Charles E. McGee, Tuskegee Airman Promoted by Trump, Dies at 102

In three wars, he flew a total of 409 combat missions. “We shattered all the myths,” he said of the accomplishments of Black pilots in World War II.

#deaths-obituaries, #discrimination, #mcgee-charles-edward, #race-and-ethnicity, #tuskegee-airmen, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Behind the Movement to Create More Black Video Game Characters

The lack of Black representation in games stems from a failure to understand the Black gaming audience, creators say.

#black-people, #computer-and-video-games, #discrimination, #race-and-ethnicity, #rae-issa

Paul Carter Harrison, Whose Ideas Shaped Black Theater, Dies at 85

In his essays and plays, he provided a framework that linked playwrights like August Wilson to African rituals and mythologies.

#art, #black-people, #deaths-obituaries, #harrison-paul-carter, #race-and-ethnicity, #theater, #writing-and-writers

Trump’s Covid and Election Falsehoods at Arizona Rally

The former president falsely claimed that white Americans were being denied the Covid-19 vaccine, among other inaccuracies.

#black-people, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #pelosi-nancy, #race-and-ethnicity, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #whites

A Bill Proposed a New Way to Teach History. It Got the History Wrong.

A Republican legislator in Virginia who campaigned against critical race theory introduced a bill that incorrectly said the Lincoln-Douglas debates were between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

#american-historical-assn, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #critical-race-theory, #douglas-stephen-a, #douglass-frederick, #education-k-12, #history-academic-subject, #race-and-ethnicity

John Bowman, Comedy Writer With a Knack for Crossing Over, Dies at 64

A white writer who left a corporate job, he became known for working on series with Black stars like Keenen Ivory Wayans and Martin Lawrence.

#black-people, #bowman-john-1957-2021, #comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #in-living-color-tv-program, #lawrence-martin, #martin-tv-program, #race-and-ethnicity, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #strikes, #television, #wayans-keenen-ivory, #writers-guild-of-america, #writing-and-writers

Two High-Powered Black Attorneys Confront a Justice System’s Flaws

“Just Pursuit,” by Laura Coates, a former federal prosecutor, and “The Rage of Innocence,” by Kristin Henning, a longtime juvenile defense lawyer, detail the moral quandaries and bias they encountered in their work.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #coates-laura, #crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #discrimination, #henning-kristin-1970, #just-pursuit-a-black-prosecutors-fight-for-fairness-book, #race-and-ethnicity, #the-rage-of-innocence-how-america-criminalizes-black-youth-book, #united-states, #youth

Some Antiracist Books Aren’t Very Good. Do I Still Have to Read Them to My Child?

I’m all for undoing racist impulses, but I wonder how useful it is to sit with my daughter and scold myself with clunky prose.

#antiracist-baby-book, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #internal-sub-only-nl, #kendi-ibram-x, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity

As Infrastructure Money Flows, Wastewater Improvements Are Key

The new law allocates $11.7 billion for wastewater and stormwater projects. Will it get to the impoverished communities who need it most?

#alabama, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #environmental-protection-agency, #federal-aid-us, #federal-state-relations-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #lowndes-county-alabama, #race-and-ethnicity, #sewers-and-sewage, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

Billionaire’s Star Rises as She Takes Bold Stance on Racism in Brazil

Luiza Trajano turned a small family store into a retail giant. Now, a company policy limiting its executive training program to Black applicants is drawing praise, outrage and much soul-searching.

#affirmative-action, #black-people, #brazil, #content-type-personal-profile, #discrimination, #high-net-worth-individuals, #luiza-trajano, #race-and-ethnicity

With a Pardon, Homer Plessy’s Record Is Clear, but a Painful Legacy Endures

He boarded a whites-only train with the hope of undoing racist laws. Instead, his arrest led to a Supreme Court decision that upheld the “separate but equal” doctrine used to justify segregation.

#alexander-avery-c, #amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #black-people, #discrimination, #edwards-john-bel-1966, #ferguson-john-howard, #louisiana, #plessy-homer, #race-and-ethnicity, #segregation-and-desegregation, #supreme-court-us

American Girl Debuts Chinese American Doll in Response to Anti-Asian Sentiment

The company said it created the doll, named Corinne Tan, to teach children to stand against racism.

#american-girl-inc, #asian-americans, #aspen-colo, #children-and-childhood, #chinese-americans, #colorado, #discrimination, #dolls, #hate-crimes, #parenting, #race-and-ethnicity, #shang-wendy-wan-long, #toys, #united-states

Corporate Board Diversity Increased in 2021. Some Ask What Took So Long.

