MARCH 1, 1927 - APRIL 25, 2023
Harry Belafonte, byname of Harold George Belafonte, Jr., American singer, actor, producer, and activist who was a key figure in the folk music scene of the 1950s, especially known for popularizing the Caribbean folk songs known as calypsos. He was also involved in various social causes, notably the civil rights movement. Mr. Belafonte was an absolute giant for civil rights. Learn more about his legacy.
Ohio becomes the latest state to propose voter suppression laws. Like other anti-voting bills being introduced across the country by the GOP, Ohio’s HB 294 would place severe restrictions on ballot drop boxes and absentee voting. Get the full story.
As young students of color, recent events have once again reignited fear for our lives. When we watch police shoot and kill 13-year-old Adam Toledo and 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Chicago and Minneapolis, we know that could happen to us. We also know that police violence must end and that police have no place in our schools. Get the full story.
One day in 1979, Robert Bullard came home to learn about a lawsuit that would set him on a research path for the next 42 years. Get the full story.
Harms that were once shielded from public consumption by segregation or shrouded from public scrutiny by stories depicting the U.S. as a nation of fairness and freedoms, are now the center of an ongoing national confrontation with racism and its impacts on health, safety, and justice. Yet amid growing calls for anti-racism and health equity, troubling reports have emerged highlighting the ways the U.S. health care industry avoids even talking about, let alone addressing, racism. Get the full story.
It is one thing to be in a new neighborhood and be unsure of the neighbors around you. It is totally another thing to be told by your new neighbor that you should act White. This incident occurred in California. Get the full story.
If a parent doesn’t understand basic human values and the right to constructive discourse on the subject of race, it seems that teachers aren’t allowed to teach it. Isn’t that the point of education, to assist parents in teaching their children subjects their parents may not be experts on? Yet many Americans want to believe race isn’t the problem. Teacher fired in Wisconsin for teaching about Black Lives Matter.
A young couple disclose the racism in an appraisal of their home for refinancing. Read the whole story on Yahoo!
Federal Appeals Court upholds "Pay to Vote" scheme in Florida. Hard to believe that is the direction the government maintains. Read more
The SCLC began in 1957 by the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, many of the same issues have been brought to light. Learn more
The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. What they are saying today
Justice in America takes a look at ongoing injustice throughout the country's legal systems. Take a look
Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, is full of stories that help to paint the picture of how race and racism operate in the U.S. – at the internal, interpersonal, institutional and structural levels. Watch and learn
This story appeared in Black Voices on HuffPost on June 17, 2020. Oluwatoyin Salau was only 19 years old when she was found dead near the side of a road in Tallahassee, Florida.
We may wear a mask primarily to protect ourselves, though we may also be protecting others. Think of it this way: while you may wear a mask primarily because you are worried about getting the disease from others, you may be a risk to others as well. We all need to practice safe bahaviors to protect not just ourselves, but for everyone to protect each other from an enemy that we cannot see, and often can't tell that we are carrying. People are performing a personal and social "Act of Human Kindness" by wearing a face mask. This isn't a political statement, but a representation of the commonality of humankind. Be human and kind.
After more than three years of daily reporting of coronavirus data in the United States, The New York Times has ended its Covid-19 data gathering. You can still keep track of virus data on their site.
“Don’t they care about their health?” a mask-clad Patrizia Antonini asked about people in the United States as she walked with friends along the banks of Lake Bracciano, north of Rome. “They need to take our precautions. ... They need a real lockdown."
Much of the incredulity in Europe stems from the fact that America had the benefit of time, European experience and medical know-how to treat the virus that the continent itself didn’t have when the first COVID-19 patients started filling intensive care units.
This panel is looking for ways to make change now.
Men have used the collocation, f**cking bitch, for centuries. However, the truth is, it says more about the man hurling the insult than the woman it is directed towards. I am continuously disappointed with our government representatives in ways that I didn’t think I could be. Read more on this story.
For one former lawyer, it was imperative to give people within the Black community the opportunity to invest and create that generational wealth so he created the first majority Black and minority-owned stock exchange in the country. Hear more about this story on Black Enterprise. s
Denzel's words of wisdom apply to everyday living, not just graduates.
Most states ban corporal pubishment in schools, but there are several states where the practice still reigns. This is detailed in the HuffPost story by Rebecca Klein.
Newly released video shows staff members holding the teen down after he threw a sandwich. He died two days later. This report is from NBC News.
Daughter of Nelson Mandela, Zindzi Mandela, did have COVID-19 confirmed by her family. Learn more about COVID-19 in South Africa.
The subjectivity of beauty was out to the test by this biracial journalist, Priscilla Yuki Wilson. She asked 18 photo editors to "Make me beautiful." See the results on HUFFPOST
Restrictions on travel have disrupted a deeply important cultural practice for many Black residents in Cape Town: returning the body for burial hundreds of miles home in the Eastern Cape province. The New York Times reports on the COVID impact to funerals in South Africa.
Coronavirus outbreaks in Australia and Europe highlight how the shift from broad national restrictions to specific local lockdowns hits poor communities hardest. HuffPost gives a perspective on bias in other parts of the world.
From Kenya to Nigeria, South Africa to Rwanda, the pandemic is decimating the livelihoods of the once-stable workers who were helping to drive Africa’s economic expansion. NY Times story details the devastating effects of coronavirus across Africa.
Linden Board of Education members voted to appoint Dr. Marnie Hazelton to be the new superintendent of schools, making her the district’s first woman of color to hold the position permanently. The board held a Special Meeting to hire Hazelton and she will take over the position on July 1 at a salary of $215,000 per year under a five-year contract. TAPintoLinden
Former Penn State All-American linebacker Brandon Short, a retired NFL veteran, shared his own experiences with racism Monday afternoon in two powerful anecdotes that involved police drawing guns on him. Two separate incidents at two very different times of his life. Penn Live posted his story on June 30, 2020.
If you are between the ages of 13 to 30, you may want to read about this. After completing the program, 98% of the Birthright Alumni confirm they have more resources, clarity, and belief in themselves to pursue their career and life goals. Their vision is for every young person in America of African descent to know the birthright opportunity awaits as they come of age. Over the past three years, Birthright AFRICA has been committed to providing a free educational trip to Africa for every youth and young adult of African descent between the ages of 13 – 30 in the United States. Learn more