African American Issues Archives

Google Launches Interactive Map Of U.S. Lynchings

The racial justice group that published Lynchings in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror two years ago today collaborates with Google to bring us an interactive digital platform that fuses comprehensive data and varied personal stories – visually and orally – so that people can explore our nation’s dark history of lynching. READ MORE

Atlanta community leader and Baseball Swing Coach C.J. Stewart,  who is co-founder of L.E.A.D  (Launch, Expose, Advise, Direct) Inc. hosted their Annual Black History Month event at Regal Atlantic Station. This event featured a private screening of the critically acclaimed documentary-style Oscar nominated movie “I Am Not Your Negro” followed by a Q&A with L.E.A.D. Ambassadors from various high schools along with other community leaders as they discuss the current state of the Black Community and the contributions of Black Americans in the past and present day. Several students of Westminster gave their feedback and shared their thoughts on black vs white, how we can improve the community and more ! It’s great to see our youth step up and want to make a change for the better in our communities so that no one has to go through slavery and segregation and that we all can remain unified.  

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democracy vs. deMOCKery

Was trying to wait for the dust to settle before weighing in on the election of Donald Trump as President of these United States… but it seems like that won’t be happening anytime soon. Everyday there’s something new on the news! Unfortunately, what has transpired is divisive and the “powers that be” have spewed deplorable rhetoric rooted in nothing but fear and hatred. With clashing philosophical viewpoints that can only be described as “EXTREMISM”…leaves some of us in this country feeling extremely anxious and uncertain about the future.

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Photos : Lexus Presents UPTOWN Uncorked Atlanta

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Lexus has partnered with UPTOWN Magazine and Constellation Brands to present UPTOWN Uncorked – a private, premium culinary experience showcasing an eclectic mix of food, wine, culture and fine automobiles. Guests were treated to delectable cuisine by premier African American chefs and restaurateurs and exquisite wines from Constellation’s SAVED and Meiomi selections. I must say the food was delicious from all the chefs! Celebrities in attendance were Gabrielle Union, Clifton Powell, the cast from Saints and Sinners and more ! Take a look at all the great food and vibes from last nights event ! Shout out to M320 Consulting for putting together such stellar event !

photos by Briana Crudup

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Dorian J was born in Buffalo, New York, to Rhonda Henderson who was a singer then and now is a pastor and author and Stevie Jordan who is known as 4x Grammy Award Winner Hitman Stevie J. With both parents being musically inclined it is no surprise that Dorian J. known to the world as Stevie J’s son would continue in his parents musical endeavors.

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Little Professor Skye's Book Cover - Photo Provided Courtesy of Munson Steed

Little Professor Skye’s Book Cover – Photo Provided Courtesy of Munson Steed

Little Professor Skye “Favorite Things” is the first in a series of children’s books targeting Black girls. It actually provides an opening where parents and educators can actively engage readers in various discussion topics where it’s math, science, technology and many gifts. Readers will immediately relate and identify with the idea of annotating their favorite things. READ MORE

Amber Rose vs. Lil Duval!

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Amber Rose has a show and I believe that it is a comedy show? I’m not to sure but I do know that Amber as usual is catching s lot of heat from it. Well, you know that every time Amber Rose’s name is mentioned it usually always has something bad attached to it or negative and I think this show is her outlet to change that perspective.

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Amber basically made comments on the fact that Duval said her show wasn’t funny and that she wouldn’t be anything in life foreal. She took that to heart of course because he judged her without even knowing her personally first off.

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Secondly, she highlighted that these are the issues especially in the black community that need to be addressed because we are so quick to tear one another down. She spoke on the fact that this is why we need to lift each other up. Men should uplift their women especially black men and black women.

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There is a big disconnect there and until that is fixed we all will be hurting. I more than agree with Amber Rose and I feel like especially when you have a platform of power speaking ignorance and negativity is the wrong way to go and you should get called out on it.

 

People are not their past, so let them live!

GoFundMe Account Frozen!

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This is a sad, sad, sad case that I wish I could say had something to do with other than race but it honestly doesn’t. There is a boy by the name of Freddy Barley who rode 6 hours on his bike just to make it to college in time for move-in day. He got accepted into college but had no means of transportation nor housing when he got to school. He was sleeping in a tent outside of campus and everything, I mean he was really struggling!

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So yes, if you were wondering this is a young African-American boy and this halt on his account I am convinced is all about racial profiling. This boy set up an account explaining his situation and he was gratefully able to raise a whopping $184,000 dollars!

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Then one of the people in authority for the GoFundMe site put a halt on the money he raised because they apparently had “multiple questions” about his story and his actual situation.

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I was heartbroken when I read it because I just feel that if it were any other race he wouldn’t be under investigation for telling the truth. Why are you so hesitant to give this young man this money? Because you already see his drive and determination to make the best of the opportunity given to him?

 

Why are you so intimidated? So bothered?