ABC Leads the Pack this Fall as TV Networks Embrace Diversity

  By Tiffani Jones via Coffee Rhetoric  For years, networks and TV writers have made half-hearted attempts (if any) to diversify casts of popular cable and network shows or to create minority characters that deviate from tired racial TV tropes, some relented, practically kicking and screaming the entire way, or have fallen …

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Video: Archaeological Dig Unearths Slave Quarters in Maryland

Archaeologists recently unearthed a valuable part of history, after happening upon slave barracks and a treasure trove of rare artifacts. The items were found mere feet away from the former plantation home of Francis Scott Key’s grandmother in Millersville, Maryland, while field techs were looking for evidence of French commander Jean-Baptiste de Rochambeau’s 1781 encampment. …

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Event Notice: FREE Family-Friendly Festival in Hartford, Love Wins

Wednesday, July 2 at 5 –7 pm, The Hartford Project presents ‘Love Wins’ on Barbour Street, in Hartford. ‘Love Wins’ is an annual, free family-friendly festival held at local area church Citadel of Love. This free festival, which has been a staple in the Hartford community for more than 5 years, will include …

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Study: Black Women Face Evictions at a Higher Rate

According to a report in the Washington Post by Matthew Desmond, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Studies at Harvard University, black women are evicted from their homes more often than other groups. Desmond — who has done extensive research on eviction and the lives of Americans suffering from poverty and who conducted the …

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Queen Latifah to Produce and Star in Bessie Smith Biopic

According to popular Black cinema blog Shadow and Act, Queen Latifah is slated to produce and star in a Bessie Smith biopic directed by filmmaker Dee Rees (who wrote and directed the highly acclaimed film, Pariah).

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Abducted Nigerian School Girls Still Captive, Mothers to Hold Million Woman March

The 200+ Nigerian school girls abducted from a rural boarding school in the north-eastern town of Chibok, remain missing (for two weeks now) and the outlook looks grim. Several victims were, reportedly, able to escape however, the girls’ fathers launched an independent search in a remote forest to find those daughters who …

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Clippers Owner Donald Sterling and Racism in Sports

by Darcwonn (of ChocolateCoveredLies.com) – for Intersection of Madness & Reality   **Editor’s Note: Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, has been banned from the NBA for life and fined the maximum fine for his racist remarks. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine while renouncing …

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Mental Health and the Black Community: Overcoming the Stigma

By Tiffani Jones A version of this article was originally published in a February print edition of Northend Agent’s.  Chronic depression affects Black people more than any other group, yet the discourse surrounding mental health remains largely absent in the Black community, because of the deeply-rooted stigma surrounding mental illness; and …

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Justice Sotomayor Takes Conservative Colleagues to Task

Justice Sonia Sotomayor chided the high court’s right-wing members after they took failed willfully ignored structural and institutional racism in their affirmative action ruling, yesterday. In a troubling 6-2 ruling Tuesday, justices upheld Michigan’s affirmative action ban, deciding that Michigan voters had the right to change the state’s constitution to bar public …

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