As we all know, 1997 Seventeen magazine cover girl and Donald Trump’s faux feminist Iago Ivanka Trump has a book out, in which she repeats already oft-repeated platitudes about female empowerment in the workplace. While I have not read the book myself, the internet tells me that she makes broad points about work-life…
One of the most infamous tactics used in America’s history of delaying and denying justice is “sparking a conversation.” If that phrase is ever uttered, you can be sure that whatever promise follows will never come to fruition because “sparking a conversation” never results in action. When slave owners brought human…
Last year Georgetown University acknowledged the role it played in slavery when, in 1838, it benefited from the sale of 272 slaves to pay off debts. The sellers of the slaves were Jesuits, part of the group of Catholics who helped establish Georgetown University. To atone, on Tuesday, the Rev. Timothy Kesicki,…
Over the last few years, I have spent a lot of time thinking, talking and writing about the war on drugs, particularly how it affects black women. And it is clear that the writers of WGN’s Underground, the exceptional runaway hit show that tracks the movements on the Underground Railroad, have been, too.
One Georgetown University employee recently found out that he was tied to the school by more than a paycheck.
Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Children Won’t Save Black America is one of those necessary African-American reads, like Between the World and Me; I’m Judging You; and Coldest Winter Ever. It’s not just for dinnertime conversation or deep professional panels, it’s for everyone. Spare the Kids, written by Stacey Patton,…
Harriet Tubman is having a moment. Right now she is the “it” girl of history.
Whenever I hear skinfolk exclaim that they are exhausted by slave-related stories, my immediate reaction traditionally is to extend to them the invitation to shut their black asses up. About a year ago, though, I inadvertently behaved like the kind of people I have written about. The kind who more or less profess to…
Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson proved Monday that he knows absolutely nothing about slavery. Then Samuel L. Jackson proved that he has no problem calling the head of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development a dickhead.
As it turns out, there are allegations that tens of thousands of immigrants who were detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and held at a private U.S. prison company were also forced into labor at $1 per day or for no pay, which would be a gross violation of federal anti-slavery laws.
Harvard University is the latest university to try to make amends with its slavery-tainted past.
The video below was published in partnership with Peabody Spotlight, a digital series produced by the Peabody Media Center at the University of Georgia in commemoration of Black History Month.
As the country slowly, surely comes to grips with its slaveholding past, one of its most iconic buildings is set to do the same.
The cast of Underground has to come to work every day knowing they’re about to portray slaves whose main goal in life is freedom for themselves and their families. That is no simple task, even for the best of actors.
Parents of students at Windsor Hills Elementary School in Los Angeles are outraged after second-graders at the school received a math homework assignment last week that contained a word problem with racial undertones.
Geraldo Rivera, former talk show host, current Fox News contributor and, most importantly, the man who didn’t find anything in Al Capone’s vault, decided to resign from his voluntary position at Yale University after the school decided to change the name of a residential college that honored a slavery supporter.
As is the case with many institutions of higher learning confronting their slave-tinged pasts and renaming their buildings, Yale University announced Saturday that it would change the name of the residential college of white supremacist John C. Calhoun to honor computer scientist Grace Murray Hopper.
The 45th president of the Unites States of America, Donald Trump, is a lot of things. So many venomous words come to mind. But I’m not here to Trump-bash (today). I’m here to shine some light on what we already know: America is changing under his rule, and while many of us protest and speak up against the…
I remember sitting in class back in high school and learning about slavery, Jim Crow and the civil rights movement (since that’s all they taught about black history) and thinking ... what the hell?