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The film "In My Father's House," looks at the relationship  between black men and their sons. The movie stars Che “Rhymefest” Smith, Brian Tillman and Donnie Smith.
Arts News

In My Father’s House, 2015 Tribeca Film Festival

By Natalie Lally, Tribeca Film Festival Correspondent “A powerful, relevant film for these times” NEW YORK — Inside a world of alcoholism, homelessness, and abandonment, directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg reconnect rapper Che “Rhymefest” Smith with his absentee father, who had left him more than 25 years ago. A true coming of age film, Smith rights the wrongs he […]

New York City will erect a marker, acknowledging that slaves were sold on Wall Street.
Africa Black Workers History News Slavery

Historical Marker on Wall Street to Acknowledge the Slave Trade

New York City officials will install a marker on Wall Street, finally acknowledging the city’s role in the slave trade. The marker will be unveiled Juneteenth (June 19th), which was the day in 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and told the slaves that the Civil War had ended and they were free. June 19th, 2015, […]

Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright
Arts News

Hurston/Wright Foundation Announced Its 2015 Legacy Award Nominees

The Zora Neal Hurston and Richard Wright Foundation, which celebrates writing by African American authors, has announced the 2015 nominees for its Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards. The awards are given for fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The nominees for poetry are:”Revising the Storm” by Geffrey Davis, “We Didn’t Know Any Gangsters” by Brian Gilmore, “Digest” by Gregory Pardio, “The Essential Hits of […]

Formula 1 News Sports

Hamilton Burns up the Desert

Lewis Hamilton, the reigning Formula 1 world driving champion, won Sunday’s Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, making it his third win in four races during the 2015 racing season. Hamilton, a black Englishman, who drives for Mercedes, finished ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who drives for Ferrari, and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who finished third. Hamilton started from the pole position […]

Black men who serve long sentences in prison lose out on Social Security Retirement Benefits.
Civil Rights District Attorneys Most Popular Stories Politics Wrongful Convictions

Locked Behind Bars and Out of Reach of Social Security

  By Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO—In an unprecedented move, Chicago officials have agreed to pay $5.5 million in reparations to black men who spent decades in prison after police tortured them into confessing to crimes they didn’t commit. Although each man could receive as much as $100,000 before taxes, the settlement points to another major financial roadblock a corrupt and […]

Formula 1 News

Formula 1 Driver Hamilton Has the Pole Position in Today’s Bahrain Grand Prix

Formula 1 driver Lewis Carl  Hamilton has the pole position in today’s Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix after winning the Chinese Grand Prix April 12 in Shanghai. Hamilton took the pole position by 0.411 seconds over Sebastian Vettel who drives for Ferrari. Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg finished in third position. The Bahrain Grand Prix takes place during the evening […]

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and  Mirelle Fanon-Mendes-France, Frantz Fanon's daughter, speak at the National/International Reparations Conference last week in New York.
Black Workers News

Reparations Activists Ready for New Phase in Long Struggle

By Linn Washington Jr. NEW YORK — Racism is a topic that usually divides black and white Americans. However, iconic civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson said there is one contentious race-mired issue where blacks and whites seemingly share a similar posture. “Blacks and whites have one thing in common. They will not discuss reparations,” Jackson said, defining reparations for […]

Walking helps men recover from prostate cancer surgery.

Walking Boosts Outcomes for Prostate Cancer Survivors

By Robert Preidt (HealthDay News) — Quality of life can deteriorate for men due to the effects of prostate cancer and its treatment. But a new study shows that engaging in a regular walking regimen can improve well-being. The finding didn’t come as a surprise to one expert. “I am a big believer in exercise for overall wellness, and as […]

Alcatraz Art Exhibit Shows Mandela and King as Heroes of Political Dissent
Arts Civil Rights News

Alcatraz Art Exhibit Shows Mandela and King as Heroes of Political Dissent

By Rosemary Eng SAN FRANCISCO—-Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist who vexes the Chinese government so much that he is banned from attending a major exhibition of his work in San Francisco, chose to specially show Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela as examples of heroic political dissent. Housed in the infamous prison which is now part of a […]

Darrell Cannon,  one of the black men tortured by Chicago police.
Civil Rights News Wrongful Convictions

Former Inmate Tells of Torture and a Forced Confession at the Hands of the Chicago Police

By Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO—Darrell Cannon spent 24 years and five months in prison after being tortured by disgraced former Chicago police Commander Jon Burge’s subordinates until he confessed to a murder he didn’t commit. Cannon testified last week before Chicago City Council’s Finance Committee that Lt. Peter Dignan, Sgt. John Byrne and Detective Charles Grunhard handcuffed him behind his […]