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The Courage of Arthur Ashe

There is something to be said about quiet strength. This was Arthur Ashe’s calling card. He achieved the greatest of heights without making a lot of noise. He didn’t have a reality show to promote himself. He didn’t need one. His deeds speak for themselves. He was so much more than a Hall of Fame […]

Ballerina Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland Covers the June/July Issue of Heart&Soul Magazine

  New York, NY June 2015 – Ballet and fitness icon Misty Copeland graces the cover of Heart&Soul’s June/July Issue. Heart & Soul’s Editor-in-Chief, Anita Kopacz, expressed her elation at having the trailblazing ballerina on their cover and in an in-depth article about her journey to be a prima ballerina. “Misty took our breath away […]

Omar Gooding Jr. with Angela Cornwell on the set of BounceTV's sitcom "Family Time."

Family Time: A welcomed sitcom for this genre

NORTHRIDGE, CA-Bounce TV, the first–ever over-the-air broadcast television network designed for African American audiences feature a hit original series, Family Time. Family Time, a popular sitcom going on to their fourth season is a show based on a black family who lives in the suburbs. Forewarning, this show is not your “average” black family sitcom; […]

Monday's Meditation

Selma is today

Suppressive voting rights efforts. Open racial taunts. Young black men losing their lives to law enforcement. Nonviolent demonstrators march nationwide for justice. States viewing the federal government as meddling outsiders. Where have we seen this picture? Is this still 1965? No, but there a lot of people who believe this country is on course to […]

Kamarre Anders, a student in the center's first graduating class, joined his classmates Shon'Tavia Cooper, Antwan Johnson-Tobler, Lucious Jackson, Donell Johnson and Azurnisha Ulysse in helping state Representative Travis Hutson cut the ceremonial ribbon at the center Tuesday. (PRNewsFoto/The Florida Endowment Foundation)

Foundation Resurrects Pride In One Of Florida’s Poorest Communities

PALATKA, Fla. — The last week in February marked the grand opening of a youth center in the poorest neighborhood of Florida’s poorest county. After seven years of development, the effort of the community and the ambition of the students involved has resulted in a new teen center on the corner of 1100 Madison Street in […]

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Standing Up for Black Colleges

They say a mind is a terrible thing to waste. Well, judging by the comments from several members of the Congressional Black Caucus, President Obama could give a hoot about the financial struggles and subpar graduation rates of some Historically Black Colleges and Universities. President Obama recently met reps from the CBC (Feb. 10) and […]

March For Justice -  March and Rally held in the Crenshaw Distrcit of Los Angeles, California, USA.  February 21, 2015.  March started at LAPD Headquarters on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd and proceeded to Leimert Park.
In attendance were Danny Blakewell,  Rev. Exavier Thompson, Congress Woman Karen Bass, and members of the Ezell Ford family.  Ford was shot to death by LAPD officiers in August of 1984.  This march was a protest of police violence and brutality and coincided with similar marches across the country as well as the 50th Anniversay of the slaying of Malcom X.

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‘March for Justice and Unity” Sparks Outcry to Stop Police Brutality

(Los Angeles-February 21, 2015) The Black Leadership Coalition spearheaded by Los Angeles Executive Publisher,Danny Bakewell, Sr. and Baptist Ministers Conference L.A. President Reverend Xavier Thompson led the March for Justice and Unity today. The two-mile march began in front of the Southwest Los Angeles Police Department on M.L. King Blvd. and ended with a rally […]


NAACP Image Awards a ‘Selma’ and ‘Black-ish’ Affair

One of the biggest nights during awards season and for the African-American community took place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Friday, February 6. The 46th NAACP Image Awards was in full bloom. The award show is known for celebrating the outstanding achievements and work done by people of color in the arts. The red […]


The Death of a Black Nursing Home Pt. 1

The Crisis/New America Media, News Analysis, Wallace Roberts PITTSBURGH, Penn.–Elaine Carrington moved into the Lemington Home for the Aged in Pittsburgh in November 2004. She died three weeks later of a blood clot in her lungs. An investigation by the state found that the staff had failed to give Carrington any of her 10 prescription […]


