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David Protess

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Justice Compromised for Hoops Star in Oklahoma Rape Case

David Protess | Posted October 12, 2012

Earlier today, an Oklahoma judge handed a 23-year-old African-American basketball player at Oklahoma State University two one-year suspended sentences for sexually assaulting a pair of Caucasian women at an off-campus party in 2010.
Marian Wright Edelman

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Inspiring Lessons From Ruby Bridges: A True American Heroine

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted November 20, 2012

Ruby Bridges is an inspiring reminder that our nation owes a huge debt of gratitude not just to the adults who took a stand during the Civil Rights Movement, but to the extraordinary children and youths who were front-line soldiers in the war to overthrow Jim Crow in American life.
Alvin Lopez-Woods

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Two Men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Marry Each Other... Get Over It

Alvin Lopez-Woods | Posted October 12, 2012

Twitter exploded with retweets of and rants about a video of two men, both members of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, getting married -- to each other. I was taken by surprise by all the negative tweets. You see, I, too, am a member of Kappa Alpha Psi.
Inimai Chettiar

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Education and Incarceration: Beyond 'Affirmative Action'

Inimai Chettiar | Posted October 12, 2012

The Court's decision could result in policies that provide even fewer educational and economic opportunities to young black men and, in turn, result in the incarceration of more of this large swath of our community.
Dwight Brown

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Middle of Nowhere (****)

Dwight Brown | Posted October 12, 2012

"You were on your way to something. Don't stop." That kind of encouragement, greatly needed by a forlorn young woman, is the spirit that drives this exquisitely told romantic drama. It's one of the best black films to come along in years and its filmmaker, Ava DuVernay, became...
Michael W. Waters

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A Different World: The Post-Millennial Perils of Black Family T.V. Programming

Michael W. Waters | Posted October 12, 2012

It appears that to find meaningful black, family television programming in the new millennium, we must return to the old one. It's a different world from where we came from.
Stephanie Li

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Obama, Still the Black Candidate

Stephanie Li | Posted October 12, 2012

Although Obama's victory in 2008 inspired bold assertions that we are now living in a new, post-racial age, he continues to have to navigate the minefield of America's racialized landscape.
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

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Middle of Nowhere: A Movie Review

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted October 12, 2012

Middle of Nowhere is beautifully drawn and poetically written. It teaches about family, race, character and the often unknowable arc of a life, without becoming pedantic or pretending to have answers.
Andre E. Johnson

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The Enigma That Was Bishop Henry McNeal Turner

Andre E. Johnson | Posted October 12, 2012

Henry McNeal Turner was born a "free black" on February 1, 1834, in New Berry Court House, South Carolina, to Hardy Turner and Sarah Greer Turner. Even though born a free person, Turner still experienced the harsh reality of prejudice and racism.
Andrea L. Zopp

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Why You Must Vote: Because This Is Personal

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted October 12, 2012

It's your community. It's your economic security. It's your child's education. It's your heritage to fight for the right to vote. This is personal. It's been less than 50 years since the Voting Rights Act outlawed discriminatory voting practices following decades of protest,
Dana Oliver

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The Struggle To Stay Sexy In Cold-Weather Sleepwear

Dana Oliver | Posted October 12, 2012

When it comes to my pajamas, I've never been a long johns kind of girl. But I still struggle with staying sexy in cold-weather sleepwear.