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'Avengers' poster reissued after Danai Gurira backlash

March 17, 2019

Marvel Studios reissued the official poster for "Avengers: Endgame" after a backlash over star Danai Gurira not receiving top billing.

"She should have been up there all this time," the studio tweeted with a photo of the revised poster. "Check out the official Marvel Studios' #AvengersEndgame poster. @DanaiGurira #WakandaForever."

The actress is far from an unknown.Not only did she star as Okoye in "Black Panther," but Gurira is also a Tony-nominated playwright for "Eclipsed" and has also starred as Michonne on the hit AMC series, "The Walking Dead." 

She was one of 13 cast members featured on the poster for the new "Avengers" film -- and the only black woman.But while the other 12 movie cast members had their names featured at the top of the poster, Gurira was not listed.People on social media very quickly noticed and complained.

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Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Southern Poverty Law Center dismisses co-founder Morris Dees

March 17, 2019

The Southern Poverty Law Center has fired its co-founder Morris Dees, the nonprofit announced Thursday.

Dees' termination was effective on Wednesday. The Alabama-based nonprofit activist group is known for tracking civil rights and hate crimes in the United States.SPLC President Richard Cohen did not cite a specific reason for Dees' dismissal but noted in a statement released Thursday that the organization "is committed to ensuring that the conduct of our staff reflects the mission of the organization and the values we hope to instill in the world.""When one of our own fails to meet those standards, no matter his or her role in the organization, we take it seriously and must take appropriate action," he added.

Dees, 82, was also the former chief litigator. He co-founded the SPLC in 1971. His biography has been removed from the SPLC's website.

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Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Black workers in Ohio accuse UPS of allowing hate at work

March 17, 2019

Nineteen UPS workers are suing the parcel distributor, saying they suffered repeated racial discrimination and the company did nothing to stop it.

Managers and supervisors enabled and even encouraged the hate at the distribution center in Maumee, Ohio, according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday afternoon in Lucas County Court in Ohio.The workers claim nooses were hung above the workstation of an African-American employee, that a monkey doll dressed as a UPS employee was placed near others and the N-word was frequently used.

Workers say a monkey doll was dressed as a UPS employee and placed near black workers.The workers, many of whom have been at the company for more than two decades, argue the racist comments caused reactions ranging from "fear, anger and disgust to dismay" about the comments and lack of action from the company. 

"UPS promptly investigated and took swift disciplinary action against those found to have engaged in inappropriate actions, including the discharge of two employees," UPS Director of Corporate Media Relations Glenn Zaccara told CNN when asked for comment about the lawsuit. Zaccara said that since then, the company has participated in "remedial actions" in cooperation with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission to ensure employees are trained and has also monitored its operations to ensure a positive and harassment-free environment. 

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Category: Media Community


St. Petersburg's NAACP branch in turmoil as it heads into an election

March 17, 2019

In 2014, the NAACP suspended its St. Petersburg branch as the group prepared to elect its executive officers. 

Five years later, the civil rights organization is again being forced to intervene in the business of the local branch, which has been rent by accusations of vicious language, racist Facebook posts, political disagreement and a dispute that led to the deployment of police officers. 

This evening the national office will send a representative to St. Petersburg to conduct elections for the local group’s next president and other executive officers. The Baltimore-headquartered organization canceled a mandatory November election because of the persistent squabbling.

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Category: Government & Elected Officials


Black Farmer Grows Blueberries In South Georgia, and looks to expand his market

March 15, 2019

Did you know that Johnnie Swain with Swain Farms is the first black-owned berry marketing company in the state of GA and possibly the first in the country. We Buy Black has launched a crowd fund to create a supermarket housing all Black owned products including fresh produce from Black farmers like Jonnie Swain. 

