Black Men

Judge speaks against racism and gets called a racist

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download by Dr Boyce Watkins In this video, I speak with Benjamin Dixon about Justice Olu Stevens in Louisville, Kentucky.  Justice Stevens has been the subject of intense scrutiny for standing up against a problematic victim damage assessment in which a woman said that her daughter now fears black men after being robbed by ...

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This man owns one of the most powerful legal services companies in America

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If you haven’t heard of Rocket Lawyer, you probably should.  The company allows those who can’t afford expensive attorneys to get access to millions of legal documents for free, consult with attorneys and get help with legal matters without paying thousands to those attorneys who sit in those fancy law firms.  This is critical for small business owners, because the ...

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John Legend’s prison project is coming along swimmingly: Here’s what he just did

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By Joshua D. Copeland Many people don’t realize how serious the issue of mass incarceration is, and how it’s affecting this country.  But singer John Legend is very aware, and he’s determined to end it once and for all. The award-winning artist visited the Travis County Correctional Complex in Austin Texas to promote his new campaign for criminal justice reform, ...

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Reserve deputy who killed black man says he’s really sorry

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A Tulsa reserve deputy accused of manslaughter for fatally shooting an unarmed suspect apologized to the dead man’s family, saying he “had no desire to ever take anyone’s life.” In his first public comments since the shooting and his subsequent arrest on a manslaughter charge, 73-year-old cancer survivor Robert Bates said the killing was “the second worst thing” to happen ...

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Black scholar explains her issues with Dr Boyce Watkins

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Dr Sheena Howard is a scholar who took issue with the objections that Dr Boyce Watkins has with the television show, “Empire.”  She wrote about her concerns in an op-ed in The Huffington Post, as she defined Dr Watkins’ issues with Lee Daniels to be homophic, partly because Daniels is gay.  Of course ...

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Benjamin Dixon: Judge Olu Stevens and his “Racism” (Podcast)

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download What follows is a conversation for mature adults capable of thinking on multiple levels of analysis, cogent reasoning, and who posses a penchant for equity. If that is not you, prepare to be pissed. If that is you, “let us reason together.” It begins with a story out of Kentucky. Recently, Judge Olu ...

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Dr Roosevelt Mitchell III: School-to-prison pipeline now includes teachers too

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download In this video, Roosevelt Mitchell III (aka The Disability Scholar) expresses his personal outrage over the punishment given to the Atlanta public school teachers who were sent to prison for cheating on a standardized test.  According to Dr. Mitchell, this incident serves as an ugly and dangerous precedent in which the school-to-prison pipeline ...

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A Staggering 78 Percent of Former NFL Athletes Are Facing Financial Ruin

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Reported by Victor Ochieng Apart from the numerous cases of injuries associated with football, many people admire the lives of NFL players. During their prime, they have all the glamour, enough cash to purchase sleek cars, and homes that are out of reach for many Americans. However, in retirement, most of the players find their luxury lives elusive due to ...

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Who Is Jean-Michel Basquiat?

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by Raveen Johnson Jean-Michel Basquiat was one of the most influential artists in our history. His artistic touch came from various events that happened in his life and, though his time on Earth was cut short, he still left a legacy that is still relevant in this day and age—so relevant that the Brooklyn Museum is featuring an exhibit of ...

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