Black Hollywood Turns Out for “MLK NOW” Event in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King & Other Civil Rights Activists

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Who would have thought that in 2016 we would still be fighting against racism, classicism and the continued disregard for the talents and contributions of black people to the world. In fact, the fight for equality seems just as prevalent in 2016 as it was in 1968 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was slain on a balcony in Memphis, Tennessee. Yesterday was a day to honor him. It was a day to refocus on his dream and what needs to be done to keep it alive. It was a day where entertainers including comedian Chris Rock, actors Harry Belafonte, Octavia Spencer, Michael B. Jordan, musical artists India Arie, J. Cole, Jussie Smollett and numerous others joined hundreds of people to pay tribute to Dr. King and other civil rights leaders. The event touted as “#MLKNOW” was sponsored by Blackout for Human Rights and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and was held last night at the Riverside Church in Manhattan where Dr. King delivered his historical sermon opposing the Vietnam War in 1967.

Officer On Leave After Violent Assault At Spring Valley High, Fellow Student Speaks Out

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I was not prepared to see what I saw when I did my usual evening scroll on Twitter last night. I wish my social media romp did not include a clip of an officer flipping, choking and throwing a female high school student across a classroom before arresting her. The officer identified as Ben Fields, ordered 18 year old female student to stand up and leave the room. When she refused, Officer Fields stood over her desk and tells her, “either you’re coming with me or I’ll make you.” Then without hesitation, he grabs her, flips her over, and slams her onto the ground before tossing her across the room in front of a class full of other students and cuffing her.

EBONY Magazine’s August 2015 Issue Delves Into America’s Relationship with Black People

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In a time where blacks are being killed at the hands of authorities at an astronomical rate and the hashtag #blacklivesmatters reigns supreme, it’s impossible not to feel the discord between America and black people….but  not our culture. Also moving at an astronomical rate is what some are calling “cultural rape” and the rise of culture vultures who only look to take from black culture while failing to appreciate or credit it for the trends that white America grab ahold of every day. From hair styles to facial features, it’s impossible not to notice America’s obsession with black culture. But that isn’t the problem. What bothers most of us is the misappropriation and lack of attribution.

[UPDATE] Manhunt Underway for White Male Who Killed 9 at Historic Black Church in South Carolina

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An all out manhunt is underway for a white male who entered the historic and predominantly black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina and killed 9 people last night. According to reports, the man actually attended the bible study that was taking place for almost an hour before opening fire on the other attendees.

Time Magazine Covers #BlackLivesMatter and the Murder of Walter Scott

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#BlackLivesMatter isn’t just a hashtag as most recently evidenced by the murder of Walter Scott by police officer Michael Slager which was caught on tape. The apparent mistreatment and violation of blacks by law enforcement is no longer something that can be ignored by mass media. Time Magazine has addressed  “Black Lives Matter” and the murder of Walter Scott on the cover of this week’s issue. In the article “In The Line of Fire” they describe the killing of blacks by those who are meant to protect as catalyptic.

Voter Rights Remains An Issue as “Bloody Sunday” is Commemorated in Selma

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Today marks the 50th Anniversary of “Blood Sunday”, the day that the first march from Selma to Montgomery took place and demonstrators were attacked by police with tear gas and billy clubs. The fact that there is any semblance between March 7, 1965 and March 7, 2015 is more than unsettling. The 1965 marches were in support of voter rights and resulted in the Voter Rights Act of 1965. After so much sacrifice and loss to gain voter rights, how very disturbing it is that in 2015 those very rights are again in jeopardy.

Sybrina Fulton Speaks 3 Years After the Murder of Trayvon Martin, Says Zimmerman “Got Away With Murder”

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I’m pretty sure that during the days and months immediately following the murder of her son, Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton would not have imagined that Trayvon’s killer would be a free man three years later. But that is indeed the case. Sybrina expressed her disappointment to the Associated Press that federal prosecutors recently decided not to charge George Zimmerman with a hate crime for the death of her son.

Common and John Legend Bring Audience to Tears During “Glory” Performance at the Oscars

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As expected, Selma, the film starring David Oyelowo and Oprah, didn’t win big at this year’s Academy Awards. The award winners clearly lacked diversity but the show’s attendees and performers didn’t let that make the film’s message null and void. During the show there were several moments that highlighted the need for equality and end of racism. In fact, the night’s most powerful moment came when the leading song from the film’s soundtrack was performed.

ESSENCE Historical February Issue #BlackLivesMatter, 1st EVER Cover With No Image

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With a history of covering issues in the African American community since the 1970’s, it’s no surprise that ESSENCE magazine is making history again at the climax of what some are calling the “new civil rights movement”. Vanessa K. DeLuca, Editor-in-Chief of the ground breaking magazine, shared the February 2015 cover with an open letter detailing the process behind the creation of the very first cover to not boast a photo and the significance of it’s subject matter.

Oprah Shares Her Thoughts On “Selma” and Ferguson With The Grio

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In the wake of protests across the country and marches for justice this past weekend in both Washington, DC and New York, Americans as well as supporters abroad are hoping for a change in the current racial climate in the United States. During the New York screening of Selma, a film about the events surrounding the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches, Oprah shared her thoughts on the controversial subject with The Grio

Al Sharpton Calls for Washington, DC March in Wake of Eric Garner Indictment Decision

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After last week’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Mike Brown, millions of people were left confused, angered and disappointed. Some of those people were disappointed yet again when the officer who caused the death of another black man was not indicted. Yesterday it was announced that the police officer who choked and killed Eric Garner would not be charged. During a press conference after the decision, Rev. Al Sharpton announced the plan for a march to protest police violence and excessive force in the . The march is scheduled to take place on December 13, 2014. “It’s time for a national march for a national crisis,” Sharpton said.

The Ferguson Decision Aftermath

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After months of waiting in angst, the decision of the grand jury on whether or not police officer Darren Wilson would be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown was rendered. Last night St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced that Wilson would not be indicted. During the press conference McCullough, who came off as being in defense of Wilson, inappropriately lashed out at media and the internet, blaming both for the unrest in Ferguson. He can’t think that his speech, the drawn out process and the delivery of the decision didn’t play a role in the unavoidable tension. It almost seems as though the choice to deliver the decision at night , hours after announcing that it would be made “soon”,