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Emmett Till

Convenience Stores and Convenient Narratives

Michael W. Waters | Posted 08.17.2014 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

Like Emmett and Trayvon before him, the surrounding details are disputed. Yet, the final outcome is the same. Once again, history may never know what exactly took place because Michael is not here to speak for himself.

End the Open Season: On Black Folks, Violence and Remembrance

Jay Dodd | Posted 08.15.2014 | Black Voices
Jay Dodd

From cultural appropriation and media condemnation to the physical brutality and slaughter, Blackness in America, though mirrored globally, is unjustly marked by violence.

Rap Artists' Repeated Disrespect Of Black Icons Raises Concerns

AP | JESSE WASHINGTON | Posted 03.02.2014 | Black Voices

Malcolm X and rap music have always fit together like a needle in the groove, connected by struggle, strength and defiance. But three recent episodes ...

On Innocence and Black Boys in America

Antwaun Sargent | Posted 04.30.2014 | Black Voices
Antwaun Sargent

I started to think about the kinds of black men who make American history and those who don't. I thought about Martin Luther King Jr. and about Trayvon Martin. I thought about how, increasingly, young African American boys displays of mundane freedoms are costing them their lives.

Alternative Black History: Negroes With Guns

Erikka Yancy | Posted 04.14.2014 | Black Voices
Erikka Yancy

Inspired by Gandhi's success with non-violence and passive resistance in India's struggles, we know that Martin Luther King Jr. became the leader of the Civil Rights Movement by encouraging passive resistance. But these were violent times, the type of violence that is hard to imagine in 2014.

Looking Back on the Year of JFK and MLK, and On to Another Year of Exhaustive Storytelling

Chris Benson | Posted 03.10.2014 | Media
Chris Benson

Media leadership is vital, too, in breaking out of the echo chamber of the 24-7 news cycle. Enterprise, curiosity, critical assessment form the path to the enriching untold story.

Disgusting New York Post Front Page Goes Full 'Hey, Where the White Women At?' on Obama

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.11.2014 | Media
Ian Reifowitz

In a bodega last week morning, picking up bananas, I saw the man in front of me on line holding a New York Post. Too bad he wouldn't be reading any...

Trayvon and Emmett Misused by Oprah and Beck

Jim Moore | Posted 10.09.2013 | Media
Jim Moore

Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till died too young, and their families' lives were changed forever; connected over the years by those facts, they share a common bond. Beyond that, there is simply no comparison.

Daddy and Me, Trayvon and 'The Talk'

Roger Witherspoon | Posted 10.02.2013 | Black Voices
Roger Witherspoon

The Talk isn't about teaching black boys how to act or, more precisely, how to grovel before whites with guns. The purpose of The Talk is to lift a veil of innocence from the eyes of black boys so they can recognize a danger when it appears.

Trayvon Martin Is My Nephew, Our Brother, Your Son

Verneda White | Posted 09.29.2013 | Black Voices
Verneda White

Be of service at this time. Connect with the children in your life. We cannot take for granted the time to engage with our young boys on taking positive action to mitigate how the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial may shape their life experiences.

Danielle Cadet

Still Climbing: The Progress And Promise Of Black America

HuffingtonPost.com | Danielle Cadet | Posted 07.28.2013 | Black Voices

This article is the last in the Huffington Post series examining the state of Black America. To read more, click here. “Free in 63.” In the la...

The Uprising That Love Demands: Trayvon Martin and the Yoke Made Visible

Gaye Theresa Johnson | Posted 09.24.2013 | Black Voices
Gaye Theresa Johnson

Trayvon Martin has done so much more than die. He has revealed a system working perfectly in its intended order; and for the moment, rendered visible the yoke that encircles the poor and aggrieved.

Witness To Emmett Till Lynching Dies At 76

AP | JASON KEYSER | Posted 09.23.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Hearing the screams of 14-year-old lynching victim Emmett Till from inside a Mississippi barn left a teenage field hand with an unbearable ...

Rapper J. Cole Apologizes For Autism Lyric

AP | By CHRIS TALBOTT | Posted 09.20.2013 | Entertainment

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rapper J. Cole is apologizing to those with autism and their families for an offensive lyric. Cole says in a blog po...

Mother of a Martyr: What I Learned From Mamie Till Mobley

Debra Pickett | Posted 07.17.2013 | Chicago
Debra Pickett

She did not say that it might not be safe for her son, with his Chicago manners and his only-child penchant for showing off, to be in Mississippi that summer. She did not say that he had to stay only where she could see him.

How Can I Protect My Son From Becoming Another Trayvon Martin?

Melanie Coffee | Posted 07.16.2013 | Black Voices
Melanie Coffee

The verdict unites some communities and divides others. The main thought that I can't really shake loose is: How can I protect my son from being another Trayvon Martin?

Seeing Trayvon

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

A friend asks, "What do we tell our children?" We tell them to strive to leave this country more just than they found it. We give them the history to inform them and the tools to carry on the struggle.

A Desired Eulogy: For Emmett, Virgil, Trayvon, and Jordan

Michael W. Waters | Posted 09.13.2013 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

Disturbingly, in our nation, being a black boy and walking in a gated community is a capital offence. For these young black boys, and countless others, were tried, convicted, and put to death by a system that says the lives of young black boys do not matter.

Trayvon's Cry For Help and a Grieving Mother's Hope For Justice

Chris Benson | Posted 09.11.2013 | Crime
Chris Benson

The question of a mother's hope was put to Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton. It came during cross-examination by defense attorney Mark O'Mara.

Hip-Hop Reappropriates Emmett Till

Travis M. Andrews | Posted 08.12.2013 | Entertainment
Travis M. Andrews

Superstars like Lil' Wayne using Emmett Till's name for credibility isn't new. Why Lil' Wayne lost his contract over this particular reference is simply a perfect storm of events.

Future: Lil Wayne Brought Positive Energy To The Emmett Till Lyric

Posted 05.20.2013 | Black Voices

I never thought it would get so much attention. But I think overall with the whole situation, he did bring light in a positive way to what happened [t...

PepsiCo To Meet With Till Family And Sharpton

AP | CHRIS TALBOTT | Posted 07.08.2013 | Black Voices

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Officials with PepsiCo Inc. apologized during a meeting Wednesday with relatives of civil rights icon Emmett Till who were offende...

PepsiCo Drops Lil Wayne

AP | Posted 07.03.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- PepsiCo says it cutting ties with Lil Wayne after the rapper made a crude reference to civil rights martyr Emmett Till in a song. Lil Way...

Till Family Shoots Down Weezy's Open Letter

Posted 05.03.2013 | Black Voices

Following the release of Lil Wayne’s open letter apology to the family of Emmett Till for his controversial lyric on Future’s “Karate Chop (Remi...

Weezy Bares It All In Apology Letter

Posted 05.02.2013 | Black Voices

After two months of backlash stemming from the controversial lyric he dropped on Future’s “Karate Chop (Remix),”, Lil Wayne has finally made ame...