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25 Books for Every Black Person

This is my list of 25 books that should be required reading for every Black person or, at least, be in every Black person’s home. These books will help you “Think a New Thought™” about who you are and what it means to be Black in America. The list is by no means a be-all-end-all, they are just…

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Renowned technology entrepreneur and diversity advocate Hank Williams has died at the age of 50. Williams died Nov. 15 after a weeklong stay at the Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey. He was being treated for complications from pneumonia and myocarditis, which can be caused by a viral heart infection. In 1998, Williams founded the Internet music…

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Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien has announced a new “Black In America” documentary to air on CNN. On Tuesday, Nov. 18, “BLACK in America: BLACK & BLUE” will premiere on CNN at 9 p.m. EST. In the new installment of “Black in America” O’Brien will highlight the lives of several young men broken by aggressive policing…

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  There’s no escaping the importance of the church when telling the story of blacks in America. From the moment the first slave ship arrived, and Christianity was initially implanted into the hearts of the transplanted Africans, the church has served as the indisputable social and spiritual heartbeat of the community. Particularly in Atlanta, when the city…

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“Excuse me, excuse me,” the announcer said, preceding the words he was happy to say, and he prepared to introduce a celebrated woman who is phenomenal in every way. She had grown and blossomed right in front of our eyes, and she has done work in the community that might warrant — or is at…

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Weeks before the Nov. 13 airing of “Black In America: The New Promised Land – Silicon Valley,” a debate broke out on Twitter that challenged the myth of African Americans getting a free pass for the sake of diversity. TechCrunch’s founder, Michael Arrington, spoke frankly about his difficulties in finding black entrepreneurs to launch at…

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