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Why Is Coronavirus Killing More Black People In Milwaukee Than In All Of Wisconsin?

Source: Found Image Holdings Inc / Getty The narrative that health officials have provided to the public is based on the notion that the coronavirus does not discriminate against its victims, infecting their respiratory systems at large with a reckless abandon that only seems to be getting more random. But in Milwaukee County, home to […]

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He’d Always Been Thundercat, Whether He Knew It or Not

OAKLAND, Calif. — In a few hours, Stephen Bruner, the singer and bassist professionally known as Thundercat, had a sold-out show to play at the Fox Theater, a former 1920s movie palace on Telegraph Avenue. Somewhere inside the Fox, there was a dressing room with his name on it. But Bruner’s plan for the afternoon […]

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There Is a Racial Divide in Speech-Recognition Systems, Researchers Say

SAN FRANCISCO — With an iPhone, you can dictate a text message. Put Amazon’s Alexa on your coffee table, and you can request a song from across the room. But these devices may understand some voices better than others. Speech recognition systems from five of the world’s biggest tech companies — Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM […]

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Back at Work but Not on the Bench, Supreme Court Issues 3 Major Opinions

WASHINGTON — In a series of decisions, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that states may abolish a common form of the insanity defense, that an entrepreneur suing Comcast for race discrimination must meet a demanding standard and that states are immune from claims of copyright infringement. In their latest response to the coronavirus, the […]

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Congressional Black Caucus Holds Coronavirus Town Hall Addressing COVID-19’s Impact On African Americans

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has planned a town hall event via telephone to bring attention to the coronavirus‘ disproportionate impact on Black communities in the U.S. Other Black leaders were expected to join members from the influential bloc of African Americans in Congress and the U.S. Senate during the Telephone Town Hall, which is […]

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This Year, Only 10 Black Students Got Into N.Y.C.’s Top High School

Last year, the news that only a tiny number of black students gained admission into New York City’s most selective public high school, Stuyvesant, touched off a maelstrom about race and merit in the nation’s largest school system. On Thursday, education officials announced that, one year later, almost nothing had changed: Ten black students got […]

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9 Ways The Coronavirus Has Affected Black America That Aren’t Related To Health

Source: WENN/Cover / WENN The coronavirus pandemic has changed life for everybody around the world in what seems like an overnight shift from normalcy to heightened urgency. But in America, where the COVID-19 disease is spreading exponentially, Black people were bracing for consequences from the respiratory illness that has already affected them in myriad ways […]

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54% of the People. 12% of the Plays. Atlanta, Do We Have a Problem?

ATLANTA — On a torrentially rainy night last month, some 200 members of the theatrical community here gathered in an arty underground event space for what was billed as the Atlanta Theater Dinner. It was not an awards ceremony or a gala fund-raiser. The meal was potluck and the entertainment unusual: a bare-bones, script-in-hand reading […]

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Coronavirus Exposes Anti-Black Racism As Videos Show Quarantine ‘Preppers’ Attacked In Supermarkets

It wasn’t long before racists’ true colors began to seep out in the midst of the rapid spreading of the coronavirus as people rush to their local supermarkets to obtain necessities in preparation for government suggested quarantines and social distancing. Three Black women in Pittsburgh, California took heed to the precautionary measures that have been […]

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How Racist Is Trump’s Republican Party?

Is the modern Republican Party built on race prejudice, otherwise known as racism? Has it become, as Stuart Stevens — a media consultant with an exceptionally high win-loss record who was a lead strategist for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 — puts it, the “white grievance party”? Stevens has impeccable Republican credentials. In […]

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He Wants Other People to Vote, Even if He Can’t

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The two men were strangers and stood steps from the courthouse that had once sent them both to prison. Julius Irving spoke first. He said he had come to register potential voters. Florida had recently overturned a lifetime ban on voting for most people who had been convicted of felonies and were […]

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Why Sanders Isn’t Winning Over Black Voters

