Politics and Government / May 5, 2021 When Reparations Begin at Home

By Jade Boone Evanston Alderman Ciceley Fleming, a sixth-generation Black resident of the Illinois city and a strong advocate for defunding the local police department, was a dissenting voice and the only vote against what many hailed as a landmark local reparations bill. The legislation, which would provide grants of up to $25,000 to assist...

Basketball, Black Lives Matter, Social Justice, Sports / April 28, 2021 Getting Even by Getting into Ownership

By Monét Bowen Layshia Clarendon remembered the way they were—the way she and other members of the Atlanta Dream WNBA team felt so connected to owner Kelly Loeffler, and seemed to bond with her on issues both personal and political. Clarendon “shared meals with Kelly, stepped foot in her home…,” she recalled, “introduced her to...

Black Lives Matter, Police Reform, Uncategorized / April 25, 2021 The Verdict on Derek Chauvin: A New Ending to a Familiar Tale

By Airielle Lowe Derek Chauvin’s first words defending his treatment of George Floyd came not facing the jury that convicted him of murder, but at the neighborhood intersection in Minneapolis where he’d kept his knee on Floyd’s neck until he passed out and later died. “We’ve got to control this guy because he’s a sizable...

When Facts Don’t Matter the Way Black Lives Do
Black Lives Matter

When Facts Don’t Matter the Way Black Lives Do

By Trevon Patterson The facts, they say, don’t lie. These are the facts: Breonna Taylor was killed when Louisville police officers broke down the door of her apartment, her boyfriend fired a shot in their direction, and the police responded with a hail of bullets, one of which ended her life. Kentucky’s attorney general presented…

A Day-One Dilemma for Black Students and HBCUs
HBCUs

A Day-One Dilemma for Black Students and HBCUs

By Ravyn Hardwick There is no doubt that Black students, Black families and Black colleges would be special beneficiaries of whatever student-loan debt President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. would wipe out by executive order on his first day in office. The more, the better. The uncertainty is whether there will be any loan forgiveness at…

These Black Women’s Lives Matter As Well
Black Lives Matter

These Black Women’s Lives Matter As Well

By Arielle Williams Some in Hollywood have launched very personalized initiatives in response to the movements for women’s empowerment, social justice and Black Lives Matter by focusing on crimes of racial and sexual violence against Black women, including women in LGBTQ communities. The actions often are more individualized than sweeping, shaped in part by how…

Does Restricting Access to Guns Reduce Gun Violence?
Crime

Does Restricting Access to Guns Reduce Gun Violence?

By Jalen Whitehead  Gun control has long been a controversial topic, especially in the United States.  Most Americans believe guns are essential to their freedom,  a sentiment enshrined in the Second Amendment’s guarantee of the right to bear arms. Americans own almost 50 percent of the civilian-owned guns worldwide and has 120.5 guns per capita,…

Education, Immigration

African Students Could Be the Hidden Victims of Trump Administration’s Proposed Visa Restrictions

By Greer Jackson Whether by design, coincidence or indifference, the Trump administration’s proposal to tighten restrictions on international students could extract greater tolls on those from Africa, whose numbers are among the least contributing to what the administration asserts is a national security threat, critics of the plan say. Countries on the continent account for…

Is 15 Percent Too Much to Ask?
Economics, Social Justice

Is 15 Percent Too Much to Ask?

By Tia Lowe It was just a few days after George Floyd died under a policeman’s knee on a Minneapolis street, a killing that would breathe greater life into protests against racial injustice as part of the Black Lives Matter movement, that Aurora James posed her question. “What if major retailers like Walmart, Sephora, Target…

‘Blackfishing’: The New Blackface?
A&E

‘Blackfishing’: The New Blackface?

By Jade Whaley   In the midst of increased racial tensions in the U.S., a new kind of cultural appropriation has emerged, which some have dubbed “Blackfishing.” Cultural appropriation, the idea of members of one culture adopting elements of another culture, is a hot topic on social media. The term Blackfishing is used to describe an…

Would increased police training save black lives?
Police Reform

Would increased police training save black lives?

By Ravyn Hardwick George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was seen by millions in video footage gasping, “I can’t breathe” while a white police officer kneeled on his neck until he died. In death, he joined a growing litany of names: Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Philando Castille, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, just…

The Africans Among Them
Immigration

The Africans Among Them

By Jaylin Ward The woman who said a doctor at an immigrant detention center removed one of her fallopian tubes without her consent doesn’t quite fit the Trump administration’s suggested image of a desperate illegal alien sneaking across the border from Mexico. She is 30 years old, has a 12-year-old American-born daughter, and has lived in…

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