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Hollywood, Movies, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Social Activism, Taraji P. Henson -

Taraji P. Henson has a voice, and she’s not afraid to use it. The Golden Globe-winning actor made a discovery once she finally joined social media platforms a few years back — she had an audience who was ready to soak up the gems that she was firing off. Henson, a Howard University grad who […]

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Commentary, Criminal justice, National Anthem, Social Activism, Social Justice -

Anderson Curtis has nothing but love for Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid and the other NFL players who risk their good fortune to push for social change. “I applaud them for their courage to take a stand,” said Curtis, a former high school linebacker and running back who is now a field organizer for the American […]

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Amer-I-Can, Athlete Activism, Jim Brown, Kanye West, President Donald Trump, Social Activism -

Jim Brown is getting lambasted for the same thing the black community used to praise him for: defiant action to uplift African-Americans, by any means necessary. Last week, Brown met with President Donald Trump and Kanye West in the Oval Office for an orchestrated show of black support. West’s deluded ramblings dominated the aftermath, but […]

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Commentary, Laquan McDonald, Nannie Strayhorn, Police Misconduct, Police Shootings, Social Activism -

In her book White Women, Rape, and the Power of Race in Virginia, 1900-1960, Lisa Lindquist Dorr tells the story of Nannie Strayhorn, a black woman living in Jim Crow Richmond, Virginia. In October 1946, Strayhorn, a 32-year-old mother of two sons, argued with a male companion inside his car one evening after leaving a […]

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Colin Kaepernick, Hip-Hop, LeBron James, Music, NFL, Nike, Social Activism, Social Justice, T.I. -

A decade and a half ago, a skinny young guy with a propensity for cocking his knit hat to the side helped popularize a subgenre of hip-hop we didn’t know we needed. His name was T.I., a shortened version of his childhood nickname, Tip — because Clifford Harris Jr. was a tip off the old […]

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Athlete Activism, Colin Kaepernick, Locker Room Talk, Los Angeles Chargers, NFL, Nike, Russell Okung, Social Activism -

In a stroke of genius that would make a chess master proud, Nike made a move last week that simultaneously put the NFL on its heels and made competitors squirm. Most important, the sports apparel giant helped protesting NFL players remind the public that their protests are not an attack on the military but a […]

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Black History, History, Malcolm X, March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr., Museums, Social Activism, Social Justice -

Nothing prepares you for the moment the curtains are pulled back and you’re on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, now the National Civil Rights Museum. Nothing can prepare you for looking into the bathroom from where the shot was fired. Nothing prepares you for standing alone on the second floor of The Malcolm X […]

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As Told To, Athlete Activism, NFL, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Randy Moss, Social Activism -

Randy Moss definitely made a bold statement with his unique tie, but it was actually a jumping-off point for so much more. At last week’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction, the former superstar wide receiver, who’s a member of 2018’s eight-man class, wore a black tie with the names of 12 African-American men and […]

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NFL, NFL Owners, Players Coalition, Roger Goodell, Rooney Rule, Social Activism -

ORLANDO, Florida — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spent much of a news conference Wednesday commenting on the NFL’s involvement in social justice issues — except those involving players’ future ability to protest during the national anthem. On the final day of the league meetings here, Goodell trumpeted the landmark seven-year, $89 million deal with the […]

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Anquan Boldin, Race, Social Activism, The Stop -

Retired NFL star Anquan Boldin; Robert F. Smith, the nation’s wealthiest African-American; Robert L. Wilkins, a federal appeals court judge; and Daniel Magos, a contractor from Phoenix, talk about how common it is for police to stop people of color for little or no reason and the lasting effects those stops have on their lives. […]

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Allyson Felix, Arts, Athlete Activism, Colin Kaepernick, Commentary, John Urschel, Muhammad Ali, Politics, Social Activism, State of the Black Athlete -

Athletic success may get you through the door, but be mindful, once you get here: “Stick to sports.” There has been an unspoken expectation and, more recently, an apparent insistence that athletes’ opinions and passions are to be kept quiet. But the cultural resonance, political awakening and activation of the black athlete has pushed back […]

