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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Jul 10, 2019.

I'm Buggin' Out: RIP To The Five Foot Assassin, Phife Dawg, My Favorite Underdog

I'm Buggin' Out: RIP To The Five Foot Assassin, Phife Dawg, My Favorite Underdog

"Yo, microphone check, 1, 2, what is this…"

As the story goes, I was in my 9th grade English class, taught by Mrs. Sproul, and asleep. Which never happened: I’ve always been an astute student, sitting at the front of the class and being the first to raise my hand to answer questions posed to the class. Not to mention, this was honors English; I was one of two Black students IN the class, just...

Jun 28, 2019.

Cedric Robinson, Author of Black Marxism, Died This Month to Little Fanfare, but Not Before He Changed My Life

Cedric Robinson, Author of Black Marxism, Died This Month to Little Fanfare, but Not Before He Changed My Life

I know that many are given to hyperbole upon learning that a person they revere has gone to be with the ancestors, but it is not an overstatement to say that Cedric Robinson, who passed away on June 5, truly changed my life.

I was a graduate student in 2006 when I came across a book with a black background and the words “Black Marxism ” written in blue-and-red block letters on the front. The...

May 31, 2019.

Marion Christopher Barry Overdosed After Smoking K2. Here Is What We Know About the Drug

Marion Christopher Barry Overdosed After Smoking K2. Here Is What We Know About the Drug

On Sunday, Marion Christopher Barry, son of the late Washington, D.C., political giant Marion Barry, died of a drug overdose. According to reports, the younger Barry was in a Southeast D.C. apartment drinking and smoking K2, a now banned synthetic marijuana that not only used to be legal but was also sold in just about every gas station or corner store in the nation's capital.

Barry reportedly...

Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Dec 28, 2018. 8 comments

New York Teen Collapsed and Died During Basketball Practice and a Family Is Left With Questions

New York Teen Collapsed and Died During Basketball Practice and a Family Is Left With Questions

Sixteen-year-old Lenny Pierre was practicing with the John Bowne High School basketball team in Queens, N.Y., on Wednesday, when he began feeling lightheaded and collapsed. School staff called 911 and he was rushed to a local hospital.

“I’m in shock. I was at work and got a call saying that he was lightheaded and he collapsed. My son don’t have no health problems,” his mom, Edna Georges told...

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Dec 03, 2018.

Former Tuskegee Airman Roscoe C. Brown Jr. Dies at 94

Former Tuskegee Airman Roscoe C. Brown Jr. Dies at 94

Roscoe C. Brown Jr., one of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen who flew in World War II, died Saturday at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y. He was 94.

According to NBC 4 New York, Brown, who held a doctorate in education, became critically ill toward the end of 2015. In May he had a pacemaker installed.

"If he wasn’t as healthy and in such great shape, he probably wouldn’t have made it through...

Jason Johnson Jason Johnson Nov 14, 2018. 21 comments

How Stan Lee, Creator of Black Panther, Taught a Generation of Black Nerds About Race, Art and Activism

How Stan Lee, Creator of Black Panther, Taught a Generation of Black Nerds About Race, Art and Activism

When I was a kid, I didn’t live close enough to a comic book shop to get there on my bike. My parents would have to take me to Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Va., and I’d get my comics off the old spinner racks at Waldenbooks. As the years went on and specialty comic shops opened, my friends and I had a comic book ritual of sorts.

Matt, Jeff and I would borrow one of our parents’ cars, drive out...

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Jul 14, 2018.

Former Boxing Champ Aaron Pryor Dead at 60

Former Boxing Champ Aaron Pryor Dead at 60

Former junior welterweight boxing champion, and one-half of one of the most electrifying fights of all time, Aaron Pryor, has died after a long fight with heart disease.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Pryor was surrounded by his family when he died Sunday.

Pryor told friends when he was just a teen that he would be a world champion. Not only did Pryor fulfill his promise, but he also...

May 24, 2018.

Md. Man, 21, Dies After Fight With Baltimore County Police

Md. Man, 21, Dies After Fight With Baltimore County Police

A 21-year-old Essex, Md., man who was hospitalized after a fight with Baltimore County Police has died.

According to KTTS, police responded to 911 calls that included a man and a woman screaming around 3 a.m. Sunday. The woman told officers who arrived at the residence that her boyfriend, Tawon Boyd, was acting “crazy” and noted that she believed he was under the influence of alcohol and...

