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Black Astronaut Who Died in Challenger Mission Was Never About The Norms

Black Astronaut Who Died in Challenger Mission Was Never About The Norms

by Jorge Rivas on February 4 2013, 4:10PM

On January 28, 1986, NASA Challenger mission STS-51-L ended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff.

Topics: History, /NOW

Rosa Parks Featured on USPS Forever Stamp

Rosa Parks Featured on USPS Forever Stamp

by Jorge Rivas on February 4 2013, 9:51AM

Today the USPS is released a commemorative forever stamp in honor of legendary civil rights activist Rosa Parks.

Topics: History, /NOW

Just in Time for the Super Bowl: An Op-Ed About Coca-Cola's Racist History

Just in Time for the Super Bowl: An Op-Ed About Coca-Cola’s Racist History

by Jorge Rivas on January 31 2013, 4:06PM

Coca-Cola kept their products away from African-Americans for years. While Pepsi deliberately marketed to black customers.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History, /NOW

First Nation Chief Theresa Spence Hospitalized, Ends Fast

First Nation Chief Theresa Spence Hospitalized, Ends Fast

by Jorge Rivas on January 24 2013, 3:49PM

Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence has announced she will end the fast she began on December 11th 2012.

Topics: History, /NOW

Cornel West Explains Why it Bothers Him Obama Took Oath Using MLK's Bible

Cornel West Explains Why it Bothers Him Obama Took Oath Using MLK’s Bible

by Jorge Rivas on January 22 2013, 11:05AM

At a poverty-reduction forum last week, Princeton professor Cornel West said he was “upset” after learning that Barack Obama was being sworn in on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Bible.

Topics: History, /NOW, Politics

Full Text of President Obama's Second Inaugural Address

Full Text of President Obama’s Second Inaugural Address

by Kai Wright on January 21 2013, 2:30PM

“You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course,” the president concluded. “You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time.”

Topics: History, /NOW, Politics

10 Things You Should Know About Slavery and Won't Learn at 'Django'

10 Things You Should Know About Slavery and Won’t Learn at ‘Django’

by Imara Jones on January 9 2013, 10:02AM

Slavery as revenge fantasy is a far cry from the ugly truth: Slavery as the economic engine that created the inequitable world in which we still live.

Topics: 'Django', Economy, History

Hollywood's Slavery Films Tell Us More About the Present Than the Past

Hollywood’s Slavery Films Tell Us More About the Present Than the Past

by Dexter Gabriel on January 9 2013, 9:37AM

“Django Unchained” and “Lincoln” share a long history of Hollywood epics that feed our modern myths and expectations back to us, rather than genuinely explore our history.

Topics: 'Django', Arts & Culture, History

CNN Contributing Producer Probes Lingering Pain of the 'One Drop' Rule

CNN Contributing Producer Probes Lingering Pain of the ‘One Drop’ Rule

by Akiba Solomon on December 7 2012, 9:43AM

CNN’s upcoming “Black in America 5” wades into the deep of black identity and skin color politics. Here, Dr. Yaba Blay, a Ghanain-American scholar whose independent work sparked the special, talks about the nuances of a topic often considered too hot TV.

Topics: Gender, History, Media

Gap Pulls 'Manifest Destiny' Shirts After Outrage, Twitter Response

Gap Pulls ‘Manifest Destiny’ Shirts After Outrage, Twitter Response

by Jorge Rivas on October 15 2012, 6:11PM

When McNairy heard his work was promoting “a belief that has resulted in mass genocide” he took to Twitter to stir the controversy even more.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History, /NOW

On Sapelo Island, Another Case Study in How Black Exploitation Fuels Wealth

On Sapelo Island, Another Case Study in How Black Exploitation Fuels Wealth

by Imara Jones on October 1 2012, 9:37AM

From Georgia to Brooklyn to sub-Sahran Africa, inequity and exploitive land deals are making a handful of people rich—again. But on Sapelo Island, we can stop it.

Topics: Economy, History, Sapelo Island

Statue Honoring KKK Grand Wizard Planned on Alabama Public Land

Statue Honoring KKK Grand Wizard Planned on Alabama Public Land

by Jorge Rivas on September 12 2012, 5:50PM

Renovations on an Alabama monument honoring the Ku Klux Klan’s founder has sparked outrage from critics who are pushing to stop the expansion.

Topics: History, /NOW

Richard Aoki Documentary Directors Blast FBI Allegations

Richard Aoki Documentary Directors Blast FBI Allegations

by Jamilah King on August 22 2012, 11:05AM

The statement calls for Aoki’s supporters to conduct their own research.

Topics: History, National Security, /NOW, Richard Aoki

Richard Aoki, the FBI, and the Long (Ongoing) Saga of State Spying

Richard Aoki, the FBI, and the Long (Ongoing) Saga of State Spying

by Jamilah King on August 21 2012, 9:24AM

A damning new report alleges that the late Black Panther Richard Aoki may have worked as an FBI informant. But is state intervention in progressive movements inevitable?

Topics: History, National Security, Richard Aoki

Texas' Road To Victory in Its Decades Long Fight Against Voting Rights

Texas’ Road To Victory in Its Decades Long Fight Against Voting Rights

by Brentin Mock on July 12 2012, 10:14AM

In 1944, a landmark Supreme Court decision over Texas’ Jim Crow laws changed the arc of voting history. This week, the case that’s expected to change things again began its trip to the Roberts court.

Topics: Voting Rights, History, Politics

Texas vs. Voting Rights, 1944 to 2012 [Infographic] Infographic

Texas vs. Voting Rights, 1944 to 2012 [Infographic]

by Hatty Lee on July 12 2012, 10:11AM

The state’s current challenge to the Voting Rights Act isn’t new. For decades, it’s put up the nation’s most aggressive fight against federal authority to protect voters of color.

Topics: Voting Rights, History, Politics

The Civil Rights Act Celebrates 48th Anniversary

The Civil Rights Act Celebrates 48th Anniversary

by Jorge Rivas on July 3 2012, 5:13PM

Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964, the landmark Civil Rights Act outlawed discrimination and segregation regardless of race or color.

Topics: History, /NOW

Southern Baptists Poised to Elect First Black President

by Jorge Rivas on June 19 2012, 1:19PM

The Southern Baptist Convention is expected to elect its first black president at its annual meeting on Tuesday

Topics: History, /NOW

Two Decades Later, Children of the L.A. Riots Share Memories Play

Two Decades Later, Children of the L.A. Riots Share Memories

by Jorge Rivas on April 30 2012, 9:48AM

Watch a series of video portraits of young adults who were 8, 9 and 10-year olds during the LA Riots.

Topics: 1992 L.A. Riots, History

Understanding Hipster Racism: Lester Bangs' 1979

Understanding Hipster Racism: Lester Bangs’ 1979 “White Noise Supremacists”

by Channing Kennedy on April 27 2012, 4:30PM

The late rock critic took his scene, and himself, to task for “racist chic” back in 1979. His message and analysis is sadly relevant today.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History