Segregation Now: Gains of Integration Eroded, Especially In the South

ProPublica, NPR In 1954, the Supreme Court outlawed school segregation in the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision. Now, 60 years later, the South is seeing a resurgence of More »

12 Black and Latino Musicians Changing the Face of Classical Music

PolicyMic Let’s be honest, the field of classical music isn’t exactly diverse. Long dominated by, well, white people, even modern orchestras aren’t exactly a great representation of our population. Only 4% of More »

‘Soul Train’ is Heading to Broadway

The Hollywood Reporter Ready to dance the Soul Train line again?  Following in the footsteps of last season’s popular box office draw, Motown: The Musical, producer Matthew Weaver has acquired first-class theatrical rights to the More »

Inside the Rosa Parks Collection

NBC News A handkerchief, a driver’s license and handwritten letters – they are a small portion of thousands of items sitting inside a Harlem warehouse. But the storage contents are More »

African-American Music Museum to Be Built in Nashville

Rolling Stone A museum honoring the musical and cultural contributions of artists from Otis Redding to Marvin Gaye is set to be built in Nashville. The planned National Museum of African-American Music will also More »

Key and Peele May Be Considered to Replace Colbert on Comedy Central

The New York Times In his story on Stephen Colbert replacing the retiring David Letterman as the host of The Late Show on CBS, New York Times TV reporter Bill More »

 

Racism Isn’t Just a GOP Problem

CNN

There are two groups of Republicans: Those who pander to nativists by encouraging anti-Latino prejudice and exploiting the fear and anxiety that come from changing demographics, and those who tolerate the first group. Both groups are spoiling the Grand Old Party. And they’re making life too easy for Democrats, who — while never particularly good at addressing the needs and concerns of Latino voters — have lately excelled in the neglect department.

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The Castro Brothers s Campaign, but They Aren’t Sure for What

Castros

The New York Times

Ever since he became the first Latino to give a Democratic National Convention keynote address in 2012, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and his identical twin brother, Representative Joaquin Castro have sought ways to stay on the national radar. Very few doubt that the mayor is angling for the vice-presidential spot on the 2016 Democratic ticket and that his brother is positioning himself for a potential run for statewide office, or against Senator Ted Cruz in 2018.

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African-Americans Behind on Key Factors Swaying Entry into Middle Class

Casey Report

The Afro

African-American children in the United States fare worse than any other group on key factors affecting economic success later in life. Among the factors considered in the study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation titled Race for Results were percentage of fourth graders who scored at or above proficient in reading, high school students graduating on time, children who live in two-parent families and children who live in areas where less than 20 percent of residents live in poverty.

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Segregation Now: Gains of Integration Eroded, Especially In the South

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ProPublica, NPR

In 1954, the Supreme Court outlawed school segregation in the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision. Now, 60 years later, the South is seeing a resurgence of segregation.

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Secret Service on the Lookout for Hispanic Agents

The Dallas Morning News

The agency has approximately 6,000 employees nationwide ranging from administrative professionals to special agents. As of January, only 7 percent of its approximately 4,400 sworn agents and uniform division officers were Hispanics and officials say they want to increase that.

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Only Three People of Color Make List of 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media

The Hollywood Reporter

Morning TV Personalities Robin Roberts, Gayle King and Michael Strahan make the list.  But no one in an executive or decision-making position does.  Who did make the list?

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Will Today’s Hispanics Be Tomorrow’s Whites?

Slate

To say that America will become a majority-minority country is to erase the distinctions and diversity within the Latino community and assume that, for now and forever, Latinos will remain a third race, situated next to “non-Hispanic blacks” and “non-Hispanic whites.” But, as the George Zimmerman controversy illustrates, it’s not that simple.  How Hispanics perceive themselves may shape the future of race in America.

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12 Black and Latino Musicians Changing the Face of Classical Music

Sphinx Musicians

PolicyMic

Let’s be honest, the field of classical music isn’t exactly diverse. Long dominated by, well, white people, even modern orchestras aren’t exactly a great representation of our population. Only 4% of American orchestras are African-American or Latino. But one organization’s annual competition is looking to change all that.

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New York Drops Unit That Spied on Muslims

NYPD Muslim

The New York Times

The New York Police Department has abandoned a secretive program that dispatched plainclothes detectives into Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and built detailed files on where people ate, prayed and shopped,

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In Baseball, Blacks Are Losing the Numbers Game

Baseball

ESPN

As Jackie Robinson Day in baseball is again commemorated with disturbing, declining numbers of black participation, now down to 7.8 percent, the game might very well have reached its on-field nadir. Today, the San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks and St. Louis Cardinals do not employ an African-American player. If the numbers of African-American players continue to drop toward the low single-digits, the traditional pool of black managers will cease along with the players.

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