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Chicago Considers Making Former 'Ebony' And 'Jet' Headquarters A Historic Landmark

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:12:40 -0500

The former building of Johnson Publishing Company, home of Ebony and Jet magazines in downtown Chicago, may soon get historic landmark status. Raymond Thomas speaks about his time working there.



'The Hate U Give' Explores Racism And Police Violence

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:12:39 -0500

In Angie Thomas' novel, Starr Carter lives in a gang-ravaged area and goes to a school where she's one of only a few black students. She talks with Lulu Garcia-Navarro about her book The Hate U Give.



For Black College Prospects, Belonging And Safety Often Top Ivy Prestige

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 06:05:00 -0500

Over the past three years, nearly a third of HBCUs have seen at least a 20 percent increase in applications, which correlates with protests over high-profile racial-violence incidents.



Race And The Controversial History Of 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:28:51 -0500

Historian Caroline Light says "stand your ground" laws were written for white, heterosexual, property-owning men. What happens when other people take up arms, in defense against white supremacists?



Black Muslims Face Double Jeopardy, Anxiety In The Heartland

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 06:01:13 -0500

The intersection of these two identities has become more acute thanks to Black Lives Matter and protests against the Trump administration's executive order on immigration.



This Week In Race: Immigration Headaches, Oscar Glow And POTUS At The Blacksonian

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:05:00 -0500

If the human rights aspect of (deportation) doesn't interest you, the prospect of $8 avocados and double-digit fast food might.



PHOTOS: The Final Hours Of A Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:53:00 -0500

On Thursday morning, law enforcement cleared out the Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota, ending a months-long protest against the completion of the nearby Dakota Access Pipeline.



Asian Last Names Lead To Fewer Job Interviews, Still

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:18:00 -0500

For many Asian-Americans, this kind of discrimination means that the pressure to change their names and shed the perpetual foreigner stereotype is strong.



American Muslims Respond To Islamophobia By Running For Office

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:35:00 -0500

The Southern Poverty Law Center says there has been a rise in hate groups, including groups using anti-Muslim rhetoric. Some American Muslims are pushing back by running for office.



Auto Workers' Union To Launch 'Buy American' Campaign

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:35:00 -0500

The leader of the United Auto Workers is encouraging people to buy cars built in the U.S. The slogan "Buy American" has a controversial history going back to the Great Depression.



Lawsuit Accuses Milwaukee Police Of Abusive Stop And Frisk Practices

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:46:00 -0500

The plaintiffs say random stops are up, and unfairly focus on blacks and Latinos. The police chief says his force doesn't have a practice of stop and frisk, and citizen complaints are down.



After Slavery, Searching For Loved Ones In Wanted Ads

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:37:00 -0500

In the Civil War's waning years, African-Americans trying to find lost loved ones used classified ads in newspapers. More than 900 of these notices are now accessible via an online database.



Citing 'Racial Stereotype,' Supreme Court Says Texas Inmate Can Appeal Death Sentence

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:44:00 -0500

Chief Justice John Roberts calls the case "a perfect storm" of circumstances that culminated in a lower court "making a decision on life or death on the basis of race."



Low-Income PoCs Still Don't Trust The Police, But Would Work With Them

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:34:00 -0500

While the majority of residents in high-crime, high-poverty areas have a negative view of the police, they're also willing to work with law enforcement to make communities safer.



Are Race-Based Advisory Groups Just Political Symbols?

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:00:00 -0500

After a scathing letter of resignation, only four people remain on the president's commission on Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. It brings up broader questions of these task forces' efficacy.