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Jeff Sessions appears to refer to celebrated Black scholar as 'some criminal'

Alabama US Senate candidate and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared to refer to Henry Louis Gates Jr., a celebrated Black Harvard University scholar, as "some criminal" in a New York Times Magazine article published Tuesday.
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Sessions Refers To Renowned Black Scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. As ‘Some Criminal’

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared to refer to Henry Louis Gates Jr. as “some criminal” in an interview published in The New York Times Magazine on Tuesday. Sessions spoke to the Times about his time leading the Justice Department, such as reversing an Obama-era policy that specified protections for transgender workers against discrimination and formalizing a policy on his last day in office that hindered a cornerstone of former President Barack Obama’s police-reform agenda. “Back ...
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What everyone should know about Reconstruction 150 years after the 15th Amendment's ratification

I’ll never forget a student’s response when I asked during a middle school social studies class what they knew about black history: “Martin Luther King freed the slaves.”Martin Luther King Jr. was born in 1929, more than six decades after the time of enslavement. To me, this comment underscored how closely Americans associate black history with slavery.While shocked, I knew this mistaken belief reflected the lack of time, depth and breadth schools devote to black history. Most students get limit...
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‘John Lewis: Good Trouble’ Film Review: Portrait of Civil Rights Icon Couldn’t Be More Timely

“John Lewis: Good Trouble,” a documentary about the civil rights crusader who became a 17-term Democratic congressman from Georgia, is a movie that could scarcely be any timelier.And it’s also, strangely enough, a movie that feels outside of the current time.How timely? Well, a couple of weeks before the premiere of the film, director Ava DuVernay and many others endorsed a proposal to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, for Lewis, who suffered a fractured skull when he was beaten...
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Today Is Juneteenth, the USA’s Second Independence Day

Today is Juneteenth, a holiday that started in Texas that celebrates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. From Vox’s Juneteenth, explained: A portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth,” Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when a group of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally learned that they were free from the institution of slavery. But, woefully, this was almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation; the Civil War was s...
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Selma Online Initiative Offers a Free Civil Rights History Guide

Selma Online initiative offers an online free Civil rights history guide Last week, Paramount Pictures had announced that director Ava DuVernay’s critically-acclaimed film Selma is now streaming free on all US digital platforms throughout this month as a way to support the ongoing global protests for the Black Lives Matter movement. For viewers, who want to gain a much better understanding about the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1965 civil rights movement, documentary filmmaker and Harva...
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Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, March 2-9

  Bingo night on March 6 at Canoga Park Women’s Club on Jordan Avenue. (Google Street View)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences plus the potential for positive personal and community enrichment. Here is a sampling of upcoming meetings.   North Hills East Neighborhood Council: 6:30 p.m. March 2. Penny Lane, Rainbow Room, 15314 Rayen St. 818-672-6674. Sidewalk Astronomers in Burbank: Members of the group set ...
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Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, Feb. 24-March 2

  The San Fernando Valley Historical Society meets on Feb. 27 at New Life Church in Porter Ranch. (Google Street View)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences plus the potential for positive personal and community enrichment. Here is a sampling of upcoming meetings.   Los Angeles Unified School District 3 Candidates Forum: Elizabeth Badger Bartels, Marilyn Koziatek and Scott Schmerelson discuss the issues, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24. Forum i...
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Johni Cerny, Chief Genealogist Who Helped Oprah, Bernie, And Others Find Their Roots On TV, Has Died At 76

Cerny, said Henry Louis Gates Jr., was “the proverbial dean of American genealogical research, … [whose work was] transforming raw data into narratives and metaphors about diversity and our common humanity.” Gates, the Harvard prof who hosts and produces Finding Your Roots on PBS, began working with Cerny in 2006, and their work on personal (and social) histories flowered from there. – The New York Times
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‘We Wouldn’t Be Having This Conversation.’ Henry Louis Gates Jr. on America’s Missed Opportunities for Racial Equality

Henry Louis Gates Jr., Emmy-winning historian and head of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University, tells TIME about the origins of modern inequality, America’s missed opportunities and where the fight goes next. How do you see the state of equality today fitting into the history of equality? One of the most dramatic shifts to the structure of the African-American community has been the doubling of the black middle class and the quadrupling of th...
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How Black Lives Matter Is Changing What Students Learn During Black History Month

Freshman year can make anyone feel lost, but Seattle teen Janelle Gary felt especially lost when she entered high school in 2015. At home, she watched a wave of gentrification drive change in the historically black Central District neighborhood, and at school, where she was one of the few students of color in an honors history class, she felt as if black perspectives were also in the minority. Looking back at that time, as now-18-year-old freshman at Central Washington University, she feels...
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Daily Podcast: ‘Watchmen’ Episode 2 Spoiler Discussion

On the October 28, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson is joined by /Film writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista for a spoiler-filled discussion of the second episode of HBO’s Watchmen , entitled “Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship.” Opening Banter : Have a theme song for us? Send it our way!         In The Spoiler Room : Origins of the “Watch Over This Boy” paper, German secretary writing a flyer which aims to convince black American so...
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The ‘Watchmen’ Reference Guide: Every Easter Egg in “Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship”

While showrunner  Damon Lindelof has called his television take on the  Watchmen graphic novel a “remix,” it is still set after the events of the original source material, and every episode is loaded with references to the 1986 comic classic. Some are very easy to spot, others a bit more subtle. Since not everyone had the time to re-read the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons comic or take a college course on it (they exist!), we figured we’d dive into all the references we spotted, but be warned...
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‘Watchmen’ Boss Damon Lindelof on Building an Alternate America

