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Black Fact of the Day: August 16, 2019 – Brought to you by Black365
August 16, 2019
On this day, August 16, 1958, actress and activist Angela Bassett was born in New York City, New York. Brought to you by the Black365 Calendar. ... read more »
A national crisis: Surging hate crimes and White Supremacists
August 15, 2019
A Saturday morning shooting rampage in El Paso, Texas on August 3 took the lives of 22 people, and seriously injured more than two dozen others. Reportedly, the alleged shooter wanted to kill as many Mexicans as he could. Armed with safety glasses, ear coverings and an assault-style rifle, the shooter entered a Walmart store during a back-to-school sale. ... read more »
NBA Hall of Famer, Connie Hawkins—Who Played for The Los Angeles Lakers—His Legacy Continues
July 19, 2019
On a bright sunny day in Brooklyn New York less than a dozen people turned out to celebrate the life and legacy of NBA Hall of Famer, Connie Hawkins a stark contrast to a few months ago, in Brooklyn, when a crowd, in a torrential rainstorm, paid tribute to the late Biggie Smalls on the naming of a street in his honor. A Brooklyn politician who was scheduled to speak did not show up but that didn’t phase Isaiah Hawkins (brother of Connie Hawkins), Mel Davis (NY Knicks), Ted Gustus, Coach Ruth Lovelace (Boys & Girls High School), Ray Haskins (LIU, Alexander Hamilton High School) and Judith Brown (sister of ABA Great Roger Brown) who all stood outside Barclay's Center fielding questions with only three media outlets, of which we were included. ... read more »
Police Officer in ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Death Won’t Be Charged
July 18, 2019
After years of silence, federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they won’t bring criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words — “I can’t breathe” — became a national rallying cry against police brutality. ... read more »
Kick Up Your Brain Health a Notch with Soccer: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
July 11, 2019
There’s no better time to embrace soccer than right now as the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team just won its fourth World Cup title on Sunday, celebrated by a ticker tape parade today in New York City. Soccer is a not only a favorite sport and pastime for people all over the world but it’s great for brain health for all ages, according to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA). ... read more »
THERE NEVER WAS A NOBLE SOUTH.
May 24, 2019
Have you ever noticed that when driving through the southern United States you are hard-pressed to find a city or town without a memorial to the Confederate war dead, but you are equally hard-pressed to find a city or town with a monument commemorating fallen Revolutionary War soldiers? ... read more »
Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
May 14, 2019
For movies opening May 17, 2019: ... read more »
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool — A Complicated Man Chased by Demons —A Brilliant Look at His Life
May 3, 2019
What Davis had, that others made comments upon, even from his earliest days was his “star” quality. That's high praise since he was coming up with other jazz musicians who in turn also became legends yet they didn't possess a mystic around their persona. Not like Davis who simply didn’t give an “F” and because of that his mystique only grew more.  He burned through the ’50s and sauntered through the ’60s using and abusing, drugs and alcohol and building up his mystique which grew darker, and darker. ... read more »
Black Men Still Incarcerated at Disproportionate Levels
May 3, 2019
“Systemic racism drives both poverty and the mass incarceration of low-income people, especially people of color. This cycle of poverty and criminal justice involvement feeds on itself and creates herculean barriers to achieving economic and social advancement, for those who have been justice involved and for their loved ones,” said Jennifer Jones Austin, FPWA CEO and executive director. ... read more »
Why the New York City Council Proposal to Ban Menthol Cigarettes is Wrong
February 15, 2019
I dedicated 34 years of my life to public safety, enforcing the laws that our legislators placed before me. That’s what cops do, and we trust that those laws are well thought out, studied and based upon sound data and evidence. Later in my career, I realized that this is not always the case, as some of our laws have little to do with sound evidence and are emotionally driven by feel-good politics. That’s why I hung up my badge to advocate for sound public policy as the Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership. ... read more »
At 94, The Legendary Cicely Tyson Remains an ‘Optimist’
February 14, 2019
There isn’t a day – I’m grateful to say – that when I walk out of my doors, I don’t run into somebody who says, ‘I can’t tell you what you’ve done for me. ‘You changed my life,’” Tyson shared with TIME. “It just confirmed for me that I was on the right track and I stayed on the right track.” ... read more »
Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
November 19, 2018
For movies opening Thanksgiving 2018: ... read more »
King, Abdul-Jabbar Honored for Tackling Homophobia
October 11, 2018
Jean King and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are being honored for lending their names to the fight against homophobia in sports. ... read more »
The Criminalization of Poverty: Cash Bail for Non-Violent Misdemeanors Perpetuates Unequal Treatment Under the Law
September 28, 2018
Our nation’s racially-discriminatory cash bail system has left hundreds of non-violent misdemeanor suspects to die in jail while awaiting trial, simply because they are poor. A 2015 study identified more than 800 deaths in local jails and lockups; more than 75% of those in local jails have not been convicted, and 70% of those awaiting trial are detained for non-violent offenses.  ... read more »
A Conversation with Alison Hart and Multiracial Americans of Southern California
September 24, 2018
Spanning four generations of a mixed-race family, Mostly White is a powerful tale of inter-generational trauma and the healing brought by wildness, music, and the resilience of women. From Emma, who survives the abuse of an Indian residential school in 1890s Maine, to Ella, who navigates color lines in 1980s New York City, Alison Hart’s unforgettable characters fight to form their own identities and honor the call of their ancestors.  ... read more »
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