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Chicago’s Black Voters Key As Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia Battles To Defeat Rahm Emanuel In Mayoral Race

Chicago Mayoral Candidates Campaign On Election Day

Winning more support from Chicago’s black community, which makes up about one third of the electorate, will be essential if Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is to cause one of the biggest political upsets of recent years by defeating incumbent Rahm Emanuel in a run-off and become Chicago’s first Hispanic mayor. He will need to overcome tensions between the black and Hispanic ... Read More »

Calif. School’s Black-Only Assembly Causes Uproar

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Officials at a Benicia school were doing damage control Tuesday after a well-intentioned teacher held an unauthorized Black History Month assembly, inviting only African-American students to attend. “It looks like segregation. Certainly does. It was,” Benicia Unified School District Superintendent Janice Adams said. “I understand how it looks and I’m very sorry for that, because that’s not the impression that ... Read More »

Secretary Moniz’s Energy Department Joins With Johnnetta Cole’s Art Museum to Focus on Minorities in STEM

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President Barack Obama’s administration is continuing a focused push to get more African Americans into the technology and energy sectors. The Department of Energy launched the Minorities in Energy Initiative in 2013 during National Hispanic Heritage Month, and on Wednesday the department sponsored a Minorities in Energy Initiative event at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art to discuss ... Read More »

Fla. Police Chief Fired After Arrest in Prostitution Sting

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Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Johnson, hired last May to rein in a department reeling from accusations of racial profiling, was fired Friday night after being arrested on a charge of soliciting a prostitute in Dania Beach. Michael Wright, a detective and police department spokesman, said Johnson was arrested at a Dania Beach motel during a sting operation conducted by ... Read More »

Deshawnda Bradley, #BlackLivesMatter and the Reminder That Self-Definition Is Essential to Our Survival

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When I think of the heroines and heroes of Black History Month, I notice the similarities they possessed between them before the differences: they were brave on behalf of many; they were ahead of their time – able to see things those around them had difficulty understanding and accepting; they asked for things that seemed so simple yet were made ... Read More »

August Wilson’s Story Told by Sam Pollard on “American Masters”-done

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By Yhanick Scott Sam Pollard had been handed the glorious task of examining the work of award-winning playwright August Wilson. Pollard did so via an episode of the PBS series “American Masters.” Pollard, a filmmaker, gave a presentation on Wilson’s plays supported with video clips from each decade of the 20th century, along with readings and biographically data. In the ... Read More »

John Ridley’s ‘American Crime’ to Explore Race

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By Ryan Brennan John Ridley has become a household name recently. Best known as an Oscar-Winning screenwriter, Ridley started his career as a writer on the classic 90s sitcom, “Martin”. Now, two decades later, Ridley is getting tons of praise for his new TV show, “American Crime.” The first two episodes were specially screened at New York University. John Ridley ... Read More »

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