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"The thought of a world where African-American poetry could have a larger footprint was almost inconceivable back when I was a baby poet." Poet, musician & #NEALitFellow  Cornelius Eady joins us on the blog to discuss music, poetry & more:

"Saturday Night Live" is receiving backlash for trying to pass African-American Vernacular English as Gen Z slang, during Saturday's episode in a sketch called "Gen Z Hospital." @iiwrites  tells you why this heavily stigmatized dialect is not simply internet slang.

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The first African-American & one of the youngest #WomenInSport  to win the prestigious individual all-around event in @Olympic  gymnastics, @gabrielledoug  is a force to be reckoned with. She speaks up for human rights and actively advocates against bullying, both online and IRL.

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The 37-year-old comedian's sketch, featuring Elon Musk, is being criticized for placing African American Vernacular English (AAVE) in the mouths of cast members and calling it comedy

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When Karen Bankston arrived at UCMC in 1990, she was introduced to the office as "our new African-American administrator." “After about the third or fourth time, I finally asked them, ‘Please stop that. I think that they can see that I’m Black.’"

St. Petersburg's African American Heritage Trail has always wanted to go digital, but lacked the funds to do so — until now.

Rep. Cedric Glover's bill that would allow Louisiana high school students to take African American history courses to become eligible for TOPS has at least one school district supporting it — St. Charles Parish Public Schools. MORE:

William Grant Still, known as the dean of African American composers, was born #OnThisDay  in 1895 in Woodville, Mississippi. Still infused his compositions, like his Afro-American Symphony, with the folk idioms of African American music & paved the way for other Black composers.

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High-cost air conditioning can be unaffordable during times of extreme heat, which leads to energy insecurity for millions of people in the US alone. Those most affected include low-income, African American and Hispanic or Latino households, and tribal communities. #HeatSeason 

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Three Chicago police officers who are African American and have been cops for more than 20 years spoke from the heart about a job that is under fire. They also answered a question that you have probably asked yourself.​


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A U.S. Army officer filed a federal civil lawsuit against police officers who pepper-sprayed and assaulted him. Lt. Caron Nazario, of Latinx and African American descent, alleges that his constitutional rights were violated and race played a role.

9 years ago today, Barack Obama was elected the first African-American President of the United States.

Very disappointed in Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for being unable to act. Sweden has let our African American Community down in the United States. I watched the tapes of A$AP Rocky, and he was being followed and harassed by troublemakers. Treat Americans fairly! #FreeRocky 

Joe Biden: ‘Unlike the African American Community ... the Latino Community Is an Incredibly Diverse Community‘ via . Wow! Joe Biden just @BreitbartNewsost  the entire African American community. What a “dumb” thing to say!

We had previously scheduled our #MAGA  Rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for June 19th – a big deal. Unfortunately, however, this would fall on the Juneteenth Holiday. Many of my African American friends and supporters have reached out to suggest that we consider changing the date out...

I am proud to have fought for and secured the LOWEST African American and Hispanic unemployment rates in history. Now I’m pushing for prison reform to give people who have paid their debt to society a second chance. I will never stop fighting for ALL Americans!

80% of the RIOTERS in Minneapolis last night were from OUT OF STATE. They are harming businesses (especially African American small businesses), homes, and the community of good, hardworking Minneapolis residents who want peace, equality, and to provide for their families.

My decision to appoint @usairforce  General Charles Brown as the USA’s first-ever African American military service chief has now been approved by the Senate. A historic day for America! Excited to work even more closely with Gen. Brown, who is a Patriot and Great Leader!

It was exactly three years ago today, January 20, 2017, that I was sworn into office. So appropriate that today is also MLK jr DAY. African-American Unemployment is the LOWEST in the history of our Country, by far. Also, best Poverty, Youth, and Employment numbers, ever. Great!

....a look, the facts speak far louder than words! The Democrats always play the Race Card, when in fact they have done so little for our Nation’s great African American people. Now, lowest unemployment in U.S. history, and only getting better. Elijah Cummings has failed badly!