Midnight Basketball: The 1994 Federal Crime Bill…22 Years Ago

Better Shaq than Crack – Never mind that in a $33 billion crime bill, heavily tilted toward prisons, cops and death penalties, midnight basketball is a mere $40 million item. That’s 12 cents for every $100 in the bill. Never mind that Republicans, despite the elephant as party symbol, are suffering from amnesia. They forget that on…

Black Megachurches: The Class Migration

Those who expect the activist black megachurches to fill the gaps left by the Civil Rights Movement should be aware that these churches struggle with prioritizing their activities given limited capacity and limited political capital. For example, when churches form CDOs and accept government funding, the leaders and representatives of these churches are limited in…

Milly Swan Price: Freedom, Kinship, and Property

Milly Swan Price (1824 – 1880) Her story reveals how free black women negotiated racial, gender, and familial relationships in the antebellum and post– Civil War South. On March 2, 1840, sixteen year-old Milly Swan— along with her three brothers (Nick, eighteen; Jim, seven; and Addison, about three) and four sisters (Peggy, twelve; Charity, about…

Pigmentocracy: Color-Coded Racial Hierarchies

Update: Nina Simone’s documentary movie features Zoe Saldana in heavy, dark makeup to represent this icon.  A lot of people have voiced their outrage and I can understand why.  The pictures of Zoe as Nina does not do Nina Simone justice and she should be represented by an actress that doesn’t need to color-change, widen…

February African American News, Highlights, and Mentions

Pictured above is Curran J, Owner of Kings Rule Together clothing line.  Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina Suspends All Classes for the 2016 Spring Semester – The college announced that it would not hold any classes for the spring semester and was cancelling the remainder of the season for the college’s basketball teams for men…