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Playwright Donja Love makes the audience consider queer love among slaves. First Floor Theater launched its eighth season with the Chicago premiere of Sugar in Our Wounds by Love. Directed by Mikael Burke, the tale is set in the antebellum South on a plantation during the Civil War. A young slave named James reads about…

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Fort Negley in Nashville, Tennessee, has been named as a “Site of Memory” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The “Site of Memory” designation is part of UNESCO’s Slave Route Project, which aims to break the silence about slavery and the slave trade while preserving the contributions of the those who had been enslaved.…

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Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and the city council took dramatic measures this week regarding statues that have caused conflict in Baltimore. In the aftermath of the  “Unite or Die” hate rally that left one person dead, the Baltimore City Council passed a resolution calling for the immediate deconstruction of four monuments. The resolution was authorized by Mayor…

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There are many untold stories of Black Americans who were a vital part of the emancipation of our people and the building of the United States. One such story is that of Robert Smalls, a slave forced to serve in the Confederate Navy and his daring escape that freed slaves and captured a Confederate ship.…

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Dylann Roof’s terrorist attack on members of the Emanuel AME Church brought attention to the racist history of the Confederate flag. Roof used it as a symbol of hate, but some Southerners believe the flag represents heritage. South Carolina lawmakers are currently debating the fate of the flag, which continues to fly at the capital. The flag…

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With the historical drama Selma showing in movie theaters nationwide, the film has highlighted the role Selma, Alabama, played in Black history. There are many reasons to visit. Here are five that make Selma a must. –Jubilee was voted one of the Top 100 Events to attend in North America. This year, Jubilee will be commemorating…

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For the past few years, we’ve been hearing accounts of the Lost Boys, thousands of Sudanese boys orphaned during the civil war, which claimed the lives of 2.5 million. We haven’t heard much about the orphaned girls until recently. In the film The Good Lie, written by Margaret Nagle and starring Reese Witherspoon, alongside Sudanese…

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ISIS

President Obama now faces the biggest foreign policy crisis of his presidency; the implosion of Iraq. Over the past several months a group unknown to the general public has further destabilized an already bad situation. The group is known by the name ISIS and its power and reach has grown greater than the terrorist group…

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Jim DeMint, former South Carolina Congressman and Head of the Heritage Foundation seeks to rewrite the Civil War narrative. He stated that the Federal Government and President Lincoln did not have anything to do with freeing the slaves. Instead, he states that it was the U.S. Constitution and good Christians who helped end slavery. DeMint…

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New GA License Plate Racist

The state of Georgia has once again showed its racial insensitivity. The Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles now offers a license plate featuring the Confederate flag. This flag is sponsored through the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which is a southern regional organization.  The new tag has reignited a debate about whether the confederate flag honors…

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During the Civil War, three spies, Mary Touvestre, Mary Elizabeth Bowser and Harriet Tubman exploited the Confederate prejudice that dictated Black women were meek and unintelligent; meanwhile, they operated deep in the belly of the beast, where they stealthily gathered intelligence for the Union. For these bold black women, the Civil War symbolized a call…

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Many places across the country just celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. In the South, the Confederacy is constantly honored and venerated. In Alabama, it seems they have taken this a bit too far. Although there are no longer any surviving veterans who fought on the side of the Confederacy living in America,…

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