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Viola Davis Stars As Shirley Chisholm in New Movie

“The Fighting Shirley Chisholm” follows the first Black congresswoman and her trailblazing 1972 run for president.

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'They Can Only Stretch the Bond. They Can't Break It.'

Michael Africa Jr. was born behind bars in 1978, right before his political prisoner parents were sentenced to 30 to 100 years. In 2018, for the first time in his life, Africa saw his mom and dad free and in the same space. Here’s a family story, 40 years in the making.

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Trans Candidates Made History by Running—and in Some Cases Winning—In the Midterms

As the Trump administration works to eliminate transgender rights, trans candidates ran for office in record numbers—and had a few notable victories.

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Can Trump Really End Birthright Citizenship?

Not directly. But it’s more complicated than you think, writes Princeton law professor Imani Perry. 

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PBS Docuseries Revisits Richness of Pre-Columbian 'Native America'

The four-part series uses Indigenous oral traditions, archeological evidence and 3-D mapping to explore the cultures that flourished before colonization.

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'Decolonizing Wealth' Addresses Philanthropy's White Supremacy Problem, Offers Solutions

In his new book, “Decolonizing Wealth,” Native author and philanthropist Edgar Villanueva confronts the colonial dynamics at play in philanthropy and builds a framework centered on communities of color.  

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[WATCH] Activists Take Back The Street Named After The Black Mayor Who Bombed MOVE

Philadelphia recently named a street after the city’s first Black mayor, W. Wilson Goode Sr. Activists say that the renaming hurts given that Goode facilitated the fatal 1985 bombing of the home where the Black liberation and environmentalist group MOVE lived. Colorlines captured an October protest imbued with spirituality. 

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John and Alice Coltrane's Long Island Home Deemed 'National Treasure'

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s new designation builds on its work with the Coltrane family and supporters to restore the home. 

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Rasmea Odeh: Deported But Not Defeated

The U.S. deported Palestinian Chicago-based activist Rasmea Odeh a little over a year ago. Here’s how the 71-year-old is adjusting to a whole new life in Jordan.

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I'm a Survivor Who Isn't Brave Like Anita and Christine. And That's OK

As she watches the fate of Christine Blasey Ford and new Kavanaugh accuser Deborah Ramirez, labor organizer Camille rivera reflects on why coming forward should always be the survivor’s choice.

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Ruin—and Resilience—in Post-Maria Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria began devastating Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017. A look at the pain—and the survival—of the island’s rural areas. 

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ICYMI: Cynthia Erivo Responds to 'Harriet' Casting Critiques

The British actress faced backlash on social media from people who said her new lead role in the upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic should have gone to an African-American actress.

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Cynthia Erivo to Play Harriet Tubman in New Biopic

Kasi Lemmons will direct the film, which follows the life and work of the legendary abolitionist.

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#TBT: Remembering Louis E. Lomax, America's First Black TV Newsman

Lomax broke the television news color barrier in 1958.

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Listen to This Show About the Enduring Strength of the Black National Anthem

Beyoncé’s Coachella performance may have introduced “Lift Every Voice and Sing” to a new audience, but the song maintains more than a century of deep ties to African-Americans’ struggle against racism.

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Was It Racist for Facebook to Take Down a Page Opposing the 'Unite the Right 2' March?

Facebook says it took down the “Say No to Unite the Right 2-DC” event page because of its ties to a Russian troll farm. Black Lives Matter DC activist April Goggans calls b.s. 

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Google Doodle Honors Mary G. Ross, First Native American Female Engineer

The pioneering aeronautical engineer helped design concepts for space travel to Venus and Mars.

Joey Gibson: A White with a beard wearing his campaign t-shirt cheers

Will Independent Trumpists Ride Again?

Plagued by infighting and cancelled gigs, the alt-right has been quiet lately. But as we approach the first anniversary of the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, some groups are back in the streets.

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The Schomburg Acquires Lost Chapter of Malcolm X Biography

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture purchased the unpublished section of “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” titled “The Negro,” at auction for $7,000.

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Family, Supporters Raise $300,000 for Ida B. Wells Memorial

The donations will allow the construction of a monument to the racial justice activist and journalist in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood.