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Woman Dies on Waiting Room Floor; Sikh Community Protests Attacks in Queens

by Jonathan Adams on July 1 2008, 3:28PM

Brooklyn Black Woman Dies Waiting for Treatment “A 49-year-old woman collapsed and died on the floor of a waiting room at a Brooklyn psychiatric hospital and lay there for more than an hour as employees ignored her, according to the…

Topics: News Items

How Could We Miss This: Al Sharpton and Pat Robertson for Climate Change

by Jonathan Adams on July 1 2008, 2:14PM

H/T Margaret at G Spotting I don’t know how we could have missed this great meeting of minds in a recent ad about climate change by The Alliance for Climate Protection. With so many people citing intelligent design as a…


Why Are Latino Organizations Silent on the War?

by Jonathan Adams on June 30 2008, 2:43PM

From Of América Hecklers Highlight Silence of Major Latino Organizations Around War By Roberto Lovato I was in Washington cafe yesterday when hecklers from Code Pink interrupted Sen. John McCain no less than 3 times during a major speech…


ICE Challenges San Francisco Sanctuary

by Jonathan Adams on June 30 2008, 10:31AM

H/T Immigration Prof San Francisco juvenile probation officials are trying to protect the rights of young immigrants, but ICE representatives argue that the city’s sanctuary should not allow a criminal to evade the law. San Francisco juvenile probation officials -…

Topics: Immigration

What to Obama is the Fourth of July?

by Jonathan Adams on June 30 2008, 7:55AM

In Independence, Missouri, Democratic nominee Barack Obama plans to deliver a “major speech” today on patriotism. After questions about lapel pins and his wife’s loyalty to the country, Obama will discuss “what patriotism means to him and what it…


Gay Pride Still White As Ever

by Jonathan Adams on June 26 2008, 11:39AM

The international symbol for gay pride is the rainbow, but many LGBT people of color argue that pride celebrations this week will be anything but colorful. Pride is meant to commemorate the Stonewall Rebellion, the drag queen uprising that…


Obama, McCain Want to Widen Death Penalty

by Jonathan Adams on June 26 2008, 9:17AM

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that struck down a Louisiana law that allows capital punishment for people convicted of raping children under 12, saying it violates the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. This is…


Bronx Groups Want Voice in Community’s Redevelopment

by Jonathan Adams on June 26 2008, 8:11AM

Community organizations in the Bronx—the nation’s poorest county—are struggling against the city to make sure that they have a say in the redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory. The Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance, a coalition of 19 community, church and labor…

Topics: Economy

Embracing Diversity on Sesame Street

by Jonathan Adams on June 26 2008, 7:44AM

Kermit Love, the costume designer who helped puppeteer Jim Henson create Big Bird and other “Sesame Street” characters has died at 91. News that Kermit Love, the co-creator of Sesame Street’s Big Bird, has died at 91 got me thinking…

Topics: Media

Nader: Obama “Talking White”

by Jonathan Adams on June 26 2008, 7:26AM

In case you missed this one, Ralph Nader adds his name to the list of people who don’t think Barack Obama is Black enough. When Nader was asked if Obama’s pledge to reject campaign contributions from registered lobbyists made…


Soul to the Highest Bidder

by Jonathan Adams on June 24 2008, 1:08PM

Soul Train, after 38 years in syndication (holding the record for longest running music show on television), is being sold to MadVision Entertainment. Now a production company, MadVision Entertainment, has bought the “Soul Train” franchise from its founder, Don…


Hip Hop Activists Attacked and Arrested by NYPD

by Jonathan Adams on June 24 2008, 10:22AM

On June 18, 2008, Rodstarz and G1 of the group REBEL DIAZ were up in Bronx on Southern Blvd in Hunts Point, when they noticed the police were harassing a street vendor who was selling fruit. The two went over…


Binational Indigenous Front Meets in Oaxaca

by Jonathan Adams on June 24 2008, 9:58AM

The assembly of the Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations (FIOB in its Spanish initials) met in the Mixteca region of Oaxaca, one of the poorest areas in Mexico, on May 31. A large percentage of the indigenous population of Oaxaca…

Topics: Global Affairs

Two of Newark Four’s Convictions Tossed

by Jonathan Adams on June 23 2008, 10:14AM

H/T Kenyon Farrow Do you remember the story of the four lesbians convicted for self-defense?Assaulted by a man in West Village for being lesbians, these Black women from Newark received 11 years in jail for protecting themselves against anti-gay violence….


“Traces of the Trade,” A Unique Story of Family Confronting Its Slave-trading Past, Tuesday, June 24 on PBS

by Jonathan Adams on June 23 2008, 9:16AM

First-time filmmaker Katrina Browne makes a troubling discovery - her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine fellow descendants set off to retrace the Triangle Trade: from their old hometown in Rhode…

Topics: History

Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s “the break/s” Opens In The Bay!!!

by Jonathan Adams on June 20 2008, 10:23AM

H/T Zentronix Yerba Buena Center For The Arts 701 Mission Street San Francisco Thursday, June 19th, 8:00pm Friday, June 20th, 8:00pm (with post-show discussion!) Saturday, June 21th, 8:00pm jchang’s review of the show makes it a must-see if you…


Why Is TV So White?

by Jonathan Adams on June 20 2008, 9:51AM

H/T Angry Asian Man According to an Entertainment Weekly study of scripted-programming casts for the upcoming fall 2008 season, each of the five major broadcast networks is disproportionately whiter than the United States population….

Topics: Media

No, Movies Don’t Make Babies

by Jonathan Adams on June 19 2008, 2:38PM

Photo: Seng Chen TIME Magazine reports on the story of a pregnancy pact among teenage girls who promised they would all have babies and raise them together. As summer vacation begins, 17 girls at Gloucester High School are expecting…


VIDEO: Death By Detention

by Jonathan Adams on June 19 2008, 12:03PM


Colorlines Magazine, NABJ Award Finalist

by Jonathan Adams on June 19 2008, 10:34AM

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced the finalists for the 2008 Salute to Excellence Awards Competition that honors work from print, television, radio, online, and photojournalism. Colorlines Magazine is a finalist for an article by Kai Wright…

Topics: ColorLines Features