Some executives say corporate boards have often overlooked qualified women and nonwhite people. That may be changing.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #black-people, #boards-of-directors, #corporate-social-responsibility, #corporations, #hispanic-americans, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity, #women-and-girls

Left and Center-Left Both Claim Stacey Abrams. Who’s Right?

Ms. Abrams, the Georgia Democrat running for governor, has admirers in both wings of her party — and Republicans eager to defeat her. Her carefully calibrated strategy faces a test in 2022.

#abrams-stacey-y, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #georgia, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Louisiana Judge Who Used Racial Slur in Video Resigns

Michelle Odinet, of the City Court of Lafayette, La., resigned on Friday, saying in a letter that “my words did not foster the public’s confidence and integrity for the judiciary.”

#black-people, #conflicts-of-interest, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #discrimination, #lafayette-la, #michelle-odinet, #race-and-ethnicity, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Virginia Sues Town of Windsor, Accusing It of Discriminatory Policing

The suit comes after a monthslong investigation, which Attorney General Mark Herring said uncovered a pattern of “discriminatory, unconstitutional policing.”

#attorneys-general, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #discrimination, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #gutierrez-joe-windsor-va-police-officer, #herring-mark-1959-2020, #nazario-caron, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #racial-profiling, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #windsor-va

In Remembering Tutu, South Africa Reckons With Lasting Challenges

Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s death has reignited a public conversation about the state of the country’s reconciliation process and its democracy.

#african-national-congress, #apartheid-policy, #funerals-and-memorials, #mandela-nelson, #race-and-ethnicity, #south-africa, #south-african-council-of-churches, #truth-and-reconciliation-commission-south-africa, #tutu-desmond-m

Remembering the Racist History of ‘Human Zoos’

In exhibitions that were popular until the early 20th century, living people of color were displayed for the enjoyment of white audiences. The bigotry behind those shows lives on.

#art, #belgian-royal-museum-for-central-africa, #belgium, #black-people, #gryseels-guido, #leopold-ii, #museums, #race-and-ethnicity

Desmond Tutu Knew Justice Had to Include Forgiveness

Contemporary activists can benefit from Tutu’s ideas about restorative justice and strengthen their quest for fundamental fairness.

#black-people, #cancel-culture, #capital-punishment, #charleston-sc, #charleston-sc-shooting-2015, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #cooper-chris, #discrimination, #emanuel-african-methodist-episcopal-church-charleston-sc, #king-martin-luther-jr, #mandela-nelson, #northam-ralph-s, #potter-kimberly-a-1973, #race-and-ethnicity, #roof-dylann-storm, #south-africa, #thompson-myra-1955-2015, #truth-and-reconciliation-commission-south-africa, #tutu-desmond-m

Sickle Cell Math Is Brutally Simple, but Not Widely Taught

An inexpensive blood test can warn couples if they face one in four odds of having a baby with the disease. No one ever told Lametra Scott and Rickey Buggs about it.

#babies-and-infants, #black-people, #blood, #debaun-michael-r, #discrimination, #genetics-and-heredity, #nashville-tenn, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #race-and-ethnicity, #sickle-cell-anemia, #tests-medical, #volunteers-and-community-service

What Three Broadway Shows Tell Us About Racial Progress

The female protagonists in “Trouble in Mind,” “Caroline, or Change” and “Clyde’s” show the richness that comes from having a multitude of Black voices onstage.

#actors-and-actresses, #black-people, #caroline-or-change-play, #clydes-play, #race-and-ethnicity, #theater, #trouble-in-mind-play, #women-and-girls

Winsome Sears Wants Black Voters to Rethink the G.O.P.

The incoming lieutenant governor of Virginia was an unlikely candidate: a deeply conservative Black woman, and an immigrant, who supports Donald Trump.

#black-people, #elections-lieutenant-governors, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #richmond-va, #trump-donald-j, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

Gordon Carey, a Force in the Civil Rights Movement, Dies at 89

An “unsung hero” of the era, he played important roles in two of its far-reaching events: the 1960 lunch-counter sit-ins and the 1961 Freedom Rides.

#black-people, #carey-gordon-1932-2021, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #congress-of-racial-equality, #deaths-obituaries, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-rides, #race-and-ethnicity

It’s a ‘Sex and the City’ World. Can Carrie and Co. Still Live in It?

Two decades ago, “Sex and the City” set the standard for many shows to come. With “And Just Like That …,” the series reintroduces itself to a genre that has evolved beyond it.

