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Preserving Black Culture and History, One Cemetery at a Time: Oberlin Cemetery, Raleigh NC

Posted by on Thursday, November 10, 2016, In : Black Lives Matter 

Photo: Irma McClaurin

How people bury their dead tells you something about who and what they valued in life. African American cemeteries are few and far between because often, after Reconstruction and during the era of Jim Crow and segregation, black property was confiscated or destroyed, and sometimes Black cemeteries were covered over to make room for highways and urban development. This makes the presence and preservation of Oberlin Cemetery in Raleigh, NC very special and very necessary.


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Part 4-Why We Can’t ‘Get Over It,’ Have A Kumbaya Moment

Posted by on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, In : Black Lives Matter 
Why we can’t ‘get over it,’ have a Kumbaya moment

This commentary is part four of a four part series on racism and the over-policing of African-Americans and other people of color. America is not ready for a Kumbaya moment.

And Black and Brown people who are experiencing racism can’t “get over it.” Racism is real. White privilege is real. And these ideologies and practices and structures that have shaped American culture for centuries – and continue today to do so – impact our lives as Black and Brown people in large an...

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PART 3: Stop Silencing The Messenger

Posted by on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, In : Black Lives Matter 


This commentary is part three of a four part series on racism and the over-policing of African-Americans and other people of color.

Peacefully protesting the injustices by the police towards Black suspects (who have not been convicted of a crime) and seeking equal treatment under the law is the right of every American citizen.

Black Lives Matter cannot be held responsible for the actions of individuals who may use the cover of protests for their own agenda. And it is wrong for law ...

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Jada Pinkett Smith And Will Smith Launch Careers In Entertainment Initiative

Posted by on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, In : Black Lives Matter 

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
NEW YORK –Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, one of entertainment’s power couples are changing the world (or at least a small segment of it) with the launch of Careers in Entertainment (CIEAccording to Will Smith, the Sept. 21 launch was a simple case of following his grandmother’s advice to “put your money where your...

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Justspeak: The Origins Of A Police Culture Of Bias In Ferguson

Posted by on Monday, May 30, 2016, In : Black Lives Matter 
Justspeak: The origins of a police culture of bias in Fergusonhe conclusion reached at the end of the recent federal probe on the Ferguson Police department should come as no surprise: a culture of bias exists in the Ferguson Police department. According to the Wall Street Journal, “…the Justice Department probe concluded…Police in Ferguson routinely violated the civil rights of the city’s Black residents.”

Such a conclusion also raises further questions about the Grand Jury ruling that exonerated Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown. Be...

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Post July 4th reflections

Posted by on Friday, July 24, 2015, In : Black Lives Matter 
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Frederick Douglass, Image Ownership: Public Domain

..I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you...
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Black Press says McClaurin is "Best in the Nation" for Column Writing in 2015; Earns Insight News the Black Press, First Place, Emory O. Jackson National Column Writing Award

Posted by on Friday, July 24, 2015, In : Black Lives Matter 
Editor's note: McFarlane Media and Insight News salute Dr. Irma McClaurin, Insight's Culture and Education Editor. McClaurin's column entitled "A Black mother weeps for America: Stop killing our Black sons!" won highest honors for Insight News, 1st Place – Best in Nation for Column Writing – at last week's Black Press of America annual convention in Detroit. National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) celebrated its 75th Anniversary, and presented awards in 16 categories to member pu...
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The Charleston Nine: A Requiem

Posted by Irma McClaurin on Friday, July 24, 2015, In : Black Lives Matter 
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Nine victims of the Charleston church shooting. Top row: Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton Middle row: Daniel Simmons, Rev. Depayne Middleton Doctor, Tywanza Sanders Bottom row: Myra Thompson, Ethel Lee Lance, Susie Jackson. Photos: Facebook / Getty Image  

Even as the flowers fade, the hurt and pain of the atrocities that occurred
 here in Charleston, SC on that bloody June Wednesday is very much
It is joined with the mixed emotions of those visiting ...

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