In 1920, Black farmers represented 14 percent of U.S. farmers owning 15 million acres; today, according to 2012 data from the USDA, they represent just 1.4 percent of the country’s farmers owning 3.6 million acres. In 2016, after working over 15 years in marketing, advertising, and brand management, Johnnie Swain left the corporate world to begin farming full time. He started Swain Farms, a blueberry farm in South Georgia. In addition to starting the farm, he also started Swain Foods, the first black-owned berry marketing company in the state of GA and possibly the first in the country. Today, Swain Foods markets blueberries for growers throughout the state of GA under the brand name Swain Farms. From late-April through Mid-July Swain Farms blueberries can be found from South Florida to Canada. 

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Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Create The First Black Owned Supermarket Carrying All Black Owned Products

March 15, 2019

Soul Food Market will be the first African American owned supermarket chain which sells 100% of its products from the our community. The selection of naturally grown vegetables and fruits will be sourced from Black farmers in Georgia. New and exciting Black owned products ranging from everyday necessities such as diapers and detergent to all natural household cleaning products will stock the shelves!

Currently crowdfunding for its flagship store in Atlanta, GA , Soul Food Market is raising $1.2 million dollars in 30 days to purchase a facility currently under contract, for its renovation, and operations. Soul Food Market has plans to become an international supermarket chain. We now have only 24 days left!


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Why Southeast Asia Is Flooded With Trash From America And Other Wealthy Nations

March 11, 2019

IPOH, Malaysia

Bales of plastic garbage, stacked 15 feet high, shimmered in the 100-degree heat. They gave off a faint chemical smell as they warped and softened under the equatorial sun.  

A canary-yellow Walmart clearance tag poked out from one of the dirty heaps. Wrappers and packages from American products were visible nearby. These items had likely traveled 10,000 miles to this unmarked and apparently unauthorized dumpsite in a quiet industrial neighborhood in northwestern Malaysia. 

Ad hoc dumps like this one, teeming with foreign waste, have popped up across Southeast Asia in recent months ― each an ugly symbol of a global recycling system that regional activists and politicians have described as unjust, inequitable and broken. In January and February, HuffPost visited several of these sites in Malaysia to see what really happens to much of the plastic trash that originates in the U.S. and other wealthy nations.

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Category: Manufacturing, Industrial & Energy


Introducing the First Black-Owned Supermarket Carrying All Black-Owned Products

March 11, 2019

Soul Food Market, a dream project that will establish the first-ever Black-owned supermarket that sells 100% Black-owned products, is currently crowdfunding for $1.2 million to be able to make it actually happen.

Three years after the success of his brainchild, the online marketplace for Black-owned sellers, Shareef Abdul-Malik has once again started an initiative that will further make Black businesses flourish. He recently launched the crowdsourcing platform that features a major campaign to establish Soul Food Market.

The supermarket will feature naturally-grown vegetables and fruits sourced from Black farmers in Georgia. All other daily necessities, from shampoo and soap to diapers and household cleaning products, the supermarket will carry, will be Black-owned. Visit to read the full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Watch: Arkansas State Sen. Stephanie Flowers Is the Hero We Deserve

March 11, 2019

Arkansas State Sen. Stephanie Flowers has officially become my spirit human after an impassioned speech during a debate over the state’s “stand your ground” law.

Flowers, A Democrat from Pine Bluff and the lone black face on the state’s eight-member committee, wanted more time to debate the merits of “stand your ground law,” which argues that civilians have the rights to use their firearms when they feel threatened because it disproportionately targets people of color.“It doesn’t take much to look on the local news every night and see how many black kids, black boys, black men are being killed with these ‘stand your ground’ defenses that these people raise, then they get off,” she said. “So I take issue with that. I’m the only person here of color, OK? I am a mother, too. And I have a son. And I care as much for my son as y’all care for y’alls. But, my son doesn’t walk the same path as yours do, so this debate deserves more time.”

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Category: Government & Elected Officials


The racist online abuse of Meghan Markle has put royal staff on high alert

March 8, 2019

Britain's royal family is beefing up its social media operation amid a rise in racist online abuse targeting the Duchess of Sussex in the months after the announcement of her pregnancy, sources have told CNN.