In the fourth season of PBS’ “Finding Your Roots,” musician Questlove learns his ancestors came over to America on the very last slave ship in 1860. Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., who hosts the show shows him the ship manifest and tells him about the settlement in which they lived, and the musician begins to […]
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Headsup: Gender Roles, Reconstruction, and the Ponderosa

“[In What Men Want,] Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. After a wild night out with her girls, she mysteriously gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts. With her newfound power, Ali looks to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar, but the lengths she has to go to will put her relationship with her best friends and new love interest to the test.” — from Paramount What Men Want is now out...
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Nonfiction: In ‘Stony the Road,’ Henry Louis Gates Jr. Captures the History and Images of the Fraught Years After the Civil War

The scholar’s latest book, coinciding with his new PBS series, “Reconstruction,” is a harrowing look at the resurgence of white nationalism in the late 19th century and the New Negro movement to combat it.
Tags: News, Discrimination, Gates, Blacks, Henry Louis Gates Jr, White Supremacy, Books and Literature, Reconstruction Era, Cartoons and Cartoonists, Henry Louis Jr, Stony the Road: Reconstruction, and the Rise of Jim Crow (Book

Critic’s Pick: Review: Essential History in ‘Reconstruction’ on PBS

Henry Louis Gates Jr. examines America’s quick abandonment of its newly freed citizens after the Civil War, and its distinct and dangerous echoes today.
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'Reconstruction' connects postwar past to 21st century

'Reconstruction' review: PBS documentary from Henry Louis Gates Jr. connects America's post-war past to 21st century
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'Reconstruction' connects post-war past to 21st century

'Reconstruction' review: PBS documentary from Henry Louis Gates Jr. connects America's post-war past to 21st century
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In 'Stony The Road,' Henry Louis Gates Jr. Looks At The Period After Reconstruction

In his new book, the literary scholar presents an absorbing, necessary look at the "Redemption" era, in which the hard-fought gains of African Americans were rolled back by embittered Southern whites.(Image credit: Penguin Press)
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Why Do Some People Wish the Attack on Smollett Happened?

The reactions of many on the left to the case of Jussie Smollett prove two important things: 1. There is little racism in America. 2. The Left -- white and black -- is morally and psychologically impaired.There is no doubt that most Americans on the left, including black Americans, are distraught over the fact that Smollett faked the “racist” attack on him. Apparently leftists, Democratic leaders, and, most depressingly, many of his fellow blacks wish Smollett had been attacked by white racist...
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TV Picks for Tuesday: ‘Boomerang’ on BET

Also showing Feb. 12: “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,” on KCTS.
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PBS’ ‘Finding Your Roots’ looks into political leaders’ past

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., says he hopes this season of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots” helps a divided U.S. see how all Americans have unique family mysteries. This season’s series takes advantage of advancements in genealogy and genetics. It also uses diverse subjects like former U.S. House Speaker […]
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Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow

Teen readers and adults alike will have much to learn by reading Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Tonya Bolden. This book details a history of survival and a shared spirit of determination in the face of innumerable obstacles, and it is a part of our […]
Tags: Books, Learning, Young Adult, Children's Books, Jim Crow, Henry Louis Gates Jr, Dawn, 12 And Up, Children's Non-fiction, Tonya Bolden

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Ear Hustle' Podcasters; Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor tell about life behind bars in Ear Hustle. Kevin Whitehead reviews new interpretations of Monk's complete works. Gates talks about DNA testing and finding his own roots.
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Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. On DNA Testing And Finding His Own Roots

As host of the PBS series Finding Your Roots, Gates tells celebrities about their family history. He reflects on his own history and some of the more controversial aspects of DNA testing.
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"I felt enraged. I felt flabbergasted. I felt confused... I can’t say that I’m a loyal customer of Prada. I don’t think I would have gone into the store had I not been assaulted by the images."

Said Chinyere Ezie, a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, quoted in "Seriously, Prada, what were you thinking?: Why the fashion industry keeps bumbling into racist imagery" (by Robin Givhan in WaPo).But she went in. She took pictures. And then she did “a reality check.” She showed the pictures she’d taken to her mother and her co-workers. “Am I missing something?” she asked them. No. They saw racism, too.Ezie juxtaposed her pictures from the Prada store with historical images...
Tags: Jewelry, Law, Ebay, Valerie Jarrett, Commerce, Prada, Roseanne Barr, Henry Louis Gates Jr, WaPo, Center for Constitutional Rights, Sambo, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Robin Givhan, Race And Pop Culture, Chinyere Ezie

Bantu’s Swahili.

Kamau Muiga makes a point in his essay Bantu’s Swahili, or How to Steal a Language from Africa that I wouldn’t have thought needed to be made in this day and age: that Swahili is “a Bantu language, an African language that wholly emerged in Africa among Africans.” But apparently it’s still widely said to be “a lingua franca, a pidgin, between African languages and Arabic on the East African coast,” so I’m linking to his demolition of that idea. He starts out citing a passage from Henry Louis G...
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Playing Like a Girl: The Problems with Reception of Women in Music

The year was 1942. In the USA, all-girl orchestras toured extensively, rather like a jazz version of A League of Their Own. Audiences were surprised to find that these girls played “just like men!” As in A League of Their Own, though, when the men returned, women were expected to go back to homemaking or other acceptably female professions. Those women who were leaders found themselves in the background once more. Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson, and Duke Ellington play large in ...
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Defiant rulers and (real) superheroes: Black History Month

The first incarnation of Black History Month began in 1926, when Carter G. Woodson, historian and author, established an observance during the second week of February coinciding with the birthdays of social reformer Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. The month-long celebration was then proposed at Kent State University, Ohio, in February 1969, beginning the following year. We at the Oxford African American Studies Center (AASC) want to reflect on the history of African and African...
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