places — and how it could affect us

The Earth's magnetic field surrounds our planet like an invisible force field — protecting life from harmful solar radiation by deflecting charged particles away. Far from being constant, this field is continuously changing. Indeed, our planet's history includes at least several hundred global …

Earth Science

In a final insult, Gambia's ex-leader looted millions of dollars, his successor says

The last act of a dictator who ruled his country for 22 years was massive embezzlement, according to the new government of Gambia, where Yahya Jammeh was forced to give up power under West African military and diplomatic pressure.<p>Jammeh tried to cling to power after losing elections last month, but …

Africa

How MLK can get you out of your 'Trump Slump'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Are you experiencing the following symptoms?<p>Insomnia: No sleep because you dread what happens over the next four years.<p>Hallucinations: You keep thinking that what you saw on TV last November must be a bad dream.<p>Fits of rage: You've unfriended half of your Facebook friends and you won't talk …

Black History

From Yellowstone to Toba: Here are some of the world's biggest supervolcanoes

Supervolcanoes are loosely defined as volcanoes that can eject more than 1,000km3 of material during an eruption – around 1,000 times bigger than a …

Geology

A billion stars of the Milky Way captured in astonishing space map of night sky

The most detailed map of the night sky ever produced, which pinpoints the locations of more than one billion stars, was released today.<p>The image is the result of 14 months of sky scanning by the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite which carries a one-billion pixel camera designed by British …