Viola Davis Said Her Sexual Assault Experiences Made Her Advocate for the Rape Foundation

September 26, 2016

Viola Davis said her sexual assault experiences made her advocate for the rape foundation and encouraged others to visit treatment centers so they’ll become supporters. “You must,” she said. “And then let your heart do the rest.” “Myself, my mother, my sisters, my friend Rebecca, my friend from childhood, we all have one thing in common: We are all survivors of sexual assault in some way, shape or form,” Davis…

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Pam Grier and Jessye Norman Win Harvard University’s 2016 W.E.B. DuBois Medals

September 26, 2016

Actress Pam Grier and opera soprano Jessye Norman win Harvard University’s 2016 W.E.B. Du Bois medals honoring, they have made significant contributions to African and African American history and culture. Grier and Norman will be honored at the fourth annual Hutchins Center Honors on Oct. 6. Other medalists this year include hip hop artist and activist Lana “MC Lyte” Moorer, writer and producer David Simon and the 1966 Texas Western Miners…

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Historians Published a Book about Slavery in New York’s Hudson Valley

New York's Hudson Valley
September 26, 2016

Two historians have published a book that examines slavery in New York’s Hudson Valley. Susan Stessin-Cohn, of New Paltz, and Ashley Hurlburt-Biagini, of Salisbury Mills, spent years researching the topic for “In Defiance,” recently published by Albany-based Black Dome Press. Their book contains more than 550 newspaper notices published between 1735 and 1831, four years after slavery was abolished in New York state. Most of the notices were published in…

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Obama Celebrated New African-American Museum, which a Powerful Place Tells ‘Story of All of us’

September 24, 2016

Obama also said he hoped the museum would help people bridge divides that were re-exposed by the latest fatal, police-involved shootings of black men. The country’s first black president, Obama was scheduled to preside over an outdoor ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday morning for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which was built on the National Mall in the shadow of the Washington Monument. “The thing about this museum…

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China Women’s Film Festival : 30+ Chinese and International films about Women’s rights, Women’s Achievements and Gay Women

September 20, 2016

China Women’s Film Festival runs until Sunday in Beijing. The nine-day festival features more than 30 Chinese and international films about women’s rights, women’s achievements and gay women, which are then slated to be shown in more than 10 cities across China. Festival chairman Li Dan said the aim was to increase the representation of women in film at a time when Chinese audiences have apparently accepted gender inequality in…

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Virginia Gun Rights Activists File $12 million Defamation Lawsuit Over an Edit

September 14, 2016

The segment in “Under the Gun” shows nearly 10 seconds of silence after Couric asks members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League how felons or terrorists could be prevented from purchasing a gun without background checks. Activists can be heard on audio of the exchange responding to Couric’s question almost immediately. Couric was executive producer of the film. She said in a message on the film’s website in May that…

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Tom Brady, Michael Strahan produce ‘Religion of Sports’ show

September 13, 2016

Tom Brady and Michael Strahanare teaming up to  produce a six-part documentary TV series called “Religion of Sports.”. Each hour-long episode looks at different examples of the cultural and spiritual impact of sports in religions around the world. The show explores the rivalry between soccer clubs in Glasgow, Scotland, the Calgary Stampede rodeo in Alberta, Canada and the rise of “e-sports.” It also delves into NASCAR, mixed martial arts and minor…

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Transgender CharacterActress Alexis Arquette Died Sunday Morning in Los Angeles

September 12, 2016

The transgender character actress, Alexis Arquette, died on Sunday morning in Los Angeles. She was 47 and the cause of death still unknown. “Alexis was a brilliant artist and painter, a singer, an entertainer and an actor,” her brothers and sisters said. “We learned what real bravery is through watching her journey of living as a trans woman. We came to discover the one truth — that love is everything.” Alexis was…

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Myanmar-Kofi Annan Story : Myanmar Buddhis Group Says Post Insulting Kofi Annan Was Fake

A Ma Ba Tha leader says  that the post and the Facebook page on which it appeared are fake. Myanmar’s government announced last week that Annan will lead an advisory panel aimed at finding “lasting solutions” to the conflict in Rakhine state, where human rights groups have documented widespread abuses against minority Rohingya Muslims. Rakhine Buddhist nationalists have denounced the commission. Annan was criticized Monday on a page that appeared…

September 1, 2016
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Justin Timberlake apologized for tweet after backlash

July 2, 2016

Timberlake tweeted Sunday that he was inspired after Williams spoke passionately about racism and social injustice. A responder tweeted to Timberlake: “Does this mean you’re going to stop appropriating our music and culture?” NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Timberlake, who praised actor-activist Jesse Williams’ moving speech at the BET Awards, has apologized for responding to a tweet claiming he appropriates black culture. Timberlake responded: “The more you realize that we…

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