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150 Years After Ratification of the 15th Amendment, Black Votes Are Still Contested: The Black fight for the franchise
March 12, 2020
“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” So reads the 15th Amendment, ratified on February 3, 1870, the third of what came to be known as the Reconstruction amendments. ... read more »
Tonya Butler Appointed Chair Position at Berklee College of Music
February 6, 2020
She will be the first African-American and woman to hold the position. ... read more »
Stephanie Levi-John Gives a Face to Moors in Starz’ ‘The Spanish Princess’
August 23, 2019
Actress Stephanie Levi-John, 30, of African-Caribbean descent, has a crisp British accent and when she speaks her cadence is peppered with bursts of deep, throaty laughter. The sound of her voice reminds me of joy and I found myself smiling during our phone interview a necessity because she calls London England home.   ... read more / view gallery »
Charles R. Drew and L.A. County Collaborate on a New Psychiatry Residency Program
April 26, 2019
The Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) and the County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services have collaborated on an innovative medical residency program designed to address one of the most important yet under the radar issues affecting south Los Angeles residents: effective culturally-appropriate mental health treatment. ... read more »
Four Hundred Years and We Still Ain’t Clear: Distortions of Black History
February 28, 2019
“…there is this misguided group of Afrodescendants, who are throwing shade at those who are not ‘American descendants of slaves’ ADOS. Their shade is an odd version of the "am I Black enough for you" game that some folks ran against President Barack Obama, and are now running against Presidential candidates Kamala Harris and Corey Booker.” ... read more »
Largest Independent Reggae Label Celebrates 40th Anniversary
February 15, 2019
“VP is integral to the history of reggae and dancehall music. We take this responsibility seriously and we are using our 40th anniversary to celebrate the music's rich heritage as we steward the genre into the future,” said company president Randy Chin. ... read more »
Shocking Documentary Delivers Jaw-Dropping Profile of ISIS
February 1, 2019
How much do you know about ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria? Sure, you probably know that it is an extremist Muslim sect which claims to be a caliphate headquartered in Syria.  ... read more »
Ciee Launches Social Media Campaign Celebrating the Brilliance of Frederick Douglass Global Fellows and The Benefits of Studying Abroad
January 14, 2019
The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) launched a social media campaign - #CIEEmpower #MSInspirational #FrederickDouglassGlobalFellows - to share the personal reflections of 20 extraordinary students who have studied abroad in the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship program,  which is sponsored jointly by CIEE and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions. ... read more »
World’s Largest Independent Reggae Label VP Records Celebrates  40th Anniversary
January 10, 2019
VP Records, the world’s largest reggae music company, announces a year-long calendar of activities in celebration of its 40 years in the United States. The year will feature a variety of music and cultural events, products, historical exhibits and experiences, in Jamaica, across the U.S., Toronto, Canada and London, England.  ... read more »
Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury Fight Invigorates Boxing with Controversial Draw Decision
December 4, 2018
Tyson Fury, the 256½-pound Englishman, was laid out on his back panting as Deontay Wilder engaged in a victory dance in the twelfth round of their match at Staples Center on Saturday night. The fight was over by knockout, or so the world thought. As the referee counted, Fury got up. The crowd collectively gasped. ... read more »
Bohemian Rhapsody: Film Review by Kam Williams
October 25, 2018
Riveting Rocktrospective Chronicles the Meteoric Rise of Queen. ... read more »
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