slavery

Following is a guest review of “12 Years a Slave” by writer Pearl Duncan. For the first time, a movie about slavery, prominently and unapologetically,…

One of 2013’s most anticipated films, “12 Years A Slave,” possesses a buzz that is undeniable. While moviegoers and critics alike await the Oct. 18…

Meet 8-year-old Vivienne Harr of Fairfax, Calif. who set up a lemonade stand after seeing a gallery of photographs depicting modern day slavery.

REPARATIONS PART II From the day he was sworn into office in 2006 with his hand placed on the Quran, Representative Keith Ellison (pictured left)…

By Rashad Phillips When it comes to the topic of saving money, I hear quite a bit of excuses: I just don’t make enough money to save. I have to treat myself with a few nice things. My kids can’t live without Polo or Jordan’s. After researching and learning how slaves saved, I can only […]

“In the final analysis, national struggle is a matter of class struggle. Among the whites in the United States it is only the reactionary ruling class who oppress Black people. They can in no way represent the workers, farmers, revolutionary intellectuals and other enlightened persons who comprise the overwhelming majority of white people.” –Mao Tse-tung […]

Don’t think for a second that the police themselves are behind the apparent upswing we’ve been witnessing lately in their heinous assaults on our fellow citizens. Also Read: Alicia Keys to direct Lifetime movie about breast cancer That’s like blaming the dog for biting you after you’ve clearly heard his owner yell“Sic ‘em!” No, the […]

VIA BET.Com: A full century-and-a-half before President Barack Obama began mesmerizing the country with his moving oratory, another Black man gave what some call his greatest speech. Frederick Douglass had not only a White parent and fatherless upbringing in common with America’s future leader; he also shared Obama’s vision to change government. It was in […]

As I was reading the latest issue of Vibe Magazine, I was introduced to a North Carolina based folk music group - the Carolina Chocolate Drops. I decided to do a little investigation and found out that the group is a part of an old North Carolina musical tradition.

On Saturday, we celebrate Juneteenth, the day 145 years ago when news finally made its way to Texas that slavery was no longer the law of the land. It was on June 19th 1865 that Union soldiers arrived at Galveston, Texas with word that the Civil War had ended and that enslaved Africans in the region were free.

VIA CNN Betty Kilby was gripped with apprehension. Descendants of the white family that enslaved her kin were coming to dinner. She scrolled through a mental Rolodex of relatives who might flip out. Her brothers had already asked her: Why would you want to meet the family of those who held our loved ones in […]