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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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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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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UConn Frat Criticized for Racial Harassment of Black Sorority

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Members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) sorority at the University of Connecticut expressed their dismay at a town meeting, after white fraternity members went unpunished for verbally abusing them with anti-black and sexist epithets, which included calling them “black bitches” and “whores”. According to a report by the Daily Campus, the incident …

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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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