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Review: McCraney’s ‘Brothers Size’ rocks the stage with spectacle, heart Special

Toronto - Director Barry Jenkins received much of the credit for the brilliance of the Oscar-winning 2016 film “Moonlight”. But Tarell Alvin McCraney, on whose unpublished 2003 play the movie was based, is himself a distinctive creative voice to behold.

Review: Stax reissues soundtrack to 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song'

Los Angeles - Melvin Van Peebles' groundbreaking soundtrack is out now on 180-gram vinyl and high-resolution digital audio. The LP is part of a series of releases celebrating Stax Records' 60th anniversary.

A conversation with groundbreaking Broadway star Norm Lewis Special

The Tony nominated actor and singer — the first African American to play the title role in 'Phantom of the Opera' on Broadway — has a number of projects on the go at the present time. He talked to Digital Journal.

How Black Americans face discrimination from mortgage lenders Special

A new study concluded African American endure discrimination from mortgage lenders, right from the information-gathering stage via an introductory email.

Black Lives Matter shuts down 6 cities

Minneapolis - This afternoon, the Black Lives Matter movement staged protests across six cities to call attention to police killings of African Americans in the United States.

Review: 'Go Set a Watchman' — An incoherent, frustrating first draft Special

It's a mistake to read Harper Lee's “Go Set a Watchman” as a proper sequel to her 1960 classic “To Kill a Mockingbird." Fans would best approach it as a curio, as a wildly uneven first draft with too few moments of real inspiration.

St. Louis police allegedly shoot another African American suspect

St Louis - A cell phone video has emerged showing St. Louis police allegedly shooting an African American male in broad daylight after he stole two sodas from a local store.

Average Americans think they're smarter than average Americans

Most Americans have no problem bragging about their intelligence compared to other Americans and most believe they are smarter than average.

Op-Ed: Race and Meaning

Jacksonville - The Michael Dunn verdict adds to our collective disappointment around questions of race and justice in the United States.

Op-Ed: Obama loses support of some African American faith leaders

President Obama loses African American support as E.W. Jackson calls out Democratic Party’s sins and black faith leaders plan million dollar effort against same-sex marriage. While the black vote may cost Obama the election, analysts believe he will win

Confederate flag hung by black college student causes outrage

Beaufort - A 19-year-old college student has received complaints after hanging a Confederate flag from his dorm room window. The student, who is black, says that he views the flag as a symbol of Southern pride, not racism.

79-year-old is first African American woman to reach both Poles Special

A 79-year-old from New York has become the first African American woman on record to reach both the North Pole and the South Pole.

African-American elders face twice the risk for mental abuse

African-American seniors are twice as likely to be mistreated than elders of other races. They are five times more susceptible to being swindled, the first population-based survey on the psychological abuse of senior citizens in the US has found.

Black population in U.S. upset over use of word 'negro' in census

Many American blacks were outraged when they opened their 2010 Census booklets and found the term “Negro” as one of their race options.

'Darky' Statue Rekindles Racial Tensions in Louisiana Special

"What is it that they want now?" is the question white people ask when African Americans complain. An episode now in Natchitoches, Louisiana gives lessons about what happens when problems remain unresolved for years.

Native and African Americans chronicle history together for first time in Louisiana Special

In Natchitoches, Louisiana history was made today. The Native American and African American communities were separate communities in the South by design of white oppression. Now, for the first time, they are sharing their histories.

First Female African American Rabbi Considers Herself Lucky

The ordination of Alysa Stanton, 45, America's first-ever female African-American rabbi, occurred on June 6. She considers herself honored but not exceptional, and focuses on being a rabbi first.

Op-Ed: Notre Dame's president models racial fairness

There was protest when Teddy Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House, and there is protest, 108 years later, when Notre Dame's president invited President Barack Obama, to deliver Notre Dame's commencement address.

Can hairstyles identify our politics?

Can hairstyles tell others about our political affiliations and cultural heritage? Ukraine's beautiful prime minister has exchanged her 'ethnic braids' for the classic hairstyle of Roman/Greco goddess, Aurora. What message is she sending to her people?

What's the Black Perspective on Obama’s First 100 Days? Special

A conference on May 1 at Temple University is addressing President Barack Obama’s first 100 days. It is being held by an African American group. But is there a black perspective on the Presidency?

Op-Ed: President Obama and the Mixed Race Mix-up

Today, a young woman in a California audience, stood up and told President Obama that she is mixed-race, and glad that the president is someone she can relate to. Does that mean she cannot relate to her father, or her mother?

If Obama is African American, What Race Is Mary Lynn?

On Tuesday, January 20 we celebrate the inauguration of the first African American President. Or are we? How did we decide that Barack Obama is African American?

'Cinderella' Sylvia Morrow on Way to Obama Inauguration

There are many stories in America about people getting up in life in that bootstrap mode. When you read one of these stories, you are always touched by it.

NightClub gets hit with lawsuit for saying "No Ethnic Hairstyles" Aloud

This club discriminates against you because of your race and hairstyle. No Dreds, CornRows, Braids or Twists are aloud and by the way your Black.

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The $100 24-karat gold coin will be released in April 2017.
The $100 24-karat gold coin will be released in April 2017.
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Barbara Hillary giving a speech.
Barbara Hillary giving a speech.
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Barbara Hillary at the North Pole with guide Eugene Orlov.
Barbara Hillary at the North Pole with guide Eugene Orlov.
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A black couple out for an evening stroll
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African American father fishing with daughter and son
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