Ezell Ford Supporters Keep up Vigil

New Year’s Eve usually consists of celebrating, but in South Central, celebrating is the last thing on the to-do list. On 65th and Broadway, a group of protestors joined in solidarity for Ezell Ford. Ezell Ford, an unarmed, mentally ill African American man was killed by LAPD officers on August 11, 2014. The results of […]

"The Insider" Executive Producer Monique Chenault

Monique Chenault: Behind The Interviews

With the expected Christmas Day opening of Columbia Pictures’ The Interview suspended, would like to highlight the trailblazing entertainment news Showrunner and executive producer, and brains behind many of our favorite celebrity interviews, Monique Chenault. Chenault is living out her dream by currently overseeing the day to day for The Insider. In The Interview, Seth Rogan’s […]

Actor and author Bill Duke discusses his book, "Dark Girls" at the Urban Issues Breakfast Forum with Dr. Anthony Asasullah Samad.

Color Struck by ‘ Dark Girls’

Since the beginning of time, we have fought against others, each other and ourselves. What exactly is the battle? Colorism. Could it be perpetuated by the notorious Willie Lynch letter, created to control slaves and make them envy each other by separation of color? What about the media or the entertainment industry which suggest lighter […]


5 Reasons We Celebrate Mo’ne Davis

1. Attitude: If President Obama is pictured as the epitome of cool, Little League baseball star Mo’ne Davis may have taken a page out of the Commander-in-Chief’s book. Calm, cool and collected, it didn’t seem to really faze Davis that she became  the 18th girl to have ever suited up and play in the Little […]

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Monday's Meditation

5 Lingering Ferguson Questions

  Now what, Ferguson? With Michael Brown’s funeral being a public spectacle in that it signals closure to another racial episode in this country, the looming questions beckons some answers. Now that we’ve seen civil unrest go on for several weeks, peaceful demonstrations being wagered, anger escalating and mistrust between community and law enforcement escalating […]

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Ferguson in Photos: Day 6

The bedlam of unrest in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting has continued to grip the country and the rest of the world. Images from Ferguson, Missouri has become the beacon of calls for a renewed focus of the U.S. Constitution, the power of the Executive Branch (Department of Justice), the intermingling between local […]

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Monday's Meditation

Something Bigger Than the Game

Some things are bigger than a basketball game. There are more important things in life that supersedes winning a championship. If they didn’t know already, the players on the Los Angeles Clippers are discovering that in full of view of the country and the international community. A jump shot by Chris Paul is not going […]


Obama Salutes Medal of Honor Recipients

President Barack Obama and the White House paid tribute to U.S. soldiers by bestowing them with the Medal of Honor on Tuesday, March 18. Here is an excerpt of the President’s speech. The presentation of our nation’s highest military decoration — the Medal of Honor — is always a special occasion.  But today, it is […]

Duke Ellington ids being honored this month for his legendary music. Commons/Wikimedia

Duke Ellington’s ‘Legacy’ Honor

2014 Marks 100th Anniversary of Duke Ellington’s First Composition (“Soda Fountain Rag”) Ellington’s Immortal “Jeep’s Blues” A Key Musical Component in “American Hustle” Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, celebrates the life and music of Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, honoring the American composer as Artist of the Month for Black History Month, February […]

Michigan State, which defeated Stanford in the 2014 Rose Bowl, graduate 70 percent of its black football players. Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman/

Black Players Lag in Classroom

Playing football and going to college is not a shoo-in to earning a degree. For African-Americans ball players that road traveled is a still a considerable challenge compared to their white teammates. Schools participating in Division I Football Bowl Subdivision games show as much, according a report released in December by The Institute for Diversity […]

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Links Inducts Rice into ‘Sisterhood’

  Washington, DC-The Links, Incorporated and The Links Foundation, Incorporated are pleased to announce the induction of Condoleezza Rice, Ph. D., as an honorary member. Currently a professor of Political Economy in the Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of Political Science […]