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Ava DuVernay has been engaged in a secret labor of love for a long time, and she is now ready to deliver. Tickets are now available for The 13th―the director’s surprise documentary about race, criminalization, prison, and policing―which premieres September 30 and opens the New York Film Festival. Also debuting in theaters and via Netflix…

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More than a dozen universities — including Brown, Harvard and the University of Virginia — have publicly recognized their ties to slavery and the slave trade. But Craig Steven Wilder and Alfred L. Brophy, two historians who have studied universities and slavery, said they knew of none that had offered preferential status in admissions to…

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Slaves

Every year on July Fourth, people in America across all walks of life celebrate Independence Day. On July 4, 1776, America broke free from England. But it’s fair to say that Black people should be more focused on our Independence Day, which happens to be June 19, popularly known as Juneteenth. Juneteenth is a hybrid…

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Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has decided to enter the heated debate over reparations for the American slave trade and its aftereffects. At a recent campaign appearance at Tindley Temple United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, Sanders let the predominantly Black audience in on his feelings. Sanders is quoted as saying. “There’s nothing that anybody can do…

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“Underground” is a drama set in 1857 that follows slaves in Georgia traveling through the Underground Railroad for freedom. Jurnee Smollett-Bell plays house slave Rosalee, and her brother of “Empire” fame, Jussie Smollett makes an appearance as Joley. The series premieres on WGN America in 2016. Will you be watching?      

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The recent news of the Obama administration earmarking $12 million to assist Holocaust survivors in the United States has caused discussion in the Black community. Many have asked, what about those suffering below the poverty line who have survived the Black Holocaust in this nation? Black Americans are questioning Obama’s actions. We asked a few…

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The visit of Pope Francis to the United States excited Catholics and non-Catholics alike this past week. His message was not what many conservative Republicans wanted to hear as he spoke of the culture of consumerism in the body of the church as well as an order for the clergy to be more compassionate and…

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Karen Cooper

Karen Cooper is a former member of the Nation of Islam and has a controversial view on the Confederate flag and slavery. Cooper is a member of the Black “Flaggers” movement in Virginia and has stated that slavery was a choice for Blacks. Cooper has allied herself with White supporters of the Confederate flag in stating…

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Millions of African Americans will soon be able to trace their families through the era of slavery thanks to a new and free online service that’s digitizing a million and a half handwritten records compiled about newly freed slaves in the 1860s, for the first time. On Friday, June 26, it was announced that records compiled…

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The next major project that features the slavery theme is the upcoming mini-series “The Book of Negroes” on BET. This series features Academy Award-winning actors Louis Gossett and Cuba Gooding Jr. as well as introducing a new crop of black actors and actresses. The series is scheduled to debut this February on the network and is…

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Apparently, chains and oppression are the “it” thing in the entertainment business. The critically acclaimed and widely successful film 12 Years a Slave showed that the oppression of Blacks in America is a subject that is no longer taboo, in fact, it can make money. The movie has grossed more than $187 million at the box office, with…

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Rapper Azealia Banks believes that it’s time for America to finally pay Black people slave reparations. During her latest Twitter episode, Banks was furious over the fact that other ethnicities have received money for reparations and Black people have yet to receive a dime from the U.S. Government. She said that companies such as JP…

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Olivia Pope is the lead character from the mind of Shonda Rhimes as she brought her TV show “Scandal” to life. By now, the show’s ratings and success is well-known. The content of the show is also popular, so there is no need to build up to my viewpoint. The reason I waited so long to…

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