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Harambee: Let’s Pull Together to Dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline | Dr. Artika Tyner


By Dr. Artika Tyner During my recent travels to Tanzania, I had the opportunity to learn more about the education system. The most important lesson I learned was community members play a key role in the building a network of support for each student. This network plays a critical role in accelerating academic achievement and advancing personal development. While visiting classrooms ... Read More »

Political scientist says black males are treated by police as “enemy combatants”

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With nation-wide protests occurring since the non-indictment of the officer responsible for the death of Eric Garner, there have been some tough political decisions for President Barack Obama to make. These protests are different from anything our country has seen for quite some time. People of all ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic classes are standing up against the deaths of young ... Read More »

Leah Gunning Francis, PhD: A Boy, A Wrestler and the Racialized Imagination – Race Matters in the Classroom


Leah Gunning Francis, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Contextual Education​ and Assistant Professor of Christian Education Eden Theological Seminary Now I get it.  For the past three months, I couldn’t figure out why a jury would believe that an 18-year old unarmed man would charge – head first – toward a police officer who is shooting at him.  Soon after Michael Brown was ... Read More »

Black Lives Matter: The Key To Taking Back Our Community | Pennie Murray

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By  Pennie Murray My children and I were talking about the Ferguson verdict, the aftermath, and how Black folks can lose their minds when white people (or the system) engage in acts that devalue Black life. Yet, we don’t have the same passionate indignation as it relates to Black-on-Black crimes, an increased prison population, and the waning value on education. ... Read More »

Charles Barkley’s own co-host hits him hard with an open letter about his remarks on Eric Garner

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Kenny “The Jet” Smith often sits alongside Charles Barkley to analyze sports.  These two men have earned millions of dollars as one of the hottest sports commentary duos in America.  Sometimes, however, Barkley’s opinions will morph into an interesting sideshow.  That’s when Charles suddenly becomes an ad hoc expert on black social commentary.  Because he has a prominent position on ... Read More »

April V Taylor: Eric Garner’s death was a modern day lynching

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As the nation is still reeling from the grand jury decision to not indict Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown, tensions are escalating as a grand jury in New York City has decided not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo for using an illegal chokehold on Eric Garner that eventually led to his death. The indisputable videotaped evidence of ... Read More »

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