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New School/ Old School Activism

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The annual Afrikan Black Coalition Conference held this past weekend at the University of California, Santa Cruz ignited dialogue of new age activism. On Sunday, the panel discussion entitled “New School/Old School Activism”  had “old school” activists Dr. Angela Davis and Bobby Seale, and “new school” activists Philip Agnew, Marcel Jones, Ainye Long, and Tiffany Dean Loftin. The discussion opened …

The Art of Storytelling Prt. 1

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I write like I was given the right by God from his right side like Jesus nodded His head in approval too. I used to be the victim, Bruce Wayne, til’ the darkness became so beautiful. I suited up to life to avenge the death of my greatest contender, fought for so long I used to be an avenger until …

Afrikan American Ridley-Thomas Sworn Into Office As Representative of 54th Assembly District

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Earlier this month 26 year-old Democrat, Sebastian Ridley-Thomas was elected and sworn into office as the new representative for the 54th Assembly District after winning 60 percent of the vote, ahead of Christopher R. Armenta, who polled second with 36 percent of the vote. Ridley-Thomas follows in the footsteps of his father, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas, who supported his …

Peggy Noland’s Shocking Oprah Dress

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Most recently, there has been quite a stir about the particular fashionable taste of fashion designer Peggy Noland. One of her graphic dresses displays a life-size image of what appears to be an unknown, and unclothed, Afrikan American female with a photo-shopped image of Oprah’s face in exchange.  There are multiple images of women and even one with an image of …

Nelson Mandela Has Been Buried

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The world has endured the loss of a legend.  An illustrious symbol of South Afrika’s bold triumph over apartheid, Nelson Mandela passed away December 5, 2013 at the age of 95 after an extensive battle with lung infection. Known to his countrymen as Tata Madiba, he was considered the father of the Afrikan nation. “Our nation has lost its greatest …

Vote to Departmentalize Afro-American Studies

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The Afrikan Student Union at UCLA has a rich history on the UCLA campus dating back to 1966. One of the strongest Black student demands in 1967 and 1968 was for the creation of an Afro-American Studies Center. In fact, two Black UCLA students, Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter and John Huggins, who were leaders within the Black Panther Party and also …

Black Studies Movement Still Alive In UC System

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After four decades, the field of Afrikan American Studies is still alive and thriving in the University of California System.  A new report, Black Studies 2013: A Web-Based Survey authored by Rasheed Shabazz (Reginald James), communications director for the UC Wide Afrikan Black Coalition (ABC), cites the fact that every UC campus with undergraduates has some form of Black Studies courses …

Black Judge Accuses UCLA Police of Using Excessive Force

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Superior Court Judge David S. Cunningham III, who was arrested for driving without a seatbelt last Saturday just after 10 a.m. when he left Westwood LA Fitness, has filed a complaint against UCLA police for excessive force. In the complaint 60 year-old Cunningham states that he was in the process of putting on his seatbelt after having briefly undone it …

Robin Thicke vs. The Marvin Gaye Estate

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Tension is continuing to build between Robin Thicke and the Marvin Gaye Estate. Marvin Gaye III, the renowned singer’s eldest son, has decided to file his own copy infringement lawsuit against Thicke for the tracks “Blurred Lines” and “”Love After War”. This suit is the second counter-suit that the Gaye family has filed against the singer accusing Thicke of blatantly copying …

Cancer Treatment Affects Mortality Rate in Black America

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Research conducted at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine attributes the high mortality rate of Black cancer patients to the presence of racial inequality in the American medicine practice. According to the study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Black colorectal cancer patients were less likely than white patients to receive treatment from …