Ivanka Trump Tweets Insensitive Remarks Regarding Black History Month

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By Sydney Matthews February 1st marks the beginning of Black History Month — 28 days dedicated to celebrating Black individuality and achievement. Not only does February celebrate Black excellence, it promotes a complex dialogue about race in America. A dialogue that acknowledges struggle, survival, and success. Ivanka Trump does not share these sentiments. On February 1st, the fashion designer tweeted, …

Recy Taylor, Rape Survivor and Civil Rights Activist, Dies Days Before 98th Birthday

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Recy Taylor, daughter of Alabama sharecroppers, passed away ten days before her 98th birthday in her Abbeville nursing home. Taylor had become a prominent civil and women’s rights activist after surviving a traumatic rape during the Jim Crow era. In 1944, 24-year old Recy Taylor was brutally raped by six white men while walking home from church in Alabama. With …

Guest Lecturer Discusses ‘The Rebellious Life’ of Rosa Parks

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In elementary and high school we are told the brave and historic story of Rosa Parks and how her refusal to move from her seat on the bus changed the course of history. On Wednesday, April 27th visiting lecturer Jeanne Theoharis from Brooklyn College spoke about her biography, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks which was published in 2013. …

The Media Misrepresent the Revolution

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Photo by Steve Rhodes via Flickr “We want Freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our Black community”; this is the first point of the Black Panthers’ 10 point program. The 10 points were centered around bettering the Black community and dissociating from the broader white community.   The leaders of the Party were able to see the …

Is There Still a Need for Black History Month?

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Photo via Flickr “Either you want to segregate or integrate,” said Stacey Dash expressing her feelings about Black issues in America today. Recently, the  infamous Ms. Dash has been receiving a lot of attention for her outspoken declaration that things like BET and other “Black only” award shows are no longer needed at this time. She even goes as far …

Righteous Path: The Arthur Ashe Story

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Sweat beads rolled down his forehead. But it didn’t matter. Nothing mattered but this moment now. This was his moment. Arthur squeezed his tennis racquet and then loosened his grip effectively. He had practiced every day, pushing his body to its physical limits, for longer than he could remember. But this was different. This time it was mind management. It …

Remembering 100 Days of Slaughter: The Rwandan Genocide

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Monday marked the 20th anniversary of one of the worst atrocities in human history—the Rwandan Genocide. On April 7, 1994, a massacre commenced; 100 days later, an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were slain. A commemoration, which was attended by numerous world leaders and thousands of Rwandans, took place in the nation’s capital city of Kigali. President Paul Kagame began the event by …

Discovering Soul Food

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In today’s world you’d be hard pressed to find a style of food that is not available to you, especially in Los Angeles. But even with the multitude of food choices available, there is still something special and comforting about indulging in a flavorful soul food meal. Soul food is a cornerstone of African American culture, but do you know …