Kensington Palace staff are devoting more resources to deleting comments targeting Meghan, and blocking abusive Twitter and Instagram accounts. Software is being used to filter out the use of the n-word as well as emojis of guns and knives. As part of the effort, the royal family issued a set of guidelines last week for people engaging with its social media channels. Separately, the advocacy group Hope Not Hate analyzed a sample of more than 5,000 tweets containing the most commonly used anti-Meghan hashtags. The analysis of the tweets, posted between January and the middle of February, shows that a tight-knit group of accounts is behind much of the trolling.

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Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Leaked Chats Reveal White Nationalist Plot To Keep Steve King In Office

March 7, 2019 

White nationalists and other extremists have long praised Iowa Rep. Steve King (R) as their champion and public-facing megaphone ― he’s a white supremacist himself and openly promotes them, so it’s no surprise the congressman is celebrated in those circles.

But newly leaked chat logs linked to a prominent hate group reveal that white nationalists have actively worked to keep King and his racist ideology in office — by donating to his campaign, calling members of Congress to show their support when King stumbles or by attempting to reach the congressman directly.

On Wednesday, an independent media organization called Unicorn Riot released a searchable database containing what the company says are “more than 770,000 messages from chat servers associated with Identity Evropa,” a white nationalist collective designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center that prides itself on its college campus recruiting campaigns.

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Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


What's happening with the Harriet Tubman $20 bill? It's still not clear

March 7, 2019

It's been more than a year since Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin last publicly answered questions about the Harriet Tubman $20 bill.

"We haven't made any decisions as to whether we'll change the bill, or won't change the bill," he said during a January 2018 onstage interview at the Economic Club of Washington when asked whether he'd follow through on an Obama administration plan to honor the Underground Railroad hero. A Treasury spokesperson told CNN that the secretary's position "remains the same," adding that "the primary focus is on developing new security features to prevent counterfeiting" of the bill.The Trump administration inherited the 2016 decision by Mnuchin's Democratic predecessor Jack Lew to swap out President Andrew Jackson, a slaveholder often lionized by President Donald Trump, for Tubman, a onetime slave known for her work freeing her fellow African-Americans from bondage. At the time of the announcement, the redesign of Tubman on the $20 bill was expected to be unveiled in 2020. 

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Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


R. Kelly: 'I have been assassinated'

March 6, 2019

R. Kelly is blaming scorned women and social media for his latest troubles.

In his first TV interview since he was charged with sexual abuse last month, the singer ranted and cried, saying he is being persecuted. "You can start a rumor on a guy like me or a celebrity, just like that," Kelly told CBS News' Gayle King. "All you have to do is push a button on your phone and say, 'So and so did this to me, R. Kelly did this to me,' and if you get any traction from that, if you're able to write a book from that, if you're able to get a reality show then any girl that I had a relationship in the past that it just didn't work out can come and say the same thing."I'm talking about the power of social media," he added. 

King sat down with Kelly for a nearly 80-minute interview at his Chicago apartment, a portion of which aired Wednesday on "CBS This Morning."

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Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Harvard choir that shunned WEB Du Bois to honor black activist

March 5, 2019

More than 100 years after denying membership to the pioneering black activist WEB Du Bois, a Harvard choir will pay him tribute with a special concert.

In 1895, Du Bois was the first African American to earn a doctorate from the university. But in 1888 he auditioned for the all-white Harvard UniversityGlee Club, and was turned down.

“Our troubled relationship with Du Bois was an impetus for the show,” the Glee Club publicity manager, Michael Baick, told the Harvard Gazette.

“We’re trying to honor Du Bois. We should always be thinking about how our music can resonate beyond the space where we’re singing.”

The concert, The Legacy of WEB Du Bois, will feature black spirituals alongside European poems, mirroring Du Bois’s seminal 1903 book The Souls of Black Folk, which in 2017 was named by the Guardian as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time. Visit to read the full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Crazy Wisconsin Candidate Claims Racist Text Messages Were Sent By Imaginary Friend

March 5, 2019

A Wisconsin political candidate who has been involved with numerous restraining orders and accusations of harassment now claims that racist and annoying text messages attributed to her were actually sent by an imaginary pal who she apparently inadvertently added to her Invisible Friends and Fucked-Up Family cell phone plan.

