Tag: Slavery

Rapper Who Went On Apology Tour After Idiotic, Ahistorical Slavery Comment Puts Foot in Mouth Once Again

Kanye West performs Sunday Service during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 21, 2019 in Indio, California. Photo: Rich Fury (Getty Images for Coachella) There once was a man named “Old Kanye.” Actually, that tale is stale. Cut to today, and we have the current iteration of Kanye West, which is…something […]

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Are Only Black American Descendants of US Slaves Deserving of Reparations?

Activists stage a protest July 1, 2019, to mark National Reparations Day outside the Washington, D.C., residence of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to address remarks McConnell made this summer opposing reparations that protesters considered “offensive and dismissive.”Photo: Alex Wong (Getty) With the nation’s renewed focus on whether or how to compensate black Americans […]

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How Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Novel Reckons With the Past

Eight years ago, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote an essay in The Atlantic asking why so few black people studied the Civil War. Coates noted that he himself had only recently become an avid reader of Civil War history, and along with it, a student of the larger system that propelled it into motion: slavery. The reason for […]

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TIFF 2019: Harriet Isn’t the Epic, Raw Tale You’re Waiting For

Harriet Photo: Courtesy of TIFF “Harriet’s a film about freedom; it’s not about slavery,” director Kasi Lemmons mused amid the clinking and clanking of silverware as myself and several other black critics surrounded her during an intimate dinner at a swanky Toronto hotel. This line would stay with me as I warred with just how […]

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‘It Should Cost You Something’: As It Debuts on Broadway, Playwright Jeremy O. Harris Sets the Record Straight on Slave Play

Jeremy O. Harris (center) in the first rehearsal for Slave Play on BroadwayPhoto: SLAVE PLAY on Broadway Black art rarely emerges without controversy. Our creations are inherently political, specifically because this country never intended them to exist in the first place. In fact, 400 years after the start of the transatlantic slave trade our trauma […]

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‘It Should Cost You Something’: Playwright Jeremy O. Harris Sets the Record Straight on Slave Play as It Debuts on Broadway

Jeremy O. Harris (center) in the first rehearsal for Slave Play on BroadwayPhoto: SLAVE PLAY on Broadway Black art rarely emerges without controversy. Our creations are inherently political, specifically because this country never intended them to exist in the first place. In fact, 400 years after the start of the transatlantic slave trade our trauma […]

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The Liberator Unearths the Forgotten Triumphs and Chronicles of Early Black Los Angeles

“The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles 1900-1914″ exhibit at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. Photo: Courtesy of the California African American Museum For 14 years, Jefferson Lewis Edmonds helmed one of the first black newspapers in Los Angeles. Introduced in 1910, the Liberator touted the importance of black ownership, challenged political candidates […]

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White Guy Spits on Black Girlfriend After Her Bizarre Request for Slavery Role Play

Image: iStock I don’t judge what anyone else does in their bedroom, but some of y’all are out here really whylin. Take for instance interracial couple Kenneth Atkins and Ashley Edwards, who according to the Smoking Gun, got into a lover’s quarrel over Atkins’ refusal to partake in some rather questionable role play. From the […]

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White Tears Attempt to Drown Out the True History of Louisiana Plantation: ‘Very Racist. If You’re White, Don’t Go’

Photo: iStock In today’s edition of white people whitepeopling, I’d like to introduce you to the Whitney Plantation in Wallace, La., where visitors are encouraged to partake in a guided tour of “the only plantation museum in Louisiana with an exclusive focus on the lives of enslaved people,” according to its website. Yet despite its […]

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I’m Glad the Harriet Tubman Biopic Is on Its Way, So Some of You Can Finally Learn About the Underground Railroad

Screenshot: Harriet (YouTube) The trailer for the biopic about Harriet Tubman—called Harriet—recently hit the internets; the movie hits theaters in November. The film (perhaps controversially) stars Cynthia Erivo in the role of the most famous Harriet of all time. I have no facts to back up that statement but I feel it in my soul […]

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Nike Drops Sneaker Featuring Betsy Ross Flag After Colin Kaepernick Is Said to Complain It Invokes Slavery

Colin Kaepernick onstage during a VH1 broadcast May 3, 2018, in Los AngelesPhoto: Leon Bennett (Getty) Just in time for the Fourth of July, comes a report that Nike yanked a sneaker embellished with a Betsy Ross flag after NFL footballer-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick complained the image conjured up slavery and all its ills. According to […]

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A Black Revolutionary War Hero Finally Gets the Military Burial Honors He Deserved

Photo: iStock James Robinson was a black Revolutionary War hero who also served during the War of 1812 under Andrew Jackson. During both of those wars, he was promised his freedom by those who enlisted him (and other black men turned into soldiers); but when it was time to collect on that freedom, he was […]

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No Easy Answers on Reparations

ImageA black Union soldier and his family during the Civil War.CreditAlamy In the 50 years since the civil rights pioneer James Forman demanded $500 million in reparations for African-Americans from synagogues and white churches in his 1969 “Black Manifesto,” the United States has largely avoided any serious discussion of the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow […]

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Clapped Back at Mitch McConnell for Saying ‘No One Alive’ Is Liable for Reparations. So We Came Up With a List

Photo: Zach Gibson (Getty Images) On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held a hearing about H.R. 40, a proposal from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) that would authorize a national apology and study reparations for slavery and racial discrimination against black people in America. Among those […]

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America, We Need to Talk

Speaking to a room full of obscenely wealthy people on Tuesday, Joe Biden took a break from asking for money to praise a segregationist—in the name of civility, of course. Echoing one of his already overused arguments, Biden pointed back to the good old days when politicians found common ground, no matter the hateful things […]

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Danny Glover, Ta-Nehisi Coates to Finally Discuss Reparations During House Hearing on Juneteenth

Photo: Theo Wargo (Getty Images for UrbanDaddy) Anyone else tired of waiting for their 40 acres and a mule? While Holocaust victims, survivors of Japanese internment and other victims of genocide or injustice have been compensated for the unspeakable horrors they endured, America built a multi-billion dollar economy by brutalizing our ancestors and somehow refuses […]

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