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JOE BIDEN AND JOE SCARBOROUGH: CREATURES OF THE DEEP

By Oscar H. Blayton Former Vice President Joe Biden speaking in his “aw shucks, I’m just Joe” style has set off a firestorm within the ranks of the Democratic presidential contenders. During a June 18th fundraiser with wealthy potential donors, he lamented the lack of civility in government. To make his point, Biden recalled how

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BLACK WOMEN ARE INCARCERATED FOR THE CRIME OF POVERTY

By Oscar H. Blayton It seems like every day we learn about another facet of the cruelty of the American criminal justice system. Ava DuVernay’s blockbuster documentary on Netflix, When They See Us, has heightened the furor over the fact that, in America, law enforcement means “control” rather than “justice” for people of color. And

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BLACK BODIES CREATING WHITE POWER

Oscar H. Blayton Almost every high school student in America knows about the compromise reached during the drafting of the U.S. Constitution resulting in enslaved people being counted as three-fifths of a person during the national census held every 10 years. Even while white Southerners denied enslaved people in those states the rights guaranteed to

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How Indian Americans came to dominate the National Spelling Bee

By Shalini Shankar If the finals of the National Spelling Bee are upon us, so is the chatter about Indian American domination of the competition. Indian Americans have won every Scripps National Spelling Bee since 2008, a reign that is the result of a confluence of factors — feel-good documentaries that inspired future spellers, a

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Harlem Drug Kingpin Frank Lucas Dies at 88

By Ibn Safir Harlem kingpin Frank Lucas, who inspired the 2007 feature film American Gangster with Denzel Washington, has died. According to CBS News, Lucas passed Thursday in New Jersey. He was 88. Raised in North Carolina, Lucas found his way to New York in the 1960s, eventually becoming a major drug trafficker based out

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Theresa Burroughs, Voting Rights Activist, Dies At 89 In Alabama

By Debbie Elliott, National Public Radio (NPR) Theresa Burroughs, who proudly called herself a foot soldier for the right to vote, has died in Greensboro, Ala. She was 89. Greensboro is part of Alabama’s Black Belt, a region named for its rich black soil, and known for its oppression of black citizens during the Jim

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Beauty

By Rebecca S. Jones “Well, well, well… It appears America has finally accepted the century-old secret, that scores of slave masters have always known. OUR BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL! Always has been, always will be.” – Rebecca S. Jones For the first time in history, three Black women possess the crowns of three major national pageants,

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Criminal for US, Justice for THEM

By Rebecca S. Jones HOUSTON –Paul Butler wrote a brief entitled, “Chokehold: Policing Black Men and Women in America” in which he states the following. “There has never, not for one minute in American history, been peace between Black people and the police. And nothing since slavery – not Jim Crow segregation, not lynching, not

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Black Business Day At The Capitol

The Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce (TAAACC) hosted “Black Business Day at the Capitol” on Monday, March 25, 2019. The annual event draws attendees from chambers of commerce and business owners from across the state. For the third year, the members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity hosted their “Omega Day at the Capitol” in conjunction with TAAACC.

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