Moving Forward

Clothing Giant H&M Apologizes For Featuring Black Boy in a “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” Hoodie

Multi-national clothing retail company, H&M, has received sharp criticism from the public following a “racist” photo of a young black boy wearing a “coolest monkey in the jungle” hoodie featured on their website.
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NAACP Calls H&M Ad Racist and Unacceptable

The NAACP condemns the recent advertisement by H&M, which pictured a young Black child wearing a hooded sweatshirt with the label “the coolest monkey in the jungle,” as an unacceptable racist and derogatory action.
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New Book “No Justice,” the Story of Robbie Tolan, Who Was Shot By the Police… Survived and Won a 10-Year Battle in Supreme Court

In the early morning hours of December 31, 2008, in a quiet Houston, TX suburb, Robbie Tolan’s life was changed forever. Mistakenly accused of stealing his own car, while it was parked in his own driveway, Tolan, a young black ...
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Study by Professor Sheretta Butler-Barnes Shows Positive Racial Identity Improves Academic Performance of Young Black Women

According to jbhe.com, a study led by Sheretta Butler-Barnes, an assistant professor of social work at Washington University in St. Louis, finds that young African American women with strong racial identity are more likely to be academically curious and persistent ...
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Essence Ventures Announces Acquisition of Essence Communications from Time Inc.

Essence Ventures LLC, an independent African-American owned company focused on merging content, community and commerce, today announced its acquisition of multi-platform media company Essence Communications Inc. from Time Inc.
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In Honor of Rosa Parks Day, TV One Premieres “Behind The Movement” Trailer; Movie Slated to Air in February 2018

Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her bus seat 62 years ago was only the beginning. Premiering on TV One in February, Behind the Movement offers a closer look at how the history-making Montgomery Bus Boycott was planned in just ...
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Ruth Simmons Officially Named the 8th President of Prairie View A&M University

The Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System unanimously voted Monday to name Dr. Ruth J. Simmons, a nationally recognized leader in higher education, as the 8th president of Prairie View A&M University. Simmons will assume the presidency ...
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First African-American Judge in 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Retiring

The first African-American to sit on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago is retiring from the bench next month. Ann Claire Williams, 68, was appointed to the appellate court in 1999 by President Bill Clinton.
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New Documents Reveal FBI Secretly Monitored Protests, Feared 'Black Supremacist' Attack

Newly released FBI and Department of Homeland Security documents reveal federal law enforcement agencies worried that violent “Black Supremacist Extremists” would kill police officers, attack the Democratic National Convention and the cause chaos Republican National Convention.
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Congrats to Miss South Africa, But Here’s Why Miss Jamaica Should Have Won the Miss Universe Title!

Miss South Africa, 22-year old Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, was the winner of this year’s Miss Universe pageant, but many people feel that Miss Jamaica, 23-year old Davina Bennett, was the one who really deserved the title.
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Girlfriend of Philando Castile Settles with 2 Cities for $800,000

The Minnesota woman who live-streamed the aftermath of boyfriend Philando Castile's fatal shooting by police has settled with two cities for $800,000, the city of St. Anthony said Wednesday.
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All Charges Dismissed Against 15 Black Men Who Were Framed By Chicago Police

The Cook County State’s Attorney in Illinois has dropped all charges against 15 men who combined had 18 convictions. All of them were convicted in 2003 to 2008 for drug crimes that they say that local police framed them for.

Montgomery, AL: A City That Is On the Move Into the Future

Welcome to Montgomery, Alabama, the “Capital of Dreams.” Serving as the capital of Alabama, Montgomery was once the capital of the Confederacy States of America when Jefferson Davis was sworn in at the steps of the capitol building as the ...
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102-Year-Old Runner Ida Keeling Offers Advice on How to Keep Going in Memoir “Can’t Nothing Bring Me Down”

Ida Keeling’s life story is rife with motivation. The 102-year-old began working at age 12 to help provide for her immigrant family, lived through the Great Depression and the Civil Mights Movement, raised four children as a single mother, and ...
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Diagnosed Before 40: TGIN Founder & Breast Cancer Survivor Shares Her Story

When Chris-Tia Donaldson released her first book, Thank God I’m Natural: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for and Maintaining Natural Hair, in the summer of 2009, it was quickly heralded at the “The Natural Hair Bible.” The book dispelled some ...
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