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So-called “slave Tetris” sparks massive backlash

In Playing History 2 - Slave Trade by Danish developer Serious Games, players are asked to stack slaves in a ship in a Tetris-like mini-game in an apparent attempt to teach young people about the real-life horrors of slave shipping. Though the game is a few years old, it received a ton of recent criticism. Before removing the slave-stacking element, its creator tried to justify the segment.

Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977)

Portrait of singer and actress Ethel Washington. Autographed on front: “Sincerely, Ethel Waters.” Handwritten on back: “Ethel Waters.”

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library
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Bond author says Idris Elba is “too street” to play 007 

While talking about his new Bond book Trigger Mortis, author Anthony Horowitz called Elba “too street” to play 007. It’s not about race, he insisted, just about Elba. “For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part,” Horowitz said. “It’s not a color issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.” Horowitz has since apologized on Twitter.

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Black Teen’s Response To Violence In His Community: ‘What’s The Limit?’

A video of a New York teen asking his community to get off the streets and get an education has gone viral since it was posted Thursday morning.

Violence rocked the town of Rochester on Wednesday, when a drive-by shooting left four people injured and three others dead. It was the final straw for 18-year-old Semaj Rock, who took to Facebook to share the pain and frustration he feels.

Watch this teen’s full message here. 

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This inspiring blogger is celebrating the natural hair she didn’t even know she had

Up until two years ago, Sunita V. didn’t even know what her hair looked like in its natural state. She’d braided, straightened and done away with her natural curls her whole life. She finally got tired of the hassle and now 33,000 people have joined her journey of feeling comfortable and empowered.

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African-Americans made up less than 1 percent of the North’s population but were 10 percent of the Union Army- 4th United States Colored Infantry, Company E, about 1864

Black men weren’t allowed to join the army until 1863. About 180,000 black men, more than 85 percent of eligible African-Americans in the Northern states, fought. While white soldiers earned $13 a month, black soldiers earned only $10 — and then were charged a $3 clothing fee that lowered their monthly pay to $7. The highest paid black soldier made less than the lowest paid white one. After protesting by refusing to accept their wages and gaining support from abolitionist Congressmen, black soldiers finally received equal pay in 1864 — paid retroactively to their enlistment date.

No Graduation For Philadelphia Students Without Successfully Completing A Course In African-American History

Philadelphia is taking a different approach to bridging the gap between the classes of race and the significant difference in relations.  Their educational system is now mandating the students to pass a year-long course in African-American history before they can graduate.  There seems to be some “reservations” about the course and whether its approach and content will be enough to keep the…

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