Tag: Blacks

It’s Bigger Than Mueller and Trump

The Mueller Report has landed … with a thud. According to summary findings released by Attorney General William Barr, the special counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly two-year-long investigation found no conspiracy between Donald Trump and his associates and Russia. The report would seems support Trump’s mantra: No collusion. Trump will no doubt use these findings as […]

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‘Pick My Cotton’: Video of Mock Whipping Prompts Fraternity to Expel 4 Students

Four University of Georgia students were expelled from their fraternity on Saturday after a video surfaced in which one of the students made a mock whipping motion with a belt and shouted at another to “pick my cotton.” In the video, which was initially posted to Snapchat and then reposted on Twitter, two white students […]

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Big City: Stop Fixating on One Elite High School. There Are Bigger Problems.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] This week came the very dispiriting news that despite years of agonized debate over how to diversify New York City’s specialized high schools, only a small percentage of black and Latino children gained admission to them for the upcoming […]

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Discovered After 70, Black Artists Find Success, Too, Has Its Price

McArthur Binion had been creating art almost completely under the radar for four decades, handling his own occasional sales and raising two children in Chicago on a teaching salary. Now Mr. Binion, the first African-American to receive a graduate degree from the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art, has been fully embraced by the mainstream art […]

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Is a New Kind of Superhero Movie

“Black Panther,” which made more than $1.3 billion last year, became one of the highest-grossing superhero movies of all time. It did that by delivering a wide-screen vision of Black Excellence, where blackness isn’t just about the generational trauma and pain that comes from living under racism. It’s about reckoning with choices made to hold […]

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White Police Officer Is Acquitted in Death of Antwon Rose, a Black Teenager

A former police officer in East Pittsburgh, Pa., was acquitted Friday on all counts in connection with the shooting death of a black teenager who fled during a traffic stop last summer. The verdict in the death of Antwon Rose II came after a four-day trial in downtown Pittsburgh and less than four hours of […]

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Your Ancestors Were Slaves. Who Owns the Photos of Them?

The haunting daguerreotypes of seven enslaved men and women taken in South Carolina in 1850 have long been an awkward matter at Harvard. Made in a portrait studio at the request of Louis Agassiz, a renowned Harvard biologist out to prove the inferiority of people of African descent, the images have been the subject of […]

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‘You’re Not Supposed to Betray Your Race’: The Challenge Faced by Black Women Accusing Black Men

When Meredith Watson decided to publicly accuse Virginia’s lieutenant governor of raping her, she knew she would face a backlash — most women who accuse powerful men of sexual assault do. But she also feared that as a black woman, she would face added scrutiny because the prominent politician she named, Justin E. Fairfax, was […]

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Ariana Grande’s Stylist Is Not Just Waiting in the Wings

ImageThe stylist Law Roach at Bloomingdale’s in New York.CreditVincent Tullo for The New York Times When Ariana Grande stepped on stage at the Times Union Center in Albany for the start of her 80-date Sweetener World Tour this week and began to belt “God Is a Woman,” she did so wearing a mix of haute […]

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Who Should Own Photos of Slaves? The Descendants, not Harvard, a Lawsuit Says

NORWICH, Conn. — The two slaves, a father and daughter, were stripped to the waist and positioned for frontal and side views. Then, like subjects in contemporary mug shots, their pictures were taken, as part of a racist study arguing that black people were an inferior race. Little did they know that 169 years later, […]

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Nonfiction: A Memoir of Black Life in the ‘Other America’

SURVIVAL MATH Notes on an All-American FamilyBy Mitchell S. Jackson In a conversation published in Essence magazine in 1984, Audre Lorde and James Baldwin engaged in an impassioned debate centered on the plight of black people living under the weight of racism in America. Baldwin thought Lorde was too hard on black men — who […]

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This Is Lupita Nyong’o. Hollywood, Please Keep Up.

AUSTIN, Tex. — When she was around 11, Lupita Nyong’o’s parents brought home a cassette tape that changed her life. It was of the song “Regulate” by the West Coast hip-hop dynasts Warren G and Nate Dogg. Nyong’o and her five siblings, then living in a suburb of Nairobi, could only partially savor the lyrics […]

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Trump Plans to End the AIDS Epidemic. In Places Like Mississippi, Obstacles Are Everywhere.

JACKSON, Miss. — “I come from the smallest town in Mississippi, in the buckle of the Bible Belt,” said Gerald Gibson, outreach manager at Open Arms Healthcare Center, the only clinic created to serve gay black men in this state. “Growing up, I didn’t know anybody like me,” he added. “I come from a culture […]

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Women in Economics Report Rampant Sexual Assault and Bias

Nearly 100 female economists say a peer or colleague has sexually assaulted them. Nearly 200 say they were the victim of an attempted assault. And hundreds say they were stalked or touched inappropriately, according to a far-reaching survey of the field. The results, compiled by the American Economic Association, also reveal deep evidence of gender […]

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Americans Are Divided by Their Views on Race, Not Race Itself

Amid the uproar over the Ralph Northam blackface photograph, a Washington Post poll asked Virginians if he should remain governor. The results were striking: Only 48 percent of whites felt that he should stay in office. That percentage was exceeded by the nearly 60 percent of black Virginians who thought Mr. Northam should remain. In […]

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He Spent 7 Years in Prison. Then a Court Changed the Rules.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Otis Boone insisted he was innocent from the time he was accused of two robberies in 2011, when he was 19. But the two victims who had their cellphones snatched by a knife-wielding man picked Mr. Boone out of […]

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In Most Diverse House, Aides of Color Join the Ranks of ‘Firsts’

WASHINGTON — A day after House Democrats retook the majority, Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a message to her colleagues that would soon be adopted as a creed. “We know that the diversity in our ranks is a strength,” Ms. Pelosi wrote, “and a reflection of the American people that it is our great honor to […]

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A Year After Her Execution, Marielle Franco Has Become a Rallying Cry in a Polarized Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — The question hangs heavily over this city: “Who killed Marielle Franco?” It is raised in graffiti in virtually every neighborhood, emblazoned on T-shirts and written across banners displayed defiantly at mass demonstrations. This week, just days before the anniversary of her execution, prosecutors provided a partial answer, charging two former police […]

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Breaking the TV News Mold

One day in January, Sunny Hostin, an ABC News senior legal correspondent and a host of “The View,” was sitting behind a desk on the “Nightline” soundstage talking to the ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis about a Purdue University “rape by fraud” case. She was wearing a tropical print wrap dress with blouson sleeves, a […]

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The Real Theft of American Democracy

On Tuesday, the Justice Department opened an investigation into alleged election fraud in North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District. Neither the details of the crime nor the culprits, however, match the scenario that has led to an array of Voter ID laws, voter roll purges and similar efforts “to protect the integrity of the ballot box.” […]

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