Tag: Blacks

Biden Has Deep Connection to Black Voters. Will It Translate Into Votes?

BIRMINGHAM — At the Democratic primary debate last week, Joseph R. Biden Jr. prompted some distress within the party with a rambling, discordant answer to a question about the legacy of slavery, a moment that highlighted his unsteady instincts, and mixed record, on matters of race. Three days later, a heavily African-American crowd gave Mr. […]

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Juanita Abernathy, a Force in the Civil Rights Movement, Dies at 88

Juanita Abernathy, who helped organize the Montgomery bus boycott and took part in other pivotal protests at the outset of the civil rights era alongside the Rev. Dr. Ralph Abernathy, her husband and a leader of the movement, died on Thursday at a hospital in Atlanta. She was 88. The cause was a stroke, her […]

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Transgender Woman Found Burned Beyond Recognition in Florida, Officials Say

ImageOfficials said they were investigating the death of Bee Love Slater as a homicide but said that it was too early to say if it was a hate crime. The body of a black transgender woman, said by the authorities to have been burned beyond recognition, was found inside an abandoned car in Florida. The […]

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Episode 4: How the Bad Blood Started

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via Google Podcasts | Via Stitcher Black Americans were denied access to doctors and hospitals for decades. From the shadows of this exclusion, they pushed to create the nation’s first federal health care programs. On today’s episode: Jeneen Interlandi, a member […]

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Country Music Is More Diverse Than You Think

This spring the rapper Lil Nas X, who is black, released “Old Town Road,” a twang-inflected song that rocketed to the top of the country music charts — even though Billboard temporarily removed it from the list, saying it wasn’t sufficiently “country.” A few months later, when the Country Music Association announced that three women […]

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A Diverse Nation Demands Collaboration

Our country’s demographics keep changing fast, and major shifts have already happened in places across the nation — including in Texas, where the Democratic presidential candidates will hold their debate on Thursday night. Texas is one of five states without a majority racial or ethnic group. And Houston, home to Texas Southern University, where the candidates […]

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The Seminary Flourished on Slave Labor. Now It’s Planning to Pay Reparations.

By the time Phillips Brooks arrived at the Virginia Theological Seminary in 1856, the institution was thriving. Founded more than three decades earlier in the Sunday school room of a church in Alexandria, Va., the seminary now sat on a 62-acre estate with lush meadows and glorious views of the Washington Monument. School officials saw […]

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No One Should Take Black Voters for Granted

The African-American electorate has been undergoing a quiet, long-term transformation, moving from the left toward the center on several social and cultural issues, while remaining decisively liberal, even radical, on economic issues, according to a series of studies by prominent African-American scholars. “There has been a shift in the attitudes of black masses about the […]

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The Lost Promise of Reconstruction

Among the unanticipated consequences of the election of Donald Trump has been a surge of interest in post-Civil War Reconstruction, when this country first attempted to construct an interracial democracy, and in the restoration of white supremacy that followed. Many Americans feel that we are living at a time like the end of the 19th […]

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Serena Williams Lost, but Her Legacy is Winning

It felt like destiny, like Serena Williams was playing with the caress of fate. Most everyone in the stands at Arthur Ashe Stadium expected her to win the United States Open on an electric Saturday afternoon. Most everyone thought that she would beat Bianca Andreescu, the talented but still inexperienced 19-year-old Canadian, little known outside […]

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A Gift From the N.F.L. Ignites a Firestorm Over Dreadlocks

For several years, a small nonprofit operating out of a church on the South Side of Chicago has tried to reduce gang violence by getting kids involved in boxing, music and other programs. Few outside the city had ever heard of the group, Crushers Club, until this week, when it was awarded a $200,000 grant […]

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Episode 3: The Birth of American Music

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via Google Podcasts | Via Stitcher Black music, forged in captivity, became the sound of complete artistic freedom. It also became the sound of America. On today’s episode: ImageThe Motown group the Four Tops in 1966. With more than 40 hits […]

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‘Giovanni’s Room’ Revisited

Nobody wanted it. Certainly not the folks at Alfred A. Knopf, who published his first novel, “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” in 1953. Back then, the young James Baldwin — he was just 28 when “Mountain” came out — had a protector named William Cole, who was Knopf’s publicity director. Always on the lookout […]

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Black Beauty: Photography Between Art and Fashion

Antwaun Sargent adapted this essay from his new book, “The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion,” to be published next month by Aperture. In 2018, American Vogue published two covers featuring the global icon Beyoncé on its esteemed September issue. Though it was her fourth time fronting the venerable monthly, this was the […]

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Lock-Ins and Walkouts: The Students Changing City Schools From the Inside

They have locked themselves inside school buildings for days on end to protest discrimination. They have called into Mayor Bill de Blasio’s weekly radio show to demand action on integrating schools, and have even followed him to Iowa to confront him about arrests and suspensions for students of color. Education politics in New York City […]

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Should a Single Test Decide a 4-Year-Old’s Educational Future?

To get into a gifted and talented elementary school program in New York City, children must ace a single, high-stakes exam — when they are 4 years old. This admissions process is now a flash point in an escalating debate over how to desegregate the nation’s largest school district. Although New York’s school district has […]

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When Henrietta Wood Won Reparations in 1878

The debate over reparations has re-entered American politics. At congressional hearings, primary debates and across social media many people are talking about what reparations could look like and who might get them. But the story of Henrietta Wood, a formerly enslaved woman who sued for restitution and won is missing from the discussion. Her little-known […]

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The Gospel According to Marianne Williamson

The first problem with Marianne Williamson is what do you call her. The other candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination lead with their impressive elected titles: “Governor,” “Senator,” “Mayor.” She’s a lot of fancy things herself: a faith leader, a spiritual guide on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” a New Age guru. But she knows that […]

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