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Remembering the Jackson State Massacre

The 50th anniversary of the police attack at Jackson State comes at a moment when America is struggling with a pandemic, the impacts of which have weighed heavily, and unjustly, on black bodies. Thanks to the insufficient and belated response of national and state leaders that has inflamed the pandemic, people of color are disproportionately represented among Covid-19 cases, and they bear the brunt of the government’s aggressive enforcement of quarantine rules.

High Black Maternal Mortality Is Not Due to Class

The shameful secret is out: Although the number of women who die in childbirth globally has fallen in recent decades, the rates in the U.S. have gone up. Since 1987 maternal mortality has doubled in the U.S. Now approximately 800 maternal deaths occur every year. One of the most striking takeaways from examining the data is racial disparity: Black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related conditions such as cardiac issues and hemorrhage and to bear the brunt of serious complications as well.

The Esteemed Black Actresses Who Finally Have The Spotlight

IN 2002, WHEN Halle Berry became the first black woman to win a best actress Academy Award for her role as the forever-yearning widow Leticia Musgrove in “Monster’s Ball,” she wept as she accepted her golden statue. Many black Americans immediately identified with that well of emotion, which reflected both the toll of her journey and the hope for more change to come.

Backlash to the Surgeon General’s Comments

Surgeon General Singles Out People Of Color To Stop Alcohol, Drugs In COVID-19 Fight

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Friday singled out African Americans and Latino communities at the White House COVID-19 press briefing, telling them to refrain from “alcohol, tobacco and drugs” to protect their health during the pandemic. 

Code Red: E. J. Dioone’s Plea To Save The United States

E.J.Dionne has given up on waiting for Conservatives to find a backbone. The only way to save the country is for Progressives and Moderates to work together and vote for the Democrat left standing. The Brookings Institute will host an interview with Dionne tomorrow discussing his new book "Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country,” 

 

Monday, Feb 24, 2020 10:00 AM- 11:30 AM EST

The Crown Act: Fighting Hair Discrimination

We’ve all seen or heard of stories about black children being pulled out of class and black employees having their jobs placed in jeopardy over their hairstyles. Last month, for example, Texas high school student Deandre Arnold made headlines after he was suspended over his locks and told he needed to cut them before he would be allowed to graduate.

Books in Blackface

The bookselling behemoth recently announced that their flagship Fifth Avenue location will partner with publishing giant Penguin Random House to celebrate Black History Month and highlight diversity. And if you assumed this news meant B&N planned to shine a spotlight on black authors or even books about black people, you’re wrong. Instead of focusing on the content of books, they had had a different, more Bookman-like approach:

They put their books in blackface.

67 Years Later, Bayard Pardoned Posthumously

He was a chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, a crucial strategist on nonviolent tactics and an adviser to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Bayard Rustin was also openly gay. And in 1953, he was arrested for having consensual sex with men in Pasadena, Calif. The “morals charge,” which was often used to target gay people in those years, remained a stain on his record and nearly sidelined him from the movement he helped create.

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