50-year-old Recording of Dr. King Speech Found in UCLA Storage Room

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A 50-year-old audio recording of a speech Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered at UCLA has recently been found in the storage room of the academic institution’s communications studies department. The speech, which was delivered on April 27, 1965, is about 55 minutes long and was recorded on 7-inch reel-to-reel …

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“Selma” Director’s MLK Day Message: Appreciate Differences

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Award-winning filmmaker and Selma director Ava DuVernay offered some sage and very useful advice to consider on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, for MTV’s MLK Day special #TheTalk, where celebrities, activists and politicians share their insights and conversations they’ve had about race. “We need to expand our minds to appreciate our differences. To …

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Poet Staceyann Chin Teaches Her Daughter a Lesson About Consent

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Poet, performance and activist Staceyann Chin has been teaching her 3-year-old daughter invaluable lessons about issues like the finer points of social justice and human rights issues in a YouTube series of videos called “Living Room Protest”. In the third installment, Staceyann demonstrates for viewers, that it’s never too early …

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Clark School Temporarily Closed Due to PCB Contamination

John C. Clark School in Hartford will be closed for the remainder of this week after testing positive for low, but hazardous, levels of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). The Hartford Courant reports that post-winter break classes were cancelled “until further notice,” while a crew works to determine the source of the …

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FBI Investigating Bombing Outside NAACP Office in Colorado

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The FBI and Colorado Springs Police Department are currently investigating the deliberate bombing of the Colorado Springs, Colorado chapter of the NAACP on Tuesday. The homemade bomb exploded outside the office at around 10:45 am. According a report by the Los Angeles Times, local community leaders believe the bombing to be …

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Essence Magazine Dedicates Issue to #BlackLivesMatter

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Essence Magazine has dedicated its February issue, on newsstands now, to Black Lives Matter; a movement against anti-Black violence, to help prompt police reform and stop state sanctioned violence against unarmed members of the Black community, and that has started a national dialogue about systemic racism and anti-Black civil rights violations. …

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Woman Reportedly Jumps to Death at Stamford Mall

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Police are currently investigating the apparent suicide of a 25 year old New Canaan woman, who fell seven stories to her death at a Stamford mall. The woman reportedly leapt off of an escalator between the seventh and ninth floors at the Stamford Town Center. According to NBC Connecticut, Stamford police …

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Editor’s Note: New Year, (Re)Purpose and Empowerment

Change is difficult. Whether you have to relinquish long-held keepsakes to make room for new things, are a journalist and/or writer learning how to navigate the digital realm, or are just a person coming to terms with how new generations communicate and share information, parting with the old ways of …

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Toni Morrison Discusses Her Awesome Writing and Race with Stephen Colbert

Pulitzer and Nobel prize-winning novelist and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Toni Morrison appeared on The Colbert Report last night, for a spirited and insightful chat with host Stephen Colbert. Morrison spoke about her most notable works, admitted that she never reads her books after she completes them, then gave …

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Tanzania Evicting Maasai from Homeland for Dubai Royal Family Funded Hunting Reserve

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40,000 Maasai herders from the Arusha region in northern Tanzania are being evicted from their ancestral homeland, to make room for the Dubai royal family’s use of the land as a private hunting reserve. Last year, in a bid to lure Arabian Gulf tourists, Tanzania’s ministry of tourism announced plans to set …

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