Here’s How to Get Oprah to Send You a Birthday Card

AdWeek In print’s eternal quest to make up for declining circulation and advertising revenue, the possibilities of premium subscription plans have become a particular source of interest.  O, the Oprah More »

Holder: ‘This President Has Been Treated Differently Than Others’

ABC News While it isn’t the only reason, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder contends “racial animus” is behind a portion of the opposition to Presidency Obama and his administration.  He More »

Actress Leslie Uggams Breaking Barriers with Her Star Turn in ‘Gypsy’

The Boston Globe Just by stepping onstage as Mama Rose in Gypsy, Leslie Uggams is breaking significant ground: She’s an African-American actress playing a role traditionally taken by white performers, More »

7 Black Heritage Sites That Aren’t Museums

Huffington Post The nuances of black history can often get lost in some of the more prominent heritage sites. While places like the National Civil Rights Museum and the National Museum More »

How One Woman Died Defending Racial Equality

CBS News Fifty years ago, discrimination in public accommodations and federally assisted programs became illegal, as President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  But that did not end More »

Clothing Line Controversy after Monkey’s Body is Matched with African-American Boy’s Face

New York Daily News A children’s clothing line is coming under fire after a T-shirt featuring a monkey’s body was paired with a cardboard cutout showing an African-American boy’s face. More »

 

Here’s How to Get Oprah to Send You a Birthday Card

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AdWeek

In print’s eternal quest to make up for declining circulation and advertising revenue, the possibilities of premium subscription plans have become a particular source of interest.  O, the Oprah Magazine is testing the waters with O’s Circle of Friends, a subscription model/fan club that takes advantage of one of its singular assets: its readers’ obsession with its founder.

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Cable News Guests Tend to Be White and Male

FAIR

A survey of major cable news discussion programs shows a stunning lack of diversity among the guests.  During the period studied, 84% of guests were white. The most and least diverse shows in terms of ethnicity were both on MSNBC.

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Little Progress for African-American Men on Racial Equality Since 1970

TIME

A new study suggests that African-American men today face such high levels of unemployment and incarceration that they are in little better position when compared with white men than a half-century ago.  That despite the advances seen since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Unveils Second in His Series of Children’s Books

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Top Shelf

U.S. Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis made history with the release of March: Book One, his award-winning graphic novel memoir.  But John Lewis isn’t finished making history.  The cover of March: Book Two, the much-anticipated second part of the March trilogy, has been released. The publication is scheduled for release in early 2015.

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First African-American Woman to Win Olympic Gold Dies at 90

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Los Angeles Times

As the gold medal winner in the high jump at the 1948 Olympics in London, Alice Coachman came home to a celebratory welcome, including a parade in her home town of Albany, Ga.  But Coachman was not permitted to speak at the ceremony.  And the mayor did not shake her hand.  The town’s problem with Coachman had nothing to do with her athletic achievement or her character. It was the color of her skin.

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Two Florida Police Officers Accused of Involvement with the KKK

WFTV Eyewitness News

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has conducted an investigation into two former Fruitland Park FL police officers who may have ties with the Ku Klux Klan.  An FBI investigation named Deputy Police Chief David Borst and Cpl. George Hunnewell as Klansmen.

Texas Fights U.S. Again Over Black and Latino Voting Rights

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Bloomberg

Republican lawmakers in Texas argue they intended to weaken Democrats and not discriminate against black and Latino voters when they drew controversial election maps in 2011.  Voting-rights activists and the Obama administration contend redrawn voting districts designed to advantage Republicans are biased against minorities who have historically voted more for Democrats.  Those arguments return to federal court in San Antonio. It will be the first voting rights trial since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that states with a history of racial discrimination no longer need federal approval to change their election rules.

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Holder: ‘This President Has Been Treated Differently Than Others’

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ABC News

While it isn’t the only reason, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder contends “racial animus” is behind a portion of the opposition to Presidency Obama and his administration.  He expressed particular concern over the issue of voting rights.  And he says he still believes the U.S. is still afraid to talk about race.

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Young Hispanic Men Face Rising Testicular Cancer Rates

Reuters

Testicular cancer rates are increasing more than three percent per year among young Hispanic men, at a time when rates among non-Hispanic white men are remaining steady, according to a new study. Testicular tumors are already among the most common cancers for men between 15 and 39 years old. But they are also among the most curable.

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Actress Leslie Uggams Breaking Barriers with Her Star Turn in ‘Gypsy’

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The Boston Globe

Just by stepping onstage as Mama Rose in Gypsy, Leslie Uggams is breaking significant ground: She’s an African-American actress playing a role traditionally taken by white performers, and a 71-year-old portraying a character usually presumed to be in her 40s or thereabouts.  According to the theatre company putting on the production, she “is the first African-American female to play Rose in a professional production’’ of the musical.

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