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U.S. Representative Yvette Clarke Makes Gaffe On The Colbert Show Oberlin College

U.S. Rep.Yvette Clark Believes She Would’ve Been A Slave In 1898

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U.S. Representative Yvette Clarke made a recent appearance on satirical political talk show “The Colbert Report” on Tuesday. During her visit, host Stephen Colbert jested that her borough, Brooklyn, shouldn’t have joined with New York City in 1898. He continued to say he’d go back in time to correct the decision; he then asked Rep. Clarke what she would change. Clarke said she would demand to be set free from slavery, with…

Rev. Jesse Jackson Calls on Pastors to Support Obama’s Backing of Gay Marriage

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Rev. Jesse Jackson has joined Rev. Al Sharpton in supporting President Obama’s call for support behind gay marriage.   Jackson even went so far as to compare the gay marriage issue to the fight against slavery and laws that kept blacks from marrying whites. “This is a bold step in the right direction for equal protection under the law for all citizens,” Jackson told the Los Angeles Times. Jackson then…

Erika Nicole Kendall: Black Women Want to Be Overweight? I’m Confused

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Erika Nicole Kendall speaks to Alice Randall’s recent piece in which Randall argues that African American women are choosing to be fat.   She says that there are multiple perceptions of black female identity, and that Randall’s viewpoint is just one of them.   Alice Randall’s recent op-ed confused me. I couldn’t quite tell if the estimated 4 percent of the population that is black, female and overweight is to blame for…

Help end slavery in Mauritania

Help end slavery in Mauritania

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After reading CNN’s special report on Mauritania, “Slavery’s Last Stronghold,” it may seem like little can be done to end slavery in this West African country, where an estimated 10% to 20% of people are enslaved. That’s far from true, however. You can be part of the solution. Here’s how: Anti-Slavery International has set up a special donations page for a training center for escaped slaves in Mauritania’s capital, which…

Daughter of “Color Purple” Author Says She Rejects Her Mom’s Radical Feminism

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Rebecca Walker, daughter of Alice Walker, who wrote “The Color Purple,” says that her mother’s radical feminist beliefs tore the two apart.  Rebecca is now 38 year old and her mother is 64.   Rebecca, for one, disagrees with her mother’s belief that motherhood is a form of servitude.  She herself is a mom. “The other day I was vacuuming when my son came bounding into the room.  ‘Mommy, Mommy, let…

Racist Billboard Saying “Slaves Obey Your Master” Sparks Outrage [VIDEO]

Racist Billboard Saying “Slaves Obey Your Master” Sparks Outrage [VIDEO]

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    A billboard designed to criticize the Bible instead offended a lot of Black folks in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area. The sign was vandalized overnight, and the president of one of the groups that funded it issued an apology. On Wednesday morning, a Harrisburg Symphony billboard replaced the controversial atheist sign. Lamar Advertising officials said they had to replace the original billboard because of the vandalism. “I take the…

194-Yr Old Historic Black Church Faces Foreclosure

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Scandal-plagued Hub bank OneUnited has begun foreclosure proceedings against Roxbury’s historic Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of Boston’s oldest and most-respected black churches, the Herald has learned. OneUnited, the nation’s largest black-owned bank — which got millions in federal bailout money — is threatening to auction off the church March 22 to cover a $1.1 million “balloon” mortgage that recently came due. “I don’t honestly know why a…

13-Yr Old Allegedly Persecuted by Teachers for “Radical” Essay on Frederick Douglass

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“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” Frederick Douglass On Saturday, February 18, 2012, the Frederick Douglass Foundation of New York presented the first Spirit of Freedom award to Jada Williams, a 13-year old city of Rochester student….

The Daily Show’s Wyatt Cenac: PETA Thinks The Treatment of SeaWorld’s Whales And Slavery Are The Same [VIDEO]

The Daily Show’s Wyatt Cenac: PETA Thinks The Treatment of SeaWorld’s Whales And Slavery Are The Same [VIDEO]

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If you hadn’t heard, PETA was trying to bring a lawsuit against SeaWorld, claiming that their treatment of the whales was similar to being held and treated as slaves. Yup, you read that right. Slaves. But why are we not surprised? This is not the first time PETA has done something outrageous and dare I say, random, to make their point. Their defense was that the 13th amendment also covers…

Teacher Who Assigned ‘Slavery’ Math Problems Resigns

Teacher Who Assigned ‘Slavery’ Math Problems Resigns

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    A spokeswoman says a suburban Atlanta teacher has resigned after an investigation over third-grade students being assigned math homework with word problems about slavery. One of the problems read: “Each tree has 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?” Another was: “If Frederick got two beatings each day, how many beatings did he get in one week?” Gwinnett County schools…

National Organization for Women Leader Supports The Legalization of Prostitution

National Organization for Women Leader Supports The Legalization of Prostitution

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      What if prostitution were legal? What if there were sanitation procedures, taxation and employee protection laws? What if these women were actually treated with dignity instead of plagues on society while the men who supply the demand are left to drift back into the shadows unscathed, reputations and family intact? In an exclusive interview with NewsOne, Jocelyn Morris, national board member of the National Organization for Women…

Kirsten West Savali: Embracing Black Feminism: “Ain’t I A Woman?”

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    By: Kirsten West Savali, Your Black World During my childhood in the Deep South — surrounded by antebellum homes, plantations and the residual psychological, physiological and emotional damage of slavery — being called a “woman” was almost considered an insult.  “Woman” implied something basic, crude, unfinished — a woman was nothing if she wasn’t a “lady.” A “lady” understood the pivotal role she played in the lives of…

Thomas Jefferson Estate Claims His Slaves Were Born and Raised As If They Were Free

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    When Thomas Jefferson died, scores of slaves were sold from his Monticello plantation to settle his debts. Peter Fossett, 11, was among them, recalling that he was ‘born and reared as free, not knowing that I was a slave, then suddenly, at the death of Jefferson, put on an auction block and sold to strangers.’ Fossett’s story is one of many included in several new projects launching this…

Dr. Boyce: What I’d Like to Get Black People for Christmas

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Black Like Moi I’m not big on giving gifts at Christmas, Kwanzaa or anything else.  The holiday season has become so distorted that our children now think that Jesus was born at Wal-Mart.  I believe in giving gifts of love and upliftment (which kinda makes my kids hate me sometimes).  So, in this holiday season, I thought I’d give a gift of love to you.  Forgive…

Rapper Common Plays Slave on New AMC Series

Rapper Common Plays Slave on New AMC Series

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      NEW YORK — The history of slavery in America is a history of resistance, rebellion. Yet, movies and TV do not always showcase those themes. That’s one reason why the rapper Common is excited about AMC’s new series, “Hell on Wheels,” a Western that chronicles the building of the transcontinental railroad. Common plays mixed-raced former slave Elam Ferguson, who works on the rail system. Portraying a slave,…