Christina Seaman is running for alderman—essentially a city council seat—in Racine, Wisc. According to the Journal-Times, the retail worker is facing off against Natalia Taft, an assistant biology professor and city employee, so it seems like Christina has a tough job ahead of her. Plus her last name is Seaman, which probably hindered her from doing things like making out in public or playing tough defense on the high school basketball team. No one wants Seaman all over them.

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Category: Government & Elected Officials


Progress Comes When We’re Selfless and Relentless: Jamal Sowell, Florida Secretary of Commerce

March 4, 2019

New Enterprise Florida chief Jamal Sowell (center) with Watson Haynes, CEO of Pinellas County Urban League (right)

– By Roger Clendening

Jamal Sowell, a longtime member of the Pinellas County Urban League (PCUL), and Florida’s new Secretary of Commerce, last week challenged Tampa Bay residents to stay “selfless” and “relentless” to maintain economic and social progress in their communities.

His challenge was issued to the nearly 300 persons attending the PCUL’s Sixth annual Whitney M. Young Empowerment Luncheon at Banquetmasters on Friday, February 19, among them U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, Pinellas School Board Chair Rene Robinson-Flowers, and Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch.

Sowell is the Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Florida, the organization he leads in “preparing Florida for the tomorrows that are coming…by expanding and diversifying” the state’s economy.

At the national level, Whitney young, then CEO of the National Urban League, worked on a similar plane, Sowell recalled.

“We remember Whitney Young because he made an impact” through his devotion to the League’s work on economic and social progress, his part in the Civil Rights struggle, and the mark he left on the improved quality of life for African-Americans, Sowell said.

“He spoke truth to power and could walk into the Oval Office knowing thousands of Brothers and Sisters had his back,” Sowell remembered. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Community partners to launch new Urban League in Tampa, Hillsborough

February 27, 2019

The conversations started quietly long months ago. Sometimes one-on-one in a coffee shop or after a church service; other times at small gatherings in a school cafeteria or gymnasium.

Most recently, a dozen or so people met at Middleton High School, and then Blake High School.

Businessman Stanley Gray and a sponsoring committee of about 20 people have started a dialogue with the community at large. Within the next 14 months, they hope to launch a new chapter of the Urban League.

Nearly 16 years ago, the existing Tampa-Hillsborough Urban League closed, amid mounting debts related to an ambitious plan to renovate and move its headquarters to a historic Ybor City building.

The proposal for a new Urban League of Hillsborough County isn’t a revival of the former organization but a new beginning, Gray says.

“We’re trying to get out in the community and let everyone know what we’re doing,” he adds.

More community meetings are on the agenda as the sponsoring committee members seek to broaden and deepen support for their cause. The organization’s goals would be focused on job training, jobs with living wages, and medical services in low-income, primarily minority neighborhoods in Tampa and Hillsborough County.

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Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Professor Files Civil Rights Complaint Against Black Girls CODE, Claiming it Discriminates Against White Men

February 26, 2019

Today’s episode of WhiteCenter tells the story of the future hall-of-fame Mayo-American advancing one of White America’s oldest and most celebrated pastimes — white people-ing.

Allow us to introduce you to present professor Mark Perry, a brave warrior who has dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of the marginalized and oppressed white man, who just can’t seem to get ahead. A college economics professor, Perry recently lodged a complaint with the Department of Educations Office for Civil Rights against Detroit’s Wayne State University. WSU hosts a summer workshop for Black Girls CODE, a nonprofit that introduces black girls to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers, which Perry claims violates Title IX, a law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex for educational institutions that receive federal funds.

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Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


R. Kelly Posts Bail

February 26, 2019

R. Kelly is free on bond after appearing in Chicago court, pleading not guilty to charges of sex abuse involving minors. Lawyer Michael Avenatti, who represents two alleged victims, says he provided authorities more video evidence. NBC’s Ron Mott reports.

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