May 02, 2018.

Family of Fla. Woman Who Died After Police Removed Her From Hospital Files Lawsuit

Family of Fla. Woman Who Died After Police Removed Her From Hospital Files Lawsuit

The family of Barbara Dawson, the Florida woman who died in front of a hospital after police removed her from the medical facility, where she was seeking treatment, has filed a federal lawsuit.

According to WCTV, Dawson's family filed the wrongful death lawsuit Monday. The suit names "Calhoun Liberty Hospital, two of its employees, the City of Blountstown and the officer who came to arrest...

Apr 25, 2018.

NJ Man Charged With Stabbing Death of Mother, Grandmother

NJ Man Charged With Stabbing Death of Mother, Grandmother

A mother and grandmother were found dead with multiple stab wounds inside their New Jersey home Monday, and a family member has been arrested and charged with murder in their deaths.

According to NBC New York, Kevin Hodges, 36, has been charged with murder in the deaths of his mother, Rebecca Hodges, 56, and his grandmother, 76-year-old Dorothy Bradshaw.

Kevin Hodges' sister told the news...

Apr 19, 2018.

The Love Affair Between Fidel Castro and You Is a Lie

The Love Affair Between Fidel Castro and You Is a Lie

Don't romanticize the death of Fidel Castro, or the tales of his revolution, or the political asylum granted to Assata Shakur. Castro was a tyrannical dictator who kept the people of Cuba under his heel or at the end of his gun. From the time he took office in 1959 until his death Nov. 25, Castro's Cuba wasn't a testament to the collective unity of communism; it was a testament to the...

Sep 15, 2017.

Pallbearer Dies in Car Crash on Way to Best Friend's Funeral

Pallbearer Dies in Car Crash on Way to Best Friend's Funeral

Malik Cooper, 20, was on his way home to Atlanta from Tuskegee University in Alabama, where he was a business student. Cooper was carrying sadness with him on the road because his trip home was being made so that he could be a pallbearer for his best friend, 15-year-old Marquez Montgomery, who was fatally shot last week.

Cooper never made it home. He died in a one-car crash on Highway 85 in...

Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Aug 18, 2017. 14 comments

Va. Woman Killed in Charlottesville Car Attack: Report

Va. Woman Killed in Charlottesville Car Attack: Report

The lone victim killed during a peaceful counterprotest against white supremacist hate during the Charlottesville, Va., rally Saturday has been identified as Heather Heyer.

Although police have not officially identified the woman who died in the crash, family and friends of Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal with the Miller Law Group, have confirmed that she was one of many struck by the driver of...

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Jun 30, 2016.

Lee Wesley Gibson, the Oldest Pullman Porter, Dies at 106

Lee Wesley Gibson, the Oldest Pullman Porter, Dies at 106

Lee Wesley Gibson, believed to have been the oldest living Pullman porter, died Saturday at his home, surrounded by family. He was 106 years old.

"He had just celebrated his birthday five weeks earlier and he thanked everyone," family friend Rosalind Stevenson told the Los Angeles Times.

Gibson started working as a coach attendant with Union Pacific Railroad in 1936. He was promoted to the...

Jun 25, 2016.

Michael Jackson Died 7 Years Ago and His Legacy Still Eludes Us; Maybe That's How He Wanted It

Michael Jackson Died 7 Years Ago and His Legacy Still Eludes Us; Maybe That's How He Wanted It

Seven years after his death, Michael Jackson continues to elude and astonish us. But we now know this was how he intended it. Spike Lee’s recent documentary about Jackson’s early years features a letter Jackson wrote in 1979, at age 21. He had just released Off the Wall and was on the Destiny tour with his brothers, an experience that only strengthened his resolve to shed like a chrysalis...

Jun 08, 2016.

Kimbo Slice and the Inglorious Path of Fleeting Glory

Kimbo Slice and the Inglorious Path of Fleeting Glory

Kimbo Slice's story was bound to end this way because America has always boxed with black men while wearing loaded gloves.

Even when you're bigger, faster, stronger and punching twice as hard, there's always the risk of your Dickensian rise from poverty ending in tragedy because the American design, for many black people, is filled with flaws that set you up to fail.

In the movie version of...

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