Eight members of the Phillipsburg High School wrestling team in New Jersey claim that a controversial picture of them wearing hoods surrounding a Black wrestling dummy with a noose wrapped around his neck was intended to depict a suicide, not a lynching, reports NJ.com.
The wrestlers — Andrew B. Horun, Tyler Agans, Jimmy Schuitema, Tim Hinkle, Broderick Bupivi, Daniel Wissing, Tyler Petchonka, Garrett Wolfinger, apologized for the racial undertones of the inflammatory image, but insist that no harm was intended and that their punishment is too harsh.
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The award-winning film 12 Years a Slave, a striking and brutally vivid retelling of the true story o fSolomon Northup, will be incorporated into public high school classrooms around the nation beginning in September 2014, according to a The National School Boards Association (NSBA) press release.
The NSBA is partnering with New Regency, Penguin Books, and the filmmakers to distribute copies of the acclaimed film, book, and study guide to America’s public high schools, giving students an unvarnished view of slavery in America that is seldom introduced inside the classroom. This riveting production won the 2014 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Picture, the PGA Award for Best Picture, the BAFTA Award for Best Film and is nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Motion Picture of the Year.
The initiative, coordinated by Montel Williams, is modeled against an initiative Williams launched that ultimately led to distribution by The Montel Williams Show of copies of the Civil War film Glory to public high schools
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On a college championship edition of Jeopardy, three White college students--Laurie Beckoff, a sophomore at the University of Chicago; Tucker Pope, a junior at Texas A&M University; and Whitney Thompson, a junior at the University of Oklahoma (pictured above L-R)—side-stepped the Black History category until there were absolutely no other questions for them to choose from.
The three students confidently answered questions in such categories as “International Cinema Showcase,” “Weather Verbs,” and “Kiwi Fauna.” But when it came to Black history, which some would insist is American history, the three little geniuses didn’t have a clue.
In the end, they ended up answering three of five questions correctly, but missed questions about the Scottsboro Boys and the 1st Rhode Island Regiment.
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Valerie, a homecare nurse administrator known as Juror #4 in the Michael Dunn murder trial, has come forward to say that she believes he got away with the murder of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, reportsMediaite.com.
In an exclusive ABC Nightline interview Tuesday night, the juror said that they initially deadlocked at 10-2 in favor of convicting Dunn on 1st-degree murder. After Judge Healey read the “Allen Charge,” which encouraged the jury to deliberate further to avoid a mistrial, their contentious deliberations ended with 9-3 vote to convict, with the holdouts believing that Dunn had “reasonable belief” to fear for his life.
Valerie said that the jurors in favor of convicting Dunn believed that he used unnecessary force when he shot Davis.
“We all believed there was another way out, another option,” she said in the Nightline interview.
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OXFORD, Miss. — The FBI on Tuesday was helping investigate who tied a noose around the neck of a University of Mississippi statue of James Meredith, who, in 1962, became the first black student to enroll in the then all-white Southern college.University police on Sunday morning found the rope noose and, on the statue’s face, a pre-2003 Georgia state flag with a Confederate battle symbol, said campus police Chief Calvin Sellers.
When Meredith tried to enter Ole Miss in fall 1962, Mississippi’s governor tried to stop him, and that led to violence on the Oxford campus. U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy sent 500 U.S. marshals to take control and days later, Meredith was allowed in the school. Though he faced harassment during his time at the school, he graduated with a degree in political science
University police asked for the FBI’s help, said Deborah R. Madden, a spokeswoman for the Mississippi FBI office in Jackson.
About 150 Ole Miss students, black and white, rallied around the Meredith statue Tuesday to protest the vandalism, according to Charlie Mitchell, a journalism professor who attended the event. They held posters with several hand-written slogans, including, “Justice for African-Americans,” ‘’Respect the Students” and “This is Our University.” One poster said: “The actions done in the cowardly dark will never diminish the light of James Meredith’s legacy nor our creed.”
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Cordova, Tennessee -- While walking Coco, the dog pulled Jeffries down a ditch and into some bushes behind a retainer wall near his home. When Dominic could not climb out of the hole, he cuddled with Coco for warmth. Even though the second-grader told WREG he felt warm, he thought his dog was not so he removed his coat and draped it over the canine. Dominic also removed his gloves and placed them on his feet.
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C-SPAN teamed up with Siena College for its fifth comprehensive study to rank the First Ladies of the United States, and our current FLOTUS Michelle Obama came in fifth place.
According to results, Eleanor Roosevelt grabbed the top spot, her fifth No. 1 ranking over the last 32 years. She was followed by Abigail Adams, Jacqueline Kennedy and Dolley Madison, who rounded out the top four. Michelle Obama bumped down Hillary Clinton, who came in fourth place last time the survey was conducted, to sixth.
The research judged each of the former first ladies in 10 categories, including background, public image, integrity, accomplishments and value to the country. At first glance, fifth placed seemed like an injustice for Mrs. Obama, considering she’s a self-proclaimed “mom-in-chief,” face of her “Let’s Move” campaign and an international fashion icon. However, she did land at No. 1 in the balance of family life category.
Here’s another social experiment that will have you shaking your head.
Not that we needed another reminder of the social inequities Black people sometimes face, the folks over at UrbanMedia TV did a social experiment that leaves one wondering: How far have we really progressed in this country?
Strange Fruit” was a song performed by Billie Holiday in 1939. The song exposed racism in America, particularly the lynching of black men in the South. A chilling photo of two black men who were lynched and surrounded by racist white men in 1930 was the inspiration for the song written by teacher Abel Meeropol. A video that accompanies Holiday’s song shows eerie black-and-white photos of Ku Klux Klansmen in hoods burning crosses and watching half-nude black men hanging from trees.
Stephen "TheeBlackSocialite" Hale