Paintings by Hamid Nii Nortey of the middle class elite in Africa’s fastest-growing economy | Creative Boom

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Emerging Ghanaian artist Hamid Nii Nortey has released 20 new figurative paintings of glamorous city scenes that reflect the changing urban and social landscape of Ghana’s capital, Accra. It’s a place that has seen huge transformation in recent decades, one that Nortey now hopes to shine a light on while dispelling any outdated narratives of Africa.  …

A college town fired up reparations talk with $25K checks. Who’s next? | Politico

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“It can be the model for other cities that want to step into the national debate,” Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said of Evanston, Ill.   —  BY, SHIA KAPOS EVANSTON, Ill. — This suburban town just north of Chicago will soon start cutting checks to Black people to make amends for Jim Crow era wrongs.…

Honoring And Protecting The Legacy: iOne Digital In Conversation With Descendants Of Tulsa Race Massacre Survivors | NEWSONE

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Greenwood descendants shared their moving reflections with iOne Digital about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre ahead of the commemoration of its centennial.   —  BY, ANOA CHANGA Six Greenwood descendants, representing three families, shared their moving reflections with iOne Digital about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre ahead of the commemoration of its centennial. With each learning about…

In Tulsa, a pastor’s fight for reparations and racial justice | The Christian Science Monitor

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Our reporters touch base with a prominent pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma, about the evolving fight for reparations in the city. This is an update to Part 1 of our podcast “Tulsa Rising.”   —  BY, JESSICA MENDOZA & SAMANTHA LAINE PERFAS When our reporters met the Rev. Robert Turner in September, he was deep in…

Critical race theory is a lens. Here are 11 ways looking through it might refine your understanding of history | Madison 365

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  —  BY, ELIOTT C. MCLAUGHLIN, CNN (CNN) — Critical race theory is just that — a theory — but the term has been weaponized, with its most extreme critics alleging that merely studying the theory is racist. Long before the concept dubbed CRT drew controversy, scholars were studying how bigotry and bias infiltrated American institutions and…

Stephanie St. Clair, Harlem’s ‘Numbers Queen,’ Dominated the Gambling Underground and Made Millions | Smithsonian Magazine

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In the 1930s, the enigmatic figure ran an illegal lottery while championing New York City’s Black community   —  BY, SARAH DURN On the eve of the Great Depression, with Prohibition in full swing, everyone in Harlem knew the name Stephanie St. Clair, the “queen of numbers.” A gangster, civil rights advocate, fashionista and businesswoman, she…