Mother of Tupac Shakur Dead at 69

Afeni Shakur-Davis, mother of slain rapper Tupac Shakur, died Monday night at age 69.

Davis was born in California and was a member of the “Panther 21” in the 1970’s.

Davis’ death was confirmed by the Marin County Sheriff, but a cause of death has not yet been confirmed. TheAtlanta Journal Constitution claimsthat deputies responded to a report of cardiac arrest on Monday night. Davis was taken to the hospital where she later died.

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Twitter Reacts to Historic $17,500,000 Sale of ‘the Nat Turner Movie’ After Its Sundance Premiere

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The cast of 2016’s The Birth of a Nation—a movie written and directed by, and starring, Nate Parker (center)—which tells the story of slave-rebellion leader Nat TurnerIMDb

For a while, all we had was this breathtaking photo from Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation film. It’s the biopic about Nat Turner, the early-19th-century slave who rounded up other slaves and led a rebellion against white slave owners, killing some 60 white people in Virginia in 1831. Parker wrote, directed and is starring in the independent film.

On Monday night the film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Utah, and those in attendance left the theater singing the film’s praises on social media. The Root, which was in attendance, lauded the film as well, and spoke with Parker.

After news broke about Fox Searchlight securing worldwide rights to the film for $17.5 million—which, as Deadlie explains, is the biggest sale a Sundance premiere has ever seen—fans of Parker and the movie rejoiced on Twitter.

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America’s Cultural Roots Traced to Enslaved African Ancestors

This is the fourth in a series of excerpts from Jubilee: the Emergence of African-American Culture by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

O black and unknown bards of long ago,
How came your lips to touch the sacred fire?
How, in your darkness, did you come to know
The power and beauty of the minstrels’ lyre?
Who first from midst his bonds lifted his eyes?
Who first from out the still watch, lone and long,
Feeling the ancient faith of prophets rise
Within his dark-kept soul, burst into song?
James Weldon Johnson,
“O Black and Unknown Bards”

Most traditional West African societies, the sources of the vast majority of enslaved Africans in the Americas, had dynamic, vibrant, expressive cultures. The languages spoken were unusually animated, by most European standards. Peppered with proverbs, they were sources of moral and ethical training as well as simple vehicles of communication.

Everyday conversation, as well as storytelling and oratory during sacred rituals and other performance events, was filled with energy and dynamism.

Indigenous musics, which were extremely complex, permeated all aspects of traditional African social life. They were used to establish and maintain the rhythms of work. No festival or life-cycle celebration was complete without the presence of music, the moving rhythmic center of traditional African social and cultural life.

Dancing to these rhythms was equally pervasive. Such dancing challenged the rhythmic sensibilities of talented performers. Led by acrobatic leaders, who were frequently priests dressed in masks and elaborate costumes, communities of dancers frequently involved all members of society regardless of age, sex, or social status.

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Ohio Students Claim Classmates Dress Up as KKK, Utter Racial Slurs

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A photo of what is said to be a Pickerington (Ohio) High School North student dressed up as a Klansman  

Roni Cook detailed several racial issues that she and her sister have had to navigate at Pickerington High School North for the past two years. 

An Ohio mom moved her two daughters to a new school district to get them a better education, but instead the girls have had to endure two years of racist abuse, ABC 6 On Your Side reports

According to student Roni Cook, she and her sister have been dealing with the racist incidents at Ohio’s Pickerington High School North, where her classmates thinks their antics are “funny.” 

“Some of the students think it’s OK and think it’s funny to say the n-word, say jokes about it,” Roni told the news station.

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STUDY: More Than Half Of Black Girls Are Sexually Assaulted

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Sixty percent of black girls have experienced sexual abuse at the hands of black men before reaching the age of 18, according to an ongoing study conducted by Black Women’s Blueprint.

More than 300 black women nationwide participated in the study and 700 more are being sought to take in the survey by March 2012.

Farah Tanis, Co-Founder of the New York-based organization and co-author of the study, says the issue of domestic and sexual abuse in the black community is rarely discussed and that a sixty percent rate should be a wake-up call to black women.

