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Hope vs. Hate: What Made The Mothers Of The Movement Speeches Different From Patricia Smith's Speech

Melanie Brooks | Posted 08.02.2016 | Home
Melanie Brooks

Unlike the scene that played out at the RNC where the audience's compassion toward Smith's loss seemed secondary to their outrage and scorn toward Clinton, on Tuesday night at the DNC the audience listened to these mothers.

The DNC Wouldn’t Be What It Is If It Weren’t For Black Women

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 07.29.2016 | Home

This year’s Democratic National Convention is unprecedented for many reasons and among them is the fact that it’s been powered by a bevy of remark...

After Baton Rouge, St. Paul, et al, Police Action Has Replaced Lynchings as Most Heinous Fate of Black Males

Murray Forseter | Posted 07.07.2016 | Home
Murray Forseter

For the second consecutive day, and for too many times in the last several years, the nation has been transfixed by reports and video of policemen using the shield of their position to administer lethal punishment against Afro-American males.

Lucia McBath On How Moms Who've Lost Kids Can Find Strength On Mother's Day

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 05.06.2016 | Home

The celebratory nature of Mother's Day may be tough to endure for the moms who've had to bury a son or daughter. Lucia McBath knows the emotional toll...

Dear Donny Hathaway: Let's Talk About 4 Boys Who Never Saw 21

Paul A. Bromley | Posted 04.04.2016 | Home
Paul A. Bromley

Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Tamir Rice, Mike Brown... four young boys, out of so many, who became martyrs for a cause they didn't ask to die for. Four young boys who will never see the age of 21. Four families ripped apart by tragedy. I'm tired of waiting on this proverbial someday, Donny.

'Mothers Of The Movement' Explain Why They're Voting For Hillary Clinton

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 03.11.2016 | Home

Hillary Clinton's campaign released a video Friday morning that features the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Jordan Davis and Do...

A Letter to My Magical Black Child

Derecka Purnell | Posted 02.19.2017 | Home
Derecka Purnell

Throughout my pregnancy, I became much more radicalized and unapologetic in the life that I wanted for my child. I watched Michael Dunn's trial that summer as well. A few days before I went into labor, I wrote the following letter to my son, Grandon

New Film On Jordan Davis' Death Exposes The Truth About Racial Bias

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 11.23.2015 | Home

Monday marks three years since Jordan Davis' death. For his parents Lucy McBath and Ron Davis, it has felt like an eternity. Davis, a black 17-year-ol...

Jordan Davis' Mom Calls Gun Violence A 'National Crisis' In Meeting With Hillary Clinton

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 11.06.2015 | Home

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held a private meeting in Chicago on Monday with several mothers who have lost a child to gun violen...

Evangelical Pastor Wants ‘Pro-Life’ Christians To Protest Gun Violence

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.04.2017 | Home

Bringing a preserved fetus to an anti-abortion demonstration would have been one of the more politically explosive moments of the Rev. Robert Schenck...

Nancy Pelosi Stops by 21, at a Luncheon for The Armor of Light

Regina Weinreich | Posted 09.22.2016 | Home
Regina Weinreich

This week at a luncheon at 21, the movie's key figures, an evangelical reverend and anti-abortion activist Rob Schenck, and a remarkable grieving mother turned anti-gun activist Lucy McBride, spoke on a panel, raising the film's issue: can you be both pro-gun and pro-life?

Considering Motherhood in the Era of Tamir Rice and Rekia Boyd | Posted 08.18.2016 | Home

What is it to be a Black woman in this country and to contemplate being a parent? It is having so many hopes and dreams, but also nightmares fueled by the daily reminder of the fact that hate and a criminal justice system warped by racism would put my child at risk.

Caught on Camera: Police Racism

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.05.2016 | Home
Peter Dreier

The rapid explosion of cell phones, YouTube and Twitter has increased public awareness of police misconduct toward black citizens. As a result, white attitudes are changing and protests led by black activists are accelerating. This may be a moment in our history when real reform is possible.

'3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets': The Jordan Davis Doc America Needs Now More Than Ever

Julian Mitchell | Posted 06.22.2016 | Home
Julian Mitchell

With millions witnessing an abundance of publicized killings of unarmed black men by police, along with several racially charged shootings claiming headlines across the country -- the national discourse around racism has expanded to incorporate the need for stronger gun control laws.

Documentary Review: 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.16.2016 | Home
Dwight Brown

What the documentary the filmmakers have assembled is educational, eye opening, often emotional, sad and galvanizing. As the 98 minutes of footage roll by, it becomes apparent that Jordan's tragedy is a chapter within a much longer book.

#WearingOrange is More Than Just a Hashtag

Shannon Watts | Posted 06.03.2016 | Home
Shannon Watts

Yesterday, on National Gun Violence Awareness Day, I joined moms, teens, gun violence survivors and everyday Americans fighting for gun sense at a block party in Harold Washington Park on the South Side of Chicago.

Marissa Alexander Looks Back On Her Time In Jail: I Was 'A Fish Out Of Water'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.19.2015 | Home

Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman who was sentenced to 20 years for firing a "warning shot" during an argument with her abusive husband, joined Huf...

Jordan Davis' Parents Open Up About Coping With Their Son's Death

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 01.30.2015 | Home

It's been more than two years since they lost their son, and the parents of Jordan Davis say the only thing that keeps them moving is knowing their lo...

Live From Sundance: Sunday, Jan. 25

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.28.2015 | Home
Marshall Fine

I hit the ground running, arriving not-quite midway into the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in time to crank out a five-movie day on Sunday. That's less a testament to my stamina than to luck and logistics.

Families Of Slain Unarmed Black Men Send Powerful Messages To Protesters

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.15.2014 | Home

Thousands nationwide have mourned the deaths of unarmed black men -- but few have grieved as much as the relatives of those who have passed. On Sa...

An Open Letter to the HRC

Dee Rees | Posted 02.04.2015 | Home
Dee Rees

The HRC should be just as vocal in its dissent about racial injustice as it is in celebrating the coming out of celebrities. If we are ever going to overcome the artificial divide between the African-American community and the LGBTQ community now is the time to fortify and publicly announce that solidarity.

Testing Our Nation in the Unfinished Work

Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry | Posted 01.31.2015 | Home
Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry

As my daughter and I cut and chopped apples and pureed pumpkin I got to pretend -- for a millisecond -- that my Currier and Ives, Norman Rockwell-esqe existence was true ... and that others get to share it, as well. But I know the truth.

'Is it Time to Do a James Baldwin?'

Malek Mouzon | Posted 01.25.2015 | Home
Malek Mouzon

Deep down, whether I want to admit or not, I know the truth. The racism that James Baldwin knew and ultimately made him leave the country isn't really gone. It's just changed its form.

Michael Brown's Parents Testify At U.N.: 'We Need The World To Know'

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 11.12.2014 | Home

The parents of Michael Brown addressed members of the United Nations on Tuesday on a mission to bring further international awareness to the shooting ...

Killer Sentenced In 'Loud Music' Case

Posted 10.17.2014 | Home

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Ja...