Black History

Is there finally a new arts movement for black people?

Afro-Portraitism was born out of a new wave of black artists' distinct approaches to their identities<p>There have been few historically-recognised artistic movements in the western world that have centered black people. The British Black Arts Movement, a radical 1980s political art movement inspired …

Black Culture

Analysis: Has Trump Improved Race Relations in the First 100 Days?

"Today and every day of my presidency I pledge to do everything I can to continue that promise of freedom for African-Americans and for every American…We're going to bring this country together."- President Donald Trump<p>President Donald Trump has offered grand gestures, questionable policies, and a …

Donald Trump

L.A. 1992: How Race Riots Have Shaped America

The smoke and billowing flames from South-Central Los Angeles crept as far north as Hollywood during the Rodney King riots, dubbed by street-corner …

Racism

New video: 'I Am Not Your Negro' a showcase of James Baldwin’s challenge to America

<b>New on Blu-ray</b><p>“I Am Not Your Negro” (Magnolia DVD, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98; also available on VOD)<p>One of the most popular documentaries to hit art-house theaters in years, Raoul Peck’s provocative, probing “I Am Not Your Negro” turns an abandoned James Baldwin writing project into a far-reaching …

Black Culture

Berkeley protesters got free massages in 'empathy tent'

Whether you're an alt-left snowflake or an alt-right fascist, Berkeley's 'Empathy Tent' is open to you.<p>Pro-Trump and anti-Trump protestors alike received free shoulder and neck massages in the Empathy Tent on Thursday, April 27, following the cancellation of conservative writer Ann Coulter's …

San Francisco Bay Area

Renamed and shamed: taking on Britain's slave-trade past, from Colston Hall to Penny Lane

Buildings, streets and statues across Britain commemorate men who may have been philanthropists, but also owned and traded slaves. Now a number of cities are starting to face up to their histories<p>Edward Colston is, says Katie Finnegan-Clarke, “almost like a cult figure” in Bristol. There is a …

History

Meet the descendant of a Confederate soldier who is blocking Florida's first slavery memorial

TALLAHASSEE — A proposal to create the first slavery memorial in Florida unanimously passed the state House on Friday with roaring applause — but its …

Florida

25 Years Since Rodney King Riots: Race, Rebellion and Rebirth in South L.A.

LOS ANGELES — Najee Ali watched the first flares of unrest in South Central Los Angeles from home, heeding his better instincts to stay out of trouble after four police officers were cleared in the beating of Rodney King.<p>He changed his mind when a group of black men pounded a white trucker …

Justice

The ANC is Mandela’s legacy. Now his granddaughter has renounced South Africa’s ruling party.

JOHANNESBURG — She was the eldest grandchild of Nelson Mandela, and that meant politics were woven into her life. As a child, it meant visiting her grandfather in prison as he served time for fighting apartheid. Later, it meant celebrating in the presidential office as the racist system fell.<p>And …

Africa

Meet American Girl’s first ever Korean American doll

Arriving on the (very tiny) heels of creative and enterprising dolls of color, like 2017’s Girl of the Year Gabriela McBride and last year’s Civil …

Black Culture

Rodney King Movie Review Film Summary (2017)

"Rodney King" is a film of provocations, starting with its opening lines, delivered by writer and star Roger Guenveur Smith: "Fuck Rodney King in his …

Facebook

This interview is based on an oral history that I collected with Washington, D.C.-grown and Bronx, New York-based playwright <b>Nina Angela Mercer</b> on May …

Black Culture

L.A. Originals Terrace Martin + Ill Camille Remember The 1992 Riots [Interview]

<i>Photo of the L.A. ’92 riots courtesy of Getty.</i>Apr. 29, 1992. 1:00 p.m. <b>Judge Stanley Weisberg</b> announced that the jury for the <b>Rodney King</b> assault …

Black Lives Matter

Roger Guenveur Smith's one-man show asks America to take a closer look at Rodney King

<i>Roger Guenveur Smith performs his one-man show "Rodney King."; Credit: Netflix</i>John Horn with Monica Bushman | The FrameTwenty-five years ago …

