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5 African Kings and Queens Well-Worth Making Movies About

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by Barry Burch Jr. Nick Cannon took the words out of the mouths of many when he voiced his opinion about the lack of movies geared towards uplifting black people.  Why is there not more Black films based on the Great African Kings and Queens of which there are many, he questioned. Your Black World agrees with the actor’s sentiments.  Here is a list of 5 prominent African Kings and…

Nelson Mandela’s Funeral Set To Broadcast Around The World December 15th

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By: Britt L The world is still mourning the death of South African leader and philanthropist Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95. Memories, photographs, and the outpouring of love hasn’t stopped since the reports of the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s death. Nelson Mandela will be buried in a state funeral on Sunday, December 15. President Jacob Zuma confirmed Friday that Mandela will be laid to rest…

Idris Elba Plays Convincing Role in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

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By Lillian Armstead The actor Idris Elba who is playing the role of Nelson Mandela in the movie “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” spent countless hours studying video footage and rehearsing scripts to understand the mind, mannerism and speech of the 95 year old Nelson Mandela. Elba was convinced that he could transform himself into the former South African leader during the six months of filming in South Africa. Not…

Kamara Taylor: What Did Brown Vs. Board of Education Really Do For Black Children?

Kamara Taylor: What Did Brown Vs. Board of Education Really Do For Black Children?

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By: Kamara Taylor The Economic Resurrection of Brown v. Board of Education The idea that the legislative landmark of Brown v. Board helped to end school segregation can be looked at as another ploy to manipulate minds into the old Negro way of thinking.  Theoretically, schools were integrated as Blacks were allowed to attend school with White counterparts.  But economic disparities quickly changed this form of integration. The idea that…

What Does 100 Years of Delta Sigma Theta Really Mean?

What Does 100 Years of Delta Sigma Theta Really Mean?

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By: Dr. Kimberly Brown What Does 100 years of Delta Sigma Theta Really Mean? The District of Columbia should brace itself. The phrase, “paint the town red,” will take on a new and vibrantly literal meaning as immeasurable numbers of women of the illustrious Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated descend upon the city this weekend to celebrate the organization’s 100th anniversary. Yet, besides the grand convention assemblies; the sea of vendors…

Preserve Black History & Save The Home Of 20th Century African-American Journalist

Preserve Black History & Save The Home Of 20th Century African-American Journalist

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By: Madam Prezident I was sitting with a friend last night discussing the strength of our African American ancestors. Could you imagine the courage Harriet Tubman carried in her soul to not ask people if they wanted to be free, but to force people to pursue their own freedom? The list of courageous African Americans goes beyond that which is documented in American textbooks. Even the slave who followed every…

Racism Alive And Well: Glenn Beck Says NAACP Is A ‘Joke’

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Glenn Beck is know for his witty banter and conservative views, so it comes as no surprise that he had a few thoughts on the IRS political targeting scandal,and the NAACP on his radio show. He bluntly called the NAACP a “joke” and an “affront” to legendary civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr., Booker T. Washington, and Frederick Douglass. Glenn Beck was responding to former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond’s claim that President George W. Bush’s IRS…

Alabama Pardons Scottsboro Boys 82 Years After Injustice

Alabama Pardons Scottsboro Boys 82 Years After Injustice

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Eighty-two years ago, all-white juries in Alabama imposed the death sentence on eight black teenagers falsely accused of raping two white women, setting the stage for a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Now, the Scottsboro boys are poised to be pardoned. Jeremy King, a spokesman for Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, said he expects the bill to be signed this week allowing the posthumous pardons, reversing convictions that became a symbol…

Scottsboro Boys Are To Receive Postumous Pardon

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The moment for true justice has finally come. The Scottsboro boys is the name given to a group of nine black teens at the time, who were wrongfully convicted of rape. This conviction occurred over 80 years ago and has stained the reputation of Alabama’s just system every since. Well now they are set to receive posthumous pardons. ABC News reports: The nine “Scottsboro Boys” were accused of gang rape…

Civil Rights Activists “Wilmington 10” Pardoned, Forty Years After Their Conviction

Civil Rights Activists “Wilmington 10” Pardoned, Forty Years After Their Conviction

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Forty years after they were wrongfully convicted for firebombing a grocery store in Wilmington, N.C., the civil rights activists who became known as the Wilmington 10 were pardoned by outgoing Gov. Beverly Perdue on Monday. The NAACP had close ties to the case, and not just because its former head, Benjamin Chavis, was among the activists convicted and sentenced to a combined 300 years in prison. The group also organized…

US Postal Service Issues Limited Edition Stamp To Mark 150th Anniversary Of The Emancipation Proclamation

US Postal Service Issues Limited Edition Stamp To Mark 150th Anniversary Of The Emancipation Proclamation

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The U.S. Postal Service marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation by issuing a limited edition stamp that will go on sale Wednesday at post offices nationwide, NBC Washington reports. The stamp was unveiled at the National Archives, where the original Emancipation Proclamation is on display through 5 p.m. Tuesday, the final day of a three-day limited viewing. After the stamp was unveiled, singer, activist, and scholar Bernice Johnson Reagon…

Origins of the “Night Watch” and Celebrating The 150th Anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation

Origins of the “Night Watch” and Celebrating The 150th Anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation

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      Black Methodists and Baptists celebrate Watch Night, December 31, 1862: the Emancipation Proclamation would go into effect at midnight. This is why the celebration continues in African American churches today, striking a more joyous note than prior penitential Watch Nights. ————— Celebrate 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. http://foundationnationalarchives.org/EP150/

Amazing Photographs Of Former Slaves Taken Seventy Years After The Emancipation Proclamation

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In the 1920s and 1930s, an interest in slave narratives was rekindled, and as part of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Work Progress Administration, more than 2,000 first-person accounts of slavery were collected, as well as 500 black and white photographs.  The collection was compiled in 17 states between 1936 and 1938. Many of the former slaves interviewed were well into their 80s and 90s – some were even…

Mississippi Teen Sentenced to Life for ‘Hate Crime’

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Jackson, Miss. Deryl Dedmon, 19, pleaded guilty to murder Wednesday in connection with the death of James Craig Anderson, who was run down by a pickup truck last year in what prosecutors had called a hate crime. Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Jeff Weill sentenced Dedmon to two life sentences under Mississippi’s hate crime statute. “You have admitted killing a man simply because of his race. Your prejudice has brought…

Seller of “Re-Nig” Campaign Sticker Says It’s Not Meant to be Racist | Your Black World

Seller of “Re-Nig” Campaign Sticker Says It’s Not Meant to be Racist | Your Black World

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    by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black WorldPaula Smith, owner of the company Stickatude.com, says that the anti-Obama campaign sticker that says “Don’t Re-Nig 2012″ isn’t racist.  During an interview with Forbes.com, Smith innocently claims that the bumper sticker was not a reference to the president’s ethnicity, and was simply meant to say that he’s a bad leader.“According to the dictionary [the N word] does not mean black. It…