#and-just-like-that-tv-program, #dating-and-relationships, #girlfriends-tv-program, #girls-tv-program, #harlem-tv-program, #race-and-ethnicity, #run-the-world-tv-program, #sex-and-the-city-tv-program, #television, #the-sex-lives-of-college-girls-tv-program, #women-and-girls

In Fight Against Violence, Asian and Black Activists Struggle to Agree

Calls for unity have ebbed over disagreements on one main issue: policing.

#asian-americans, #assaults, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #minorities, #oakland-calif, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #race-and-ethnicity

Map by Map, G.O.P. Chips Away at Black Democrats’ Power

Black elected officials in several states, from Congress down to the counties, have been drawn out of their districts this year or face headwinds to hold onto their seats.

#black-people, #bourdeaux-carolyn-1970, #butterfield-george-kenneth-jr, #congressional-black-caucus, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #georgia, #mcbath-lucy, #north-carolina, #ohio, #race-and-ethnicity, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #states-us

Adrienne Adams Wins Race to Become New York City Council’s Next Speaker

In an early political setback for Eric Adams, Adrienne Adams emerged from a hard-fought race with the votes she needed to be council speaker.

#adams-adrienne-1960, #adams-eric-l, #black-people, #city-council-nyc, #elections-city-councils, #elections-mayors, #moya-francisco, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity

You Love That House, but Should You Write a Love Letter?

A common practice in real estate is coming under new scrutiny because of concerns about discrimination. And one state has made it illegal.

#california-association-of-realtors, #content-type-service, #discrimination, #letters, #national-assn-of-realtors, #oregon, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #race-and-ethnicity, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #real-estate-brokers, #redfin

Freedom’s Just Another Word for … What Exactly?

We all want liberty. The question is what we each want to do with it,

#lincoln-abraham, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wallace-george-c, #whites

How the Black Scholar bell hooks Touched Feminists Everywhere

The pioneering feminist scholar, who died this week, wrote about women, race, love, healing, pop culture and much more, always keeping Black women at the center.

#aint-i-a-woman-book, #all-about-love-new-visions-book, #black-people, #books-and-literature, #breaking-bread-book, #content-type-personal-profile, #hooks-bell, #race-and-ethnicity, #teaching-to-transgress-book, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Meet the Next Big Fashion Group

Kerby Jean-Raymond has spent the last year and a half secretly trying to change the game for minority designers.

#black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #fashion-and-apparel, #jean-raymond-kerby, #kering-sa, #new-york-city, #pyer-moss-apparel-group-llc, #race-and-ethnicity, #your-friends-in-new-york-fashion-collective, #your-feed-fashion

Judge Is Urged to Resign Over Racial Slur in Video Recorded at Her Home

Michelle Odinet, a judge in Louisiana, said she had “zero recollection” of the episode captured on video, in which off-screen voices are heard narrating security-camera footage of a failed burglary attempt.

#anti-defamation-league, #black-people, #lafayette-la, #race-and-ethnicity, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

In ‘With Love,’ Gloria Calderón Kellett Comes Home for the Holidays

For her first show as a sole creator, Calderón Kellett writes love stories for a family that looks a lot like her own.

#calderon-kellett-gloria, #content-type-personal-profile, #hispanic-americans, #lear-norman, #machado-justina, #one-day-at-a-time-tv-program, #race-and-ethnicity, #television, #with-love-tv-program, #writing-and-writers

Rita Moreno and Ariana DeBose on ‘West Side Story

The two actresses explain what the new “West Side Story” gets right, what the original lacked and why playing the role they’re both known for is so gut-wrenching.

#actors-and-actresses, #debose-ariana, #hispanic-americans, #moreno-rita, #movies, #race-and-ethnicity, #west-side-story-2021-movie

Shirley McBay, Pioneering Mathematician, Is Dead at 86

The first Black student to receive a doctorate from the University of Georgia, she devoted her life to advocating for diversity in science and math education.

#black-people, #chemistry, #colleges-and-universities, #deaths-obituaries, #education-k-12, #equal-educational-opportunities, #massachusetts-institute-of-technology, #mathematics, #mcbay-shirley-1935-2021, #race-and-ethnicity, #spelman-college, #university-of-georgia

How Hispanics Became Swing Voters

Republicans see an opportunity. Democrats have a lot of work to do.  

#border-barriers, #bush-george-w, #central-america, #democratic-party, #hispanic-americans, #immigration-and-emigration, #mexican-americans, #obama-barack, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #tea-party-movement, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Toll of Uterine Fibroids on Black Women

Black women are more likely than white women to have uterine fibroids, and the debilitating symptoms often leave them feeling fearful, depressed, helpless and alone.