Southern California

A Georgetown sociology professor has a radical idea for reparations that doesn't involve the government

Michael Eric Dyson, professor of sociology at Georgetown University, and author of "Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America," reveals his plan for reparations, IRAs: Individual Reparations Accounts. The idea is that instead of the government issuing checks to descendants of slaves, white …

Racism

Cruelty or keeping it in the family? What I learned from India's slaveowners

To eradicate slavery we need to understand what drives slaveholders – and as my travels across India revealed, it’s not always just about money<p>It took hours to arrange my first conversation with Paratapa. He agreed to an interview for my research on contemporary slaveholders, but he wasn’t free …

India

10 Great Databases for Slave Genealogy

Slavery presents a huge obstacle for anyone tracing African American lineages. Because slaves were treated as property—in some cases listed after …

Genealogy

Slave traders like Edward Colston should not be forgotten

Keeping his name on Colston Hall and other buildings and streets will help make Bristol more aware of the abhorrent reasons for its prosperity, readers argue<p>Unlike many of the (mainly) students who campaigned to get the name of Colston Hall changed (Hall drops slave trader’s name after years of …

Slavery

History of African-Americans and Medical Research Goes Beyond Henrietta Lacks

Ask a given person what they know about the history of the use of African-Americans as unwilling research subjects and they are likely to mention one …

Black Culture

Judge permits Alabama city to leave school district despite finding racial motive

• Home<br>• Daily News<br>• Judge permits Alabama city to leave school…<p>Education Law<p>Shutterstock.com<p>A U.S. district court judge in Birmingham, Alabama, found that …

Education

Dispelling the Myths of Southern Food With John T. Edge

The author of The Potlikker Papers discusses paying down a debt to the black and immigrant cooks of the South, and what it means to be an active …

Authors

Missing in the Gulf: Trafficked Indian domestic workers flee abuse

<b>KERALA, India</b> - "Once, I was sitting on a chair and having food. I didn’t hear them calling me. They lost patience and the husband came running to …

India

LA 92: 25 Years After the Rodney King Riots, History is Still Repeating Itself

Written by Sharee Silero<br>“We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and to the future.” – Frederick Douglass, …

Justice

Congressional Black Caucus to Highlight Trump Admin’s Racial Problems With #StayWoke Campaign

As President Trump approaches his 100th day in office, the Congressional Black Caucus is asking the country to "stay woke."<p>In a list provided exclusively to NBC News, the caucus has detailed 100 racially problematic actions and remarks by the Trump administration.<p>Using "#StayWoke," the …

Black Lives Matter

Donald Trump Jr. Interviewed By Racist NRA Commentator At NRA Annual Meeting

Donald Trump Jr., the son of President Donald Trump, was interviewed by NRATV commentator Bill Whittle during the NRA’s 2017 annual meeting, which is …

Racism

Muhammad Ali Defied the Vietnam Draft 50 Years Ago Today

If your idea of a politicized athlete is Colin Kaepernick, consider the stand taken by The Champ<p>In the fuzzy, old color news film, the image of Dr. …

Boxing

Why the 1992 L.A. riots matter today

<b>(CNN) —</b> This week marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, which exploded following the acquittal of four LAPD officers charged with the brutal videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King. The riot, which activists characterized as an urban rebellion, triggered echoes of …

Black Lives Matter

Netflix's 'Rodney King' has Spike Lee and his muse looking back

Roger Guenveur Smith recalls that he had a deeply emotion reaction when he heard Rodney King had died in 2012. And he couldn’t understand why.<p>"Here is someone I didn't even know, had never met," the actor and monologuist said. "I kept asking 'why did his death affect me so much?’"<p>The answer wasn't …

Black Lives Matter

Roads to be named for female civil rights leaders

Honoring two iconic battlers for civil rights, State Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, has sponsored legislation that will designate Interstate …

History

Alabama lawmakers vote forbidding any changes to Confederate monuments in order to preserve history

Oh, Alabama—forever taking a few tiny steps forward toward progress and a whole bunch backward. The state that represents the tenacity and …

History