The story about Bernie Sanders is that he can’t win black voters. That first emerged when he lost the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 and was reinforced by Joe Biden’s decisive sweep of Southern primaries. This has led to reflexive assumptions about the political sympathies of African-Americans, assumptions that fail to consider the entire political […]

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The Christian Response to the Coronavirus: Stay Home

The church, the actual building that houses black bodies and souls, stands at the center of black life and culture. It is a fact hiding in plain sight that one of the first cooperative economic ventures former slaves undertook was the purchase and maintenance of churches. Without the cooperation of the church, many black colleges, […]

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How Coronavirus Affects Black People: Civil Rights Groups Call Out Racial Health Disparities

Source: Chip Somodevilla / Getty With the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) reaching pandemic proportions, the racial justice organization Color of Change has released a statement highlighting the disparities Black people face when dealing with the virus. The president of Color Of Change, Rashad Robinson, explained: “This pandemic reveals a terrifying reality — many Americans don’t […]

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Six Decades After the Banana Boat, Harry Belafonte’s Archive Sails Home

When Harry Belafonte turned 93 on March 1, he celebrated with a tribute at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, which ended with a thunderous audience singalong to a riff on his star-making 1956 hit, “The Banana Boat Song,” complete with the rapper Doug E. Fresh beatboxing over its famous “Day-O!” refrain. It was a fitting […]

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Dutch Golden Age Art Wasn’t All About White People. Here’s the Proof.

AMSTERDAM — Rembrandt’s 1661 painting, “Two African Men,” is one of the Dutch old master’s more inscrutable works. One man, dressed in a Roman-style costume and shawl, seems to be giving a speech, while another man leans attentively over his shoulder. The canvas was painted with a thin layers of earth tones and looks unfinished, […]

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My People Have Been Through Worse Than a Twitter Mob

Late Thursday night, I appeared on TV. On Friday morning, I woke up to a text message from a friend. “People on Twitter are pathetic,” she wrote. “How are you?” On MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour With Brian Williams” the night before, we mentioned a tweet, written by someone else, about the enormous amount of money […]

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Barbara Neely, Activist Turned Mystery Writer, Dies at 78

Barbara Neely, an unheralded social activist who in her 50s became an award-winning writer of mystery novels centered on a savvy black maid who doubles as an amateur detective, died on March 2 in Philadelphia. She was 78. Ms. Neely’s family announced her death through her publisher, Brash Books, without providing further details, except to […]

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The Sanders Coalition Is Not Quite What We Thought It Was

Four years ago, in Grant County, Oklahoma, Bernie Sanders crushed Hillary Clinton, 57.1 percent to 31.9 percent. This year, Sanders didn’t just lose Grant County — 87.5 percent white, 76.9 percent without college degrees — to Joe Biden, his percentage of the vote fell by 41 points, to 16.1 percent. Grant County reflects what has […]

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When a Haircut Is More Than Just a Haircut

Derrick Middleton was walking the streets of Harlem in search of a haircut when he was invited into a shop by a barber. He sat in a chair, and the barber covered him in a white protective cape. Mr. Middleton began to describe in precise detail what kind of cut he wanted, but was interrupted. […]

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Have Any Black People Gotten The Coronavirus? Debunking Social Media Myths

Source: Smith Collection/Gado / Getty The exponential spread of the coronavirus across the globe has left many of the world’s citizens shaken to their cores as health officials work to figure out a solution to the hyper-contagious illness that is also known as COVID-19. MORE: Coronavirus And HBCUs: How Black Colleges Are Reacting To COVID-19 […]

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Russia Trying to Stoke U.S. Racial Tensions Before Election, Officials Say

WASHINGTON — The Russian government has stepped up efforts to inflame racial tensions in the United States as part of its bid to influence November’s presidential election, including trying to incite violence by white supremacist groups and to stoke anger among African-Americans, according to seven American officials briefed on recent intelligence. Russia’s lead intelligence agency, […]

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