Suspects Who Bit a Miami Policeman’s Finger Off is Shot Dead


By Yolanda Spivey Thirty-one-year-old Junior Prosper was shot dead by a Miami, Florida police officer after nearly severing the officer’s finger during a traffic stop. Prosper was driving a taxi cab that had crashed on Interstate 95 during rush hour traffic. The unidentified officer tried to restrain Propser but the officer stated that Prosper took off running into some nearby bushes. The details on what happened next are a bit…

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Tracy Morgan Accused of Ignoring James McNairs’s Tragic Death

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Reported by Liku Zelleke James “Jimmy Mack” McNair was killed in the New Jersey Turnpike car crash that also almost killed comedian Tracy Morgan over a year ago. Now, McNair’s sister is saying that her family hasn’t heard from Morgan since the accident. She also believes he could have at least mentioned her brother in the emotional speech he made at the Emmy Awards that were held last Sunday. Talking…

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Dr. Samori Swygert – Is Brian Williams The Face of White Male Privilege?


Yesterday Brian Williams was afforded the opportunity to cover the Pope’s arrival in the United States yesterday on MSNBC. Brian Williams was suspended from anchoring on MSNBC seven months ago after it was revealed that he lied about coming under gunfire while covering war stories in the Middle East. BRIAN WILLIAMS BROKE THE OATH Brian Williams epitomizes the poster boy image of white male privilege in the United States of…

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Black Residents Get No Respect For Revitalizing Detroit


Reported by Liku Zelleke Panelists at a Detroit conference that was organized by Unity: Journalists for Diversity said that news reports are neglecting the city’s long-time residents’ help in revitalizing their city and are instead favoring the stories of “white newcomers”. When moderator Alicia Nails, director of the Journalism Institute for Media Diversity at Wayne State University asked for opening statements from the panelists on specific examples of “reporting on…

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How A Cow Caused A Black Farmer To Be Threatened With Lynching


By Evette D. Champion What started off as an agreement between neighbors later grew worse with racial slurs and expletives flying in Clearlake, California. Daniel Cummins and his wife, Ashley Hathaway tended to their small farm for six years without any disruptions until a little calf was born. According to Cummins, there was an agreement between he and his neighbors, Chris and Tina Rhodes, to sell the calf. However, the…

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Ben Carson Defends ‘All Lives Matter’ Stating People Died for Freedom of Speech


By Shanieka Stanton In recent months, men and women of all walks of life have expressed polarizing views on the Black Lives Matter movement, placing police brutality at the forefront of American politics and bringing black strife to the attention of our country, due in large part to the persistent efforts of the Black Lives Matter organization. Churches with predominantly white congregations have proclaimed the mantra on marquees and have…

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Alleged Hate Crime Against A 12-Year-Old Girl Raises Serious Questions


Reported by Liku Zelleke A 12-year-old boy from Modesto, California, has been cited for a hate crime and battery following an attack on one of his classmates. The victim is 12-year-old NuPhaeya Hassen, who is a student at La Loma Junior High School. She says that while she was waiting for her school bus in late August, the boy approached her wielding two sticks. He then held them up in…

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Lone Survivor in Virginia Shooting Silent After Hospital Release


By Shanieka Stanton Almost two weeks after the fatal on-air shooting that took the lives of two TV journalist, the lone survivor of the attack, Vicki Gardner, has been released  from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital on Monday, according to the Associated Press. Many are anxious to hear the survivor’s tale in her own words; however, Gardner has remained silent thus far, allowing a family spokesperson to convey minor details about the shooting….

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Valuing Black Lives: The First Annual Global Emotional Emancipation Summit To Be Held In Washington, D.C


Reported by Liku Zelleke On September 17 and 18, Rep. Karen Bass, ranking member of the U.S. House of Representatives’ subcommittee on Africa, will be hosting a summit as part of the 45th Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington D.C., under the title, “Valuing Black Lives: The First Annual Global Emotional Emancipation Summit.” Expected to take part in the discussion that will be held at…

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“Prison Obsura”: A Glimpse Into America’s Prison System


By Shanieka Stanton Editor and curator, Pete Brook, sat down in an interview with the Huffington Post recently to shed light on America’s prison industrial complex, and the hidden dread and suffering of its forgotten prisoners. Brook has been writing about, and capturing the invidious images of America’s prison system since 2008, and in 2013 began sharing those images with the world in an exhibition entitled, “Prison Obscura.” The activist…

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Community Leaders in Compton Rally Against Gang Violence


By Shanieka Stanton ABC7 News of Compton, California recently reported on what organizers are calling the Push 100 Campaign. Community leaders in Compton are working in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to combat gang violence, and restore peace in the city infamously known as one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S. Friday night, 40 intersections throughout the turbulent metropolis were temporarily blocked off by hundreds…

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PBS Hosts Yearlong Conversation About Racism in America

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, moderator at Race Still Matters, Thursday, August 21, 2008, Edgartown Whaling Church. Du Bois Institute for African and American American Research at Harvard University.

By Shanieka Stanton According to The Root, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, a renowned journalist and one of the first African Americans to attend the University of Georgia, will be leading a conversation about race on PBS that will dissect America’s proverbial scar, and discuss possible solutions to begin its healing process. The series, entitled “Race Matters,” will feature Charlayne Hunter-Gault as a correspondent, as she takes viewers on a pilgrimage across the country…

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Jamaica Appoints Ralph Thomas To Be New Ambassador To The United States


By Dr. Sinclair Grey III The foreign ministry of Jamaica announced on Monday that Ralph Thomas, their Ambassador to China will be leaving his tour of duty and will be the new Ambassador to the United States next month. As Thomas will be leaving the Asian continent, he will be accepting his new diplomatic assignment in 26 months. Thomas is a former lecturer from the University of West Indies and…

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Amelia Boynton Robinson, A Civil Rights Legend Dies At 104


By Dr. Sinclair Grey III On Wednesday, America lost a trailblazer within the civil rights movement. Amelia Boynton Robinson died at the age of 104-years-old. Boynton Robinson was credited with helping to lead the ‘Bloody Sunday’ March of 1965 in which she nearly died. After being beaten and nearly killed while crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama for voting rights, newspapers showed what happened which brought about national…

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Get The Blacks Out Of Office Flyer is Found Circulating In A Detroit Suburb


By Dr. Sinclair Grey III Let’s face it – racism has not gone away. Even with all of the accomplishments African-Americans have made and continue to make, there are those who still hold a white superior/black inferior mindset. No matter what profession it is, there’ll always be someone making racial attacks as well as insults in one way, shape, or form. Case in point – African-American residents in a Detroit…

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