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Escape Route | Lapham’s Quarterly

How cars changed the lives of black Americans. Between the 1920s and the 1960s, automobile ownership changed African American life. You could not be asked to move to the back of the bus—or, worse, to get off and reenter through the back door—if you drove your own car. The horsepower of an automobile also gave African American drivers the ability to escape. Cars enabled motorists to move rapidly without being stopped or harassed by white citizens anxious to take the law into their own hands. There are instances of African Americans being dragged from their cars and beaten by angry […]

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Marc Lamont Hill is Against Snoop Dogg’s Comments on Gayle King | The Source

“You can have a critique of Gayle King —though folk should actually watch the whole interview— AND hold Snoop accountable for the misogynistic way he engaged her.” – Marc Lamont Hill documentary Snoop Dogg’s Instagram rant, addressing Gayle King’s conversation with Lisa Leslie lifted some eyebrows. During an interview with a good friend of Kobe Bryant, King asked some questions regarding the late NBA player’s 2003 rape case. Following this interview, a lot of viewers were disappointed with Gayle’s decision to bring up the case. One of which was Hip-Hop mogul, Snoop Dogg, who took to Instagram to address the […]

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Color of Hockey: Canada Post stamp celebrates Black History Month | NHL.com

Pays tribute to nearly forgotten early 20th-century players, league in Maritimes William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog for the past eight years. Douglas joined NHL.com in March 2019 and writes about people of color in the game. Today, he writes about Canada Post’s 2020 Black History Month stamp that honors the Maritimes Colored Hockey Championship and the history of the Colored Hockey League. A small stamp is a big deal when it comes to black hockey history. Canada Post is honoring the Maritimes Colored Hockey Championship and the little-known history of the Colored Hockey League with […]

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Hand-me-down: African women in their grandmothers’ clothes – in pictures | The Guardian

Joana Choumali’s portraits show modern African women swapping jeans for kente cloth – and diving into the dazzling cultural heritage of their families. Arabic Sudanese Choumali found her subjects on the streets of Abidjan: women dressed in contemporary clothes like jeans and heels. They were instructed to wear something worn by their grandmother or another older female relative. Apollo Akan ‘Danielle spent her childhood living in Spain, while her father worked at the Ivorian embassy in Madrid. Now she teaches Spanish in Abidjan. Danielle is wearing her grandmother’s outfit. The style and design is typically 1950s. During the shoot Danielle […]

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Future of Historic African American School in Jeopardy | U.S. News

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — It was expected to be the beginning of a joyous preservation effort: relocating the town’s last standing African American school. But blocked by fumbled permits and mired in controversy, the effort failed. Plans to preserve the Long Point School have raised tensions among several residents in Snowden, a settlement community established after Reconstruction, who disagree over whether saving the 100-year-old structure should be a priority. WHERE IT’S LOCATED The two-room schoolhouse had been lifted to a moving trailer early Jan. 7. It was to be transported from just off Seacoast Parkway to a new site […]

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Jay-Z goes to bat for Mississippi prisoners and files federal lawsuit | NBC News

The rap mogul had warned Mississippi officials he was “prepared to pursue all potential avenues.” Rap mogul Jay-Z sued the head of the Mississippi Department of Corrections and the warden of the state penitentiary Tuesday on behalf of 29 prisoners who say the two officials have done nothing to stop the violence that has left five inmates dead in the past two weeks. “These deaths are a direct result of Mississippi’s utter disregard for the people it has incarcerated and their constitutional rights,” according to the lawsuit, which was filed by Jay-Z’s lawyer Alex Spiro at the U.S. District Court […]

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The blackest city in the US is facing an environmental justice nightmare | The Guardian

Detroit’s most vulnerable residents face inequalities like toxic air, lead poisoning, and water shutoffs. Now they’re fighting back. Growing up in southwest Detroit, Vince Martin thought it was normal for the sky to be orange. When he was three years old, his family moved from Cuba to one of the black areas of town. At the time, discriminatory housing practices segregated the city. His Afro-Cuban family settled in the 48217 district, now Michigan’s most polluted zip code, where 71% of the population is black and air pollution makes the sky look like it’s on fire. Specifically, the Martins moved to […]

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East St. Louis woman who raised 12 children and helped feed the hungry dies at 105 | Belleville News-Democrat

A few years ago, I read slave narratives to explore the lives of black agricultural workers after the end of the Civil War. The narratives came from the Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration, a program that employed researchers from 1936 to 1938 to interview former enslaved people, producing more than 2,300 narratives that, thankfully, reside online and are fully searchable. Those whom the law defined as property recounted various unique human experiences — their daily horrors and monotonies, how they freed themselves or learned of their emancipation, the surge of exhilaration upon securing freedom, and how they […]

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Africa’s last three monarchies and why they remain standing | Face2Face Africa

Monarchies in Africa can be categorized into two, sovereign or absolute monarchies and sub-traditional monarchies. Sovereign monarchies are kings who rule over the state with absolute political power while sub-traditional monarchies are kings ruling and controlling subjects in communities, towns, chiefdoms or kingdoms without absolute power. Before now in Africa, kings had absolute power but colonisation, the advent of democracy and incursion of the military into politics as well as the desire of the people for liberty have eroded their powers and pushed them into the background. However, in Africa and indeed in several parts of the world, kings still […]

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Forever Feline, Forever Fierce (2008) | The New York Times

“Je cherche un billionaire,” Eartha Kitt purred last year from the stage of the Café Carlyle, the chic, intimate club in the Café Carlyle that had been her regular stomping ground for more than a decade. It was an ideal setting for Ms. Kitt to strut her archetypal show business persona: a glamorous, calculating international gold digger enslaving rich men with exaggerated feline wiles, then treating them like cat toys. If this ageless catwoman, who died at 81 on Christmas Day, was an amusing caricature, the role was fueled by a steady current of anger. Ms. Kitt, like so many […]

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