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Antiracist Research and Policy Center, Ibram Kendi, Race, Social Activism -

Valentine’s Day marks the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Douglass, and to show the famed abolitionist and statesman some love, the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University announced today a partnership with the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives for “The FD200.” The effort will recognize one person for each year since Douglass’ birth […]

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Alabama, Birmingham, Martin Luther King Jr., Protest, Race, Social Activism, State of the Black Athlete -

On Feb. 11, at 8 p.m., The Undefeated will present Dear Black Athlete, a one-hour special on ESPN featuring conversations with athletes and community leaders about social justice. Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” the program will be taped at Birmingham’s Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, where King spoke and led […]

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Andre Iguodala, David West, Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant, NBA, Race, Social Activism, State of the Black Athlete, Stephen Curry, Steve Kerr -

There’s a moment during his conversation about athletes and activism at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government when Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green seems to shift his weight. Green, who was in town to face the Celtics later that November night, has altered his game day routine to be at the lunchtime event, which […]

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Advancement Project, Colin Kaepernick, Jesse Williams, Social Activism -

A Washington, D.C.-based social justice organization is the second recipient of Colin Kaepernick’s “#10for10” pledge to donate $10,000 a day for 10 straight days to groups “working in oppressed communities.” Advancement Project, a civil rights organization committed to dismantling and reforming “the unjust and inequitable policies that undermine the promise of democracy through the development […]

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Colin Kaepernick, Social Activism -

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick announced on Jan. 17 that over the following 10 days he will donate the final $100,000 of his initial $1 million pledge to 10 organizations that are working to combat racial and social injustice across the country. Dubbed the “Million Dollar Pledge” in October 2016, Kaepernick has donated $900,000 of […]

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Athlete Activism, NBA, NFL, Protest, Social Activism, WNBA, Year In Review -

There were some amazing sports moments in 2017: The New England Patriots rallied from a 28-3 third-quarter deficit to shock the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl. Clemson won one of the most riveting games in college football history with a come-from-behind touchdown pass to beat Alabama in the final seconds of the College Football […]

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Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid, Michael Bennett, NFL, San Francisco 49ers, Social Activism -

When then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to sit (and later kneel) for the national anthem during the 2016 NFL preseason, it started a chain of events that eventually led to Kaepernick filing a grievance against league owners for collusion and, most recently, being presented a Muhammad Ali Legacy Award by Beyoncé. As we […]

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Crime, Houston Rockets, James Harden, Meek Mill, Michael Rubin, NBA, Philadelphia 76ers, Sneaker Stories, Social Activism -

As the leading scorer in the NBA, one of the many faces of adidas and en route to perhaps his first MVP trophy, Houston Rockets superstar James Harden is used to having all eyes on him. Come Thursday, though, special attention will be paid to his feet as Harden will be rocking custom-made “Free Meek” […]

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Aundre Wright, Police Misconduct, Social Activism -

Close The Shooting InstructorThe Truth TellerThe Man on the StreetThe Bridge Builder Officer Aundre Wright The Bridge Builder 3 years in uniform “I hear something on the radio, I go. Ease the gap between black and white, between police and non-police. Show we’re human.”“I hear something on the radio, I go. Ease the gap between […]

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Copley Road Bully, Music, Police Misconduct, Quincy Iverson, Rap, Social Activism -

Close The Shooting InstructorThe Truth TellerThe Man on the StreetThe Bridge Builder Patrol Officer Quincy Iverson The Man on the street 26 years in uniform (retired) “I get that hate from both sides I can’t do no good. Too black for the badge, too blue for the hood.”“I get that hate from both sides, I […]

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Police Misconduct, Social Activism, Yulanda Williams -

Close The Shooting InstructorThe Truth TellerThe Man on the StreetThe Bridge Builder Lt. Yulanda Williams The truth teller 27 years in uniform “I’m black and I will never be blue enough. I will never be able to prove to some that I deserve to wear the same uniform as they do.”“I’m black and I will […]

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Morehouse College, NFL, RISE, Social Activism, Troy Vincent -

