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Malena Amusa

Malena Amusa

Black Women More Likely to Die in Childbirth than Whites or Latinas

by Malena Amusa on August 12 2008, 2:20PM

By mamusa, Women’s eNews A probing 90-question review promises to unravel the stubborn knot of questions about why as many as 139 women died from pregnancy-related complications in New York state between 2003 and 2005 and why New York…

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Recap: “The Visitor”…. go see this!

by Malena Amusa on April 16 2008, 12:36PM

Originally published on Malena’s blog, Africa. Dance. Drum. Life! Imagine the tense lives of two illegal immigrants—a Senegalese woman and a Syrian man— in love and hawking their inspiring wares—dazzling earrings and drum beats— for a chance at freedom in…

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A Special Announcement from the President?

by Malena Amusa on February 14 2008, 9:37AM

Originally appeared here, mamusa writes as if she were the President of the United States. Morning ladies and gentlemen. I’m sorry to carry such bad news today. But one particular group of American voters has reached an alarming crisis situation….

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Columbia President Passes Buck on Noose Incident

by Malena Amusa on October 12 2007, 11:25AM

The president of Columbia University Lee C. Bollinger is trying to distance Columbia from its graduate Teacher’s College where the recent noose hanging outside a Black professor’s office took place. In a letter to campus, he wrote: “As most of…

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A post-Duke Lacrosse justice coma

by Malena Amusa on September 19 2007, 6:28AM

A friend warned me this news would be more disturbing than Jena 6— the sad tale of six Black boys unethically charged in Louisiana after beating up a white student behind a noose-hanging. This story is about the group of…

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French President Sarkozy swims in racism’s deep end

by Malena Amusa on September 13 2007, 9:01PM

First posted at ADDlife! So I’ve never been shot before. But hearing the words of French President Nicolas Sarkozy about Africa sure seemed close to it. His recent speech to students at a Dakar, Senegal University hit me like a…

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Katrina Klap: Rapper Responds to Recovery Efforts

by Malena Amusa on August 29 2007, 12:28PM

You know it’s a sad day when our nation’s leaders only return to Katrina-ravaged New Orleans around the anniversary of the Hurricane. Sadly today, which marks two years in memoriam, Katrina still rings as a broken-record among politicians. Even Sen….

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Gonzales Gives Notice, Retains Privilege

by Malena Amusa on August 27 2007, 10:25AM

So what does Alberto Gonzales’s race have to do with his resignation as Attorney General? Well, if we look at his record, it’s clear Gonzales showed key symptoms of a person of color drunk from his sip of white…

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UPDATE: The look and language of UNICEF’s Africa’s campaign

by Malena Amusa on August 16 2007, 9:25AM

Below is the official response from UNICEF about the ads run in Germany: “Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We agree — these advertisements are not appropriate and run against UNICEF’s mission. They have been dropped from the…

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Deportee was a U.S. citizen

by Malena Amusa on August 9 2007, 8:33AM

Just yesterday I had the scary thought that one of my close friends who has a Muslim name could be deported. This was because I Googled him and another man with his name was on record for committing some money…

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The name game people of color can’t lose…

by Malena Amusa on August 9 2007, 7:52AM

Molefi Asante on names. **** My dad can tell the year a Black person was born based off her name, at least according to the day he walked up to this security guard in our hometown of St. Louis,…

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Intel’s racist ad, apology

by Malena Amusa on August 8 2007, 1:31PM

Tip to Afro-Netizen who reported this one: The fact that Intel apologized for placing this ad only represents modest intelligence (read: enlightened self-interest). However, the reality is that some group of executives signed off on this ad to begin with….

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Beware folks, Obama-Clinton “dispute”

by Malena Amusa on August 8 2007, 11:29AM

dnA over at Too Sense put up a post about the Obama-Clinton debates blown up by media, and how Jon Stewart reveals there’s more folly than fury. Check this out: There’s a reason why the audience of The Daily Show…

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Bush supports Black marriage, but nothing else

by Malena Amusa on August 8 2007, 9:51AM

The Enquirer ran an upbeat article about federal programs under the Bush administration aimed at helping Black couples stay married. Black marriage in turn is supposed to solve social ills that plague Black communities. The story reported: A movement now…

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Banning the b-word…

by Malena Amusa on August 7 2007, 12:11PM

This first appeared at Feministing. Miriam wrote: The New York Times reports today that the New York City Council is considering a proposal to ban the word bitch. This proposal follows a similar ruling which banned the use of the…

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“White Light, Black Rain” brings US terror, survivors into focus

by Malena Amusa on August 6 2007, 8:44AM

The movie ‘White Light, Black Rain” about the U.S. atomic bombing of Japan’s Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, will air tonight, Aug. 6 , the anniversary of the genocide, on HBO. HBO reported: On August 6th and 9th, 1945, two…

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The Economist takes on Black/Brown conflicts

by Malena Amusa on August 3 2007, 9:44AM

When I see big-name publications take on race relations, especially those between two or more groups of color, I am usually overjoyed. But I don’t know how I feel about the Economist taking on tensions between Blacks and Latinos in…

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“Black man’s burden,” a story retold

by Malena Amusa on August 3 2007, 8:04AM

When talking about race, some activists say we should stay away from personal accounts. Because this makes racism seem individual, random and fickle when in fact it is orchestrated by groups who implement codes of law. But I never felt…

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Video game shocker

by Malena Amusa on August 2 2007, 2:15PM

I ran into this over at Racialicious, who cross-posted from Microscopiq. Check out “Blackface Goes HD? The Case of Resident Evil 5”: Killing innocent civilian, zombies of course OK, we all know zombies gotta die. And I loved Resident Evil…

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Accepting Obama’s war on terror stance ain’t easy

by Malena Amusa on August 1 2007, 12:05PM

This week, Obama said he’d attack al Qaeda groups in Pakistan if president, and if it came to that. Some presidential candidates would agree. So this news shouldn’t startle me. But it does, and I’m sure it’s because of Obama’s…

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