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Malcolm X photographed by John Launois, 1964.

The Saturday Evening Post editorial accompanied a shortened version of Malcolm X’s then unpublished autobiography. The excerpt, titled “I’m Talking to You, White Man,” gave an account of losing a father to violence and a mother to insanity, drifting into crime and drugs, finding faith in prison through the Nation of Islam and its leader Elijah Muhammad, and taking his spiritual journey even farther.

After returning from a pilgrimage to Mecca, Malcolm X was asked what had most impressed him. He replied, “The brotherhood: The people of all races, colors, from all over the world coming together as one! It has proved to me the power of the One God.” As a result of what he had seen in the Holy Land, he wrote, “I have turned my direction away from anything that’s racist.” But, in consequence of renouncing racism, “some of the followers of Elijah Muhammad would still consider it a first-rank honor to kill me.”

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Charlie Hofheimer, Aleksa Palladino, Robin Lord Taylor & Clarke Peters To Experience ‘The Mandela Effect’
By Amanda N'Duka

The Mandela Effect, a term coined from instances in which many are certain to remember something a particular way, but it turns out to be incorrect, follows a man who becomes obsessed with facts and events that have been collectively mis-remembered by thousands of people. Believing the phenomena to be the symptom of something much larger, his obsession eventually leads him to question reality itself.

The name of the theory originated from blogger Fiona Broome, in reference to sharing a false memory of South African human rights activist Nelson Mandela dying while imprisoned in the ’80s, when in actuality he passed away in December 2013.

Joshua Fruehling, Levy and Schlachtenhaufen are producing.

Hofheimer, repped by Paradigm and Forward Entertainment, most recently starred in Fox’s 24: Legacy and appeared in Easy Living which made its world premiere at this year’s SXSW. Repped by Gersh, Palladino stars in the AMC series Halt And Catch Fire and was previously on the HBO drama Boardwalk Empire.

Taylor currently stars as Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin on Fox’s Gotham and his film credits include Cold Comes The Night and Another Earth. He’s with Abrams Artists Agency and Untitled Entertainment. Peters, whose resume includes The Wire, Notting Hill, Legacy: Black Ops and John Wick, is with Stone Manners Salners Agency.

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Malcolm X, African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist seen here shortly after his visit to Marshall Street in Smethwick on February 12, 1965. The human rights activist visited Smethwick, near Birmingham, which had become a byword for racial division following the 1964 general election. Malcolm X was assassinated nine days later on his return to the United States.

(Photos by Birmingham Post and Mail Archive/Mirrorpix)

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Malcolm X in Smethwick on February 12, 1965

Malcolm X, African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist poses beside the street sign for Marshall Street in Smethwick during a visit to the Midlands. Smethwick had become a byword for racial division following the 1964 general election. Some residents of Marshall Street were calling for the council to buy up empty houses and make them available to white families only. Malcolm told newspapers he was visiting because he was “disturbed by reports that coloured people in Smethwick are being treated badly”. He posed beside the nameplate, walked 50 yards up the street, smiled at a ‘for sale’ notice in the window of number 66 and returned to his car before being driven off. He was assassinated nine days later on February 21, 1965 . 

“I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven… No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to hell… I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.”

-Desmond Tutu

CAPE TOWN - As South Africa heads for nail-biting 2014 general elections Archbishop Desmond Tutu has pulled up a surprise by announcing the formation of a Gay political party called Democratic Religious Alliance Against Minority Antagonism (DRAAMA)

South African general election will be held on a date in April–July 2014 to elect a new National Assembly, as well as new provincial legislatures in each province. It will be the fifth quinquennial election held under conditions of universal adult suffrage since the end of the apartheid era in 1994.

“I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven… No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to hell… I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.”

This is a statement from Nobel Peace Prize laureate and South African archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, who added that he does not believe religion provides justification for homophobia. His passion on the issue has led him to form the world’s first gay political party affectionately named ‘DRAAMA’, an acronym for Democratic Religious Alliance Against Minority Antagonism [D.R.A.A.M.A].

Tutu, who is one of the Western World’s most respected men and Christians, says the formation of his new political party was to redress the issue which he feels president Jacob Zuma ‘tiptoes’ around.

“The first and last time we ever heard president Jacob Zuma addressing issues around anti-homophobia was when he had to make a public apology regarding a damaging statement he made about this minority group,” Desmond Tutu told reporters.

In a media statement released this morning, DRAAMA is set to be at the forefront of minority human-rights issues the current ruling party has dragged its feet in addressing. True to its name, this is certainly not going to be your ordinary political party famous for making false promises. With gay socialite and choreographer Somizi Mhlongo being poached as the party’s spin doctor, South Africans should brace themselves for a lot of DRAAMA!!!

“I was pleasantly surprised upon receiving a call from the honorable Archbishop Desmond Tutu informing me of his intentions and his request for my involvement thereof… I was expecting the party to approach the likes of Aunty Eusebius McKaizer…” explained Somizi Mhlongo.

Read the entire article here: http://www.thezimbabwemail.com/world/20291-tutu-launches-new-south-african-gay-political-party.html

My dear beautiful friends and all the friends I do not know

Every Muslim, African American, Native American, people of the LGBTQ community, each culture, woman, minority, child. Every single one of you:

This is…a sad day in history. We are all asking why, how, and what next? Unfortunately only one of those questions matters now. What next? We are feeling defeated, hopeless, discouraged, and disappointed. Yet we must remember over half of America voted against this. The younger generations voted against this.

My friends, this means there is hope. There is room, determination, and potential for change. We cannot bow our heads. We cannot raise our fists in hatred. No. We must raise our voices, open our arms, support every single amazing person hurt by these events. We cannot. Cannot. Let hatred win.

As a bi woman, I feel so violated. I went to my yoga mat, spilling my heart for our future, spent a sleepless night riddled with anxiety, waves of nausea and dizziness, I can’t eat. I know so many of us feel this today.

There is much to be done. Now is the time to break down barriers in our communities and do as much as possible to let our people know they are supported and will be fought for, peacefully. Shout your love until it echoes across this pained world.

I am here for you. I open my heart, my arms, my home to you. I love each and every one of you.

Have courage and be kind.

Namaste

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Coretta Scott King at Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom conference in Washington, D.C on  March 28, 1968.

(Original Caption) Mrs. Martin Luther King presiding at conference of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom - one of the world’s oldest peace organizations. The league presented a proposal for a Vietnam peace settlement and called for a ‘ceasefire now.’ Mrs. King said that 'all women have a common bond - they don’t want their husbands and sons maimed and killed in war.’