News / November 29, 2018 Initiative 77 Was Approved–Then Repealed. I’m Confused: Do I Still Need to Tip My Server?

By Noni Marshall When the D.C. Council recently repealed a bill that aimed to end the so-called “tipped minimum wage,” it rejected a measure that 55 percent of Washington voters had approved only a few months earlier. However, the vote to kill Initiative 77 is being applauded by those most affected: servers and restaurant owners....

Election 2018 / November 6, 2018 Election Day Brings Steady Rain, Determined Voters

By Alexandria Frank Many voters in the eastern part of the U.S. awoke to a pouring rain on Election Day, but the nasty weather didn’t wash away people’s desire to be heard. At polling locations in Washington, voters still came out to perform their civic duty. The morning rain cleared up around noon, leaving the...

Election 2018 / November 6, 2018 DeSantis Called Tallahassee the State’s “Most Crime-Ridden”City. Its Citizens (and Stats) Say Otherwise.

By Maya King TALLAHASSEE—Residents of Florida’s capital city are confused and offended by the way their city has been recently portrayed in the public sphere. Both President Trump and his disciple, gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, have described Tallahassee as “dangerous” and “corrupt,” citing a recent crime spike in Leon County. Those who actually live in...

#OscarsSoWhite, Because #HollywoodSoWhite — and Male
A&E, For the Record, News

#OscarsSoWhite, Because #HollywoodSoWhite — and Male

By Miesha Miller April Reign, who spearheaded the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, will be live-tweeting “The Wood” with some of her 22,000 Twitter followers during the telecast of the 88th Academy Awards tonight. As part of a nationwide series of protests and “tune-outs,” the Rev. Al Sharpton plans to lead a rally outside the Dolby Theatre in…

The Complicated Love Affair With The Oscars
A&E, Big Brotha, Opinion

The Complicated Love Affair With The Oscars

 won’t be watching the Oscars on Sunday. For the second year in a row, every acting nominee is white. It is the first time that there have been two straight years of all-white nominees since 1995 to 1996, just three years after I was born. Jesse Jackson called for a boycott of the 1996 ceremony….

Mental Illness is for White People?
Fact-Checks

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?
Fact-Checks, News

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…

Songs for Peace
A&E, Big Brotha, Music, Opinion

Songs for Peace

It was a Saturday morning in Paris. Memorials were hung and candles lit at the Bataclan Concert Hall, which saw the greatest carnage from a terrorist attack the night before that left 129 dead. As hundreds of mourners gathered, an unknown musician set up a piano, a peace sign painted on its lid, sat down…

All Lives Matter *
News

All Lives Matter *

Just because people want to save rainforests doesn’t mean that they’re dismissive of other forests, says political cartoonist Keith Knight. Similarly, the #BlackLivesMatter movement doesn’t mean that proponent don’t care about other lives, Knight said during “Drawn From the Headlines: Communication and Political Cartoons,” a discussion Wednesday night at the National Archives in Washington. “You’ve gotta think…

A&E, Music

TBTRadio – Podcast #1

  Hey, everyone! Hope you enjoy Truth be Told’s first podcast. Today’s subjects range from the origins of our site, to the importance of black institutions, to Missy Elliot’s new single. Plus: is Spongebob SquarePants the last great American hero? Hosts Marc Rivers and Maya Cade discuss.   (NOTE: This podcast was recorded before the…

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