As part of its effort to partner with players on social justice causes, the NFL will host a workshop at Morehouse College to educate athletes on developing and implementing programs to effect positive social change. The league, joining with the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), will conduct the workshop Feb. 21 through Feb. […]

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D.C., Serena Williams, Social Activism, Venus Williams, Washington -

Before she’d even uttered a word, tennis superstar Serena Williams was already wiping tears from her eyes. Even after all of these years, recalling the moment was — understandably — painful. She and her sister — the other legendary tennis superstar in her family, Venus Williams — were sitting on a panel moderated by ESPN’s […]

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Colin Kaepernick, Marcus Rivero, NFL, Rishard Matthews, Sneaker Stories, Social Activism, Style, Uniforms -

On Sunday at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, Colin Kaepernick will once again grace the field of an NFL stadium and take a knee in protest of social injustice in the United States. Now, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback won’t be there physically for the divisional matchup between the AFC South’s Tennessee Titans and […]

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Commentary, Native Americans, NFL, Protest, Social Activism, Thanksgiving, Washington Redskins -

Sometimes you have to spell it out to understand the awful irony: On a day most of us associate with family, food and football, this year Washington is hosting a Thanksgiving NFL game for the first time. Native Americans are integral to the holiday’s origins. The team’s name disparages Native Americans. Simon Moya-Smith plans to […]

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Baltimore, Documentary, Freddie Gray, HBO, Police Shootings, Race, Social Activism -

A better name for Baltimore Rising, the new HBO documentary on black life in the city after the death of Freddie Gray, might be Baltimore Stuck. To characterize the city as rising, as director Sonja Sohn does, might be a reach, given the deeply entrenched problems of its poorest residents. Baltimore Rising attempts to highlight […]

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Baseball, Diversity, Hollywood, NCAA, Race, Shemar Moore, Social Activism, Television -

Shemar Moore is ready to make a statement. The Oakland, California, native is starring in CBS’ new S.W.A.T., which is based on ABC’s original series of the same name (1975-76) and the successful 2003 feature film directed by Clark Johnson and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Michelle Rodriguez, Colin Farrell and LL Cool J. This moment […]

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Color of Change, Eric Reid, Michael Thomas, NFL, Protest, Rashad Robinson, Social Activism -

While NFL owners and players continue to slog through the divisive issue of protests during the anthem, work to promote the players’ fight against racial injustice moves forward around the process. Despite the postponement of a proposed meeting Monday between the sides, players still maintain hope that owners will partner with them in an effort […]

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Eric Reid, NFL, Protest, Roger Goodell, Social Activism -

NEW YORK — The NFL meetings concluded Wednesday without resolution on the divisive issue of players protesting during the national anthem to shine a light on racial injustice, but commissioner Roger Goodell again signaled that a plan is forthcoming while sidestepping President Donald Trump’s latest Twitter attack on the league. For the second time in […]

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Colin Kaepernick, DeAngelo Hall, Jerry Jones, NFL, Protest, Social Activism, Washington Redskins -

DeAngelo Hall, 33, is a 14-year veteran NFL defensive back and three-time Pro Bowler. He hasn’t played for Washington, whom he signed with in 2008, since the third week of last season after suffering an ACL tear. He hopes to return to action soon. But he is on the sideline every week, and therefore he […]

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Arts, Derek Fordjour, PARADE, Social Activism, Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling -

Mid-September in Harlem, New York. The wind, sotto voce. Rain is in the forecast but as yet, no tears from the clouds that hover above the neighborhood commonly known as the birthplace of the Harlem Renaissance. On the corner of West 155th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue stands a 13-story charcoal-colored building designed in 2015 […]

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Charter Schools, David Robinson, Education, San Antonio Spurs, Social Activism -

SAN ANTONIO — The students making their way through a first-floor corridor at Carver Academy and College Prep grew wide-eyed when they bumped into the school’s founder. A few gasped when the still-trim, 7-foot-1 Spurs legend David Robinson stopped to wave, and they beamed when he posed for a few selfies. Most of these young […]

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