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Black slave owners in America owned slaves as a means of philanthropy to protect them from being owned by vicious white people. www.blacklikemoi.com

Did You Know? Free Blacks Owned Family Members as Slaves to Protect Them

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Reported by April V. Taylor Henry Louis Gates Jr. recently wrote an article for the Root where he examined the history of free African-Americans owning slaves.  According to his research, free blacks in the United States owned slaves from at least 1654 on through the Civil War.  According to African American historian John Hope Franklin, most black slave owners “had some personal interest in their property.”  Many were family members…

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior is a black Brazilian soccer layer who does not identify himself as a Black person. www.blacklikemoi.com

Black Brazilian Soccer Player Denies Being a Victim of Racism Despite Bananas Being Thrown at Him

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Reported by April V. Taylor After a series of racist incidents targeting black soccer players, many of whom are Brazilian, Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff labeled this years World Cup the “anti-racism World Cup.”  As recently reported by The Root, when one takes a closer look, race has a much more complex existence in Brazil. Outside of Africa, Brazil has the largest population of people of African descent.  In addition, Brazil…

20.9 Million People Still Enslaved, Many Of Them People of Color

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When many people think about slavery, the Trans-Atlantic Slavery Trade which brought African slaves to the West Indies and America is what most often comes to mind.  For this reason, many are under the false notion that slavery was completely abolished in the 19th century; however, this is simply not true.  Despite the fact that slavery is illegal in all countries and was prohibited by the 1948 Universal Declaration of…

The Planter was seized by Robert Smalls and used to free 15 slaves It was found in a South Carolina harbor. www.blacklikemoi.com

Ship Used to Free 15 Slaves Found Near S.C. Harbor

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Reported by April Taylor Archaeologists with the United States marines have identified wreckage that they believe to be from a Confederate ship named, “The Planter.” What makes the find of unique significance is that the ship was used in a slave escape.  Robert Smalls seized the ship during the Civil War in 1862 and guided it into Union territory, freeing 15 slaves in the process — including seven crewmen, five women,…

Frederick Douglass – From Slave to Abolitionist

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Frederick Douglass was a Black African American Slave who became a social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement in the fight for freedom & equality for slaves which lead to Abraham Lincoln’s Emaciation proclamation. [leadplayer_vid id=”5338532957A2A”]

Porsha Stewart Explains Why She Thought The Underground Railroad was a Real Train

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by Angela Copel Porsha Stewart recently embarrassed herself, her family and the entire public school system when she admitted that she thought that the Underground Railroad was an actual train.  During a classic episode of Real Housewives, Porsha did a tour of a black history museum and asked a series of questions that made the other cast members realize that she actually thought that the Underground Railroad and it’s “conductors”…

“Tοpless” is the New Protest in Brazil

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In excess of 40 black models took to the runway in protest in Rio de Janeiro but they weren’t holding picket signs. Oh no, these bold activists decided to stroll on stage tοpless to protest the lack of modeling jobs being offered to Afro-Brazilian models. I bet you’re wondering if they were male or female models? Well, they were mostly female models. So you can imagine the shock and impact…

Isaiah Washington Challenges “Slave, Butler, and Maid” Roles For Blacks In Hollywood

Isaiah Washington Challenges “Slave, Butler, and Maid” Roles For Blacks In Hollywood

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By:  John “Hennry” Harris Hollywood veteran actor Isaiah Washington has seen the mountain tops and the valleys of the fickle industry.  The former “Grey’s Anatomy” television star feels that he was blackballed by Hollywood for the last 6 years after making disparaging remarks about the LGBT community.  Those remarks eventually led to his dismissal from the top-rated show and Washington is once again receiving accolades for his Oscar-worthy performance as a serial…

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…

GOP Lawmaker Says America Was Better Off During Slavery

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The conservative yearning for the days of the Confederacy has no end. Speaking on a conference call for the ’40 Days to Save America” plan, Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert decided to inject slavery into the conversation:  We strayed away at different times, Andrew Jackson’s time was not a great time, at different times slavery was a blot on our existence, but the trouble is we have never as an entire…

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…

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…

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…

History of Black Hair 2012

History of Black Hair 2012

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    Weaved, twisted, relaxed, blown-out, puffed up…2012 is a stylized fusion of all that’s beautiful about black hair. But did you ever stop to think about where our hair’s history began? Well, the history of black hair began in Africa, of course. Before the slave trade began, many African cultures wore notably elaborate hairstyles. This is where twists, braids, and intricately parted styles began. Once Blacks were brought to…

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…