A&E, Fact-Checks, Quick Hits / December 22, 2016 How ‘Fences’ Was Built

Denzel Washington’s film adaptation of August Wilson’s “Fences,” which premiers on Christmas Day, is being praised as an original remake of the Broadway play. However, this story has been an essential work in American theater for more than 30 years, and it didn’t originate with Washington. Oscar-winning actor James Earl Jones originally portrayed Troy Maxson,...

Fact-Checks, News / December 12, 2016 Does Moving to Canada Trump Staying in U.S.?

“I’m moving to Canada!” Many people who are concerned about living under Donald Trump as U.S. president have been repeating this sentence in recent weeks and months. On Election Day, the website of the Canadian immigration office broke down completely. Too many people tried to get information about the immigration process in Canada on Tuesday,...

Fact-Checks / December 8, 2016 Black Men: Are They in College or in Prison?

Many people consider it common knowledge that more black men are in prison than in college. “A third more African-American men are incarcerated than in higher education,” according to Jason Ziedenberg and Vincent Schiraldi, who wrote the 2002 report from the Justice Policy Institute, “Cellblocks or Classrooms: The Funding of Higher Education and Corrections and...

A&E, Fact-Checks, News / December 7, 2016 Was the Black Cook From the Movie “Pearl Harbor” Real?

In an iconic scene in the 2001 historical war movie “Pearl Harbor,” a cook fired one of the .50 caliber machine guns on the ship, shooting down four planes. The film, directed by Michael Bay, was a dramatic retelling of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago on Dec. 7, 1941. It was...

A&E, Fact-Checks, Music / September 19, 2016 #nomakeup with a little help?

Alicia Keys launched a movement after she published a letter on Lena Dunham’s blog, Lenny, in May, stating that she has had enough of wearing makeup everyday. Her reason is simple: “I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my...

A&E, Fact-Checks, Music, News / September 18, 2016 George Clinton on the Mothership, the Smithsonian — and Funk

The Mothership is the space vehicle of George Clinton aka Mr. Funkenstein and his wingmen of Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication. As part of the Parliament-Funkadelic theory, it existed as a fictional vehicle of funk arrival to engage fans who were down with the P-Funk movement. After the success of his hit “Chocolate City,” Clinton says, the Mothership was later developed into a physical...

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Mental Illness is for White People?
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Mental Illness is for White People?

Imagine a 4-year-old girl playing on a Harlem playground. She’s laughing and having a great time in the beauty of a warm summer afternoon. Then, all of a sudden, she is hit by a stray bullet. The innocent little girl collapses to the ground and cries. She’s rushed to the emergency room where the bullet…

Does Filming the Police Drive a Wedge Between Cops and Blacks?
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Does Filming the Police Drive a Wedge Between Cops and Blacks?

James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, gave a speech before the International Association of Chiefs of Police in late October, telling the group that those filming the police were “driving a wedge between African-American communities and law enforcement.” It’s an interesting statement since Comey is part of the Obama administration, which has called…

Is D.C. Still the Chocolate City?
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Is D.C. Still the Chocolate City?

  Washington, D.C., was one of the blackest cities in the United States during the 1970s. The population of African Americans peaked at 71.1 percent, and everyone from residents to radio personalities began calling it the “Chocolate City.” Parliament even released an album and single titled “Chocolate City” as a tribute to the nation’s capital…

Can Ben Carson Help GOP Attract Black Voters?
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Can Ben Carson Help GOP Attract Black Voters?

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson launched a new radio campaign last week — featuring a Carson-inspired rap, meant to grow his appeal among African-American voters, according to his campaign. The $150,000 advertisement, interspersed with rhymes from rapper Aspiring Mogul and bits from Carson’s stump speech, will air for two weeks in eight urban markets. The…

Does Planned Parenthood Have a Strategic Plan for Black Genocide?
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Does Planned Parenthood Have a Strategic Plan for Black Genocide?

The Center for Medical Progress (CMP), an anti-abortion group, leaked deceptively edited videos earlier this summer that showcased Planned Parenthood employees speaking in offhand conversation about the selling of fetal tissue. The video series depicts months of conversation between undercover CMP employees and Planned Parenthood staff. The video series has in return added more fuel to…

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