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i’m Sorry Obama, Our Culture and Civilization Does Not Except Homosexuality – Kenyatta

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President Obama publicly disagreed with his Kenyan counterpart over gay rights today as he urged African nations not to discriminate against individuals based on sexual orientation.

The president made the remarks at a news conference he held with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who called gay rights in his country a “non-issue.” Obama discussed the subject on his first full day in Kenya while drawing on his own background as an African-American in the U.S.

“If somebody is a law-abiding citizen who is going about their business and working in a job and obeying the traffic signs and doing all the other things that good citizens are supposed to do and not harming anybody, the idea that they are going to be treated differently or abused because of who they love is wrong,” Obama said.

Shortly after, Kenyatta said while the U.S. and Kenya share many values, gay rights is an issue on which the two countries disagree.

“There are some things that we must agree we don’t share,” he said. “Our culture, our societies don’t accept [homosexuality].”

“For Kenyans today, the issue of gay rights is really a non-issue. We want to focus on other issues that really are day-to-day issues for our people,” Kenyatta said.

Kenyatta added it was difficult to impose beliefs on the Kenyan people that they “do not accept.”

“This issue is not really an issue that is on the foremost mind of Kenyans and that is a fact,” he said.

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Kenyatta went on to say, “Maybe once, like you have, [we’ve made progress] on some of these challenges, we can begin to look at new ones. But as of now, the fact remains that this issue is not really an issue that is in the foremost mind of Kenyans.”

While the U.S. has made strides on gay rights issues, most recently with the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage, many countries in Africa, including Kenya, hold more conservative views. Same sex relations are still illegal in Kenya and Ethiopia, where the president will travel on Sunday.

Ahead of the trip, several Kenyan political and religious leaders had warned President Obama not to discuss gay rights while in the country.

White tears, #AllLivesMatter are attempts to steer spotlight off black suffering

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Marchers sponsored by the Black Lives Matter movement walk through the streets to commemorate the lives lost in the shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 20, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina. Dylann Roof, 21 years old, has been charged with killing nine people during a prayer meeting in the church on June 17. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Although I don’t believe the removal of the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s statehouse was a thorough rebuffing of systemic racism, I can definitely see the importance of the moment for blacks who’ve suffered under that flag’s tyranny for decades.

As happy as I was to hear that the flag had been removed, I braced myself for the reaction that white tears would bring.

Since the flag has come down, the KKK and Confederate flag supporters have staged protests and stepped up their collective agitation of black communities in the South.

Another thing ‘they’ve’ recently done exemplifies the violent nature of their racist proclivities: More than 40,000 people have signed a petition to remove the African-American monument, which serves as a memorial to former slaves, located at the South Carolina statehouse.

Why, you ask?

Because they believe the monument “shames whites.”

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Kenyan Animated Short Film ‘Yellow Fever’ Explores Colorism & Self-Image Among Afrikan Girls And Women

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Yellow Fever is a mixed-media documentary animation by Kenyan filmmaker Ng’endo Mukii. The short film, which served as Mukii’s thesis project at London’s Royal College of Art, is a captivating blend of live-action, stop-motion, spoken word, and vibrant hand-drawn animation that explores the effects of Eurocentric beauty ideals, as disseminated by mainstream media and advertising, on African women.

With a runtime of just under seven minutes, Mukii’s film highlights the dissatisfaction that some darker skinned women have with their complexions and the often harmful measures taken in their quest for a lighter skin tone, most notably through the use of skin bleaching products (known in Kenya as mkorogo). Yellow Fever also addresses the trickling down of these beauty standards through generations, with one particularly compelling moment within the film occurring when Mukii’s niece proclaims that she feels a certain discomfort with her dark skin every time she sees her reflection in the mirror.

The award-winning filmmaker shared her motivation behind the animated short saying, “I am interested in the concept of skin and race, and what they imply; in the ideas and theories sown into our flesh that change with the arc of time. The idea of beauty has become globalised, creating homogenous aspirations, and distorting people’s self-image across the planet. In my film, I focus on African women’s self-image, through memories and interviews; using mixed media to describe this almost schizophrenic self-visualization that I and many others have grown up with.”

