Black History: Looking Back and Moving Forward

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A 2015 Black History Month Opinion Editorial By State Representative Douglas McCrory February is Black History Month.  Every year, for twenty-eight days, we take time to reflect on our history and culture.  We, Black People, have a very, for lack of a better word, colorful past.  A past that goes back, …

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Documentary Films: Owen Alik Shahadah’s ‘500 Years Later’

By Tiffani Jones Looking for something interesting to watch during the Month of February in observance of Black  History Month? Filmmaker, writer and Pan-Africanist scholar Owen Alik Shahadah’s 2005 independent documentary film 500 Years Later is a valuable exploration and dissection of racial politics, as it affects those of the African Diaspora. Written by MK Asante and directed …

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‘You Don’t Hire a Rapper to be Your Agent’: The Stereotyping of Sports Stars & Hip-Hop Entrepreneurs

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By David Samuels I recently watched ESPN’s ‘30 for 30’ documentary on former National Football League running back Ricky Williams. Williams is a two-time All-American and Heisman Trophy winner who played a total of 11 seasons in the NFL and the Canadian Football League before retiring in 2011. Williams is a …

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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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