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There is no statue honoring Yvonne Bernadette Lee Odom in my hometown of Delray Beach, Florida. I would like to feign surprise, but I am not that good a thespian. The same reason she does not have a statue celebrating her life-risking sacrifice to improve society is the same reason there is little to no…

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There was a time when the narratives of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement’s heroes belonged to us, Black people. After Dr. King’s stock went public in 1986, the first year of the national holiday, that all changed. If you want to witness the fruits of White supremacy’s labor, pay close…

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Jay-Z has been a major voice in the entertainment industry when it comes civil rights issues and Black empowerment, and this weekend the megastar mogul shared some powerful words in honor of the late Trayvon Martin as he honored his memory, as well as others who have been lost to gun violence and police brutality.…

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As the feeling goes in the Black community, the wider society loves what African Americans contribute to society — they just don’t love the race that produces that contribution. And even more, they love stealing it, misappropriating it and abusing that contribution for their own profit and selfish desires. As an example, a luxury toilet…

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“From oppressive and crippling surroundings, George Washington Carver lifted his searching, creative mind to the ordinary peanut, and found therein extraordinary possibilities for goods and products unthinkable by minds of the past, and left for succeeding generations an inspiring example of how an individual could rise above the paralyzing conditions of circumstance.” –Dr. Martin Luther…

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  My grandfather, Levi Benjamin Daniels, lived by a strict set of rules that I became aware of on a ninety-degree summer day in Delray Beach, Florida. We were standing outside the local Winn Dixie grocery store when I noticed a man selling watermelon slices for a dollar. A number of people entering and exiting the…

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Who could have a problem with the Black Lives Matter movement? Does it seek to diminish the lives of others? Does it ask people to violently confront perceived injustices? Does it ask for any conclusion that is not based on the concepts of fairness and justice? The discussion of race in American political culture is extremely difficult. Often,…

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A shocking piece of news has hit the old guard of the civil rights. The Rev. Walter Fauntroy is currently on the run from police for writing a $50,000 bad check six years ago for an inauguration party for President Barack Obama. Fauntroy was one of the original planners for the famous March on Washington…

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Rapper A$AP Rocky was asked in a recent interview about his recent diss of the fashion brand Hood By Air on his track “Multiply.” On the track, Rocky raps “HBA s–t is weak, you can keep that” Speaking with The Cut about his diss of Hood By Air and Been Trill brands, Rocky said that he absolutely meant what he said, but that there isn’t much to explain.

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Actor Harry Belafonte is being honored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for his humanitarian work. The honorary award will be received by Belafonte at the academy’s Governors Awards on November 8. Though known as the “king of calypso” and having shared the screen with the likes of the gorgeous Dorothy Dandridge, Belafonte…

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During the show, BET’s head-woman-in-charge took a slight break from the entertainment to recognize a pivotal moment in American history — the upcoming 50 year anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement. On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, freeing all people of color from racial, gender and cultural discrimination…

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5 reasons you should visit the National Center for Civil and Human Rights Tony Award-winning director and playwright George C. Wolfe (Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Bring in ‘da Noise/Bring in ‘da Funk) is enjoying a new title. He’s the opening exhibition’s chief creative officer for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights’ “Rolls Down…

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