Tag: Slavery

Exclusive: Oprah Winfrey, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Lionsgate and The New York Times to Adapt The 1619 Project Into Film, TV Programming and More

Oprah Winfrey ; Nikole Hannah-JonesPhoto: Ruven Afanador/Harpo Inc., James Estrin/The New York Times On August 14, 2019, on the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans’ arrival into the English colonies that would become the United States, The New York Times launched The 1619 Project. Advertisement Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and 2019 Root 100 honoree Nikole […]

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‘All of These Guys Are Complicit in the Brutal Practice of Slavery’: The Cast and Crew of Hamilton Have a Reckoning

The filmed version of the original Broadway hit Hamilton is coming during a timely moment—not just because we’re stuck in our homes during self-isolation amid a pandemic, but because it allows us an opportunity to revisit and reckon with the history of this nation’s founding fathers during a national uprising. So, as we watch a […]

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Ohio Lawmakers Seek to Remove Slavery as a Punishment From State Constitution

Protesters Outside Ohio StatehousePhoto: Matthew Hatcher (Getty Images ) Slavery, for the most part, has been abolished in this country. I say for the most part because the 13th Amendment allows for slavery to be used as a form of punishment. Some states have already elected to remove that clause from their local constitutions and […]

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Democratic Senators Will Introduce Legislation to Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) (L) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) join fellow Democrats from the House and Senate to honor George Floyd with eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center June 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. Booker and Harris introduced new legislation to end excessive use of force by […]

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Black Therapists Have Been Working Overtime Since the Police Killed George Floyd

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Nearly four years after she began taking part in therapy sessions of her own, Yasmine Jameelah, the 27-year-old founder and CEO of the “Transparent and Black” collective, is busier than ever. She describes her organization as a wellness brand focused on nurturing […]

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The Timeless Freedom of Miss Juneteenth

Nicole Beharie as Turquoise in the drama, “MISS JUNETEENTH,” a Vertical Entertainment release.Photo: Courtesy of Vertical Entertainment What does freedom look like? When you’re a black person in America living in a post-civil rights era world, currently suffocating from the smoke in a racist climate as the words “I Can’t Breathe” echo in the sky, […]

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Here’s Exactly What Black People Were Promised on Juneteenth 155 Years Ago

This year’s Juneteenth has taken on an additional significance after the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery reignited the fight for Black equality. Americans are petitioning for it to be a federal holiday, while some companies are already giving their staff paid time off in observation of the day. It’s a big […]

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Seven Things To Know About Juneteenth

UPDATED: 3:03 a.m. ET, June 19, 2020 — Black Independence Day, otherwise known as Juneteenth, has arrived. It is one of the most important days in Black History, representing freedom and liberation. We’ve compiled a few facts that you may not have known about the celebration of the emancipation of the last slaves in the […]

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Juneteenth: Celebrating The Early Moments Of Freedom Today

UPDATED: 2:54 a.m. ET, June 19, 2020 — Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday of notable significance for many African Americans. June 19, 1865, highlights the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas, marking a historic moment in American history and the culmination of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation […]

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Emancipation: Will Smith to Star in Film Based on Historic Photo of Enslaved Man ‘Whipped Peter’ Gordon

Will Smith attends the premiere of Columbia Pictures’ “Bad Boys For Life” on January 14, 2020 in Hollywood, California. ; “Whipped Peter” Gordon Scourged Back Photo (1863)Photo: Jon Kopaloff (Getty Images), Screenshot: Smithsonian Education (YouTube ) Will Smith has a new upcoming project and it appears to be a brutally honest look into America’s history. […]

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DeAndre Hopkins, Deshaun Watson Petition Clemson to Remove John C. Calhoun’s Name From Honors College

Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans look on prior to the CFP National Championship between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, Calif.Photo: Thearon W. Henderson (Getty Images) Outside of chin-checking racists and forgetting what I look like […]

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‘The Past is the Past’ They Say. Yet, the Last Survivor of Slavery Has Just Been Discovered

Photo: Hulton Archive (Getty Images) “Slavery was such a long, long time ago. Why can’t you people just forget about it?” —Wypipo proverb. The legality of chattel slavery ended just over a century and a half ago in the U.S. Many white Americans want it to be regarded as distant history, not worth unearthing since […]

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Best Gift Ever: Charlottesville to Celebrate End of Slavery Instead of Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday

Image: Shutterstock For the first time since World War II, guess who won’t be getting a birthday party in Charlottesville, Va.? If you guessed Thomas Jefferson—the same guy who once wrote “all men are created equal,” yet somehow owned over 600 of our ancestors—you’d be correct. Advertisement The Washington Post reports that despite Jefferson’s name […]

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Exploring Racist School Assignments That Went Viral During Black History Month

Despite it being Black History Month, White folks have been showing what appears to be their true colors. There has been a string of instances where White teachers have shown either their ignorance, insensitivity or both, when assigning homework or lessons that revisit the trauma and pain our ancestors had to endure during slavery. MORE: […]

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Rush Limbaugh’s Most Racist Quotes: A Timeline Of Destructive Commentary

UPDATED: 4:13 p.m. ET, Feb. 3, 2020 — Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh has announced that he had been diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer. The 69-year-old made the announcement on his show on Monday, ABC News reported. Limbaugh also announced that he intended to seek treatment. There was a mixed response to the news […]

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HBCU To House $50 Million Amistad Paintings

An Alabama-based historically Black college (HBCU) has taken the necessary steps to ensure that pieces of historic Black art are preserved. According to the Associated Press, Talladega College opened a new museum that will house paintings that visually capture the story surrounding the Amistad slave ship. A historically black college in Alabama is unveiling a […]

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Betsy DeVos Compares Abortion to Slavery, Ayanna Pressley Invites Her to ‘Say It to My Face’

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) Secretary of Education and Cruella DeVille stunt double Betsy DeVos has shpwn us time and time again that she isn’t the brightest crayon in the box. We’ve seen her struggle to answer the most basic questions about education and even declared that she does not “intentionally visited schools that are […]

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‘Say This To My Face’: Ayanna Pressley Claps Back At Betsy DeVos Comparing Slavery To Abortion

Source: Splash News In another instance of outrageous comparisons, the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos felt emboldened to compare the opposition of abortion to the ending of slavery in America. U.S. representative Ayanna Pressley was not having it. According to The Hill, DeVos was speaking at an event for Colorado Christian University in Washington, D.C. on […]

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University of Richmond confirms evidence of slave burial site on campus

RICHMOND, Va. – Officials at the University of Richmond have confirmed that part of its campus was probably built over the graves of enslaved people. Photo: University of Richmond/Facebook University President Ronald Crutcher said in a message to the campus community on Thursday that months of research turned up evidence that over the course of […]

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