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Akon continues to catch backlash following his controversial views on slavery. The 47-year-old music artist, who’s originally from Senegal, shared his thoughts on slavery during a recent interview with VLAD TV. Akon compared the impact of slavery on Senegalese and Black Americans. “In Senegal, we’ve kind of overcome the thought of slavery, we don’t even…

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Not only have White Americans spent decades telling Black people to “get over” slavery, but they also have been vehemently against providing any reparations as penance for past atrocities committed against the country’s oppressed citizens. Until today. In Asheville, North Carolina, members of the city council unanimously voted to provide a formal apology to its…

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Lecrae recently caught backlash after he appeared in a taped conversation with Chic-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy and Atlanta megachurch pastor Louie Giglio. During the discussion, Giglio claimed that slavery was a blessing. “We understand the curse that was slavery, white people do, and we say ‘that was bad,’ but we miss the blessing of slavery that…

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According to Spike Lee, no country has “handled racism or slavery better than the US.” The 63-year-old filmmaker admits American society still witnesses “blatant acts of racism,” but he’s not sure if any other country is doing a better job of tackling discrimination. Spike said: “What other countries have handled racism or slavery better than…

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The screenwriter for the hit motion picture Harriet, about the legendary Black woman who freed many slaves via the Underground Railroad, said one Hollywood executives wanted White actress Julia Roberts to play Harriett Tubman. In an interview with Focus Features that has now gone viral, renowned screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard said a studio exec wanted…

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The trailer for Harriet highlights strength over suffering in a new film based on one of history’s most important figures. Released this week, the first look introduces Cynthia Erivo (Widows) in the title role as abolitionist Harriet Tubman as she begins her escape to freedom. Nearly caught by slave catchers, Tubman successfully evades capture to continue her…

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Journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates took a moment to verbally dismantle U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Speaking on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at a U.S. House hearing on reparations, Coates blasted McConnell for his overt disapproval of slave reparations. One day earlier, the Kentucky Republican publicly shunned the idea. “I don’t think reparations for…

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) believes Black people in America do not deserve reparations because Barack Obama was elected president. On June 18, 2019, McConnell revealed his thoughts on reparations one day before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on reparations. Scheduled to appear at the hearing are journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, who wrote the 2014…

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