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 …

African Black Coalition: The Rise and Impact of Black Activism

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The African Black Coalition conference featured numerous workshops that supported its theme of “Re-Imagining Black Activism.” These interactive sessions complemented the keynote speeches and allowed the conference attendees to share their thoughts on the key topics affecting the Black community. The first set of workshops was titled “The History and Development of Black Activism,” and highlighted the various Black resistance …

From Negro History Week to African Liberation Month

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“Who owns history? Not even the ones who made it.” -Kumasi, Black August Organizing Committee “Black History Month must be updated for the 21st century. February should be the month that we re-double our struggle against imperialism and white supremacy, and for reparations for slavery, the slave trade and colonialism.” This was the message that Gerald Horne, author of Black Revolutionary: …

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 …

Madiba Forever

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Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom dynamically portrays Nelson Mandela’s and the country of South Afrika’s struggle to achieve liberation from the oppressive European (Afrikaner) regime from the 1940s to the end of apartheid in 1994. Directed by Justin Chadwick, the film aims to tell an often-untold story about Mandela and the experiences he, his wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, and the entire …

Jason Collins: The First Openly Gay, Male Athlete

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Watch Jason Collins’ interview with Oprah discussing the struggle of being gay as well as African American, above.   “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m Black. And I’m gay.” – Jason Collins, Sports Illustrated  A few months ago NBA player, Jason Collins became the first openly gay male athlete that is still active in an American team sport. His revelation …