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

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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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President Obama’s Brother Sells Letter He Wrote About Running for Senator to Deal with Black Issues

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President Barack Obama’s paternal half-brother, Malik Abongo “Roy” Obama, auctioned off a letter that the future U.S. leader wrote to him in 1995, when he was apparently considering running for senator of Illinois to help Black Americans. In the letter, President Obama, a 33-year-old lawyer at the time, updated Malik on his life, including the status of his wife, his mother, and his political career. “Some colleagues of mine here…

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Black Conservative Suggests Charleston Church Shooting Happened Because White People Can No Longer Express Themselves

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Jesse Lee Peterson is known for his extremely conservative views on Black issues. The reverend and frequent Fox News guest can often be heard on his radio show denying the existence of modern-day racism and has even admitted that he does not acknowledge White supremacy. So, it makes perfect sense that Peterson would insinuate that Emanuel AMC shooter and perceived White supremacist Dylann Roof was likely not being racist in…

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Meet the Press Defends Airing Gun Violence Segment Only Featuring Black Criminals

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“Meet the Press” aired a segment on Sunday morning that featured men from the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York who had participated in gun violence. The issue with the story was that it only featured Black men. Some questioned why, in the wake of the Emanuel AME Church shooting in South Carolina in which a White man shot and killed nine Black people, would the program air a…

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Malcolm X tells grand jury who is trying to murder his family

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Hear Malcolm X’s own words about his relationship with the Nation of Islam and how he ended up leaving the organization. After you watch the video, please tell us what you think. Can the black community move past this? In the video, Malcolm even says that he knows that he’s “a dead man already,” and that the kind of information he has about the Nation of Islam might lead to…

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Ted Cruz: Obama “inflamed racial tensions… divided us”

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Reported by Robert Stitt Few things have been as polarizing in America during the past year as race relations. Granted, the issue has always been here, so it’s not completely accurate to say this is something new or that it has only surfaced due to recent events. Yet, with the highly-publicized police-involved deaths of Black men such as Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Freddy Gray, race relations surged past the…

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Michael Moore: “Disarm Police”, Release Blacks “incarcerated for drug ‘crimes’”

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By Evette D. Champion Filmmaker Michael Moore unleashed some interesting demands on Twitter on Thursday. He believes that America’s police should be disarmed and “every African-American currently incarcerated for drug ‘crimes’ or nonviolent offenses” should be released from prison. The controversial documentarian started his rant on social media early Thursday morning with a vague tweet: “Imprison u, shoot u, sever your spine, crush your larynx, send u to war, keep…

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Watch: Al Sharpton, Baltimore Mayor shove away Fox News Reporter

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Fox News reporter Leland Vittert ended up getting pushed aside by Al Sharpton earlier this afternoon when he confronted Sharpton and the mayor of Baltimore about whether she issued any stand-down orders to the police. Vittert reported yesterday that law enforcement sources told him Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ordered the police to stand down on Monday before the violence and rioting got out of hand. Vittert kept asking, “Why can’t we…

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Supreme Court ruling tells police they can’t make defendants wait for drug dogs

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By Dr. Sinclair Grey III On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court handed down a decision that said it was unconstitutional for police officers to hold suspects during traffic stops without probable cause. In a 6-3 ruling, the court made it very clear that police officers cannot hold a suspect for additional time in order to wait for a drug-sniffing dog to arrive. The court ruled that it was a…

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President Obama Slips On Air Force One Steps, Internet Goes Wild

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By Ryan Brennan President Barack Obama must be sick and tired of all the trips he has been making. After returning to Washington proceeding a weekend getaway in Florida, Obama was almost ready to take another trip. However, this one wouldn’t have been as fun as the last. Obama was ready to take the famous walk down the Air Force One steps. Perhaps he was a bit unfocused or was…

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Latinos Tell Democrats to “Slow Their Role” Over Kamala Harris Support

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As Washington Democrats are openly voicing support for California Attorney General Kamala Harris for Senate, Latino Democrats are expressing concern that high profile leaders within the party are acting prematurely. Prominent Democrats such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand have expressed their support for Harris, and Harris has always been a favorite of the Obama White House. This overwhelming support for Harris has some Latinos crying foul since they…

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White Republicans “Afraid of Black Americans” Says Bill O’Reilly

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April V. Taylor FOX News Bill O’Reilly is known to make comments that stir up controversy, and in a recent interview with PBS radio host Tavis Smiley, he left Smiley baffled as he alleged that Black people are to blame for their economic problems and admitted that Republicans are scared of Black people.  The conversation took place on an episode of “The O’Reilly Factor,”  where the two discussed the Black…

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Slave Homes Being Rebuilt At James Madison’s Estate

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The estate of former U.S. President and Founding Father James Madison has received a $10 million gift from philanthropist David Rubenstein to rebuild slave quarters and make other refurbishments on Madison’s Montpelier estate in Virginia.  The slave quarters are being rebuilt next to the mansion on the estate in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains.  They were cleared away approximately 165 years ago, and the site has been left…

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Zambians Protest White President Who Claims To Have Black Blood

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Zambian president Michael Sata died last week, and his country is now embroiled in controversy over the white vice-president, Guy Scott, who has stepped into the role of acting president.  Scott will remain as acting president for three months until emergency elections can be held to elect a new president.  Many are questioning whether or not he can legitimately hold the office of acting president because Zambia’s constitution require than…

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President Obama Hugged Ebola Survivor, While Reagan Wouldn’t Even Say the Word AIDS

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As citizens with different background and ideologies, we can all disagree on President Obama’s policies. What we can’t disagree on, however, is that, by hugging a nurse who’d been cured of Ebola, President Obama took an important step toward lessening the stigma of the disease. As Slate’s Laura Helmuth notes, whereas Obama took a courageous step, former President Reagan took the coward’s way out when he refused to even talk…

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