Watch ‘Yellow Fever’ below. H/T Shadow & Act

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Anti-Blackness In Latin America Is Real: Columbian Hip-Hop Band

"We are talking about a problem that’s alive and real. We are Colombians and we live the issue of racism daily,”
“We are talking about a problem that’s alive and real. We are Colombians and we live the issue of racism daily,” “We are talking about a problem that’s alive and real. We are Colombians and we live the issue of racism daily,”
We Recommend One Afro-Colombian hip-hop group is not afraid to challenge racism in Latin America.
In a region where anti-Black racism is either an unspoken or neglected issue, the Afro-Colombian hip-hop group ChocQuibTown is leading the conversation through sharp lyrics of protest and beats that honor and celebrate African-Latino culture.
“In Latin America people don’t talk about the issue … We are talking about a problem that’s alive and real. We are Colombians and we live the issue of racism daily,” said the percussionist and singer of the band Carlos “Tostao” Valencia in an interview Tuesday with Agence France Presse.
The Colombian group, which gained international fame after winning a Latin Grammy for Best Alternative Song in 2010 and a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Band in 2015, believes it can make “a difference” with its music, which addresses discrimination with lyrics of protest.
“Invisibility, nationally and internationally,” says their critically-acclaimed song “De Donde Vengo Yo” (Where I Come From), “self-discrimination without reason, imminent racism, a lot of corruption … war machine, displacements for land interests,” the song continues.
“We will always touch upon this thorny issue freely,” Valencia said.
After 15 years of creating music, Valencia said their new and fifth album “Behind the Machine,” is even more defiant than their previous work. “When you recently begin you are not as daring like now.
This album is more defiant, in its lyrics, music and interpretation,” Valencia added.

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http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Anti-Blackness-in-Latin-America-Is-Real-Colombian-Hip-Hop-Band-20150714-0044.html.

Black Concentration Camps: Did The Government Purposefully Create Ghettos To Keep Whites And Blacks Segregated?

ghetto is a part of a city in which members of a minority group live, especially because of social, legal, or economic pressure.The term was originally used in Venice to describe the part of the city to which Jews were restricted and segregated.

The story of how America’s ghettos came to be is one that has misled many over the years. Some may believe that people chose to live segregated, while others know the truth behind the government planning and plotting where different races would live, ultimately creating the segregated residential areas people have been living in for years.

Are ghettos simply people not being able to afford to move into a nice neighborhoods? Is it because some people have purposefully directed whites and blacks to different neighborhoods? Or is it in fact white flight that has caused blacks to live in one are and the whites in another? These reasons are myths to some, particularly research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, Richard Rothstein, who has spent quite some time studying the history of segregation in residential areas of America. He and others seem to think that the government actually created ghettos through various policies.

One particularly policy pertains to public housing and how it created segregation. Public housing created racial segregation when the building of houses that were only available to one race in integrated neighborhoods occurred. Before this happened, segregation didn’t exist.

Another policy, the Federal Housing Administration, also kept black and whites separate. From the 1930s to about the 50s, the Federal Housing Administration would give builders loans through banks because they could get loans at lower interest rates on the condition that none of the homes built in the subdivisions be sold to African-Americans. This obviously kept blacks out of certain areas and races segregated.

Municipal policies also played a role in creating segregation and the slum conditions that many still live in today. With garbage being collected infrequently and crowding of the neighborhoods, these areas were not a desirable location to live in. Since many whites were easily convinced that African Americans would bring the slum-like conditions with them anywhere they went, real estate agents could get them to sell their homes for cheap. The real estate agents or the speculators who would purchase the homes would then resell the homes to African-Americans at a higher price because of restricted demand, which was also know as “blockbusting.”

Was the plan to isolate blacks in the slums? Some people think so. With the policies being put in place that created segregation it is easy to see why people believe that the government is the cause of ghettos existing.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2015/05/14/406699264/historian-says-dont-sanitize-how-our-government-created-the-ghettos