#anxiety-and-stress, #black-people, #content-type-service, #discrimination, #fibroids, #preventive-medicine, #race-and-ethnicity, #women-and-girls

Black Women Make Waves in Hair Care

A new crop of businesses is claiming a growing share of a billion-dollar industry.

#beauty-concept, #black-people, #discrimination, #entrepreneurship, #hair, #kreyol-essence-llc, #melanin-haircare-llc, #mielle-organics-llc, #momperousse-yve-car, #race-and-ethnicity, #rodriguez-monique-1983, #white-whitney-1985, #women-and-girls

New Leader Pushes Teachers’ Union to Take On Social Justice Role

Becky Pringle, the country’s top Black labor leader, has plunged the National Education Association into the reckoning unfolding in public schools.

#becky-pringle, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #national-education-assn, #organized-labor, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weingarten-randi

Democrats Back Biden, But No Consensus About Plan B for 2024

Leaders with White House aspirations all say they’ll support the president for another term. But there is no shortage of chatter about the options if he continues to falter.

#abrams-stacey-y, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #cooper-roy-a, #democratic-governors-assn, #democratic-party, #harris-kamala-d, #klobuchar-amy, #landrieu-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whitmer-gretchen

‘Social Detonator’: In Artist’s Work, and Life, Different Classes Collide

Oscar Murillo, a Colombian-born painter raised in London, considers it an “infiltration” when his class-conscious canvases wind up on the walls of collectors.

#art, #colombia, #content-type-personal-profile, #immigration-and-emigration, #london-england, #murillo-oscar-1986, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #turner-prize, #zwirner-david

Best Art Books of 2021

The art critics of The Times select their favorites from this year’s crop of art books.

#art, #art-institute-of-chicago, #arts-year-in-review-2021, #black-reconstruction-collective-art-collective, #books-and-literature, #capitoline-museums, #cleveland-museum-of-art, #culture-arts, #gardner-isabella-stewart-museum, #hauserwirth, #high-museum-of-art, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums, #new-york-public-library, #photography, #race-and-ethnicity, #sculpture, #two-thousand-twenty-one

Greg Tate, Influential Critic of Black Culture, Dies at 64

His writing for The Village Voice and other publications helped elevate hip-hop and street art to the same planes as jazz and Abstract Expressionism.

#art, #black-people, #black-rock-coalition, #deaths-obituaries, #flyboy-in-the-buttermilk-essays-on-contemporary-america-book, #music, #race-and-ethnicity, #rap-and-hip-hop, #tate-greg-author, #village-voice, #writing-and-writers

Group Backed by Top Companies Moves to Combat A.I. Bias in Hiring

The organization has created a format for evaluating the technology, which is often used to screen job candidates.

#artificial-intelligence, #chenault-kenneth-i, #computers-and-the-internet, #discrimination, #hiring-and-promotion, #race-and-ethnicity, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

Trump Won’t Let America Go. Can Democrats Pry It Away?

“The radicalized G.O.P. is the main anti-democratic force.” 

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #how-democracies-die-book, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Can Something Be Racist but Not Racist at the Same Time?

These days, it’s hard to tell.

#harvard-university, #historically-black-colleges-and-universities, #internal-sub-only-nl, #race-and-ethnicity, #television, #the-fresh-prince-of-bel-air-tv-program, #trump-donald-j

The Words Democrats Use Are Not the Real Problem

The whys of American politics have much more to do with the ever-changing currents of race, religion and economic production than they do with political messaging.

#hispanic-americans, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #the-apprentice-tv-program, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

Justice Department Closes Emmett Till Investigation Without Charges

The department said it could not corroborate a book’s claim that a central witness had recanted her statements about Emmett, a Black teenager killed by two white men in 1955.

#black-people, #donham-carolyn-bryant, #hate-crimes, #justice-department, #mississippi, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #race-and-ethnicity, #statutes-of-limitations, #till-emmett-louis

Carrie Mae Weems Sets the Stage and Urges Action

In “The Shape of Things” at the Park Avenue Armory, the artist tells us how we got to this political moment, and asks us to decide what comes next.

#art, #black-people, #okpokwasili-okwui, #park-avenue-manhattan-ny, #park-avenue-armory-manhattan-ny, #photography, #race-and-ethnicity, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #weems-carrie-mae

Black Baseball Pioneer Bud Fowler Elected to Hall of Fame

Elected by the Hall’s Early Days committee, Bud Fowler was a pioneer who played organized professional baseball against white players as early as 1878.

#baseball, #baseball-hall-of-fame, #black-people, #fowler-bud, #minoso-minnie-1925-2015, #oneil-buck, #race-and-ethnicity